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Edmond AVETHAS Pereira

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

ADVOCATE & SOLICITOR

COMMISSIONER FOR OATHS

NOTARY PUBLIC

 

Edmond Avethas Pereira is the Executive Director of Edmond Pereira Law Corporation. He graduated from the University of Singapore in 1976 with an LLB (Hons). His illustrious legal career spans more than 40 years and includes experience in the Singapore Legal Service as well as in private practice. 

He is a former Deputy Public Prosecutor and State Counsel in the Attorney General’s Chambers. He was also a District Judge in the Republic of Subordinate Courts (now known as the State Courts). Edmond then jointed private practice in 1988. He has been a senior member of the criminal bar since 1988. He served as a Council Member in the Law Society of Singapore. He was also the Chairman of the Law Society’s Criminal Practice Committee from 2000 to 2005 and a member of the Law Society’s Inquiry Panel from 2001 till July 2004. He was also a member of the Board of Legal Education (now known as the Singapore Institute of Legal Education) from 2006 to September 2008.  

Edmond was awarded The 1st Legal Eagle Award winner by The Law Society of Singapore in 1998. He has also been recognised in Legal Who’s Who Singapore 2003 for Criminal Law by Asian Legal Business (ALB).

AREAS OF PRACTICE

·         Administrative & Constitutional Law

·         Arbitration & Mediation

·         Bankruptcy & Insolvency Law

·         Corporate & Commercial Law

·         Criminal Law & Civil Litigation

·         Conveyancing & Property Law

·         Employment Law & Immigration Law

·         Family Law

·         Landlord & Tenant Law

·         Probate & Administration of Estates

·         Sports Law

·         Torts

·         Trust & Equity

·         Wills & Probate

Professional Background

1976                       Graduated from the University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
                             Joined the Singapore Legal Service
1976 – 1978          Legal Officer in the Ministry of Defence
1979                      Admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore
1979 – 1986         Deputy Public Prosecutor and State Counsel in the Attorney-General’s Chambers
1986                     Magistrate, Subordinate Courts
1986 – 1988         District Judge, Subordinate Courts
1988 – 1992         Partner, Messrs Assomull Pereira & Partners
1992 – 2012         Managing Partner, Messrs Edmond Pereira & Partners
2012 – Present    Executive Director, Messrs Edmond Pereira Law Corporation

eXPERIENCE

Edmond has an active practice in Civil and Criminal Litigation. He has also been involved in several high profile civil and criminal cases. He also handles a wide range of cases from Administrative Law, Sports Law, Criminal Law, Commercial Law, Conveyancing to Shipping Law for large business and public listed companies.

Edmond has also occasionally being invited to conduct public lectures in various organisations.

Edmond has also represented several parties in disciplinary hearings in the Singapore Law Society, Singapore Medical Council, and the Singapore Architect Board.

 

SELECTION OF NOTABLE CASES ASES


1991 – 1992 Involved in a highly published case concerning the suspension of a National Athlete which raised issues in administrative law in Sports tribunal hearings (Singapore Amateur Athletics Association v Haron Bin Mundir [1993] 3 SLR(R) 407).

1993               Appointed by the Supreme Court to conduct the Defence involving a Dutch National in Drug Trafficking (Public Prosecutor v Johannes Van Damme [1993] SGHC 90).

Appointed by the Supreme Court to conduct the Defence of a British National, who was charged for the murder of a South African National in Singapore. “The Body Parts” murder case (John Martin Scripps). The case attracted wide publicity in Singapore and Worldwide.

 1995                Acted for an Australian International footballer in a widely published criminal case (Public Prosecutor v Abbas Saad, District Arrest Case No 6962 of 1995).

Later that year, Edmond represented a World Body Building Champion in an IBF hearing in Montreal, Canada, on allegation of consumption of prohibited drugs at World Championships in Vienna, Austria.

 In the same year, Edmond successfully defended another World Body Building Champion (Mr. Universe) on a false evidence charge.

