Constitution of the Legal Service Commission

The Judicial Branch Special Personnel Board

The Legal Branch Special Personnel Board

The Legal Service Commission Secretariat

Constitution of the Legal Service Commission
(wef 25 Jun 2014)

President:
Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon
The Chief Justice

Members:

Mr V K Rajah, SC
Attorney-General

Mr Eddie Teo
Chairman, Public Service Commission

Justice Chao Hick Tin
Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court

Justice Lee Seiu Kin
Judge, Supreme Court

Justice Steven Chong
Judge, Supreme Court

Mr Lucien Wong Yuen Kuai

Mr Lee Tzu Yang

Mr Gautam Banerjee

Secretary, LSC:

Mr Hamzah Moosa

 


PEN PICTURE OF MEMBERS OF THE LSC


Justice Chao Hick Tin

Justice Chao Hick Tin obtained an LLB and an LLM from University College London in 1965 and 1966, respectively. Justice Chao was called to the English Bar at the Middle Temple in Jul 1965. Justice Chao was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1971.

Justice Chao began his career in the Singapore Legal Service in 1967 as a State Counsel with the Attorney-General’s Chambers, where he progressed to eventually head its Civil Division in 1982. Justice Chao was elevated to the Supreme Court Bench as a Judicial Commissioner in 1987.

At the Supreme Court, Justice Chao was later appointed as a Judge in 1990, and concurrently as the President of the Industrial Arbitration Court between 1993 and 1999. On 2 Aug 1999, Justice Chao was appointed a Judge of Appeal, a position he occupied until his return to the Attorney-General’s Chambers as the Attorney-General on 11 Apr 2006. Justice Chao returned on 11 Apr 2008 to the Supreme Court Bench where he was appointed as Vice President of the Court of Appeal.

Throughout the period of his service, Justice Chao has represented Singapore in numerous international fora, the most notable of which were the UN Law of Treaties Conference held in Vienna in 1968 and the UN Conference on the Law of the Sea from 1974 to 1981. He had also previously served as President of the Asean Law Association and Chairman of the Singapore Mediation Centre.

 

Justice Lee Seiu Kin

Justice Lee Seiu Kin was appointed a Member of the LSC on 19 Apr 2006.

Justice Lee graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from the University of Adelaide in 1976. He worked as an engineer in the Public Works Department from 1977 to 1984. He obtained a Masters of Science from the National University of Singapore in 1982 and an MBA (with Distinction) from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France in 1983.

Justice Lee went on to complete his law degree at the National University of Singapore in 1986 and an LLM at the University of Cambridge in 1987. He joined the Singapore Legal Service in 1987 and was posted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers and appointed a State Counsel. He was the Deputy Head of both the Civil Division and the International Affairs Division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers (prior to his elevation to the Supreme Court in 1997).

Justice Lee was appointed a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court from 15 Oct 1997 to 14 Oct 2002. He was concurrently the President of the Industrial Arbitration Court from 1 Sep 1999 to 14 Oct 2002. He was thereafter appointed the Second Solicitor-General at the Attorney-General’s Chambers on 15 Oct 2002. He was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court on 11 Apr 2006.

Justice Lee chaired the Legal Service Personnel Management Review Panel which undertook a comprehensive review of the HR framework and practices in the Legal Service in 2006. He also chaired the Legal Service Remuneration Review in 2007.

 

Justice Steven Chong

Justice Steven Chong graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the National University of Singapore in 1982. Justice Chong was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1983 and entered legal practice that same year with one of Singapore’s top law firms (Drew & Napier). Justice Chong became its Joint Managing Partner at the end of 1997. Justice Chong joined another leading Singapore law firm (Rajah & Tann) in 1998 and was appointed Senior Partner and thereafter Managing Partner. Justice Chong was also appointed Senior Counsel in 1998.

Justice Chong was a leading commercial lawyer and was involved in numerous landmark cases. Justice Chong was also a senior member of the Singapore arbitration community and participated in various arbitrations both as counsel as well as arbitrator.

Justice Chong was appointed to the Supreme Court Bench on 1 Oct 2009 a Judicial Commissioner and later appointed (on 1 Jun 2009) a Judge of the Supreme Court. Justice Chong presided over a wide range of cases and delivered significant judgments covering diverse areas of the law including criminal, constitutional, banking, defamation and shipping law.

