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Famous Lawyers from Singapore

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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.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different people, including Edmund Sim and S. Jayakumar.

This historic lawyers from Singapore list can help answer the questions "Who are some Singaporean lawyers of note?" and "Who are the most famous lawyers from Singapore?" These prominent lawyers of Singapore may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Singaporean lawyers.

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    Adrian Tan (born 1966) is a lawyer and author from Singapore. He is best known as the writer of the fiction novels The Teenage Textbook (1988) and The Teenage Workbook (1989), which were bestsellers...  more
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    Alvin Yeo

    Age: 59

    BirthplaceSingapore

    Alvin Yeo Khirn Hai (born 28 March 1962) is a Singaporean lawyer and former politician....  more
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    Belinda Ang Saw Ean (born 24 April 1954) is a Singaporean judge of the Supreme Court. Ang received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1976 and her Master of Laws (with...  more
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    Cavinder Bull is a Singaporean lawyer and the chief executive officer of the law firm Drew & Napier. He has an active practice in complex litigation and international arbitration....  more
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    BirthplaceIpoh, Malaysia

    Dato' Seri Chan Sek Keong (born 5 November 1937) is a Singaporean former judge who served as the country's third Chief Justice from 11 April 2006 until his retirement on 6 November 2012. He had...  more
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    BirthplaceSingapore

    Chao Hick Tin (born 27 September 1942) is a former appellate judge in the Supreme Court of Singapore and former Attorney-General of Singapore....  more
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    BirthplaceTaiwan

    Chen Show Mao (simplified Chinese: 陈硕茂; traditional Chinese: 陳碩茂; pinyin: Chén Shuò Mào; born 6 February 1961) is a Taiwanese-born Singaporean politician and lawyer. He is a member of the opposition...  more
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    BirthplaceSingapore

    Chiam See Tong (simplified Chinese: 詹时中; traditional Chinese: 詹時中; pinyin: Zhān Shí Zhōng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Chiam Sî-tiong; born 12 March 1935) is a Singaporean politician and lawyer. He is Singapore's...  more
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    Claire Wong is a Singapore-Malaysian actor, director, producer, and filmmaker. She is the co-founder and Joint Artistic Director and Producer of Checkpoint Theatre. Claire writes, directs, produces,...  more
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    David Marshall

    Dec. at 87 (1908-1995)

    BirthplaceSingapore

    David Saul Marshall DKJP (born David Saul Mashal; 12 March 1908 – 12 December 1995), was a Singaporean politician and lawyer who served as Singapore's first Chief Minister from 1955 to 1956. He was...  more
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    Davinder Singh Sachdev s/o Amar Singh (born August 1, 1957) is a Singaporean lawyer and the Executive Chairman of law firm Davinder Singh Chambers LLC. He has been described by Asia Pacific Legal...  more
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    Edmund Sim

    Age: 55
    Edmund Walter Sim (born 1966) 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...  more
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    Eleanor Wong Siew Yin (born 6 February 1962) is a Singaporean playwright, poet, lawyer and legal academic. She is an Associate Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore, where she is...  more
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    BirthplaceSingapore

    Francis Seow, born Seow Tiang Siew (Chinese: 萧添寿; pinyin: Xiāo Tiānshòu; 11 October 1928 – 21 January 2016), was a Singaporean-born American writer, political dissident and former lawyer. He lived in...  more
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    Glenn Knight

    Age: 76
    Glenn Jeyasingam Knight (born 1945) is a Singaporean lawyer. He was the first Director of the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) when it was founded in 1984. He lost his post in 1991 after being...  more
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    BirthplaceSingapore

    Hri Kumar Nair (born 16 June 1966) is a Singaporean lawyer and former politician. He is a Deputy Attorney-General of the Republic of Singapore. From 2006 to 2015, he was a Member of Parliament....  more
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    BirthplaceSingapore

    Indranee Thurai Rajah (born 12 April 1963) is a Singaporean politician and former lawyer. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), she has been a Member of Parliament (MP) representing...  more
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    J. B. Jeyaretnam

    Dec. at 82 (1926-2008)

    BirthplaceSri Lanka

    Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam (5 January 1926 – 30 September 2008), more commonly known as J. B. Jeyaretnam or J.B.J., was a Singaporean politician and lawyer. He was the leader of the Workers' Party...  more
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    Christopher John Laycock (1887 – 3 December 1960) was a British lawyer, the founder of one of Singapore's earliest law firms, Laycock and Ong. Singapore's first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, began...  more
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    Kwa Geok Choo

    Dec. at 89 (1920-2010)

    BirthplaceSingapore

    Kwa Geok Choo (Chinese: 柯玉芝; pinyin: Kē Yùzhī; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Kua Gio̍k-tsi; 21 December 1920 – 2 October 2010) was a Singaporean lawyer and the wife of Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of...  more
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    Lai Kew Chai

    Dec. at 65 (1941-2006)

    BirthplaceTanjung Malim, Malaysia

    Lai Kew Chai (Chinese: 黎嘉才; pinyin: Lí Jiā Cái; 7 February 1941 – 27 February 2006) was a Malaysia-born Singaporean judge and the longest-serving member of the Supreme Court Bench, having served for...  more
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    Lawrence Ang

    Lawrence Ang Boon Kong (Chinese: 洪文光; pinyin: Hóng Wén Guāng) is a Singaporean lawyer who was Director of the Commercial Affairs Department from 1991 to 1999. He replaced Glenn Knight after the...  more
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    BirthplaceStraits Settlements, Singapore

    Lee Kuan Yew (16 September 1923 – 23 March 2015), commonly referred to by his initials LKY and sometimes referred to in his earlier years as Harry Lee, was the first Prime Minister of Singapore,...  more
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    Lim Biow Chuan

    Age: 58
    Lim Biow Chuan (simplified Chinese: 林谋泉; traditional Chinese: 林謀泉; pinyin: Lín Móu Quán; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Lîm Bô͘-chôaⁿ; born 22 May 1963) is a Singaporean Member of Parliament (MP) who represents...  more
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    Mary W. S. Wong

    Mary Wong is the Vice President for Strategic Community Operations, Planning & Engagement at ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). Prior to taking up a full-time position...  more