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List of notable or famous lawyers from Singapore, with bios and photos, including the top lawyers born in Singapore and even some popular lawyers who immigrated to Singapore. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Singaporean lawyers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These lawyers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known lawyer from Singapore is included when available.

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Adrian Tan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Adrian Tan Adrian Tan is a lawyer and author from Singapore. He is best known as the writer of the fiction novels The Teenage Textbook and The Teenage Workbook, which were bestsellers in Singapore in the ...more

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Alvin Yeo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Alvin Yeo age 56 Alvin Yeo Khirn Hai, is a Singaporean politician and lawyer. Yeo obtained his LLB from King's College London. A member of the country's governing People's Action Party, Yeo was a Member of ...more

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Belinda Ang is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Belinda Ang Belinda Ang Saw Ean is a Singaporean judge in the Supreme Court. Ang was first appointed Judicial Commissioner in February 2002, and Judge in January 2003. Prior to these appointments, she was a ...more

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Cavinder Bull is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Cavinder Bull Cavinder Bull, SC, is a lawyer and director of the Singapore law firm Drew & Napier. Bull graduated with First Class Honours from Trinity College, Oxford University in 1992, and was called ...more

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Chan Sek Keong is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Chan Sek Keong age 80 Chan Sek Keong, DUBC DUT was the third Chief Justice of Singapore, succeeding Chief Justice Yong Pung How on 11 April 2006 and holding office until 6 November 2012. Chan had earlier served as ...more

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Chao Hick Tin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Chao Hick Tin age 76 Chao Hick Tin, DUBC, DUBC, is an appellate judge in the Supreme Court of Singapore and former Attorney-General of Singapore. He was born in Singapore and studied at Catholic High School. He ...more

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Chen Show Mao is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Chen Show Mao age 57 Chen Show Mao, JD, is a Singaporean politician and lawyer. He is a member of the opposition Workers' Party, and has been a member of parliament for the Aljunied Group Representation Constituency ...more

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Chiam See Tong is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Chiam See Tong age 83 Chiam See Tong is a Singaporean politician and lawyer. He is the country's longest-serving opposition Member of Parliament, having represented the constituency of Potong Pasir in Parliament from ...more

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Claire Wong is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Claire Wong Claire Wong is an actress.

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David Marshall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
David Marshall Died at 87 (1908-1995) David Saul Marshall was a politician and lawyer from Singapore who served as Singapore's first Chief Minister from 1955 to 1956. He was the founder of Workers' Party of Singapore, one of the two ...more

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Davinder Singh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Davinder Singh age 60 Davinder Singh Sachdev, SC, is one of Singapore's foremost trial and appellate lawyer, having attained the title of Senior Counsel in 1997, and having been described by Asia Pacific Legal 500 ...more

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Edmund Sim is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Edmund Sim age 52 Edmund Walter Sim is an international trade attorney and regular editorial contributor to the Singapore Straits Times and OpinionAsia on trade and diplomacy in ASEAN., as well as editing the ...more

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Eleanor Wong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Eleanor Wong Eleanor Wong is a playwright and poet in Singapore. Her plays have been produced in Singapore and regionally. She is best known for Invitation to Treat, her trilogy of plays centred on the ...more

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Francis Seow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Francis Seow age 90 Francis Seow is a Singapore-born American writer, political dissident and former lawyer. He is living in exile from Singapore after facing lawsuits from Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first Prime ...more

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Glenn Knight is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Glenn Knight age 73 Glenn Jeyasingam Knight is a Singaporean lawyer. He was the first Director of the Commercial Affairs Department when it was founded in 1984. He lost his post in 1991 after being convicted of ...more

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Hri Kumar Nair is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Hri Kumar Nair age 51 Hri Kumar Nair, SC, is a Singaporean politician and lawyer. He is a Member of Parliament representing the Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC. Nair studied in National Junior College and graduated from the ...more

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Indranee Rajah is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Indranee Rajah age 54 Indranee Thurai Rajah, SC, is a Singaporean politician and lawyer. A member of the governing People's Action Party, she has been a Member of Parliament representing the Tanjong Pagar Group ...more

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J. B. Jeyaretnam is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
J. B. Jeyaretnam Died at 82 (1926-2008) Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam was a Singaporean politician and lawyer. He was the leader of the Workers' Party from 1971 to 2001. In 1981, he became the first opposition politician since ...more

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John Laycock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
John Laycock Christopher John Laycock, was a British lawyer, the founder of one of Singapore's earliest law firms, Laycock and Ong. It was in this firm that the man who would subsequently become Singapore's ...more

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Kwa Geok Choo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Kwa Geok Choo Died at 90 (1920-2010) Kwa Geok Choo was most widely known as the wife of Singapore's former Minister Mentor and former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, and one of the partners in the law firm Lee & Lee. Kwa is also ...more

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Lai Kew Chai is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Lai Kew Chai Died at 65 (1941-2006) Lai Kew Chai was a Malaysia-born Singaporean judge and the longest-serving member of the Supreme Court Bench, having served for almost 25 years as a Judge. Born in Tanjung Malim, Perak, he ...more

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Lawrence Ang is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Lawrence Ang Lawrence Ang Boon Kong is a Singaporean lawyer who was Director of the Commercial Affairs Department from 1991 to 1999. He replaced Glenn Knight after the latter came under investigation by the ...more

