Siraj specialises in complex, high-value commercial litigation and international arbitration. He has an active trial and appellate practice at all levels of the Courts in Singapore and in international arbitrations.
He is a civilian panel member of the Military Court of Appeal and Deputy Commissioner of the Government Procurement Adjudication Tribunal. He also sits as arbitrator in international arbitrations and as a mediator.
Siraj began his career at Drew & Napier in 1997 before leaving in 2002 to join the corporate practice of an international law firm. In 2008, he co-founded Premier Law and headed its Dispute Resolution practice. In 2016, Premier Law entered into a joint venture with the UK law firm RPC, and Siraj was concurrently a Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution at the joint venture firm, RPC Premier Law. He re-joined Drew & Napier as a Director in 2019.
Siraj has been described as a "star" and "a formidable litigator" in legal directories. He was appointed Senior Counsel by the Chief Justice of Singapore in 2019, one of a select few to be accorded the honour.
Siraj sits on the Working Group of the Professional Conduct Council chaired by the Chief Justice of Singapore and the Accreditation Committee of the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (SILE), and was a member of the Singapore International Commercial Court Rules Sub-Committee. He is a past member of the Council of The Law Society of Singapore and has sat as a member of its Inquiry Panel since 2009.
Siraj sits on the Practice Advisory Committee of the Singapore Management University School of Law, and holds Fellowships at the Singapore Academy of Law, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a member of the London Court of International Arbitration and the International Association of Defence Counsel.
Dispute Resolution: Litigation 2020 – Recognised Practitioner
The Asia-Pacific Legal 500
Dispute Resolution 2021 – Leading Individual for 2 consecutive years
International Arbitration 2021 – Recommended Lawyer
Sources say, “‘I have worked with the following individual(s) in international arbitration… Siraj Omar SC is very competent.’”
The Legal 500 said that Siraj “provides additional firepower in banking and insolvency disputes” and describes him as 'a formidable litigator'.
Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific
Identified as a Dispute Resolution Star in 2020 – Commercial and Transactions; Insolvency
Asialaw Leading Lawyers
Dispute Resolution 2021 – Distinguished Practitioner for 2 consecutive years
Best Lawyers International: Singapore (2022 edition)
Arbitration and Mediation – Endorsed individual for 2 consecutive years