 1996                Acted in the Defence of the Master of vessel, a Thai-registered crude-oil tanker Orapin Global, under the Merchant Shipping Act, for negligence while navigating in Singapore waters, resulting in oil pollution in Singapore waters after colliding with Cyprus-registered tanker Evoikos.

 1999 Represented a Professional Engineer in a fatal accident case involving the collapse of the flyover in Eunos, Singapore.

 2002 – 2004 Acted for member of the Royal Family of the Kingdom of Cambodia in a successful civil litigation in libel and defamation in Bangkok against the Bangkok Post.

 2004 Acted in the Defence of a Director of an enterprise trading in bunker oil in a corruption case involving a conspiracy to provide false certifications in survey reports of supplies of marine oil to customers’ vessels (Public Prosecutor v Lim Teck Chye [2004] SGDC 14).

 2004 – 2005    Involved in the Defence of the biggest bank fraud case in Singapore (Public Prosecutor v Chia Teck Leng [2004] SGHC 68).

 2005 Acted in the Defence of a Bank Officer in a corruption case involving loans to bank customers (Public Prosecutor v Wong Teck Long [2005] SGDC 44).

 2010                Acted in an Accident Claim for a deceased, a Professor from the National University of Singapore, in the High Court. The case was settled.

 2011                  Represented a Company incorporated in the Republic of Seychelles in order to claim sums payable under a contractual agreement. Contested the Defendant’s right to set-off the sums owed.

Acted for the Plaintiff in a claim against a Real Estate Agency on the principles of agency, negligence and vicarious liability for the misappropriation of monies by its employee.

 2012                 Represented a Professional Engineer in the matter concerning a Scaffolding Collapse at Bugis MRT Station.

 Acted for the Management Corporation Strata Title Plan on behalf of the Subsidiary Proprietors in an action against the developers and main contractors with regards to the inherent defects in the building.

 2013                 Acted in the Defence of a Russian National charged with making a bomb threat on board Singapore Airlines. The case was settled and the charge was withdrawn.

 2014                 Acted in the Defence of an alleged breach of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic against North Korea (DPRK), and for carrying on a remittance business without a valid license (Chinpo Shipping Co (Pte) Ltd v Public Prosecutor [2017] 4 SLR 983).

 Represented a former Director in the defence against his former Company in a corporate dispute concerning unlawful restitution.

 2015                Acted in the Defence of an Estonian National for possessing property which was derived directly from another person’s benefits from criminal conduct.

 Acted for the Defendant in a breach of contract involving digital forensics.

 LASCO appointed Defence Counsel for a Capital Offence of Murder (Gunasegaran s/o Ramasamy).

 LASCO appointed Defence Counsel for a Capital Offence of Drug Trafficking (Public Prosecutor v Pannir Selvam Pranthaman [2017] SGHC 144).

 2016                Acted in the Defence of a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner from Taiwan on allegations of outrage of modesty. Travelled to Taiwan to interview expert witnesses (Public Prosecutor v KNH [2016] SDGC 48).

Represented a former Indian National (current Hong Kong Citizen), in an extradition order to India on charges of murder (In the Matter of Kumar Krushna Pillai [2016] SGDC 107; EXT-90000-2016).

 2017                Acted in the Defence of a Medical Practitioner who was accused of outraging the modesty of a patient during liposuction surgery (Public Prosecutor v TKL [2017] SGHC 188).

Acted for the applicant in an appeal matter where a withdrawal of his guilty plea was sought with regards to a case of tax evasion by falsifying GST returns.

 Advised a Singapore Incorporated Oil Company on whether its businesses were in breach of United Nations Security Council Sanctions (UNSC) against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

 2018 Acted in the Defence of a young British National who had committed drug offences after the conviction of, and while on bail for, the first set of drug offences (Public Prosecutor v Yuen Ye Ming [2018] SGDC 229).

 Acted in the Defence of a Director of an oil trading company who was accused of corruptly giving gratification to officers of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency as an inducement for the said officers to detain a vessel (Public Prosecutor v TKM [2018] SGDC 213). Case is currently fixed for an appeal.

