Next Generation Legal Minds Matter: Prioritizing Mental Health in the Legal Profession

Thursday, April 25
Location (Room)
Le météore

As guardians of justice and champions of the law, lawyers face a unique set of challenges that can take a significant toll on mental health. In today's rapidly changing legal landscape, it is imperative to address the issue of mental health and the support lawyers seek from their law firms.

The legal profession, with its demanding caseloads, high-stakes matters, and long hours, can exact a heavy toll on the well-being of legal professionals. It is time to engage in a candid dialogue about the mental health concerns in the legal community and identify the support structures that law firms can provide to ensure the well-being of their attorneys.

During this insightful panel discussion, our esteemed experts and professionals will explore a range of crucial topics, including:

  1. Mental Health Challenges in the Legal Profession
  2. Supporting Lawyers' Mental Health
  3. Stigma Reduction and Cultivating a Culture of Well-Being
  4. Balancing Work and Life
  5. Mental Health Resources and Services
  6. Practical Strategies for Self-Care.
  7. Success Stories and Best Practices

This panel discussion aims to create awareness, promote dialogue, and inspire positive change within the legal community. Together, we can embark on a journey to destigmatize mental health concerns in the legal profession and pave the way for a more supportive and compassionate environment in our law firms. The mental health of lawyers matters, and it's time to make it a top priority in our profession.



Li Yixiao

Yixiao is a German qualified lawyer and associated partner with the German leading law firm Gleiss Lutz. Her practice covers mergers & acquisitions and corporate law, with a focus on Asia-related cross-border transactions. She regularly advises Asian clients, especially Chinese, Singaporean and Japanese companies, on German and European law issues. In addition, Yixiao advises German companies on their business activities in Asia.

Yixiao is usually based in Stuttgart, Germany, but has spent time living and working in Singapore and China. She speaks German, English and Mandarin. If Yixiao is not working, chances are good that you can find her on her yoga mat .



Alexandra Geiger



Claire Stein

Claire Stein is a senior associate in the French M&A firm BREDIN PRAT. She advises international clients on regulatory aspects of M&A matters as well as on all legal subjects linked to financial service



Lin Yuankai

Specialising in complex and high-stakes cross-border litigation and arbitration, Yuankai Lin acts for clients in sectors such as Technology, Communications and Media; Retail; Entertainment & Sport; Consumer Life Sciences & Healthcare and Aviation.

An experienced dispute resolution lawyer, Yuankai frequently does his own advocacy in both litigation and arbitration matters. He has a very international practice having acted in disputes involving a wide range of jurisdictions including Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, China, Russia, South Korea, Bangladesh, India and the United States. He has acted for clients at all levels of the Singapore Courts as well as in arbitrations administered by the SIAC, ICC, KLRCA (now AIAC), LCIA and UNCITRAL Rules.

He has also been invited by various organisations to present on investigations and compliance matters in Singapore, Vietnam and South Korea.

Yuankai is an accredited mediator and has been on the Singapore Mediation Centre's Panel of Associate Mediators since 2014. He has experience mediating disputes at the Supreme Court and State Courts of Singapore and, as counsel, frequently acts for clients in mediations as well. He is a member of the Singapore Mediation Centre's Panel of Coaches, which is entrusted with the responsibility of training and mentoring the next generation of mediators in Singapore.

In 2016, Yuankai was also appointed by the Supreme Court of Singapore to the Young Amicus Curiae programme to assist the Supreme Court in cases involving novel points of law or important issues of public policy.

Yuankai is admitted to the Singapore bar as both solicitor and barrister and practices out of Premier Law LLC.



Edmund Kronenburg

Edmund began his legal career at Drew & Napier in 1997 and took on the mantle of Managing Partner of Braddell Brothers in 2009.

With over 25 years' experience in dispute resolution, litigation, and arbitration, Edmund regularly appears as lead counsel in cases before the Singapore High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as in international arbitrations. His diverse practice includes commercial and corporate disputes, energy and natural resources, media and telecommunications, breach of confidence, defamation, employment, medical and healthcare disputes as well as pre-emptive relief and injunctions including Worldwide Freezing / Mareva Injunctions.

Besides his commercial disputes practice, Edmund also represents the Singapore Medical Council in medical disciplinary hearings, and private clients in medical negligence lawsuits before the Singapore courts. Some of his medical cases have become landmark decisions of the Singapore Court of Appeal and the Court of Three Judges. Edmund is an honorary legal adviser to the Academy of Medicine, Singapore, the Vice-President (Legal) of the Medico-Legal Society of Singapore, and a member of the Singapore Medical Association's Centre for Medical Ethics and Professionalism (CMEP) teaching faculty.

Edmund also actively sits as an arbitrator, and has conducted arbitrations seated in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Brunei, as sole arbitrator, tribunal chairman / presiding arbitrator and tribunal member. He is a fellow of CIArb, SIArb, MIArb, AMINZ, HKIArb, PIArb and ACICA. He is also admitted to the panels / lists of, among others, the AIAC (Malaysia, formerly KLCRA), AIFC (Kazakhstan), BANI (Indonesia), BDAC (Brunei), BVIIAC (British Virgin Islands), CAA (Taiwan), HKIAC (Hong Kong), KCAB (Korea), IIAM (India), MIAC (Maldives), NCAC (Cambodia), PIAC (Vietnam), PDRC (Philippines), IMA (Russia), SCCA (Saudi Arabia), SHIAC (Shanghai), TIAC (Uzbekistan), TAI (Thailand), VIAC (Vietnam) and VLCAC (Vietnam).

Of note, Edmund's commercial disputes expertise extends well beyond Singapore to the ASEAN region, in particular Indonesia. In the course of his career, Edmund has acted for a variety of prominent Indonesian private clients and major corporations in international disputes. His achievements for Indonesian clients include obtaining a USD 35 million ICC Jakarta-seated arbitral award against PT Pertamina (Persero) and PT Pertamina EP, as well as defeating the enforcement of 99.7% of a USD 130 million SIAC award obtained by the Astro Group against First Media (a Lippo Group company).

Outside work, Edmund frequently gives talks and lectures on international dispute resolution, arbitration and medical law. He is a CIArb and SIArb teaching faculty member, and has also taught trial advocacy and cross-examination at the National University of Singapore (NUS) law faculty since 1998.

Edmund has received wide recognition in the Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, Best Lawyers, Benchmark Litigation, Asialaw and Who's Who Legal guides.