Pro bono resources for social enterprises with a focus on:
A more comprehensive guide can be found in the Law Society of Singapore handbook, Legalese.
Acknowledgement: Special thanks to Chong Le Yue, Jess '18 (LL.B. (Hon.) NUS) for her advice and assistance in this section.
LegaleSE: A Legal Handbook For Non-Profit Organisations And Social Enterprises
Publication of the Law Society of Singapore which aims to provide information on the various legal aspects of setting up and running a social enterprise or non-profit entity.
Online Guide for NPOs
Information for local or international charity organisations or NPOs on getting started, running the organisations, winding up, etc. Published by the Law Society Pro Bono Services Office.
More guidance is provided by the Law Society Pro Bono Services Office here.
Help for social enterprises on operational issues. Each clinic session lasts about 45 minutes and preliminary advice is given. No legal representation is provided. Registration is required.
Add: Law Society Pro Bono Services, 1 Havelock Square, #B1 State Courts (Help Centre), Singapore 059724
Non-litigation commercial legal services for Singapore and International social enterprises. Most pertinent for social enterprises with cross-border legal needs e.g. foreign contracts, foreign licensing issues.
Non-litigation commercial legal services for Singapore social enterprises e.g. supply contracts, indemnity agreements, employment contracts, copyright, data protection, website use, lease agreements. Note that a "means test" will be conducted before the case is assigned to a law firm.
a. IP Business Clinic by IPOS
Consultation for businesses on IP strategy, franchising and licensing, audits and valuation e.t.c. Consultation is complimentary. Each clinic session lasts 45 minutes.
General appointment with IPOS relating to IP applications.
Refer to the following statutes and related subsidiary legislation on Singapore Statutes Online:
|Non-Profit Legal Structures|
|Other Related Laws|
Use LINC, our library catalogue to look for titles (both print and electronic). Sample search terms:
LawNet has its own commercial precedent bank. Check the "Commercial Precedents" box under Reference Materials on the main search page.
Note that the governing law of the precedents vary, e.g.
C. Print Collection
Refer to resources below for laws to keep in mind when using voluntary workers in your organisation: