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.
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.
Partner & Corporate Commercial Director
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.
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.
The main areas covered by the Employment & Benefits team include: