Andre Jumabhoy

Andre Jumabhoy

ANDRE JUMABHOY

Director

  • LL.B., King’s College London, 2002
  • M.A., University of Glasgow, 1998
  • Advocate & Solicitor, Law Society of Singapore
  • Barrister, England and Wales
About ANDRE JUMABHOY

Mr. Jumabhoy is a dedicated trial lawyer with considerable experience in complex criminal and civil disputes. Mr. Jumabhoy has particular expertise in white collar crime having acted for clients, both corporates and individuals, charged with insider trading, bribery, high-value frauds, money laundering, and breach of directors’ duties.

Mr. Jumabhoy began his legal career in 2003 at the Bar in London, with a criminal set of chambers. Mr. Jumabhoy has defended charges spanning the full spectrum of criminal offences, including murder, armed robbery, serious sexual assault and high value fraud. He frequently appeared in the Old Bailey, High Court and the Court of Appeal. Over time, his practice broadened to include civil matters, with a focus on white collar crime.

In 2011, Mr. Jumabhoy returned to Singapore and joined the Attorney General’s Chambers as a Deputy Public Prosecutor. Initially posted to the capital crimes team where he prosecuted crimes such as a murder and drug trafficking, Mr. Jumabhoy moved on to prosecute financial crimes in 2012. His work there focused on corruption and fraud offences involving public companies, public officials and private individuals, as well as money laundering and Company Act offences. He prosecuted what the media dubbed “the sex for grades” trial. Mr. Jumabhoy has appeared in the State Courts, High Court and Court of Appeal, and has been involved in numerous appeals, including the definitive approach to the presumption of corruption involving civil servants under Section 8 of the Prevention of Corruption Act (Chapter 241), and the law concerning the admissibility of previous convictions under the Evidence Act (Chapter 97). He was promoted to Deputy Senior State Counsel in 2014.

Mr. Jumabhoy has considerable international experience in company investigation under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and UK Bribery Act, as well as under the Securities and Futures Act. He has represented multinationals caught up in large-scale bribery and corruption investigation, most recently a multinational shipbuilder involved in a corruption scandal in Brazil involving the Brazilian state-owned company Petrobras (“Operation Carwash”).

Outside of his practice, Mr Jumabhoy actively contributes to the legal community as an advocacy trainer for the Singapore Bar Exams as well as being a lecturer at the National University of Singapore, in Legal Analysis and Writing.

Representative Work
Singapore
  • Conducting an internal investigation of a multinational shipbuilder caught up in a corruption scandal in Brazil involving the Brazilian state-owned company Petrobras (“Operation Carwash”).

  • Prosecution of publicly listed ship building company and its directors in respect of corrupt payments made by the company to foreign companies and officials in South Korea and Myanmar.

  • Prosecution of religious body involved in cheating statutory boards.

  • Prosecution of CEO of a publicly-listed company for cheating and breach of directors’ duties.

  • Prosecution of multi-jurisdiction (Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan) and multi-million dollar cheating scheme to evade customs duties and GST in respect of car importations.

  • Prosecution of a director of a US-listed multinational corporation involved in the receipt and distribution of bunker fuel from global oil companies.

  • Prosecution of a law professor and student for giving better grades in return for sexual favours and gifts (“Sex for Grades”).

  • Advising a US medical manufacturer on the civil recovery of funds stolen as a result of a cyber attack.

  • Conducting third party due diligence of a proposed acquisition in Indonesia by a US multinational.

  • Advising and implementing anti-corruption and anti-money laundering policies and compliance programmes for various companies across energy, consumer and infrastructure sectors.

England

Mr. Jumabhoy has regularly appeared in the Court of Appeal, Criminal and Civil Division, the High Court and Crown Courts throughout England during his time at the bar. Details of his work are available on request.

Favian Kang

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FAVIAN KANG

Director

  • LL.B, Singapore Management University
  • Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
About FAVIAN KANG

Favian is a seasoned disputes resolution lawyer. Over the years, he gained significant experience and developed a broad-based disputes resolution practice.

Favian has been involved in a wide range of disputes resolution work including commercial disputes, shareholders’ disputes, employment disputes, construction disputes, matrimonial and probate disputes and intellectual property rights’ disputes.

He has also acted for clients in mediations; and adjudication proceedings under the Building and Construction Security of Payment Act. Favian is also familiar with corporate insolvency and has acted for clients in contentious companies’ winding up proceedings and advised clients on schemes of arrangement.

Favian is an experienced criminal defence lawyer and has defended several individuals in the State Courts and the High Court for several different types of offences such as murder, drug trafficking, statutory rape, molest, rioting, regulatory offences and white-collar crime offences such as cheating, criminal breach of trust, falsification of accounts. He has also advised clients on offences under the Securities and Futures Act.

Favian is a rare criminal defence lawyer who has a unique insight into all stages of the criminal justice system from the investigations stage to prosecution in Court to the post-conviction stage and is well placed to guide clients through the entire process.

In the conduct of all his cases, Favian ensures that his clients receive the most beneficial advice in the circumstances to obtain a resolution that is expedient and cost-effective. He is alive and sensitive to the practical and commercial realities that may arise from any dispute.

As a former national athlete who represented Singapore in Muaythai in the Asian Championships and World Championships, Favian is a determined, tenacious and fearless individual who thrives in high stress environments and conflict situations. He brings these traits to the table in managing crisis and conflict situations.

Favian also served as the General Secretary of the National Sports Association for Muaythai and served the legal commissions of the Regional and International Federations for Muaythai. He has experience in sports law such as governance and regulation, event management, sponsorship and the World Anti-Doping Code.

Outside of legal practice, Favian continues to dabble in Muaythai.

Sara Yang

Sara Yang

Legal Manager

  • Diploma in Law & Management
About Sara Yang

Sara has been assisting Peter since 2006, and has seen litigation at every level, from the Magistrate’s Court, all the way to the Court of Appeal. Her vast experience includes assisting in the following cases:

  • Criminal defence of Tey Tsun Hang, a law professor of the National University of Singapore (2012 to 2013) in the so-called “sex-for-grades” corruption case;

  • Criminal defence of Koh Li Ping, an ex-national table tennis player (2012 to 2013) against a criminal breach of trust (CBT) charge;

  • Criminal defence of Brother Anthony Tan (a member of a Catholic religious order), the former principal of a top Singapore school (2012 to 2013) against a CBT charge;

  • Criminal defence of Johnson Chong, a director of a public listed company [Airocean Group Limited](2010) against charges of insider trading, reckless failure to disclose material information to SGX and making an announcement that was misleading in a material particular on SGXNET;

  • Representing  Chow Kwok Ching against two brothers, Chow Kwok Chi and Chow Kwok Chuen in a company share-holders’ dispute (2008 to 2010);

  • Criminal defence of David Chew, the Executive Chairman of a public listed company against a charge of voluntarily causing hurt (2008);

  • Defending Dow Jones-owned Far Eastern Economic Review when sued for defamation by (then) Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (2007 to 2010); and

  • Assisting in the defence of Richard Yong and Loo Say San, the former Chairman and Treasurer of the National Kidney Foundation respectively in both civil and criminal cases (2007).

    Sara also manages the administrative operations of the firm.

Priscilla Chia

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Priscilla Chia

Associate

  • LL.B (Hons), Singapore Management University
  • Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore (2016)
About Priscilla Chia

Priscilla joined Peter Low & Choo LLC in 2016, starting as a Trainee Lawyer.

She has assisted in a diverse and comprehensive range of complex civil, commercial, matrimonial and criminal litigation. Priscilla’s experience includes:

    • Assisting in civil proceedings relating to contractual disputes;

    • Assisting in the advisory of an international media company regarding compliance with Singapore’s Media Laws;

    • Aassisting in various employment disputes involving high-net-worth individuals;

    • Assisting in the criminal defence of the co-founders of socio-political website “The Real Singapore” in their charges under the Sedition Act (2016) assisting in defending accused persons charged under various Penal Code and Misuse of Drugs Act offences; and

    • Assisting in contested and uncontested matrimonial proceedings for private clients, including proceedings involving matrimonial assets worth over $5 million.

Outside of her professional practice, Priscilla invests her time in non-profit and public interest work. She is a co-founder and Director of “We Believe In Second Chances”, a youth-led non-governmental organisation which advocates against capital punishment in Singapore and provides support for family members of death row inmates.

Clarissa Koh

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Clarissa Koh

Associate

  • LL.B (Hons), University of Leeds

  • Advocate & Solicitor,
    Supreme Court of Singapore (2016)

About Clarissa Koh

Clarissa joined Peter Low & Choo LLC as a Trainee Lawyer in 2015. As part of her training with the firm, Clarissa assisted in the firm’s complex civil, commercial, matrimonial and criminal litigation.

Clarissa’s experience includes:

    • Assisting in contested and uncontested matrimonial proceedings for private clients, both locals and expatriates, including proceedings with cross-border elements and proceedings involving matrimonial assets worth over $10 million;;

    • Assisting in matters concerning the Protection from Harassment Act (2014), including the first successful application in Singapore for an Expedited Protection Order under the Act;

    • Assisting in Management Corporation Strata Title and tenancy disputes including local historical sites; and

    • Assisting in the criminal defence of various offences under the Penal Code, Misuse of Drugs Act and Road Traffic Act.

Clarissa graduated from the University of Leeds with a Upper Second Class Degree. Clarissa attained Distinctions in both Criminal and Evidence Law in Part A of the Singapore Bar Examinations. Having participated actively in the University of Leeds Innocence Project while she attended Law School, Clarissa takes a strong interest in the prevention of miscarriages of justice in both local and global contexts. Clarissa had found great satisfaction in providing free legal assistance to applicants in the United Kingdom – mainly prisoners – who maintained that they had suffered wrongful convictions.

Professionally, Clarissa serves on the Young Lawyers’ Committee of the Law Society of Singapore.

Ng Bin Hong

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Ng Bin Hong

Senior Associate

  • LL.B (Hons), National University of Singapore
  • Advocate & Solicitor,
    Supreme Court of Singapore (2015)
About Ng Bin Hong

Bin Hong joined Peter Low & Choo LLC in 2016, after serving as an associate in one of the leading law firms in Singapore.

Bin Hong has assisted and acted for a diverse array of clients ranging from ministers and MNCs to the men in the street, in numerous civil, matrimonial, criminal and probate matters.

Passionate about social justice issues, in particular elder law and law relating to mental capacity, Bin Hong has written papers and articles in these areas, and some of his suggestions have been considered by the government for purpose of legislative reforms. Bin Hong has also been consulted to provide his opinion on various current issues of law and has been quoted in Today, The Straits Times and Channel News Asia.

Bin Hong served as a REACH Youth Ambassador from 2012 to 2014, he was also appointed a Fellow with NUS Pro Bono Office in 2014, and was Chairman of his Class Committee when he was reading law in NUS.

To date, Bin Hong remains actively involved in various pro bono work, and was named Pro Bono Champion in 2016 by NUS Faculty of Law in recognition of his efforts in advocating for the rights of the under-privileged in Singapore.

Elaine Low

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Elaine Low

Senior Associate

  • LL.B (Hons), National University of Singapore
  • Advocate & Solicitor,
    Supreme Court of Singapore (2015)
About Elaine Low

Elaine joined Peter Low & Choo LLC in late 2014. Prior to 2014, Elaine had been mentored by Peter during internships which she had undertaken since 2007. As part of her training under Peter and with the firm, Elaine has assisted in high-profile public interest litigation and criminal litigation. Elaine has assisted in corporate advisory and drafting of agreements for local SMEs.

