This case arose because the two lawyers couldn't agree on whether Mr Hanam's charges should be $290 or $230. A $60 difference. One went to court to get a writ of seizure, the other went to the court to have it set aside. Both lawyers "buay song", hence they kept bombarding each other legally over $60. Mr Lock apparently didn't know anything about Mr Hanam's action, NTUC claims that they didn't really manage their lawyer's action properly, hence the CEO decided to offer $45,000 relief + $25,000 when he heard about it.
Whatever happens at the Law Society, I'm pretty sure no one will hire Mr Hanam to represent them in future. For $60 he has just bought himself the worst kind of publicity. Who wants a lawyer like that?
The other parties who will kena are the people in charge of claims settlement and the in-house corporate counsel at NTUC Income. Can you imagine? They didn't control their lawyers properly and allowed a $60 matter to balloon to this! And now NTUC Income has to bear so much legal costs! Even with the damage control effort, how much reputation did NTUC lose? Life is going to be tough for these guys.