The Lives They Live: Veteran legal eagle with keen sense of duty

Mr V. Ramakrishnan started his law studies when he was 32, after helping to support his family. About 90 per cent of the cases he handles now are pro bono.
Mr V. Ramakrishnan started his law studies when he was 32, after helping to support his family. About 90 per cent of the cases he handles now are pro bono.ST PHOTO: JASMINE CHOONG
Mr V. Ramakrishnan started his law studies when he was 32, after helping to support his family. About 90 per cent of the cases he handles now are pro bono.
Mr V. Ramakrishnan started his law studies when he was 32, after helping to support his family. About 90 per cent of the cases he handles now are pro bono.PHOTO: COURTESY OF V. RAMAKRISHNAN.

While the pioneer leaders were the architects of modern Singapore, there are many unsung heroes who have helped to shape society here. The Lives They Live is a series which meets some of those making an invaluable contribution.

At 87 years old, Mr V. Ramakrishnan is one of the oldest practising lawyers in Singapore, and he shows no sign of slowing down any time soon.

The veteran civil lawyer seldom rejects cases that come his way - whether from the Legal Aid Bureau, or other parties in need - and he is currently handling more than 10 cases from the bureau alone as an assigned solicitor.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 12, 2018, with the headline 'Veteran legal eagle with keen sense of duty'. Print Edition | Subscribe