Members of Essex Court Chambers Commence Singapore Group Practice

14 November, 2017

Members of chambers are pleased to announce that VK Rajah SC, Tham Lijing, Colin Liew and Calvin Liang have become members of Essex Court Chambers, practicing as full time independent advocates. They will commence self-employed legal practice as members of Essex Court Chambers Duxton (Singapore Group Practice) from 19 Duxton Hill, Singapore. Toby Landau QC, who was called to the Singapore Bar on 11 May 2017, will very shortly be joining the Group Practice.

VK Rajah SC is one of Singapore’s most distinguished lawyers. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 1997, a judge of the Supreme Court of Singapore from 2004 to 2007 and of the Singapore Court of Appeal from 2007 to 2014, before serving as Attorney-General from 2014 to 2017.

Tham Lijing, Colin Liew and Calvin Liang are advocates admitted to the Singapore Bar. They have been recognised as among Singapore’s most promising and influential young lawyers. After achieving outstanding academic success, they served as Justices Law Clerks, before gaining advocacy and advisory experience at some of Singapore’s leading law firms.

David Foxton QC, Head of Chambers at Essex Court Chambers, said:

“We are delighted to be welcoming a lawyer of VK’s outstanding calibre to Essex Court Chambers, together with three young lawyers of such obvious promise and ability as Lijing, Colin and Calvin. The recruitment of these new members, together with Toby’s call to the Singapore Bar earlier this year, significantly enhances the ability of members of Chambers to respond to the challenges and opportunities generated by the increasingly transnational nature of commercial, financial and international law disputes.

The “chambers model” of individual self-employed specialist advocates and advisers enhances client choice, and the ability to access the very best legal representation. We believe this exciting new venture will add value to the dynamic legal sector in Singapore, and make its own contribution to cementing Singapore’s position as a regional and global legal hub”.

VK Rajah SC said:

“On leaving public service, I wanted to find a role that would embrace excellence and personal autonomy. Essex Court Chambers is a world-renowned set of independent advocates that encapsulates an uncompromising commitment to excellence, whose members regularly receive instructions from law firms from all over the world and act for businesses, governments and international institutions.

Singapore’s first pure Chambers practice introduces a different concept of specialised legal services that will focus on advisory and advocacy work. This will be a new platform to give Singapore and the region a wider choice in first tier legal services in both domestic litigation and international arbitration briefs. I therefore look forward to working closely with my three Singaporean colleagues, Toby Landau QC as well as many other colleagues from Essex Court Chambers in this exciting new venture.”

Joint Senior Clerk David Grief said:

“The members of Essex Court Chambers have long enjoyed close ties to the Singapore legal sector, and we are delighted to strengthen that relationship by welcoming VK, Lijing, Colin and Calvin as members of Chambers”.

The members of the Singapore Group Practice will act as independent advisors and advocates, and will both accept direct instructions from clients and work alongside local and international law firms.

Profiles of VK Rajah SC, Toby Landau QC, Tham Lijing, Colin Liew and Calvin Liang, together with information on how to instruct them, can be obtained from: