find the latest legal job
Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Highly-respected, innovative and entrepreneurial Not-for-Profit · Competency based Board
View details
Chief Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Dynamic, high growth organisation · ASX listed market leader
View details
In-house Projects Lawyer | Renewables / Solar | 2-5 Years PQE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: All Australia
· Help design the future · NASDAQ Listed
View details
Corporate Lawyer
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· 12 months fixed term opportunity
View details
Property lawyer - Melbourne
Category: Property Law | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Impressive client list, national firm · Well-led and high-performing team
View details
Sydney firm’s Singapore sling

Sydney firm’s Singapore sling

A boutique Sydney firm has set up shop in Singapore.

Ryan Lawyers, a real estate, hotels and tourism firm based in Sydney, launched its Singapore office yesterday (13 August).

Tien Gui Koh, formerly a senior counsel and company secretary for international hotel corporations Jumeirah and Marriot, has been hired to head the fledgling office.

Robert Williams, a former partner at Baker & McKenzie who was poached by Ryan Lawyers in June, will also assist Koh and divide his time between Sydney and Singapore.

“These appointments and our Singapore presence demonstrate Ryan Lawyers’ commitment to our clients by providing a greater depth of capability in the Asia-Pacific region and servicing the real estate, hotels and tourism sectors,” said Tony Ryan (pictured), the principal and founder of Ryan Lawyers.

Ryan, a former partner at Ashurst, started Ryan Lawyers in 2004 and brought with him a high-profile client base.

In March this year, he and his colleague Chris Greiner, also a former partner with Ashurst, acted for Hyatt of Australia Limited in a legal stoush with Clive Palmer over the control of the Hyatt Regency Coolum Golf Resort and Spa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

The controversial Queensland-based mining magnate terminated the management agreement with Hyatt. He accused Hyatt management of being more interested in increasing turnover than generating a profit and claimed that during Hyatt’s tenure as the resort’s managers they had accrued “millions of dollars in losses to the owners”.

“I jumped on a plane and went off to Brisbane and got an injunction restraining him,” said Ryan when speaking to Lawyers Weekly in March about the successful application to the Queensland Supreme Court for an injunction to stop Palmer terminating the management agreement. “I was then in Brisbane for the next five weeks.”

Palmer and Hyatt management settled the matter, with Hyatt forfeiting control of the hotel.

Clients of Ryan Lawyers include Host Hotels & Resorts, the Marriott Vacation Club, the Swiss-Belhotel International and Royal Group Holdings, a Singapore-based hotel owner and operator.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Sydney firm’s Singapore sling
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Aug 23 2017
NT Law Society sounds alarm on mandatory sentencing
The Law Society Northern Territory has issued a warning over mandatory sentencing, saying it hasn’...
Aug 22 2017
Professionals unite in support of marriage equality
The presidents of representative bodies for solicitors, barristers and doctors in NSW have come toge...
Aug 21 2017
Is your firm on the right track for gig economy gains?
Promoted by The way we do business, where we work, how we engage with workers, even how we take a...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...