Clifford Chance given a pasting by the Singaporean Government
25 October 2013
has been given a bollocking by a Singaporean government minister this week.
The republic's rabidly protectionist legal community refuses to allow foreign firms to conduct local litigation. However Clifford Chance got round this restriction by entering into a formal alliance with a local litigation boutique, Cavenagh Law, under the umbrella "Clifford Chance Asia
", and then putting out a press release stating that it was the "first full-service firm in Singapore offering litigation advice
And so an almighty row broke out. Questions were asked in parliament, and Law Minister K Shanmugam said that the remarks were misleading and "conveyed an inaccurate picture
" of what the firm was allowed to do. The ministry contacted CC to complain, and that resulted in the firm hastily removing the statement from its website and putting out a grovelling statement that "Singapore has a great future as a global business and legal hub and we are proud to play our part in supporting the Republic in achieving its ambitions
||The message sent to Clifford Chance by Singapore's Law Minister*
So face has been saved, and Clifford Chance can carry on with its joint venture in Singapore as long as it doesn't issue adverts that might be misunderstood.
In a carefully worded statement a spokesman from Clifford Chance told RollOnFriday that the alliance with Cavenagh was "approved by the Ministry of Law and the Attorney-General's Chambers
" and "has at all times fully complied with all applicable regulations and will continue to do so
*Not really. Please don't flog us.