“Donʼt just complain about whatʼs wrong – do something to make it right.”
Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
Solicitor, England and Wales
Making partner in her early 30s at a top international law firm, June has performed her tour of duty at some of the biggest names in the industry. Her area of speciality is transactions, in particular banking and finance, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions, where she has cut billion-dollar deals for clients all over the world. She is qualified as a solicitor in England, and was called to the Singapore Bar in 2001.
Despite her petite stature, June is tenacious and does not easily give in during negotiations until she gets whatever’s in the best interests for her clients. Complex transactions are her passion and she’s driven by the pace, competition and learning experience in every deal. This zeal extends to her personal life, where she is a member of a sports car club and clocked best timings to earn the female “Top Gun” award at its driving school in Brisbane.
She has a soft spot though for children and animals. Through her volunteer work at the Make-A-Wish Foundation Singapore, she has arranged to fulfil the wishes of terminally ill children. These include joy rides in super cars and meetings with comic superheroes. Her volunteer work with Healing Paws with her 7-year-old Chocolate Labrador brings joy during sessions and interacting with the various beneficiaries in old folks’ homes and children’s homes. She continues her passion for community work at TSMP, where she is Head of Community Services, in charge of planning and running the firm’s twice yearly Handprint outreach programme for the children- and youth-at-risk, transient workers and the elderly.
“Efficient negotiator with local expertise”
We hear you are a bit of a petrolhead. How did this love for fast cars come about?
My brother and I have loved fast cars since we were little. While little girls dreamt of being princesses, I just wanted to drive a sports car. When I test drove the Porsche 911 in 2009, I never looked back. The car suited me to a tee. Fast, responsive and manoeuvres corners like a dream – pretty much like my personality.
Is that competitive streak why you decided on transactional practice?
(Laughs) Not really. I didn’t like the confrontational nature of litigation work where in most cases there is a clear winner and a clear loser. Transactional work was more a problem-solving exercise, trying to find a win-win solution for both parties.
Tell us more about your volunteer work at Make-A-Wish Foundation Singapore?
There are many worthy charities in Singapore but what struck me about Make-A-Wish was the fact that they are all about making wishes come true for children who are terminally ill. While other charities fulfil a necessary role in raising funds for treatment and so on, Make-A-Wish caters to the psychological, fun side – sick children are still children at heart and having their wishes fulfilled gives them strength and hope to continue in their treatment journey. So why won’t I be a part of the process of making wishes come true?