Justice Chong assumed office as the Attorney-General of the Republic of Singapore on 25 June 2012. In his capacity as Public Prosecutor, Justice Chong introduced several initiatives to enhance the administration of criminal justice and strengthen the working relationship between stakeholders in the criminal justice process. Justice Chong also took steps to engage the public in explaining the work and significant decisions of the Public Prosecutor by establishing the Media Relation Unit and launching the Public Prosecution Outreach Programme. In addition, under his leadership, the AGC played an instrumental role in the successful conclusion of key international treaties, including the European Union-Singapore Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. It enhanced legal representation and support for all ministries and statutory boards in judicial review cases, and embarked on an exercise to make Singapore legislation more accessible.

Justice Chong was re-appointed to the Supreme Court Bench on 25 Jun 2014.

 

Mr Lucien Wong Yuen Kuai

Mr Lucien Wong was appointed a Member of the LSC on 1 Nov 2007.

Mr Wong is the Chairman & Senior Partner of Allen & Gledhill LLP.

Mr Wong graduated from the University of Singapore in 1978. He was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 1979. He specialises in banking, corporate and financial services work and has extensive experience in debt and equity issues, mergers and acquisitions, banking transactions and securitisations.

Mr Wong is the Chairman of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees for the Singapore Business Federation. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited (non-executive Director), Hap Seng Plantations Holdings Berhad, Singapore Airlines Ltd, Singapore Press Holdings and Singapore Health Services.

 

Mr Lee Tzu Yang

Mr Lee Tzu Yang was appointed a Member of the LSC on 1 Nov 2007.

Mr Lee read economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Mr Lee joined Shell in May 1979. He is currently Chairman of Shell Companies in Singapore. He has worked in supply, trading, manufacturing, sales and marketing, and internal consultancy within Shell, in a wide range of countries.

Mr Lee is very active in public life and has a keen interest in the arts. He is the Chairman of the Workplace Safety and Health Council, the School of the Arts and the Middle East Institute of the National University of Singapore. He is also a Member of the Council of Presidential Advisers, and the Advisory Board of the Centre for Liveable Cities. He is a Board Member of the Esplanade Co Ltd and the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce. He was awarded the Public Service Star in 2005.

 

Mr Gautam Banerjee

Mr Banerjee is Senior Adviser and Chairman of Blackstone Singapore. He assumed with effect from 9 May 2014 a full time role at Blackstone as a Senior Managing Director and Co-Chairman of a newly formed Asia Operating Committee, which oversees Blackstone's 8 offices in Asia across businesses and functions. He was also appointed to the Boards of the Blackstone Group (Australia) Pty Limited, the Blackstone Group (HK) Limited and the Blackstone Advisors India Private Limited on 9 Jun 2014.

Mr Banerjee graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Accounting and Financial Analysis from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Singapore.

Mr Banerjee joined PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Singapore in Apr 1982 after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in London and was admitted to the partnership on 1 Jul 1989. He has led various business units in the firm, including its largest business unit, the Assurance practice. He was elected Executive Chairman of PwC Singapore with effect from 1 Jan 2004. He was the Executive Chairman of PwC Singapore for 9 years until his retirement on 31 Dec 2012. He was also the Chief Operating Officer for PwC Eastern Cluster, which includes China, Australia, Japan, Korea and South East Asia and a member of the global firm’s Strategy Council. He served as the interim Chairman of PwC India in 2009/2010.

During his 30 years with the firm, Mr Banerjee has been responsible for some of its largest clients such as Temasek and Singapore Telecom. He was also the client relationship partner for a number of large US and European clients of the firm. He contributed significantly to the development of PwC Singapore from a predominantly audit and tax practice to a multidisciplinary professional services firm with capabilities in Risk Management, Corporate Finance and other business advisory services in Banking and Capital Markets, Telecommunications and Technology.

Mr Banerjee’s current roles include serving as Vice Chairman of the Singapore Business Federation and on the Boards of the Economic Development Board; EDB Investments Pte Ltd; Singapore Airlines Limited; Government of Singapore Investment Corporation Pte Ltd; the Straits Trading Company Limited; Singapore International Arbitration Centre; and Piramal Enterprises Limited, a diversified company listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange with interest in pharmacy, healthcare, financial services and consumer products. He also serves as a Member, Advisory Board of the Nanyang Business School; a Member, Steering Committee of the Indian Heritage Centre; a Term Trustee, Singapore Indian Development Association; a Trustee of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Scholars Trust and the Friends of the University of Warwick in Singapore; a Member, Governing Board of the Yale-NUS College; a Member, Singapore Business Advisors & Consultants Council; and an Advisor to the Singapore Institute of International Affairs.

Mr Banerjee has served on the the APEC Business Advisory Council, the Corporate Governance Council of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Companies Act Reform Steering Committee.

Mr Banerjee was a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore from 2007 to 2009. He served as a member of the Economic Strategies Committee chaired by the Finance Minister of Singapore from 2009/2010.