The Singapore office has a strong commitment to serving the community and has been at the forefront of building and promoting a pro bono culture in Singapore. The office has taken on a leadership position on the Joint International Pro Bono Committee, which was established to match interested Singapore and international law practices with cross-border pro bono opportunities involving economic and social development in emerging markets. The membership of the committee is made up of representatives from most of the international and local law firms in Singapore and is an important forum for the development of pro bono initiatives in Singapore.
Latham's support for the Law Society of Singapore’s pro bono initiatives was honored with the “Friend of the Law Society” award. The firm has continued its involvement in the Law Society’s Criminal Legal Aid Scheme prison interview program and has also recently been providing corporate governance advice to Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX), which aims to be Asia’s first social stock exchange and Princeton-in-Asia (PiA), a non-profit organization that places recent college graduates in year-long service-orientated fellowship jobs in 17 different countries throughout Asia.
Latham lawyers in Singapore completed pro bono work with key partner organizations TrustLaw and Pro Bono Services Office of the Law Society of Singapore in areas such as anti-human trafficking and human rights, nonprofits and NGOs, intellectual property and licensing, corporate and regulatory, and social entrepreneurship.
According to the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s third annual TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono, Latham ranks fourth in the provision of pro bono services in Singapore. Latham was awarded "Global Pro Bono Deal of the Year" by The American Lawyer Global Legal Awards 2017 for its work on Shining a Light On Rural India: Advising Mera Gao Power.