TSMP Law Corporation head of pro bono services Melvin Chan, who is also head of litigation, was quoted in a Straits Times article on 23 November 2020 on TSMP being named Champions of Good by the National Volunteerism and Philanthropy Centre.
He shared the TSMP’s collaboration with local non-profit group Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (Home), when the firm’s lawyers realised the need for legal services among domestic workers and migrant workers in the construction and shipping industries.
It then started to work more formally with Home and Transient Workers Count Too, taking on pro bono cases for migrant workers in 2010. Over the years, TSMP lawyers handled salary dispute and workplace injuries cases.
TSMP, which has handled about 150 various pro bono cases in the past five years, was among more than 70 organisations lauded for making social contributions that go beyond corporate social responsibility initiatives.
The companies were recognised as Champions of Good by Company of Good, an arm of The National Volunteer Philanthropy Centre that has celebrated exemplary organisations since the national recognition framework was launched in 2017.
He said: “It is certainly an honour, and very humbling at the same time, to be recognised for doing our part in helping those that need help, be it through our community programmes or pro bono work.
“This award is a great encouragement to everyone in our firm to continue to do good in the little ways that we can,” he added.