Additionally, Elaine has been assisting in the firm’s civil, commercial, and complex matrimonial litigation.

Elaine’s experience includes:

  • Assisting in the defence of the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol-East Town Council in an application by the Ministry of National Development (2015 – 2016);

  • Assisting in the criminal defence of Brother Anthony Tan, the former principal of a prominent Singapore school and a member of a Catholic religious order, against a criminal breach of trust charge (2012 – 2013);

  • Assisting in the criminal defence of Tey Tsun Hang, a former NUS law professor in the so-called “sex-for-grades” corruption case (2012 – 2013);

  • Assisting in the criminal defence of an accused person involved in the so-called “Bras Basah rioting incident” (2015 – 2016);

  •  Assisting in the criminal defence of Johnson Chong, a director of public-listed company Airocean GroupLimited,  against charges of insider trading, reckless failure to disclose material information to SGX and making an announcement that was misleading in a material particular on SGXNET (2010);

  • Assisting in the defence of the former Chairman and Treasurer of the National Kidney Foundation respectively in both civil and criminal cases (2007);

  • Assisting in several High Court suits involving aviation contracts, employment and shareholder disputes and other contractual claims;

  • Assisting in contested and uncontested matrimonial proceedings for private clients, including proceedings with cross-border elements for both locals and expatriates;

  • Assisting in applications under the Mental Capacity Act;

  • Assisting in general probate matters; and

  • Assisting in the drafting of shareholder agreements, employment contracts and contracts for services.

Elaine believes in all-rounded personal growth and servant leadership. She was the Chairperson of the Class of 2014 at Law School and actively involved in school activities and school productions. Elaine continues to serve the NUS alumni as the Class Ambassador of the Class of 2014.

Professionally, Elaine serves on the Young Lawyers’ Committee of the Law Society of Singapore.

Elaine also believes that legal assistance should be readily accessible and thus volunteers with legal clinics.

Prof Michael Hor

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Prof Michael Hor

Consultant

  • LLB (Hons), National University of Singapore
  • BCL, Oxford University
  • LLM, The University of Chicago
  • Advocate & Solicitor,
    Supreme Court of Singapore (2015)
About Prof Michael Hor

Michael is a Consultant in Peter Low & Choo LLC and also concurrently serves as the Dean of The University of Hong Kong’s Law Faculty.

Michael brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from a variety of jurisdictions, making him a huge asset to the firm when tackling complex or novel issues of law. Michael’s expertise lies in criminal law and procedure as well as evidence, having taught, researched and published extensively in these areas.

Previously, Michael was a tenured lecturer with the National University of Singapore’s Law Faculty. Michael has also served as a Consultant to the Ministry of Law and the Law Society of Singapore’s Criminal Practice Committee.

Christine Low

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Christine Low

Director

  • LL.B, The University of Queensland
  • Advocate & Solicitor,
  • Supreme Court of Singapore (2014)
About Christine Low

Christine is a key member of Peter’s team and has been involved in the firm’s high-profile public interest litigation and criminal litigation. Christine also handles corporate and commercial advisory matters for private clients and SMEs. Christine joined Peter Low & Choo LLC in late 2011. Prior to 2011, Christine had been mentored by Peter while working as one of his Legal Executives since late 2006. Her experience includes:

  • Acting in contested and uncontested matrimonial proceedings for private clients, both locals and expatriates, including proceedings with cross-border elements and proceedings  involving matrimonial assets worth over $10 million;

  • Acting in the defence of the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol-East Town Council against a charge preferred by the National Environment Agency (2014-2015);

  • Assisting in the defence of the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol-East Town Council in an application by the Ministry of National Development (2015);

  • Acting in the criminal defence of an accused person involved in the so-called “Bras Basah rioting incident” (2014-2015);