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Lee Kuan Yew is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew age 94 Lee Kuan Yew, GCMG, CH, informally known by his initials LKY, was the first Prime Minister of Singapore, governing for more than three decades from 1959 to 1990, including through Singapore's ...more

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Lim Biow Chuan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Lim Biow Chuan age 54 Lim Biow Chuan is a Singaporean Member of Parliament who represents Mountbatten SMC. Lim first became an MP after the 2006 general elections, where his party, the PAP, was awarded a walkover as ...more

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Mary W. S. Wong is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Mary W. S. Wong Mary Wong is a Senior Policy Director at ICANN. Prior to taking up a full-time position with ICANN she was the Founding Director of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property and a ...more

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Michael Hwang is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Michael Hwang Michael Hwang SC is a barrister and arbitrator in Singapore. In 1991, he was appointed Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Singapore. He completed his term in 1992, and in 1997 he was ...more

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Newton N. Minow is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Newton N. Minow age 92 Newton Norman Minow is an American attorney and former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. His speech referring to television as a "vast wasteland" is cited even as the ...more

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Philip Jeyaretnam is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Philip Jeyaretnam age 54 Philip Antony Jeyaretnam is a Singaporean lawyer and novelist. He is a Senior Counsel and a former President of the Law Society of Singapore. He is the son of J.B. Jeyaretnam, who was a ...more

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Roger Tan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Roger Tan age 56 Roger Tan Kor Mee is a lawyer by profession. Born on 1 October 1961 in Yong Peng, Johor, Malaysia, he received his early education at Sekolah Menengah Inggeris in his hometown, and at the Tunku ...more

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S. Jayakumar is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
S. Jayakumar age 78 Prof. Shunmugam Jayakumar, often known as S. Jayakumar, is a former Singaporean politician, lawyer and diplomat. He is of Indian Tamil ancestry. A former member of the governing People's Action ...more

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Sin Boon Ann is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Sin Boon Ann Sin Boon Ann was a Singaporean Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC. He has represented Tampines GRC from 1997 to 2011, where he was replaced by a new Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat. Sin ...more

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Singapore Corporate Counsel As... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
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Song Ong Siang is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Song Ong Siang Sir Ong-Siang Song K.B.E., V.D., M.A., LL.M., was a lawyer and active citizen of the British Crown Colony of the Straits Settlements. He was a third-generation Straits Chinese or Peranakan Baba, ...more

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Steven Chong is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Steven Chong Steven Chong Horng Siong was the Attorney-General of Singapore from 25 June 2012 to 25 June 2014. Having previously been a judge in the Supreme Court, he returned to the Bench following the end ...more

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Sundaresh Menon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Sundaresh Menon age 56 Sundaresh Menon is the Chief Justice of Singapore and a former Attorney-General of Singapore. He is the first ethnic Indian to hold both posts. The former Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong had also ...more

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Sylvia Lim is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Sylvia Lim age 53 Sylvia Lim Swee Lian is a Singaporean politician, lawyer and academic. She is currently the Chairperson of the opposition Workers' Party and an elected Member of Parliament representing Aljunied ...more

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Tan Cheng Han is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Tan Cheng Han Professor Tan Cheng Han, Senior Counsel, was the dean of the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore until 2012. He teaches Contract law and Company Law and directs the Centre for ...more

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Tan Choo Leng is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Tan Choo Leng Tan Choo Leng is a Singaporean lawyer and the wife of Singapore's second prime minister Goh Chok Tong. Tan obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Singapore. She is currently an ...more

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Tang Fong Har is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Tang Fong Har Tang Fong Har, is a lawyer who was detained on 20 June 1987 by the government of Singapore during Operation Spectrum under the Internal Security Act. Her detention was speculated by many as a ...more

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Tang Liang Hong is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Tang Liang Hong age 83 Tang Liang Hong is a politician and lawyer from Singapore. Tang stood as a candidate for the opposition Workers' Party in the Cheng San Group Representation Constituency at the 1997 general ...more

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T. S. Sinnathuray is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
T. S. Sinnathuray age 87 Thirugnana Sampanthar Sinnathuray, better known as Justice T. S. Sinnathuray is a former Singaporean Supreme Court judge. He was born the son of a school principal and received his early ...more

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Tommy Koh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Tommy Koh age 80 Tommy Koh, DUNU, is an international lawyer, professor, and a diplomat from Singapore. He was also the former ambassador to the United Nations.

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V. K. Rajah is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
V. K. Rajah age 61 Vijaya Kumar Rajah, SC, better known as V. K. Rajah, is the Attorney-General of Singapore. Previously Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Singapore, Rajah succeeded Steven Chong as ...more

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Walter Woon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Walter Woon age 61 Walter Woon Cheong Ming is a Singaporean lawyer, academic, diplomat and politician. He is currently professor of law at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law and the Dean of the ...more

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Wee Chong Jin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Wee Chong Jin Died at 88 (1917-2005) Wee Chong Jin was a Singaporean judge and the first Chief Justice of the country.

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Woo Bih Li is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Woo Bih Li Woo Bih Li is a Singaporean judge in the Supreme Court. Woo received his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Singapore in 1977, and was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme ...more

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Yong Pung How is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Lawyers from Singapore
Yong Pung How age 92 Yong Pung How, DUT, is a former Chief Justice of Singapore, serving from 1990 to 2006. Prior to his judicial career, he was a lawyer, banker and senior government official. Since 2010, he has ...more