Singapore lawyers push back against tying fees to claim amounts

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Singaporean lawyers are concerned about the government’s move to tie fees allowed to civil suit claim amounts.

Around 1,000 lawyers flocked to a town hall held by the on 1 November to voice their concerns to Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam, minister of law, and , second minister for finance and education, according to the Strait Times.

The Civil Justice Commission (CJC) established by Shanmugam has recommended that the maximum professional fees allowed be S$6,000 for a S$60,000 claim, S$148,000 for a S$10m claim, and S$723,000 for a S$200m claim. The caps will improve access to justice of ordinary citizens, the CJC argues.

The changes are part of a wider civil justice system reform spearheaded by the CJC.

Source: Sol Dolor | Australasian Lawyer