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Dr Stanley Lai, SC

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Allen & Gledhill LLP

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Intellectual Property, Technology, Media & Telecommunications.


Partner and Head of the Intellectual Property Practice.


Stanley specialises in all forms of IP litigation and information technology disputes, and is also a commercial litigator. He also maintains a strong advisory practice for IP/data management and cybersecurity, serving a broad spectrum of clients. In the biomedical and pharmaceutical sectors, Stanley has substantial experience in advising on healthcare and medical IP and regulatory issues concerning medicines, generics, patent linkage, bio-similars, medical devices, clinical trials, product recalls and product liability. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales, Lincoln's Inn (1993) and the Singapore Bar (1995). In January 2010, Stanley was appointed Senior Counsel.




Chairman of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, Stanley is also a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre IP Panel and Singapore Copyright Tribunal, and a director of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (SGX-Listed). He is also an Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, and serves as a Principal Mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre.


Stanley graduated from the University of Leicester with an LLB (Hons) degree and obtained an LLM and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. First Singapore-born lawyer to have been conferred a PhD in Law from the University of Cambridge.

Singapore: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution – Local firms

Within: Dispute resolution – Local firms

At Allen & Gledhill LLP, Dr Stanley Lai, SC ('a good strategist and IP litigator') is now the firm's sole Senior Counsel litigator following the departures of Ang Cheng Hock SC to the bench and Edwin Tong SC, who became Senior Minister of State for Law and Health. Despite these departures, the firm maintains a high market share of big-ticket Singapore disputes. Lai recently led the team that represented Credit Suisse Trust in a headline dispute concerning a trust set up by Bidzina Ivanishvili, the Georgian billionaire and former Prime Minister of Georgia. The 'truly excellent', 'professional' and 'fantastic' team features William Ong, who 'can zero in on the key issues of concern, map out strategic solutions and passionately deliver legal arguments'. Vincent Leow provides 'very good and practical advice' and 'impresses with the quality of his work'. Jason Chan is noted for white-collar crime and investigations, while Tay Yong Seng 'truly goes above and beyond' and 'understands what the business is and what the business wants'. Peh Aik Hin is a 'top-tier lawyer' who is 'razor sharp in getting to the issues and addressing concerns'. Kristy Tan has has joined the Attorney General's Chambers.

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Singapore: Intellectual property

Intellectual property – Local firms

Within: Leading individuals

Stanley Lai SC - Allen & Gledhill LLP

Within: Intellectual property – Local firms

Allen & Gledhill LLP fields 'a fabulous team that knows its stuff and can deliver outcomes'. Practice head Dr Stanley Lai, SC is 'a good strategist and has the seniority to reach out to third parties and their counsel to mediate and deliver outcomes'. Other key members of the team include Low Pei Lin, Tham Kok Leong and William Ong. The group has a range of expertise in areas such as chemistry, biotechnology and engineering and undertakes patent and trade mark prosecution work and infringement matters together with transactional work including the negotiation of commercial agreements. It is acting for ASM Technology Singapore in an appeal to the Court of Appeal against a High Court decision regarding patent infringement and validity concerning a patent relating to a process and apparatus to seal electronic components with moulding resin. It is also representing a group of defendants in a dispute pertaining to allegations of copyright infringement and breach of confidence. Alexander Yap is a key name for commercial transactions relating to intellectual property, information technology and the protection and management of data.

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Singapore: TMT

TMT – Local firms

Within: TMT – Local firms

Allen & Gledhill LLP attracts praise for its 'sound and prompt advice and its bench strength'. The group's comprehensive expertise spans the acquisition and financing of technology companies, licensing, regulatory and data protection as well as related IP protection. It also advises on developing areas such as cloud systems and fintech. Tan Wee Meng and Yeo Boon Kiat led a team that advised NetLink NBN and SingTel on a S$2.3bn IPO and listing of NetLink NBN Trust on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading. Other work included assisting the Asean Football Federation on its appointment of Lagardère Sports as the exclusive marketing and media rights holder for the Suzuki Cup. Tham Kok Leong  and Dr Stanley Lai, SC are highly regarded.

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