The Faculty of Law and Government at HELP University recently invited GM Tan, Managing Partner of GM Tan and Company and an alumnus of HELP University to present a talk titled ‘Going into the Working World: What are my rights and liberties as a potential lawyer?’ to the law students. The purpose of this talk was to raise the students’ awareness of their employment rights as lawyers, and to help them understand the employment issues that they may face as young lawyers.
In the talk, GM Tan spoke about the legal rights and liberties of a lawyer. He emphasised that young law graduates should look into their contracts carefully before committing to any employment offer as it contains the terms and conditions that detail their rights and limits. As he reiterates, “The devil is in the details.”
He also gave examples of what actions a lawyer is allowed to take if they find discriminating information about their clients, and whether it is within their rights to take action and report their clients to the authorities without jeopardising their career and client relationships. He also spoke about the differences between a contract of service and a contract for service, and how it would affect employees. He further stressed that it is important for terminated employees to find out the reasons for their termination and whether it is lawful and just.
The talk is part of the Student Activities Week organised by the Faculty of Law at HELP University that runs from February 27 to March 3, 2017. Students are encouraged to participate in the many activities that the Faculty has prepared, which include a Mock Trial exhibition, a leadership workshop, a legal charade, screenings of law movies, career talks and many more.