The desire to help those in less fortunate circumstances led Zhulkarnain Abdul Rahim to pursue a legal career and become the first Malay partner in Dentons Rodyk, where he was vital in developing the area of practice in Islamic law and finance. Though Rahim specialises in commercial litigation in the financial services sector, shipping and international trade, he is also an assigned solicitor with the Legal Aid Bureau and considers the cases he has handled pro bono (such as defending a severely abused woman in securing her rights under divorce) the most memorable. “While the pro bono work doesn’t remunerate me monetarily, I feel richer by the experience,” he says. Since 2009, Rahim has been involved in legal clinics across Singapore, running free monthly sessions with the Al-Mukminin Mosque and the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisation. He sits on the management committee of Casa Raudha Women Home, where he operates a crisis shelter home for vulnerable women and children. “I’ve learnt that there is no difference between my approach towards a paying client and a legally aided one,” the father of three says. “I put in as much zeal and effort into the latter as the former.”