  • Acting in a representative action for a group of financial consultants in a dispute involving their employment contracts and wrongful termination;

  • Assisting in the criminal defence of Brother Anthony Tan (a member of a Catholic religious order) and the former principal of a top Singapore school (2012 to 2013) against a Criminal Breach of Trust charge;

  • Assisting in the criminal defence of Tey Tsun Hang, a law professor of the National University of Singapore (2012 to 2013) in the so-called “sex-for-grades” corruption case;

  • Assisting in the criminal defence of Koh Li Ping, an ex-national table tennis player (2012 to 2013) against a Criminal Breach of Trust charge;

  • Assisting in the criminal defence of He Jun Ling, one of four bus drivers from Peoples’ Republic of China employed by Singapore Mass Rapid Transport who went on strike (2012);

  • Assisting in the constitutional challenge by Gary Lim and Kenneth Chee, a gay couple (2012 to 2013) in their challenge (in the High Court) that the law criminalizing sex between men violates the non-discrimination provision in the Constitution.

  • Assisting in the criminal defence of Johnson Chong, a director of a public listed company [Airocean Group Limited] (2010) against charges of insider trading, reckless failure to disclose material information to SGX and making an announcement that was misleading in a material particular on SGXNET;

  • Assisting in several High Court suits involving aviation contracts, shareholder disagreements and other contractual disputes;

  • Assisting in the defence of Richard Yong and Loo Say San, the former Chairman and Treasurer of the National Kidney Foundation respectively in both civil and criminal cases (2007);

  • Assisting in heavily contested divorce proceedings involving matrimonial assets worth over $10 million; and

  • Assisting in the defence of Dow Jones-owned Far Eastern Economic Review when sued for defamation by (then) Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (2007 to 2010); and

  • Acting in general and contested probate matters.

Christine believes in giving back to the community and volunteers with various Community Legal Clinics. Christine has also been invited to conduct seminars on divorce and family matters for non-profit organisations.

Christine  enjoys working with youths. From 2012 to 2014, Christine volunteered as a Panelist – and subsequently qualified as Senior Panelist – with the National Youth Council’s Young Change Makers Scheme (YCM), which allowed her the opportunity to work with, mentor and positively impact youths in their pursuit of projects that benefit the community.

Professionally, Christine has served on the Council of the Law Society of Singapore from 2016.

 

Sylvia Lim Swee Lian

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Sylvia Lim Swee Lian

Senior Associate

  • LL.B (Hons), National University of Singapore
  • M.Sc in Criminal Justice, Michigan State University
  • Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore (1990)
About Sylvia Lim Swee Lian

Sylvia is a Senior Associate in Peter Low & Choo LLC. Her main areas of interest include Criminal Procedure, Criminal Litigation and Constitutional Law.

Sylvia started her career in the Singapore Police Force as a police inspector, handling investigation work at the Central Police Division Headquarters and subsequently working as a staff officer under the Director of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Upon leaving the Force, Sylvia entered private practice, handling both civil and criminal cases in the Court of Appeal, High Court and Subordinate Courts. Sylvia later joined Temasek Polytechnic as a lecturer on the Diploma in Law and Management course, and was concurrently appointed the Manager of Professional Development and Manager of Continuing Education and Training at the polytechnic’s School of Business.

In 2011, Sylvia re-entered front-line practice with Peter Low & Choo LLC, bringing to the Bar a breadth of knowledge and experience in criminal law and law enforcement, academia and legal practice. Sylvia has been a contributor to the volume on Criminal Procedure for Halsbury’s Laws of Singapore , a legal practitioners’ reference series, and has also collected and published primary research on private security in Singapore.

Sylvia is also the first female chairperson of a major political party in Singapore, and a serving Member of Parliament for Aljunied Group Representation Constituency.

 

Current Appointments
  • Member of Parliament

  • Chairman, Workers’ Party of Singapore

  • Chairman, Aljunied Constituency Committee (AJCC)

  • Chairman, Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council