The BigChilli, a Bangkok-based lifestyle magazine, recently interviewed David Lyman, Chairman & Chief Values Officer of Tilleke & Gibbins. The interview highlighted the background of the firm and some of the memorable moments that he and his family have experienced while leading Thailand’s largest independent law firm.
“In 1890 Ceylonese lawyer William Alfred Goone Tilleke chose Siam as the place he wished to employ his talents and secure a career, and he opened a law office. In 1902 he teamed up with Ralph Gibbins, an Englishman, and the firm became Tilleke & Gibbins,” David told Maxmilian Wechsler, who conducted the interview. “My father, Albert Lyman, along with my mother, Freda Ring Lyman, purchased T&G in 1951 from the surviving partner, Victor Jaques and I took over after my father’s death in 1984.”
The interview touched on a number of subjects, from the firm’s rapid growth to the wider landscape for legal services in Thailand. In discussing the firm’s particular strength in intellectual property law, David said that counterfeiting continues to increase. “Anything made by man can be and most probably has been or is being counterfeited. Counterfeiting is not unique to Thailand. On a global scale, it is very hard to measure – but according to the International Chamber of Commerce, somewhere from seven to ten percent of the total world trade is in counterfeit products.”
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