We are one of the few international firms to have a practice in Taiwan. Our head office in Singapore began in 1988 and has a solid name in transportation and corporate law. The Taipei office started operations in the middle of 2002 with a dominant population made up of staff previously from the now defunct Qilin International Law Office. Qilin was one of the largest and most successful law firms in Taiwan specializing in multiple areas that included corporate acquisitions and intellectual property. Needless to say, the ex-Qilin lawyers brought over a wealth of knowledge and experience to JTJB-Taipei. We work hard to differentiate ourselves from our local counterparts by our refined and higher quality work. Our goal is to build up a resounding reputation in our niche areas of practice in Taiwan by providing better legal services. We do this by selecting our lawyers carefully and by maintaining a strong work ethos.    

“We do not do routine work in a routine way. Clients want brain input from us in a job, not just document processing. This means being creative and resourceful. This also means our willingness to always go that extra mile further for our clients.”  

Our style of work is aggressive. We move very swiftly in all that we do, be it drafting a progress report or filling an application to preserve evidence. There is a lot of anticipation in our operations. We anticipate client’s needs and prepare documents in advance, we anticipate the questions that clients will usually ask and always have the answers at hand, and we anticipate our opponents’ move and will plan 2 steps ahead to block deployments. Other than this, we fully understand the advantages of diplomacy and will readily switch to a softer approach in scenarios where aggression should be less preferred. 

 

Our main strength would however be our creativity and ability to fully utilize resources to produce an all rounded, practical solution to tackle issues for our clients. The problem with a majority of traditional local law firms in Taiwan is that they rely too heavily on conventional legalistic methods. They are bulky, move too clumsily, and almost enjoy burdening clients with unnecessary recitations of the codified law. They do not think hard enough and do not look around a problem to see whether it can be solved by adopting other non-legal approaches. We therefore encourage our lawyers to be innovative with their ideas. What we definitely do not want is to tell our clients that something cannot be done, without first exhausting all possible avenues to it,whether legal or not. This is the type of commitment and dedication that we show to our clients.    

So what are the minimum assurances that we can give to our quality of work? Each practicing lawyer at our firm has at least 4-5 years of post qualification experience. You can be sure that your matter with us will not be assigned to some budding young lawyer freshly admitted to the bar while you are then charged fees equivalent to a mature practitioner. You can also be rest assured that the lawyer communicating with you at our office is indeed the person handling the case for you. Each of our lawyers specialize in an area of the law currently practiced at our firm. All of them are case-hardened and time-tested during their previous stay with major law firms in Taiwan. For international transactions or disputes involving foreign parties or jurisdictions, we maintain a team of Anglo-American lawyers with double qualification in Taiwan. 

 

Most practitioners in the Taiwan will recognize this combination of people as best suited to handle cross border and multi-jurisdictional work. Finally and above anything else, the greatest assurance that we can give to our clients, would be our international reputation.    

“We have so much more at stake then our local counterparts in Taiwan because we are an international law firm. We have a global brand name that many colleagues in our other offices had strived so hard to maintain and protect. Clients can therefore be rest assured that they will only get the best from us because we need to live up to that name”       

Our reputation is our most valuable asset. We are always conscious about how our clients regard us and there is therefore constant pressure upon us to perform and act in the utmost professional manner as members of the international legal community. Unlike local firms, our image in Taiwan reflects upon the entire JTJB group that operates on a global scale.     

So what are our plans for the future? The Taipei Office started in 2002 and grew to more than 2 times its original size in less than 2 years. What we like to do for the road ahead, would be to continue our expansion by recruiting talented lawyers with experience into our current niche areas of practice. We believe that the future of any law firm lies firmly in people representing it, and so we maintain a strict recruiting policy to ensure that we take in only the best. On the other hand, we definitely have no intentions to evolve into a large sized firm in Taiwan. Size means bulk. This in turn gives rise to bureaucracy and inflexibility. At the end of the day, these problems are usually translated into additional costs to be borne by the client in terms of a bigger bill. What we would want to do at the end of the day, is to remain effective and versatile.