The Legal Cheek View
Helmsman launched their traineeship programme globally in 2020. The programme in Hong Kong kicked started initially with the recruitment of one trainee. It’s a tell-tale sign of growth for the firm, which is headquartered in Singapore and launched in Hong Kong through an association with local law firm Tang & Co in 2019.
New practice groups in commercial disputes, employment and corporate, banking and finance were also launched last year, steering the shipping and commodities specialist into a multidisciplinary law firm. Though maritime work is still the firm’s mainstay and inspired its name (helmsman being the title given to a person who steers a boat or ship).
Helmsman was founded by two shipping and trade specialists, Ian Teo and Tang Chong Jun, and now has about 19 lawyers working across the maritime hubs of Singapore and Hong Kong. The firm represents clients in high-value transactions and disputes around the world, particularly in Asia and Europe. The shipping practice services clients ranging from shipowners to charterers, marine insurers and banks, and its lawyers are well-versed in adapting to global trading trends such as new technologies and the drive towards sustainability.