Lawyers and Technology – Use ‘IT’ or Lose It

Jeffery Tan, Group General Counsel, Jardine Cycle & Carriage Limited

Lawyers face many different challenges and a recent addition to this growing list is how best to respond to technology /digital changes, innovation and disruption. Given that the practice of law is steeped in tradition and accustomed to legal developments that are more ‘glacial’ in pace than responding in a timely manner to the ‘scorching’ pace of current technological innovation and disruption; lawyers must now learn how they can best adapt and evolve to remain relevant. This is not a choice that can be mulled over and considered with the luxury of time but requires a focused, deliberate and disciplined approach to unlearn the old ways and embrace the new changes, at an unprecedented pace hitherto not seen in the history of law practice.

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Management General March 2019 Vol.12, No. 46, Winter 2019

Jeffery Tan


Jeffery is the Group General Counsel; Director, Group Corporate Affairs; and Group Company Secretary of Jardine Cycle & Carriage Ltd since April 2016. He is responsible for legal, compliance, company secretarial, communications and public affairs at the Group level. Before joining Jardine Cycle & Carriage, he was the Group General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Board Secretary for UTAC Holdings Ltd. Prior to that, he has over 20 years of private practice and in-house legal experience with international law firms and multinational companies such as Allen & Gledhill, DLA Piper, Siemens and Motorola. He also served in a business capacity as President of Motorola Singapore for five years. Jeffery has an LLB (HONS) from the National University of Singapore. He is a senior Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Singapore and a Solicitor of England & Wales. He has completed the Senior Executive Management Program, at Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management.

Management General March 2019 Vol.12, No. 46, Winter 2019