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Sundararaj Palaniappan

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Mr. Palaniappan has an extensive litigation practice spanning commercial and trade litigation as well as international arbitration. Mr. Palaniappan is also noted for his skilled handling of banking litigation matters. He also shares his experience with young lawyers, guiding them in advocacy and court work.

Mr. Palaniappan regularly appears before the Supreme Court of Singapore. He also appeared before the Privy Council in London and argued an appeal in the late nineties in one of the last appeals that went before the once highest tribunal of the land. He has been involved as counsel in arbitrations under the SIAC rules and New York Arbitration rules.

He has considerable experience in handling complicated commercial litigation matters. Mr. Palaniappan has also argued criminal appeals before the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Professional Background

Mr. Palaniappan started his career with the Attorney General’s Chambers as a deputy public prosecutor and state counsel from 1989 until 1994. He joined Derrick Ravi and Partnership in 1994 which merged with Raja Loo and Chandra to form Straits Law Practice LLC in 2001.

He also shares his experience with young lawyers, guiding them in advocacy and court work. He has been an advocacy trainer at annual courses conducted by the Law Society for Legal Practice Trainees for many years.

Mr. Palaniappan graduated with a LL.B. (Hons) from National University of Singapore in 1988 and obtained Masters in Law in 1994.

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Palaniappan has contributed to the legal literature in Singapore. He has edited the Atkins Court Forms on Civil Procedure and updated chapters on evidence, torts, contract and commercial crime in the Halsbury’s Law of Singapore, which are the main sources of legal literature consulted by practitioners. He has presently been commissioned to edit the Halsbury’s Law on Contract and Torts.
Mr. Palaniappan has handled numerous cases across varied areas of law and economic activity. Some of the cases that he has handled that were notable in terms of novel legal issues or involving complex transactions are set out below:
  • NTUC Foodfare Co-operative Ltd v SIA Engineering Co & Anor [2018] SGCA 41 – [test for negligence in cases involving claim for pure economic loss]
  • Manimuthu & others v Shanmuganathan [2016] SGHC 186 [commercial and trusts]
  • The Oriental Insurance Co Ltd v Reliance National Asia Re Pte Ltd [2008] 3 SLR(R) 121 (conflicting company law decisions by the Privy Council and the High Court of Australia)
  • National Foods Ltd v Pars Ram Pte Ltd [2010] 1 SLR 579
  • Exim v Swiss Singapore Pte Ltd [Arbitration under the SIAC Rules]
  • D’Conceicao Jeanie Doris v M C Thong [2011] SGHC 193