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 1 Nov 2013)

President:
Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon
The Chief Justice

Members:

Mr Steven Chong, SC
Attorney-General
(25 Jun 2012)

Mr Eddie Teo
Chairman, Public Service Commission

Justice Chao Hick Tin
Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court

Justice V K Rajah
Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court

Justice Lee Seiu Kin
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 V K Rajah

Justice V K Rajah was appointed a Member of the LSC on 1 Nov 2007.

Justice Rajah graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1982 with several prizes for academic merit. He subsequently obtained an LLM with a First Class from the University of Cambridge in 1986.

Justice Rajah commenced practice with Rajah & Tann in 1983. He was the Managing Partner of Rajah & Tann from 1987 to 2003, prior to his elevation to the Bench. He oversaw the growth of the firm from 6 lawyers to more than 160 lawyers and 200 staff. He was appointed in 1997 as one of the first twelve Senior Counsel in Singapore.

Justice Rajah was first appointed a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court on 2 Jan 2004 and thereafter a Judge on 1 Nov 2004. He was appointed a Judge of Appeal on 11 Apr 2007.

Justice Rajah chaired a Government-appointed committee tasked with making recommendations to develop the Singapore legal sector. He is currently also a Vice President of the Singapore Academy of Law and the Chairman of the Singapore Institute of Legal Education and Judicial Education Board.



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.


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 Gautam Banerjee is a Senior Advisor to the Blackstone Group and a Member of the International Advisory panel. He is also Chairman of Blackstone Singapore.

Mr Banerjee was the Executive Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (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.

Mr Banerjee joined 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.

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

Mr Banerjee’s current roles include serving as Vice Chairman of the Singapore Business Federation and serving on the Boards of the Economic Development Board, the APEC Business Advisory Council and the Yale-NUS College. He has served on 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.

Mr Banerjee retired from PwC on 31 Dec 2012 on reaching the mandatory retirement age of 58. He has since joined the Boards of Singapore Airlines Limited, Government of Singapore Investment Corporation Pte Ltd, The Straits Trading Company Limited and Piramal Enterprises Limited, a diversified company listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange with interest in pharmacy, healthcare, financial services and consumer products.