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Pro Bono: Social Enterprises


Pro bono resources for social enterprises with a focus on: 

  • layman guides
  • agencies that provide legal assistance to social enterprises
  • legislation
  • forms
  • using volunteer workers
  • collecting donations from the public.

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.

1. Pro Bono Services Office (PBSO)

a. Community Organisation Clinic

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

b. Joint International Pro Bono Committee 

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.

Email: /

c. Project Law Help 

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. 



2. Intellectual Property Office of Singapore 

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.

b. General eAppointment with IPOS

General appointment with IPOS relating to IP applications. 

A. Generally

Use LINC, our library catalogue to look for titles (both print and electronic). Sample search terms:

  • Commercial clauses
  • Boilerplate (we have e-books!)
  • Contract drafting
  • Forms and precedents…

B. LawNet

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.

  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia
  • England
  • Hong Kong
  • New York.

C. Print Collection

The Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents (UK)

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  • Precedents for a variety of contracts
  • Drafting notes to precedents
  • Detailed commentary on relevant law and practice

Notable volumes

  • v 4(3) Boilerplate and Commercial Clauses
  • v 6(2) Charities and Charitable Giving
  • v 7(2) Commercial Contracts & Other Documents
  • v11 Companies Acquisitions, Mergers & Demergers
  • v 12(3) Confidentiality: Deeds, Agreements and Declarations
  • v 21(1) Intellectual Property (Patents, Technology Transfer and Licensing)
  • v 21(2) Intellectual Property
  • v 21(3) Intellectual Property: Trade Marks, Designs, Border Measures, Taxation
  • v 26(1) 2017 Licensing
  • v 32 Research & Development, Registered Societies
  • Call Number  : KB220 Enc
  • Location   : Reference 1, Level 1 

Boilerplate : Practical Clauses

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The library also has the 2012 edition, the 2010 edition and 2005 edition

  • Call Number : KB130 Chr 2015
  • Location  : RBR, Level 1

Commercial Transactions in Singapore : the Law and Model Documents (4th ed)

  • Call Number : KE5115 Mod 2016
  • Location  : Singapore-Malaysia Collection, Level 1

Practical Commercial Precedents

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  • Call Number : KB115 Pra
  • Location  : Reference 1, Level 1

Practical Lending and Security Precedents 

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  • Call Number : KB119 Pra
  • Location  : RBR, Level 1

Specific Issues

Refer to resources below for laws to keep in mind when using voluntary workers in your organisation:

Laws relevant to screening of videos at public events:

For licensing of motion pictures, refer to the Motion Picture Licensing Company website.

Acknowledgement & Contacts

Clement Lin Zikai '18 (LL.B. (Hon.) NUS) was the editor of this page from Jan 2019 to April  2022.

For any queries relating to this Libguide, please email