Current position: Partner
Practice areas/industry focus: corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration, criminal defence
Career highlights: Eugene Thuraisingam began practice in Allen & Gledhill in 2000, and quickly rose through the ranks to be made a partner of the firm in 2007.
In 2009, he joined Stamford Law Corporation (“Stamford Law”), and was one of the pioneers of the firm’s dispute resolution practice.
In 2012, Eugene started his own practice, Messrs Eugene Thuraisingam (now known as Eugene Thuraisingam LLP), a boutique dispute resolution outfit with core practices in commercial dispute resolution and criminal defence.
In commercial litigation, Eugene has achieved significant results in both the Singapore High Court and the Court of Appeal. Many of Eugene’s commercial cases gave rise to written judgments pronouncing on novel points of law. Eugene’s recent briefs include:- (a) successfully obtaining a damages award of SGD 4.26 million for a former financial services director, against a financial institution which had issued negligent reference checks; (b) having conduct of a matrimonial dispute involving assets valued at approximately SGD 10 million; (c) a successful arbitration against a United States shipping company for a claim of approximately USD 13 million; (e) obtaining a court order recognising Japanese bankruptcy proceedings and seizing SGD 124 million of monies parked in various Singapore bank accounts for a Japanese trustee-in-bankruptcy; (f) acting for international funds in the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments for over USD 100 million.
In the field of criminal defence, Eugene represents clients in investigations and court advocacy relating to alleged financial crimes such as money-laundering, criminal breach of trust and corruption. As a Lead Counsel in the Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offences (“LASCO”), Eugene regularly appears before the High Court and the Court of Appeal for alleged offences carrying the death penalty. In 2017, Eugene broke ground in successfully persuading the Court of Appeal to, for the first time in Singapore’s legal history, exercise its inherent power to re-open its own verdict convicting an accused of a capital offence.
For his dedication to pro bono criminal representation, Eugene received the LASCO award in 2016.
Eugene is also regularly instructed on matters which invoke issues of human rights and the rule of law. He has argued matters concerning freedom of speech, the constitutional right to counsel, and separation of powers. In a notable case, Eugene successfully persuaded the High Court and the Court of Appeal (by a majority) that the Government did not have the right to institute proceedings under Section 15 of the Singapore Protection from Harassment Act.
It is the view of the firm, Eugene Thuraisingam LLP, that defending fundamental liberties guaranteed by the law lies at the heart of the task of lawyering.
Asialaw Market-Leading Lawyer 2018 in Dispute Resolution & Litigation