Modern Advocacy – Perspectives from Singapore


Author: Eleanor Wong, Lok Vi Ming SC, Vinodh Coomaraswamy SC (general editors)
Joseph Grimberg SC
K Shanmugam SC
Ang Cheng Hock
Kenneth W K Tan SC
Steven Chong SC
Alvin Yeo SC
Tan Kok Quan SC
Davinder Singh SC
Lok Vi Ming SC
Vinodh Coomaraswamy SC
Harry Elias SC
Tan Chee Meng SC
Evangeline Poh
Michael Khoo SC
Sant Singh SC
Quentin Loh SC
LP Thean
Philip Jeyaretnam SC
Chelva R Rajah SC
Leslie Chew SC
Justice Woo Bih Li
Justice Choo Han Teck

Country: Singapore
ISBN: 9789810807764
Published: 2008

Categories: , Product ID: 10473


Modern Advocacy is a book on trial advocacy written by Singapore practitioners for Singapore practitioners. The book is an illuminating insight into what Singapore advocates do and how they go about doing it. It is a singularly unique piece of work, not only for making inroads into the market (which until now survived on general primers from other jurisdictions) by providing a locally-flavoured book on advocacy, but also for its stellar list of contributors and General Editors. No less than 17 Senior Counsel, a retired Judge of Appeal, two High Court Judges, and a former best oralist (championship round) winner of the Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition collaborated to bring this publication to fruition.

The confluence of which is an authoritative text that deals in detail with specific aspects of trials or parts of trials, different types of advocacy (eg, criminal, appellate and ADR), and broad, overview questions with tips and advice on attaining success, achieving a healthy work-life balance, dealing with the Media, and adhering to the unwritten but essential Code of Etiquette.

The intrinsic value of this book lies in the anecdotes and samples of effective practice which the contributors share unreservedly. Specific examples of how general principles might play out in a Singapore court or case are provided, and different strategies that are available to counsel at different stages of a case and the concrete considerations that may affect decisions are amply discussed. Each contributor’s oratory style is preserved in his or her respective chapter.

In essence, Modern Advocacy is a look into the minds of Singapore’s legal eagles; an opportunity for aspiring advocates to learn the ropes of the trade from those who have succeeded; an eye-opener for those who wish to learn more about Singapore’s trial procedure; and an engaging read for others to end the day with.


Chapter 1 One Man’s Experience
By Joseph Grimberg SC

Chapter 2 Case Theory
By K Shanmugam SC and Ang Cheng Hock

Chapter 3  Pleadings
By Kenneth W K Tan SC

Chapter 4 Advocacy in Interlocutory Applications
By Steven Chong SC

Chapter 5 Preparation for Trial
By Alvin Yeo SC

Chapter 6 Affidavits, Examination-in-Chief and Re-examination
By Tan Kok Quan SC

Chapter 7 Cross-examination
By Davinder Singh SC

Chapter 8  Expert Witnesses
By Lok Vi Ming SC

Chapter 9 Evidence and Admissibility
By Vinodh Coomaraswamy SC

Chapter 10 Opening Statements
By Harry Elias SC

Chapter 11  Closing Submissions
By Tan Chee Meng SC and Evangeline Poh

Chapter 12 Criminal Advocacy I – The Pre-trial Stage
By Michael Khoo SC

Chapter 13 Criminal Advocacy II – The Trial
By Sant Singh SC

Chapter 14 Advocacy in Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution
By Quentin Loh SC

Chapter 15 Appellate Advocacy
By L P Thean

Chapter 16 Advocacy for the Long-haul
By Philip Jeyaretnam SC

Chapter 17 Ethics and Etiquette
By Chelva R Rajah SC

Chapter 18 Relations with the Media
By Leslie Chew SC

Chapter 19 The Good Advocate – Some Uncommon Pointers
By The Honourable Justice Woo Bih Li

Chapter 20 Overview from the Bench
By The Honourable Justice Choo Han Teck


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