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.
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
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.
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
“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”
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.