Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Good Game, Philip Pillai

Who is Pillai?

He is the guy who threw out that law soc lawyer who barged into court and said M Ravi was mad, as well as walked the fine line in the Hougang by-election hearing - his decision not to let Vellama pay damages when she lost the case. He was the judge in Dr Susan Lim's case for overcharging the Bruneian royalty. He presided over an Indonesian businessmen who sued Citibank when he lost money in investments. Overall, by the way he adroitly handled the Hougang by-election decisions,  he is one balanced judge. Too bad he won't be around in court anymore. Bye!

Singapore High Court Judge, Philip Pillai, to retire
Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012

SINGAPORE - Supreme Court Judge, Justice Philip Pillai, will retire on 12 December 2012 when he reaches 65 years old.

He will be leaving the Public Service after three years of distinguished service.

Justice Pillai received his Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Singapore in 1971, and his Master in Law and Doctor of Juridical Sciences from Harvard University in 1973 and 1983 respectively. He was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore in 1972.

From 1971 to 1985, Justice Pillai taught at the Law Faculty of the National University of Singapore.

He was a Senate Member of the National University of Singapore from 1976 to 1985.

From 1981 to 1985, Justice Pillai was a member of the Board of Legal Education, as well as a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

He was in private practice from 1986 to 2009 as partner of the law firm Shook Lin & Bok LLP and joint managing partner of Allen & Overy, Shook Lin & Bok.

Amongst other appointments, Justice Pillai was a Director and Audit Committee member of the Monetary Authority of Singapore from 2000 to 2005. He was also a member of the Regional Panel of Arbitrators of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre from 2003 to 2006.

From 2001 to 2003, Justice Pillai was the Chairman of the Singapore Committee on Company Legislation and Regulatory Framework. In 2003, he was awarded the Singapore Public Service Medal.

Justice Pillai was first appointed as Judicial Commissioner on 1 October 2009 and then as a Judge of the Supreme Court on 1 June 2010.

He was appointed as a member of the Legal Service Commission from 2007 and has been a member of the Special Personnel Board from 2010.


  1. All the best to you & family, Mr Pillai.
    You have backbone, and judged independently.
    Singaporeans will miss you and many respect you. You got balls.

    Solid, loyal, big-picture locals should be extended to work longer beyond retirement age. Sorry, I forgot; it only applies to talented Yes men and Mr Old Man.

  2. With some of his last court decisions, definitely
    no Chief justiceship or AG post awaits him

  3. another good man gone to waste .. its a country's misfortune when we have a factuous ruler (from 3 kingdom)

  4. Good people retire early, mediocre ones never do, it's the law

    of this little black blob.

    Thank you Judge Pillai, we will remember you.

  5. When such a judge has to leave prematurly, can there be any more doubts about the Dark Ages we are in here?

    My best wishes ex-High Court Judge Pillai. The Singapore Judiciary DON'T deserve a judge of your calibre. The judiciary here only have places for people who leave their personal conscience and conviction at home when they go to work.

  6. Anonymous 8:29pm 3:05pm 1:48pm 1037am
    Who knows, Justice Pillai might become Ambassador Pillai next!

    Anonymous 9:07pm
    Orhhhh mock the judiciary - contempt! LOL

  7. Honestly it is better to retire than become the next Micahel Khoo