The Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA) hosted the city-state’s first in-house counsel competition for law students: the SCCA Legal Eagle Challenge.
The fundraising initiative for the charity Child at Street 11 saw 168 participants taking on the role of a fictional charity’s general counsel, working through case scenarios based on real-life issues and challenges due to covid-19.
The competition was open to all students studying a law degree or diploma in Singapore. Focusing on the practical application of the law in the business world, SCCA’s Legal Eagle Challenge aims to develop a new generation of thinkers who are not only proficient in legal knowledge, but are also business savvy and innovative with the ability to communicate clearly with stakeholders and management with varying levels of legal knowledge.
To this end, participants had to review and analyze a document pack of correspondence, legal agreements and management accounts to identify issues and formulate a solution for scenarios to be presented to the “board of directors”.
The “CEO” sought the GCs’ thoughts on three key areas:
- The charity’s fundraising concert was cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic.
- (The charity has a cash flow issue and has difficulties making rental payments.
- The charity had to close its physical shop and did not generate revenue during the circuit-breaker period.
The judges, two general counsel and one charity director who was not legally trained, assessed the presentations and shortlisted six finalist teams. Finalists then made presentations over zoom to the judges. Awards were presented to the winning team, the most innovative team, the most business savvy team, and an individual award for the best communicator. LexisNexis sponsored the award for the most innovative team.
The award winners were as follows: Winning Team – NUS, consisting of Bodi Siddartha, Seah Ding Hang, Wee Min and Yang Siqi; Most Innovative Team – SMU, consisting of Claire Tan, Havard Sia, Janice Jiang and Winie Ao; Most Business Savvy Team – NUS, consisting of Alison Ng, Johanna Lim Ziyun, Lai Sin Yee, and Nichelle Chee Sijie; Best Communicator (individual award) – tied between Wang Yi Qin (SMU) and Mohammed Syakir (Temasek Polytechnic).