Lawyers taking longer time to gain top court experience

While Senior Counsels such as the late Joseph Grimberg (from left), Justice Woo Bih Li and Wong Meng Meng have inspired generations of lawyers with their advocacy skills, Mr Nicholas Poon argues that lawyers are now taking longer to land a lead couns
While Senior Counsels such as the late Joseph Grimberg (from left), Justice Woo Bih Li and Wong Meng Meng have inspired generations of lawyers with their advocacy skills, Mr Nicholas Poon argues that lawyers are now taking longer to land a lead counsel role in the Court of Appeal, while they have a better chance of landing a similar role in a High Court case earlier in their careers.

Younger lawyers face declining oral advocacy opportunities, says counsel in journal article

SINGAPORE - The cut, thrust and parry of Singapore court rooms is the stuff of legend, with names like Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam, Senior Counsel Davinder Singh and their predecessors, such as Senior Counsels Joseph Grimberg, Woo Bih Li (now Justice) and Wong Meng Meng, inspiring generations of lawyers with their advocacy skills.

But younger generations of lawyers are taking longer to gain court experience at the highest level, a development which may hamper Singapore's thriving dispute resolution industry if left unchecked, a lawyer has warned.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2018, with the headline 'Lawyers taking longer time to gain top court experience'. Print Edition | Subscribe