I am a disputes lawyer with strong experience in commercial, criminal and public interest litigation.
I graduated with first class honours from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2014.
Since graduation, I have been with a boutique litigation practice, Eugene Thuraisingam LLP (ET LLP). As a trainee and subsequently junior lawyer in a boutique practice, I have from the start played an active leadership role in the carriage of complex disputes. I have also amassed considerable experience arguing cases in the High Court and the State Courts.
When interacting with clients, I follow two basic principles. First, I am honest about whether a client’s (or potential client’s) case is strong or not. Secondly, I am candid about whether it is truly cost-sensible to engage a lawyer for a case, bearing in mind all the details of the case.
I have long experience since my days as an NUS undergraduate contributing my legal expertise to the community. For instance, I was actively involved in research and drafting of legal arguments for the 2010-2014 challenge to the constitutionality of Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalises intimate conduct between men. More recently, I was one of the volunteer researchers for the book “Same But Different: A Singapore LGBT Legal Guide For Couples And Families“. As with all other lawyers in ET LLP, I provide pro bono legal representation in criminal and public interest cases.
My matters of significance include the following:
Civil and commercial disputes
– UFM v UFN  SGHCF 22: Represented an Indonesian divorcee in a successful application for permission to commence proceedings for division of Singapore matrimonial property, consequential upon a divorce decreed in Indonesia.
– Ramesh s/o Krishnan v AXA Life Insurance Singapore Pte Ltd  SGHC 197: Represented a former financial services director (“FSD”) in the assessment of damages stage of the FSD’s claim against a financial institution (“FI”). The High Court judge assessed damages at SGD 4.026 million.
– Rohini d/o Balasubramaniam v Yeow Khim Whye Kelvin and another  SGHC 149: Represented a property agency in successfully defending a SGD 830,000 claim. The plaintiff had argued that the property agency should be legally responsible for the fraudulent acts of a rogue agent.
– Ramesh s/o Krishnan v AXA Life Insurance Singapore Pte Ltd  SGCA 47 : Represented a former financial services director (“FSD”) in a successful appeal to the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal agreed with us that the defendant, a financial institution (“FI”), had been negligent in the preparation of a reference check for the FSD, and this caused a prospective employer to decide not to proceed with hiring the FSD. GCGC
Criminal and public interest litigation
– Ilechukwu Uchechukwu Chukwudi v Public Prosecutor  SGCA 44: Represented an accused who had been convicted by the Court of Appeal in 2015 of drug trafficking, in successfully applying to the Court of Appeal to re-open its 2015 decision to convict the accused.
– Liew Zheng Yang v Public Prosecutor  SGHC 157: Represented the appellant in a successful appeal against his conviction by the District Court of an alleged conspiracy to traffic drugs to himself.
– Attorney-General v Ting Choon Meng and another appeal  1 SLR 373: Represented the website, The Online Citizen, in successfully defending proceedings brought by the Government in the District Court, the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
– Prabagaran a/l Srivijayan v Public Prosecutor and other matters  1 SLR 173: Represented four persons who had been sentenced to the death penalty, in challenging the constitutionality of Section 33B(2)(b) of the Misuse of Drugs Act.
- Urgent advice and legal representation for disciplinary proceedings
- Urgent advice and legal representation in response to threats to summarily dismiss
- Advice and legal representation in, among other things, the following categories of employment disputes:
- Unjustified statements made by a former employer to a future employer
- Unjustified non-payment / clawback of remuneration
- Unjustified attempt by former employer to summarily dismiss
- Breach of contract
-Advice and legal representation in complex employment disputes, including against institutions.
-Urgent advice and legal representation in, among other things, the following categories of business disputes:
- Unjustified taking of control over a company by a hostile faction
- Oppression of minority shareholders
- Claiming a beneficial interest in company shares
- Breach of fiduciary duties by directors
- Breach of contract
- Urgent advice after arrest and in the course of investigations
-Advice and legal representation in:
- Attending criminal mentions in court
- Written representations to the authorities
- Plead guilty hearings
- Criminal appeals
- Criminal references on points of law of public interest
Media & Publications
- “T Project Rejected as Non-Profit Organisation” – Rice Media, 6 November 2017
- “Singapore’s Apex Court: ‘Powerful Probability’ of Miscarriage of Justice in Death Penalty Case” – The Online Citizen, 2 August 2017
- “Court of Appeal Judges Say MINDEF is not a person, can’t benefit from Protection from Harassment Act” – Mothership, 16 January 2017
- “Roy Ngerng to pay $150,000 in damages to PM Lee over 17 years” – Yahoo News, 14 March 2016
- “‘Return Our CPF’ protester let off with 2-year conditional warning” – Today Online, 23 October 2015
Services & Fees
Initial consultations are free of charge. Should I advise that you have a good arguable case, and you would like me to act for you, we will discuss an appropriate fee arrangement.