IMPORTANT NOTICE – Scam Alert

January 12th, 2021 Posted by In The News No Comment yet

It has come to our attention that an individual or a group of individuals has impersonated our Consultant, Mr Andrew Ohara, in attempts to cheat monies.

From the accounts of the victims, the individual claimed that he was Mr Andrew Ohara of our firm and required moving services to clear out an office unit of a company under liquidation. He would then request for the moving company to pay a security deposit to a bank account. The contact number used by the impersonator also used Mr Ohara’s photograph as its WhatsApp profile picture in his attempt to mislead.

We emphasise that our firm and our Mr Ohara is not in any way involved in such a scam. We have made a police report and will cooperate with the authorities in their investigations.

If you are contacted by someone claiming to be our staff with a request for a deposit to be paid to us, please contact our firm directly for verification. It was fortunate that one potential victim had contacted our firm directly and we were able to prevent his loss.

By sharing our experience, we hope to alert everyone to guard against such scam tactics.

2020 Review

December 31st, 2020 Posted by Insights No Comment yet

At the close of 2020, in a year that has been challenging for many, we take the opportunity to reflect on our Community Engagement efforts.

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we continued to provide quality legal representation to clients from underprivileged communities. We had to be creative in our approach because of the COVID-19 pandemic, holding most of our meetings with clients and arranging for e-commissioning and translation of affidavits via video conferencing platforms. This was especially crucial during the Circuit Breaker period with spouses trapped at home with their abusers, family violence occurring behind closed doors and when victims had limited access to help or access to their children.

Although it was difficult for people to gather, our lawyers still managed to conduct more than 20 legal awareness talks via Zoom with our social service agency partners. Our Managing Director, June Lim, also spoke on CNA 938 Live several times to share her insights on legal issues such as the increasing number of COVID-related divorces, a Public Defender’s Office in Singapore and the long-term impact on children from divorced families.

We were also proud to announce that our very first Trainee, Loh Ya Xin, was called to the Bar via Zoom. Together with our two other Trainees Siew Jowen and Liang Liwen, we hope to train more lawyers to be passionate and yet practical in their service to the community.

Wishing everyone a less challenging 2021!

~ June Lim, Managing Director

 

Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2020 Posted by Community Events No Comment yet

 

Our firm will be closed for the holidays from 24 December 2020 to 3 January 2021. We will resume work on Monday, 4 January 2021. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a less challenging 2021!

 

CNA 938 feature – negative impact of divorce on children

December 18th, 2020 Posted by In The News, Insights No Comment yet

Our Ms June Lim shared her views on the MSF’s landmark study on the Intergenerational Effects of Divorce on Children. In particular, June emphasised the need for parties to be aware of the negative impact of divorce on their children. She also urged divorcing parties to put aside their differences and work together with mediators, counsellors and lawyers to achieve an amicable outcome in their divorce, in order to counteract such negative impact.

CNA 938 feature – view on having a Public Defender’s Office in Singapore

December 10th, 2020 Posted by In The News, Insights No Comment yet

Our Managing Director, June Lim shared her views on having a Public Defender’s Office in Singapore, a possible addition to the criminal justice system of Singapore due to the recent Parti Liyani case.
“Having a Public Defender’s Office will promote confidence in our legal system. The public will be able to see that, whether you are rich or poor, and regardless of nationality, everyone in our society will have the same ability to access the legal system, have a lawyer take up your case if you have merits in your defence, and then defend yourself with legal help in the criminal proceedings.”
Promoting access to justice is a core mission of Eden Law. We believe NO ONE should be deprived of quality legal representation. The team at Eden Law is committed to provide quality and affordable legal services to all, whether rich or poor, and regardless of nationality.

CNA 938 feature – increase in divorces filed during the pandemic

December 10th, 2020 Posted by In The News, Insights No Comment yet

Our Managing Director, June Lim, shared on Singapore Today 938 Live why there is an increase in divorces filed due to the pandemic.
More importantly, June also shared about how parties can and should work towards an amicable divorce and minimise the impact of the children, with the support of the counselling schemes available.
June and the team at Eden Law believe in assisting parties to come to an amicable divorce and work towards effective co-parenting. The ultimate goal is for parties to continue to be good parents to the children after the divorce.
What I tell my clients is that they should envisage their children’s graduation or wedding day. Your child would want both parents to attend their important day and for the whole family to be happy even if mother and father are no longer married to each other. And then you work backwards and you determine the kind of relationship you should have with your ex-spouse in the midst of the divorce proceedings and beyond.

Eden Law turns 6 !

August 7th, 2020 Posted by Insights No Comment yet

Back in 2014, we realized that there was a gap in the legal assistance and resources available to individuals with modest means and unprivileged communities in Singapore. Believing that no one should be deprived of their day in Court, Eden Law was founded with the mission to provide AFFORDABLE JUSTICE FOR ALL.

For the past 6 years, Eden Law has worked with community partners to provide pro bono and low bono legal services for the “sandwich class” clients, who could not qualify for legal aid but also could not afford legal services at market rate.

