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Birmingham Solicitor, Raj Padhiar, visits Singapore with UKTI

Tea at Raffles
3.30 reservation, window seat
Not too overcrowded, nice
A tier of food, cakes and sandwiches

Once again after a very comfortable and enjoyable flight with Emirates, I arrived in Singapore late evening. A car had been arranged by the hotel, so there was no delay in getting to the comforts of my room at the Mandarinraj-padhiar Orient on Orchard Rd. Despite a confused body clock, I managed to make the extravagant breakfast feast where Steve Cunane of UKTI greeted me. Steven had used his excellent skills in arranging meetings with high-ranking members of both the Law Society of Singapore and the Singapore Academy of Law.

Singapore’s legal system is yet another example of one which takes its origins from the English legal system. Unlike many parts of Asia there is little or no corruption and the legal infrastructure is sound; a simple, clear and no nonsense approach. English is the legal language and the common language, so unlike China there is no forced approach to speak English; it is in fact their first language.

Singapore boasts tremendous growth and has not really seen any measurable decline in economic terms. It has a population make up of Indian, Chinese, Malaysian and Brits amongst other. The country is so diverse I think it would be difficult to be an outsider for very long, if at all. A safe and enjoyable environment, with many ex-pats enjoying a luxurious lifestyle and excellent schooling for children.

If you’re not sold yet and packing your bags then you should be aware that Singapore is looking for Lawyers. There were suggestions that there is a shortage of professional skills. This is demonstrated by the fact that not finding a training contract is almost unheard of and there is less than 2% unemployment. The country rebuilds itself almost every 10 years so construction along with manufacturing is big.

My advice is to take up the opportunity of going there with the UKTI; they will ensure you get to meet the right people. The Emirates flight ensures you have a stretch of the legs in Dubai before connecting you to Singapore. Matthew Mani business and development manager at the Mandarin Orient has agreed to give UKTI members, more favorable rates. Mr. Mani ensured our stay was comfortable & enjoyable. He and his staff facilitated transport and all our business needs. I for one shall certainly be staying there on my next visit.

Overall a worthwhile visit and gave me the opportunity to put Birmingham on the map for legal services.

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