China Ready Programme for Singapore's Legal Industry

Growing bilateral trade and investment between Singapore and China, as well as increasing number of internationalising Chinese companies have opened up new opportunities for Singapore law firms and lawyers. Launched by the Singapore Ministry of Law in partnership with Han Culture & Education Group (HCEG), the China Ready Programme provides participants with a deeper understanding of the Chinese culture, business environment, legal system and laws, and training in Business Mandarin in the legal context. The programme is specially developed to expand the pool of Singapore lawyers who can work with Chinese companies and law firms effectively to meet businesses’ needs. The programme will be conducted bilingually. 

China Ready Programme

Module 1:
Business & Legal Chinese

This course offers training in business and legal Chinese, and an overview of contemporary Chinese legal system and culture. Curated curriculum will be developed and delivered by experienced professors in local universities. Participants will be trained to read and interpret selected Chinese legal articles, statutes, court decisions and other legal documents and instruments. After this course, participants are expected to be able to communicate professionally in business and legal Chinese, and interpret Chinese legal documents including legal principles and terminologies.

August 4, 11, 18, 15
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
October 6

7pm – 9pm

Zhang Wei, Assistant Professor, Singapore Management University School of Law 

Module 2:
Business Culture, Social Economic & Political Context

This course equips participants with the required knowledge and skills to do business in China, including an understanding of the Chinese business culture, social customs and protocols. The course covers the dos and don’ts in communication and networking, business negotiation with Chinese counterparts, and the differences between how Singapore and China work and think. Participants will also gain an overview of Singapore-China bilateral relations since China’s reforms and opening up, and a deeper understanding of contemporary China, including its political structure, institutions, and political, economic and social development.

12 October (Monday)

9am – 5pm 

• Lee Huay Leng, Head, Chinese Media Group, Singapore Press Holdings 
• Han Yong Hong, Associate Editor, Lianhe Zaobao; Chief Editor, (China Desk) 
• Li Furong, Adult Educator, Han Culture & Education Group

Module 3:
Legal Thematic Sessions

The legal thematic sessions aim to equip participants with a good understanding of the Chinese civil law system and laws, focusing on specific practice areas including Chinese contract law, foreign investment and administrative laws, merger and acquisition, and dispute resolution. Conducted by Chinese legal practitioners with years of practical experience, the sessions will include a combination of lectures and actual case studies.

13-16 October (Tues-Fri)

9am – 5pm

• Huang Yue, Assistant Professor, Guangzhou University
• Joan Wang, Partner, Beijing Gaoqin Partners 
• Li Jianxin, Founder & Senior Lawyer, Guangdong Tianjie Law Firm 
• Yang Yin, Professor, Shanghai University of Political Science and Law

Invited Guest Speakers:
• Chia Kim Huat, Regional Head, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP
• Hee Theng Fong, Consultant, Eversheds Harry Elias LLP

Comprehensive funding options available for individual and corporate sign-ups. Details on SkillsFuture and MinLaw subsidy support below. Self-sponsored participants may also use SkillsFuture Credit (up to $500).
Eligible participants may also apply for the SkillsFuture Study Awards (Legal).
For enquiries, email or call 98399258

Programme Fees

MinLaw Subsidy Support

To support Singapore law firms in their internationalisation efforts and training of lawyers, the Ministry of Law will provide an initial subsidy support of $5,000 per company sponsored participant to attend the China Ready Programme. The sponsored participant should meet the following criteria:

  • Be fully sponsored by a registered Singapore law practice.
  • Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Signed up for the full programme comprising all three modules

SkillsFuture Study Award (Legal)

The SkillsFuture Study Award (Legal) is a $5,000 monetary award to support Singaporean legal professionals in developing skills and competencies needed by future economic growth sectors or in areas of demand.

Applicant should be a Singaporean with at least 3 years of work experience in the legal industry. Only self-sponsored participants who signed up for the full programme comprising all three modules are eligible.

To find out more and apply, please visit the website.

Trainers' Profile

Click HERE for Trainer’s Profile ~ Zhang Wei

Click HERE for Trainer’s Profile ~ Lee Huay Leng

Click HERE for Trainer’s Profile ~ Han Yong Hong

Click HERE for Trainer’s Profile ~ Li Furong

Click HERE for Trainer’s Profile ~ Huang Yue

Click HERE for Trainer’s Profile ~ Joan Wong

Click HERE for Trainer’s Profile ~ Li Jianxin

Click HERE for Trainer’s Profile ~ Yang Yin

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