SINGAPORE - The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) have appointed Second Solicitor-General Kwek Mean Luck, 43, as the Solicitor-General with effect from Jan 14.
At the same time, Third Solicitor-General Mavis Chionh, 47, will take on the role of Second Solicitor-General, the AGC said in a statement on Friday (Dec 2).
Mr Kwek, who takes over from Solicitor-General Lionel Yee Woon Chin, began his career in law as a Legal Service Officer.
He has held various appointments including District Judge in the then-Subordinate Courts (now State Courts) and Senior Assistant Registrar in the Supreme Court.
He was appointed Second Solicitor-General on July 1, 2015.
Mr Kwek, who read law at the University of Cambridge, graduating with a first class honours in 1995, has also served on the board of several government agencies such as the National Heritage Board, Sentosa Development Corporation, Economic Development Board and the Civil Service College.
Ms Chionh, who studied law at the University of Oxford, graduating with a first class honours degree in 1991, started her legal career as a Justices' Law Clerk in the Supreme Court in 1991.
Attorney-General V.K. Rajah, 59, said he has known and worked with both the appointees for a substantial period of time.
"Mean Luck's skills, experience and track record make him more than well qualified to take on the responsibilities of the Solicitor-General," he said.
He said that Ms Chionh's appointment is both "a recognition of her contributions as well as an affirmation that she will play a significant role in leading AGC towards institutional excellence".
Mr Rajah, who will be succeeded as Attorney-General by top corporate lawyer Lucien Wong, 63, from Jan 14, said that the appointments assure him that he "will be leaving AGC with a very strong leadership team in place".
As a transitional arrangement, Mr Wong will be appointed Deputy Attorney-General with effect from Dec 19. When he takes over as Attorney-General on Jan 14, Solicitor-General Mr Lionel Yee S.C. will be appointed a Deputy Attorney-General, in addition to Mr Tan Siong Thye S.C.