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13 July 2012
In his father’s footsteps

Senior Counsel Vinodh Coomaraswamy (Law 1990) has been appointed a Judicial Commissioner of the High Court of Singapore.

Vinodh, 47, who is currently a Partner in Shook Lin & Bok LLP’s Dispute Resolution Practice, will leave the firm to take up his appointment on 1st August for one year in the first instance.

Judicial Commissioners are appointed by the President of Singapore on the advice of the Prime Minister and have the same powers as a Judge of the High Court but hold office for a limited term.


But Vinodh is not the only alumni of The University of Nottingham to have held judicial office in Singapore.  His father, Punchardsheram Coomaraswamy (Law 1954, Hon LLD 1984), was known affectionately at Nottingham as Punch, served as JCR President of Hugh Stewart Hall and went into public service in Singapore in 1967, serving as Speaker of Parliament, a diplomat and then as a High Court judge from 1985 to 1993.

Vinodh is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.

Vinodh said: “It is a tremendous honour and a privilege to have been thought worthy of this appointment and hugely humbling to appreciate the weight of the responsibilities that come with it.  It is no exaggeration to say, however, that it is the keen scholarship, patient tutoring and good humour of those who taught me at Nottingham over 20 years ago which equipped me with the depth and breadth of legal knowledge and skills which I will continue to draw upon as a judicial commissioner.”

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