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Retirement of High Court Judge, Justice Philip Pillai

Singapore, 11 December, 2012 – Justice Philip Pillai, Supreme Court Judge, will retire with effect from 12 December 2012 when he reaches the age of 65 years. He will be leaving the Public Service after three years of distinguished service.

Justice Pillai received his LL.B. from the University of Singapore in 1971, and his LL.M. and S.J.D. 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.

Justice Pillai was in private practice from 1986 to 2009, where he was successively a 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. During his judicial tenure, Justice Pillai has made outstanding contributions to the Supreme Court, the Legal Service and the legal profession. Justice Pillai was appointed as a member of the Legal Service Commission from 2007 and has, amongst other appointments at the Legal Service Commission, been a member of the Special Personnel Board from 2010.

The Supreme Court wishes to express its deep appreciation for Justice Pillai’s dedicated and invaluable contributions.

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