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ANNUAL ELECTION FOR THE COUNCIL OF 2020

Our Ref: LS/1/CouElect/19-01/DLT

26 September 2019

By E-MAIL

To: Practitioner Members of the Law Society of Singapore

ANNUAL ELECTION FOR THE COUNCIL OF 2020

Pursuant to section 51(1) of the Legal Profession Act, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN of the following:

1

DATE OF NOMINATION: 9 OCTOBER 2019

Nominations will open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm on the same day.

2 DATE OF ELECTION: 24 OCTOBER 2019
3 VENUE WHERE BALLOT SHALL TAKE PLACE:
  The Annual Election of Council of the Law Society will be conducted by way of Internet Voting (‘i-voting’).
4 NAMES OF THE 3 SCRUTINEERS:
  (1) Mr Ong Lian Min David
(2) Mr Renesh s/o Boss
(3) Mr Lim Feng Fu Calvin
VACANCIES IN THE COUNCIL
5 The term of office of the following members of the Council ceases on 31 December 2019:
  Senior Category
Isaac Tito Shane
Chan Pengee Adrian
Koh Choon Guan Daniel
Chia Boon Teck
Anand Nalachandran
  Middle Category
Seah Zhen Wei Paul
Tan May Lian Felicia
Tan Beng Hwee Paul
Chan Tai-Hui, Jason
  Junior Category
Low Ying Li, Christine (Liu Yingli)
Foo Guo Zheng Benjamin
6

As a result of the pending expiry of the term of office of the members named above, and pursuant to section 51 of the Legal Profession Act, eleven (11) vacancies in the Council have to be filled. One (1) of these vacancies is to be filled by an appointee of the Minister for Law and two (2) of these vacancies are to be filled by appointees of the Council.

Senior Category (Not less than 15 years’ standing)

Three (3) seats are to be filled by advocates and solicitors with practising certificates in force, who are of not less than 15 years’ standing as of 9 October 2019.

Middle Category (Less than 15 years’ but not less than 5 years’ standing)

Three (3) seats are to be filled by advocates and solicitors with practising certificates in force, who are of less than 15 years’ but not less than 5 years’ standing as of 9 October 2019.

Junior Category (Less than 5 years’ standing)

Two (2) seats are to be filled by advocates and solicitors with practising certificates in force, who are of less than 5 years’ standing as of 9 October 2019.

NOTE: The years of standing of an advocate and solicitor shall be calculated from his or her date of admission as an advocate and solicitor.

NOMINATION FORM
7 The candidate nominated for election must be a person qualified to be a candidate under section 49 of the Legal Profession Act.
8 Nomination of candidates shall be made on the prescribed nomination form. The nomination form may be downloaded here. Nomination forms are also available from the Law Society’s office at 28 Maxwell Road, Maxwell Chambers Suites, #01-03 Singapore 069120. Every nomination form shall contain the name of only one (1) candidate and his consent must be endorsed thereon. The nomination form must be signed by the nominee and two (2) solicitors qualified in a like manner under section 49 of the Legal Profession Act and under the same membership category as the candidate nominated. Secretariat is obliged to reject any nomination form that is incomplete, contains any inaccurate information or is submitted after the deadline of 4.30pm on 9 October 2019.
9

The completed nomination form must be delivered to The Law Society of Singapore only between 9.30am and 4.30pm (both times inclusive) on 9 October 2019 addressed to:

The Chief Executive Officer
The Law Society of Singapore
28 Maxwell Road, Maxwell Chambers Suites
#01-03
Singapore 069120

ELIGIBILITY TO VOTE
10

Every advocate and solicitor who has in force a practising certificate as of the date of nomination, 9 October 2019, shall vote for the election of members of Council as follows:

Senior Category

If an election of the members of the Council in the senior category is required, every advocate and solicitor with a practising certificate in force, who is of not less than 15 years’ standing on the date of nomination, shall vote for the election of the members of the Council in the senior category.

