Qualifications

  • LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore, 1997
  • Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore (1998)
  • Solicitor, England & Wales (2002)
  • Appointed Senior Counsel (2019)

Siraj specializes 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 also regularly appears in international arbitrations both as counsel and arbitrator.

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 rejoined Drew & Napier as a Director in 2019.

Siraj has been described as a "star" and "a formidable litigator" in legal directories, and was named as a Leading Individual for Dispute Resolution by Asia-Pacific Legal 500 and a Disputes Star (Commercial & Transactions and Insolvency) by Benchmark Litigation.  He was appointed Senior Counsel by the Chief Justice of Singapore in 2019, one of a select few to be accorded the honour. 

Siraj was a member of the Singapore International Commercial Court Rules Sub-Committee, and currently sits on the Working Group of the Professional Conduct Council chaired by the Chief Justice of Singapore.  Siraj is also a past member of the Council of The Law Society of Singapore and has sat a member of its Inquiry Panel since 2009.

Siraj 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.

Siraj has acted in several landmark matters before the Courts including:
  1. Acting for the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) in a prosecution of 6 entities and individuals under the Singapore Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act (CPFTA). This was the first exercise of the CCCS' enforcement powers under the CPFTA.

  2. Acting in a successful application to the Singapore High Court to sanction the restructure of a US$325 million note issued by Blue Ocean Resources Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of a company listed on the Jakarta Stock Exchange.  This was the first successful application of its kind in Singapore in relation to the restructuring of such a note using the scheme of arrangement provisions in the Singapore Companies Act.

  3. Acting for a group of 212 investors in a representative action in the Singapore High Court against DBS Bank Limited in relation to their failed investment in structured notes issued by the bank.  This was one of very few representative actions launched in the Singapore Court, and the only one arising out of the 2008 financial crisis.

The Asia-Pacific Legal 500 
Dispute Resolution 2019 – Leading Individual

'a formidable litigator' who receives numerous referrals from larger Singapore litigation practices.

Benchmark Litigation
Commercial and Transactions, Insolvency – Disputes Star 

A​​sialaw Leading Lawyers
Dispute Resolution 2020 – Distinguished Practitioner

  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 
  • Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
  • Fellow, Arbitration & Mediation Institute of New Zealand
  • Fellow, Singapore Academy of Law 
  • Member, London Court of International Arbitration
  • Member, International Association of Defence Counsel
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore