|Up Close - S. Sivanesan|
S. Sivanesan is a partner in Rodyk's Corporate Practice Group.
What is it about soccer that gets you excited?
The atmosphere in a stadium, the unexpected plays, the skills of players, team coordination, off the ball running, tackles, the fans... everything I guess and you find it all in Liverpool! Ok perhaps I exaggerate.
I went to the 2006 World Cup in Germany. It was such a great experience and I hope to go to South Africa in 2010, too, but I also hope to see Liverpool play in its new stadium... if it ever gets built!
Tell us a bit more about the Rodyk soccer team.
I recall as a pupil in 1986, we had a football team of sorts comprising lawyers and staff... typical Sunday players hoping to just kick the ball around, show off some non-existent skills, dream up fantastic goals, dribble and not get injured. A bit like Man Utd!
Anyway, a few of the pupils (including Vi Ming, Chai Chong and myself) generated enough enthusiasm and excitement to get the team going and the next thing you know, we had quite a good team, playing regular games and winning the Wednesday shield a few times.
I have been sort of managing the team and keeping the enthusiasm going. I am a bit older now so my legs don't carry me as fast or as far as before but thankfully we have a splendid bunch of younger lads who play well and keep the Rodyk spirit going. We still play regular games and have kick-arounds - so do come and join us or support us.
We wear the Rodyk white jerseys and black shorts. These are limited edition items and you CANNOT get them at any shop. They are not for sale. Only Rodyk footballers get to wear them.
Draw us a parallel between the game of soccer and the practice of law.
My passion for football is fuelled by the challenge to play well as a team while giving your individual best. If you give your best, then the team can do well. There is a strong sense of camaraderie in any football team - just ask the Rodyk footballers - and we have great times together.
I have been in Rodyk for more than 22 years and I still find it a great place to work in because there is truly a great Rodyk culture and strong sense of camaraderie within the firm. Our staff take pride in being a part of the firm, the team, and having a sense of "ownership". The work, of course, is always challenging and interesting but it’s my colleagues (old and new) who give the place a great buzz.
As an experienced lawyer and mentor for young lawyers at Rodyk, what is the one piece of advice you would give them that you wish someone had given you when you were just starting out?
Not to be afraid to make mistakes and accept the 'ticking off” and advice from the seniors. Be humble and show respect to and learn from all, whether they be senior partners, executives, junior lawyers, tea ladies, secretaries or administrative staff. In my formative years here at Rodyk, I learnt a great deal not just from the senior partners but also many of the other members of the firm.