Middle Category

If an election of the members of the Council in the middle category is required, every advocate and solicitor with a practising certificate in force, who is of less than 15 years’ but not less than 5 years’ standing on the date of nomination, shall vote for the election of the members of the Council in the middle category.

Junior Category

If an election of members of the Council in the junior category is required, every advocate and solicitor with a practising certificate in force, who is of less than 5 years’ standing on the date of nomination, shall vote for the election of the members of the Council in the junior category.

VOTING IS COMPULSORY
11

Voting is compulsory and shall be done via i-voting. Reference is made to section 50(2) of the Legal Profession Act:

“50(2) Every advocate and solicitor who is required to vote for the election of the members of the Council in accordance with subsection (1) and who fails to do so shall not be entitled to apply for a practising certificate unless he –

  1. satisfies the Registrar that he was not in Singapore at the time of the election or had a good and sufficient reason for not voting at the last election to the Council; or
  2. pays a penalty of $500 which shall be credited to the Compensation Fund established under section 75.”

NOTE:
The i-voting process does not preclude a member who is required to vote but is unable to do so at such an election, because he is not in Singapore at the time of the election or has a good and sufficient reason for not doing so, from writing to the Registrar, Supreme Court (and not the Law Society of Singapore) to request for a waiver of the voting requirement AFTER 24 OCTOBER 2019 (i.e. after the date of the election).

GENERAL INFORMATION
12

As at the date of this notice, the following members of the Council will continue to serve in office until 31 December 2020:

Ordinary Members

Senior Category

  1. Gregory Vijayendran, SC
  2. Tan Gim Hai Adrian
  3. Lisa Sam Hui Min
  4. Michael S Chia

Middle Category

  1. Simran Kaur Toor

Junior Category

  1. Md Noor E Adnaan
  2. Ng Huan Yong

Statutory Members

  1. M Rajaram
  2. Lim Seng Siew
  3. Ng Lip Chih
13

The following Statutory Members of Council shall cease to hold office after 31 December 2019:

  1. Chan Pengee Adrian
  2. Anand Nalachandran
  3. Seah Zhen Wei Paul
NOTICE OF PERSONS NOMINATED
14 A further notice setting out the names of the nominees and the names of the persons nominating the nominees shall be disseminated to members by e-mail as well posted on the website of The Law Society of Singapore at
www.lawsociety.org.sg after 9 October 2019.

Yours faithfully

Delphine Loo Tan
Chief Executive Officer
for and on behalf of
The Council of The Law Society of Singapore

Council Members 2019

Gregory Vijayendran (President)
Tan Gim Hai Adrian(Vice President)
M Rajaram (Vice President)
Tito Shane Isaac (Treasurer)

Lim Seng Siew
Adrian Chan Pengee
Koh Choon Guan Daniel
Chia Boon Teck
Ng Lip Chih
Lisa Sam Hui Min
Michael S Chia
Anand Nalachandran
Tan Beng Hwee Paul
Seah Zhen Wei Paul
Tan May Lian Felicia
Chan Tai-Hui Jason (Zeng Taihui)
Simran Kaur Toor
Low Ying Li, Christine
Sui Yi Siong (Xu Yixiong)
Ng Huan Yong
Foo Guo Zheng Benjamin

Secretariat

Chief Executive Officer
Delphine Loo Tan

Anti-Money Laundering
Compliance
Rejini Raman

Conduct
K Gopalan
Rajvant Kaur
Anamika Bagchi

Legal Research and Development
Alvin Chen

Representation and Law Reform
Alvin Chen

Continuing Professional Development
Jean Wong

Finance
Pearlyn Quek

Legal Productivity and Innovation
Stefanie Lim

Membership, Communications and International Relations
Shawn Toh

Partnership and Sponsorship
Publications
Sharmaine Lau

Unclaimed Money Fund
Clifford Hang