14 Jan 2019

Rajah & Tann Singapore Partners Recognised as Accredited Specialists

Ten Partners from Rajah & Tann Singapore, a record number from any firm, have been recognised as Accredited Specialists in Maritime and Shipping, as well as Building and Construction Law by Singapore Academy of Law’s Specialist Accreditation Scheme this year. The Scheme serves to develop a register to provide these industries with a reliable platform to identify and gain access to specialist lawyers who have proven themselves in these practice areas. The newly-minted accreditations were announced at the opening of the Legal Year 2019 following a stringent year-long assessment process conducted by an independent selection committee, comprising judges and senior industry representatives. 

Partners Soh Lip San, Ng Kim Beng and Avinash Pradhan were recognised for Building and Construction Law in the inaugural batch of lawyers recognised under this scheme last year.

The following partners are appointed as Accredited Specialists:

Maritime and Shipping

No. Name  Title Year of Accreditation
1. Toh Kian Sing, SC Senior Accredited Specialist  2019 
2. Leong Kah Wah    Senior Accredited Specialist  2019 
3. Jainil Bhandari  Senior Accredited Specialist 2019 
4. Winston Kwek      Senior Accredited Specialist 2019 
5. Kendall Tan      Senior Accredited Specialist 2019 
6. Ian Teo            Senior Accredited Specialist 2019 
7. V Bala            Accredited Specialist 2019 
8. Jonathan Oon      Accredited Specialist 2019 


Building and Construction

No. Name  Title Year of Accreditation
9. Soh Lip San Senior Accredited Specialist  2018 
10. Ng Kim Beng  Senior Accredited Specialist  2018 
11. Sim Chee Siong Senior Accredited Specialist 2019 
12. Avinash Pradhan    Accredited Specialist 2018
13. Thea Raman    Accredited Specialist 2019 


The accreditation scheme serves as a mark of recognition for legal practitioners who have gained professional excellence in their specialised areas of practice. It also promotes continued development and improvement of standards, quality and delivery of legal services, among other objectives.

The accreditation reinforces the firm’s pre-eminent Shipping & Maritime Trade practice for having “a deep understanding of the industry, offering advice that is commercial but sound legally”, according to Chambers Asia Pacific (2019). Managing a complex portfolio of high-end shipping work throughout the region, in both “wet” and “dry” contentious matters, as well as in ship finance and other non-contentious matters, the team has consistently been placed in the “top tier” and ranked as a “Band 1” shipping firm by independent legal directories.

The firm’s Construction & Projects practice has also garnered praise for “advising on high-value infrastructure projects, oil and gas developments and public private partnerships as well as complex litigation and arbitration proceedings”, according to The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2018). 

For more information about the Scheme, please click here.


From left: Ian Teo, V Bala, Jainil Bhandari, Jonathan Oon, Toh Kian Sing SC, Leong Kah Wah and Kendall Tan. Not pictured: Winston Kwek.

For more information about the firm’s Shipping & International Trade practice, please click here.


From left: Ng Kim Beng, Sim Chee Siong, Thea Raman, Soh Lip San and Avinash Pradhan.

For more information about the firm’s Construction & Projects practice, please click here

About Rajah & Tann Asia – www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms and lawyers in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam, with each offering the highest standards of service to locally-based clients while collectively having the capacity to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions and to provide excellent legal counsel seamlessly across the region. With around 700 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.