Four lawyers join elite senior counsel scheme

Chief Justice of Singapore Sundaresh Menon, on the occasion of the opening of the legal year, announced the appointment of four new Senior Counsels - (from left) Ms Mavis Chionh, Mr Tan Chuan Thye, Mr Edwin Tong, and Mr Lee Kim Shin (not in photograp
Chief Justice of Singapore Sundaresh Menon, on the occasion of the opening of the legal year, announced the appointment of four new Senior Counsels - (from left) Ms Mavis Chionh, Mr Tan Chuan Thye, Mr Edwin Tong, and Mr Lee Kim Shin (not in photograph) at the Supreme Court on Jan 5, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

SINGAPORE - Four lawyers - Mr Lee Kim Shin, Mr Tan Chuan Thye, Ms Chionh Sze Chyi Mavis, and Mr Tong Chun Fai Edwin Charles - were each appointed as senior counsel on Monday.

Last year, the senior counsel scheme, which was introduced in 1997 to recognise outstanding advocates who have extensive knowledge of the law and the highest professional standing, did not take in any new names.

The latest appointments were announced by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon in a speech to mark the beginning of the new legal year at the Supreme Court.

They were chosen by the selection committee comprising the Chief Justice, Attorney-General V K Rajah, Justice of Appeal Chao Hick Tin and Justice of Appeal Andrew Phang Boon Leong.

The four new appointments will bring the number of members of the senior counsel to 59 this year.