As part of our social mission, Eden Law has also conducted more than 150 free legal awareness talks at over 70 community organisations throughout Singapore to equip the public and the social service sector with legal knowledge.

The COVID pandemic has been a challenging time for all of us, but we continue to provide our legal services to clients to the best of our abilities. Our lawyers have conducted legal consultations via phone and online video calls, and also participated in webinars with the community organisations.

We sincerely thank all our community partners and clients for their support for the past 6 years. The team at Eden Law looks forward to making more of a social impact in the coming years!

Trainer for Lawyers in Action!

July 14th, 2020 Posted by Community Events No Comment yet

Just two days after she joined us as Counsel, Lei Theng has stayed true to her word, and continued in the finest traditions of all educators.  On 2 July 2020, Lei Theng gave a Zoom Workshop for more than 380 members of the Bar and in-house counsel on Basic Principles of Legal Drafting.  District Judge Mr Joseph Yeo joined in after Lei Theng’s talk for a lively and engaging Q&A session.

One of the most respected and experienced educators in the legal industry, Lei Theng has always been generous in sharing her experience and knowledge with younger lawyers, not only at NUS Law, but also young lawyers seeking to practice, and already in practice.  Drawing on her years of experience as a practicing lawyer, clinical professor, and legal skills educator, Lei Theng critiqued actual examples drawn from practice, and provided an overview of principles to be followed in good legal writing.

In response to requests for suggestions on how to improve legal writing, Lei Theng has urged the Law Society to consider reviving the written advocacy tutorials that were run two years ago.  In the coming weeks, Lei Theng will be running further workshops on legal skills for various groups, and on law for social workers and members of the public.

Lei Theng’s passion for education extends beyond the law school, and she is thrilled to join Eden Law’s social mission of promoting legal awareness in the community. Eden Law believes in the importance of empowering the public with legal knowledge. Since 2014, Eden Law has conducted more than 150 free legal awareness talks for the public on legal issues such as estate planning, divorce and neighbour disputes.  Lawyers from Eden Law will be participating in the Law Awareness Weeks organised by the Law Society Pro Bono Services and the CDCs.

In line with social distancing measures, Eden Law has been hosting legal awareness webinars with our social partners. We welcome any social and community organisations to reach out to us for potential collaboration.

Lim Lei Theng joins as Counsel

July 1st, 2020 Posted by In The News No Comment yet
We welcome Ms Lim Lei Theng as Counsel !

Lei Theng comes fresh from her position as Co-Director of the NUS Centre for Pro Bono & Clinical Legal Education at the NUS Faculty of Law. Lei Theng began teaching at NUS Law in 1992. She started the Negotiation and Mediation Workshops at NUS Law, and pioneered hands-on legal practice modules.  Even when she left NUS Law for practice at Drew & Napier in 1999, she continued to teach as an adjunct.  Lei Theng returned to NUS Law in 2003 as Deputy Director of the Legal Skills Programme where she developed and ran modules on advocacy, negotiations, and corporate deal-making. In 2009, Lei Theng started the Clinical Legal Education programme at NUS Law by taking on students to assist her work at the Legal Aid Bureau. In 2010, she was promoted to Associate Professor. In 2012, Lei Theng started the NUS Pro Bono Office, running the mandatory programme for law students, and developing pro bono programmes to meet community needs while giving students the opportunity to learn while being of service.  In 2017, Lei Theng was appointed Co-Director of the NUS Centre for Pro Bono & Clinical Legal Education together with Associate Professor Ruby Lee.

Lei Theng was appointed to the Singapore Mediation Centre’s Panel of Mediators in 1997, and is an active mediator. She is appointed to the Singapore Mediation Centre, the Singapore International Mediation Centre, the Tribunal for Maintenance of Parents, and also mediates privately in healthcare, family, and other disputes.

Lei Theng is also a trainer of lawyers, teaching advocacy for the Law Society since 1996, running courses on legal skills and legal writing, and running training in negotiation, mediation and dispute resolution.

Lei Theng is in Eden to be of service to the community.  She will take on family, criminal, and civil litigation matters, and assist charitable institutions with corporate governance and transactional matters. She aims to provide quality legal services, working pro bono for those whose finances are tight, and charging on the basis of ability to pay for those who can afford it.

We welcome Lei Theng to Eden!

🌴Eden Law celebrates Hari Raya Puasa with You!🌴

May 18th, 2020 Posted by Community Events No Comment yet

Dear Community Partners and Friends,

COVID-19 may have disrupted many of our festive plans but we at Eden Law have always believed that we can overcome all difficulties together as an united community.

It is in this spirit that we work closely with our community partners and social workers to effect positive impact and legal aid to the underserved in Singapore.

We hope that you will find much joy in reconnecting with your loved ones during Hari Raya Puasa. Physical distance may been imposed but our social bonds will remain strong.

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Stay Safe!

PS: In line with the present Circuit Breaker regulations governing non-essential legal services, all our lawyers and staff will continue to work from home until 1 June 2020 or further notice. We remain contactable via phone and email in the meantime.