In 2005, armed with a cash loan and the support of 2 friends, Samuel Seow incorporated Samuel Seow Law Corporation (“SSLC”) with a mission to change the way legal practice is conducted – where the indifference and general “stuffiness” people associate with legal practice is replaced with genuine warmth and compassion. These lofty ambitions started humbly. Before incorporation, the founding partners of the law corporation would meet weekly at the McDonalds outlet in Clarke Quay to strategise and plan for the future of the business. When the law corporation was finally incorporated on 17 March 2005, the lawyers first worked out of the small one–bedroom apartment in which Samuel had then lived.
Samuel Seow, at that time, became the Managing Director of the new business and was far from the “celebrity lawyer” he has been dubbed by the local press to be today. He was a young, nervous, struggling entrepreneur compelled to face the challenges of entrepreneurship head on as he navigated SSLC into safe waters at a time when the Asian Financial Crisis loomed.
Today the law corporation has surpassed expectations and terse comments that “Singapore is never going to need an entertainment lawyer” and has garnered accolades and awards both locally and internationally, and has grown beyond its position as “Singapore‘s first media law firm” to a respected, full service medium–sized legal practice. Through positive word-of-mouth and through savvy marketing of SSLC and Samuel Seow as a public persona, SSLC is, today, a well-recognised name in the legal and entertainment industries. For his achievements, Samuel was awarded the Spirit of Enterprise award in 2011. For years, SSLC has been ranked annually in the prestigious Asia-Pacific Legal 500, where Samuel is listed as a “significant individual”. SSLC has also been recognized as “Media & Entertainment Law Firm of the Year Award in Singapore” as part of the Global Awards. For its contributions exceeding S$300,000 annually to the arts, the National Arts Council has awarded to SSLC the “Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award ” every year since 2010. Samuel is also today the Co-Chairman of the Theatre Practice and nominated to sit on the board of assessors for the Major Grants Panel of the National Arts Council.
SSLC has also stretched its wings outside of Singapore to neighbouring Malaysia, where its Malaysian associated office, Seow & Associates (which is also featured in the Asia Pacific Legal 500), today repeats the success story of SSLC and represents some of the most exciting media companies across the causeway, including the Pinewood Iskandar Studios, an integrated media production studio facility which opened its doors to the world on 14 June 2014.
Samuel has been keenly involved in all aspects of Samuel Seow Law Corporation since its incorporation and remains committed to building a legal practice upon the foundations of passion, creativity and love.