Our Firm

Rajah & Tann has grown to be one of the largest full service law firms in Singapore, providing high quality advice to an impressive list of clients. We have more than 300 lawyers, many ranked among the very best in their specialist practice areas.

We're delighted that Rajah & Tann consistently wins high praise from objective observers - for example, being recognised as the Best Asian Law Firm by the International Legal Alliance Summit.

Despite such accolades, and our continued rapid growth, we're far from complacent. In recent years, our most important strategic goal has been to widen the scope of our services further, by establishing Rajah & Tann as a true regional legal powerhouse, capable of delivering exactly what our clients want, wherever and whenever they need it.

With the launch of Rajah & Tann Asia - a single team bringing together leading law firms and lawyers in nine countries - that vision has become a reality.

Expertise

Our expert Employment and Benefits team routinely advises clients including large multinational corporations on a wide range of complex matters, including cross-border employment policies, trade union issues, designing new compensation plans, setting up share option or share award plans for both private and listed companies and the resolution of potentially expensive disputes. Aside from our Singapore expertise, we also regularly coordinates employment law advice for clients across the South East Asian region through our network of offices and affiliates and unmatched local law expertise across key jurisdictions.

Labour & Employment

The main areas covered by the Employment & Benefits team include:


Employment appointment and termination

•    Advise private, public and multinational companies extensively on employment related matters, including appointment, rights and duties of employees and employers and termination

•     Draft employment agreements for employees at multiple levels

•     Advise clients on cross border employment concerns, including structuring cross border employment contracts to minimise tax 

•     Advise on and draft documentation in relation to secondment of employees at various levels, within Singapore and across jurisdictions, including advising on tax and other incidental implications

•     Advise on issues relating to termination of employees, including drafting appropriate exit and no claim letters

•     Advise extensively on unfair dismissal allegations across the region and managing such claims

Employment policies

•    Advise on, design and draft various forms of employee handbooks and manuals dealing with employee entitlements, rights and obligations

•     Advise on, design and draft various policies on monitoring employee use of emails and other official modes of communication

•     Advise on, design and draft various forms of whistle-blowing policies, assist with implementation processes and conduct regular training for continuity

•     Advise on, design and draft ethics, anticorruption, anti-trust, health and various other types of policies

Managing confidentiality, restraint of trade and non-competes

•    Advise on all aspects of restraint and non-compete provisions for various levels of employees from varying industries, including financial institutions and multinational corporations

•     Advise on, design and draft policies intended to protect the confidentiality of trade secrets and other proprietary information

•     Advise on, design and draft data protection policies

•     Advise on non-compete provisions, the validity of such provisions and resolving the dispute before court proceedings commence

Executive compensation

•    Advise on, design and draft various forms of compensation and benefit plans and agreements

•     Advise on, design and draft Employee Stock Option or Share Award Plans including providing advice relating to tax

•     Advise on, design and draft Long Term Incentive Plans (LTIPs)

•     Advise on benefits issues in corporate reorganisations and restructuring, including advice on post-closing benefits issues and plan terminations or restructuring 


Restructuring, reorganisation and retrenchments

•    Advise extensively on restructuring and retrenchment exercise of large multinational corporations and financial institutions

•     Drafting relevant documentation for management of employees being retrenched, subsequent placements and referrals

•     Advice on requisite training and re-skilling opportunities to be provided to retrenched employees

•     Advice on claims arising out of the retrenchment exercises

Occupational Health and Safety

•    Advise on various aspect of compliance with health and safety regulations

•     Ensuring board compliance and implementation of appropriate processes and procedures to meet reasonably practicable standards mandated by law

•     Advise on SARS, H1N1 (Swine Flu), Zika and other pandemics in relation to instituting best practices to manage compliance with regulatory requirements, leave and other benefit issues, and employee privacy matters.

Mergers and acquisitions

•    Advise on the transfer of employees resulting from mergers and acquisitions

•     Advise on the rationalisation of human resource policies in merged entities

Contentious employment issues

•    Enforcement of restraint of trade clauses and employee confidentiality agreements

•     Investigation and action against employees for fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, business diversion and confidential information theft

•     Action on behalf of employers in contractual disputes arising from termination or retrenchments of officers and employees, payment of salary, bonus, stock options etc.

•     Claims under key man and Directors and Officers (D & O) insurance policies

Our People

Desmond Wee

Desmond Wee

Partner & Corporate Commercial Director

Office:
Singapore
Languages:
English

Desmond is a Partner and Head of Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP’s General Corporate and Commercial Practice Group with substantial expertise in General Corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructurings.

Desmond is also the head of the non-contentious practice in the Firm’s Employment and Benefits Practice Group which has one of the largest team of lawyers in Singapore within a specialised practice grouping arrangement. The Employment and Benefits Practice is recognised as a ranked practice by The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. Desmond is also recognised as an expert in Labour and Employment law by Who’s Who Legal 2015 and Chambers and Partners 2016.

Desmond graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1994 and is called to the Bar of England and Wales. He is also admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore. Desmond has 19 years of legal experience, having been a general commercial litigator as well as the regional legal counsel of a Hong Kong Stock Exchange publicly listed company before joining Rajah & Tann’s corporate practice.

News & Events

Ius Laboris

Ius Laboris, a global Alliance of leading employment, labour and pension law firms that provides companies employing an international workforce with first-class legal advice and support on all human resources issues.

We are passionate about all aspects of human resources law. From Mobility to Discrimination, and from Restructuring to Pensions, our local experts around the world provide deep market knowledge, wherever they are based.

We understand the challenges of managing an international workforce because that is our single focus. With more than 1,400 employment lawyers in 160 cities, we always bring a genuinely cross-border perspective.

Ius Laboris firms have a distinctive global way of thinking, and with our trained team of project managers on hand to coordinate our offering around the world, we deliver a seamless integrated service to suit your requirements, wherever you need us.

Ours is a passionate, entrepreneurial and collaborative global community. Our culture of friendship and specialisation enables us to navigate all aspects of employing a workforce across borders with ease.

Finally, and most importantly, we are all committed to excellence. With more ranked HR lawyers than our nearest rival (source Chambers Global Guide), in more jurisdictions (source Legal 500), Ius Laboris brings together more leading law firms than any other HR legal services organisation. That’s something we’re extremely proud of.