 2016 – Present

Represented a Medical Practitioner in a criminal trial in the High Court where the accused is charged with raping his female patient.

Other Appointments/MEMBERSHIP

                                Maj (NS) in the Singapore Armed Forces
1981 – Present       President, Flash Athletic Club
1984 – 1986           Tutor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
1987 – 2010           Lecturer on Criminal Procedure at the Post Graduate Law Course, Board of Legal Education
1990 – 1994           President, Patrician Society
1991 – 1993           Aide-De-Camp to the President of Republic of Singapore
1991 – 1993           Judge-Advocate, Singapore Armed Forces Military Court Martial
1993                       Member of the Advisory Committee – Publication, Ministry of Information and The Arts
1998                       Chairman, The Street-Kids Task Force, Youth Challenge Legal Advisor, Youth Challenge
1998 – 2000          Chairman, Board of Management, St. Patrick’s School
2000 – 2002          Member, Board of Trustees, IT Services Co-operative Ltd
2000 – 2005          Chairman, Criminal Practice Committee, The Law Society of Singapore

2001 – 2004           Member, Inquiry Panel, The Law Society of Singapore
2002 – 2004          Member, Disciplinary Committee, The Law Society of Singapore
2005 – 2007          Member, Council Member, The Law Society of Singapore
2006 – 2008          Member, Board of Legal Education
2009 – Present     Member, Institutional Review Board, Republic Polytechnic

2010 – Present       Co-ordinator (Criminal Litigation Practice Course), Singapore Institute of Legal Education
Present                   Member, Singapore High Performance Sports (HPS) Steering Committee
Present                   Member, Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS)
Present                   Assigned Counsel, Legal Aid Bureau (LAB)
Present                   Lead Counsel, Legal Assistance for Capital Offences (LASCO)
Present                   Notary Public and Commissioner For Oaths

Present                   Vice President, Chiam See Tong Sports Fund

Public Lectures

August 17-18, 2001 Law and Sleep Disorders” at the 8th Singapore General Hospital – Stanford University Medical Centre Joint Update, Singapore

September 27, 2001 “Offences against Person” at the Housing Development Board – Annual Legal Seminar, Singapore

October, 2001 The Business Of Sport” at The Law Society of Singapore – The Sports Law Seminar, Singapore

October 10, 2003  “Pleading Guilty” at The Law Society of Singapore - A Criminal Procedure Evening Seminar, Singapore

December 12, 2003 Criminal Law & Procedure” at the Lexis Nexis – Practical Legal Skills Series, Singapore

May 27, 2005  “The Art of Family Lawyering” by The Law Society of Singapore, Official Launch of the Best Practices Guide

July 27-28, 2005 Children & The Law Conference at Swissotel Merchant Court Hotel, Singapore

July 7, 2007   “Epilepsy and the Law” at The Singapore Epilepsy Foundation – Symposium for People with Epilepsy and their Careers, Singapore

March 14, 2008        SAL Law Debate “Litigation: A Man’s Domain?” at Supreme Court Auditorium, Singapore

May 10, 2012           “Criminal Procedure and Practice Series 2012, Topic 3: Making Sense of Sentencing” by The Law Society of Singapore

October 15, 2013       Conference on "Drugs & the Death Penalty in South East Asia" at Melbourne Law School

November 6, 2014     Legal Leadership Development Programme (“L-Leap”) “Starting, Building and Sustaining a Small Law Firm Practice?” at Singapore Management University, Singapore

May 26, 2016   Singapore Judicial College “Grounds of Decision, the Dreaded and Desired: Through the Practitioners’ Lenses” at Viewing Gallery, Supreme Court, Singapore

July 14 – 15, 2016  3rd Criminal Law Conference at Supreme Court Auditorium, Singapore

March 10, 2017        “Psychiatry and the Law: The Court or the Patient – Duty of the Psychiatrist in Criminal Proceedings” at the Medico-Legal Forum – Supreme Court Auditorium, Singapore