Criminal Litigation

Specialists in Criminal Defence Litigation

Eugene Thuraisingam LLP has an award-winning and renowned criminal practice that has achieved successful outcomes at all levels of the Singapore Courts.

Some of the awards that our criminal practice has received include:-

  • Doyles Criminal Law (Leading Criminal Defence Firm and Lawyers)
  • Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific (White-Collar Crime)
  • Straits Times Singapore’s Best Law Firms Survey (5-star rating for Criminal law)
  • Chambers Asia Pacific (Corporate Investigations and Anti-Corruption: Domestic)
  • Best Lawyers 2023 (Criminal Defence and Litigation)

In addition to the numerous awards that our lawyers have consistently clinched for their excellence in criminal defence litigation, Eugene Thuraisingam LLP also received the highest number of recommendations of the 20 law firms ranked for criminal law in the Straits Times Best Law Firm Survey 2022. This is testament to the firm’s stellar reputation in the field.

Criminal litigation is a core part of Eugene Thuraisingam LLP’s practice. Our deep experience in all areas of criminal practice and expertise at the highest level of criminal defence is evident from our support of the Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offences (LASCO). Notably, we have 3 lead counsel emplaced on the LASCO panel (namely, Eugene Thuraisingam, Suang Wijaya and Chooi Jing Yen), with the rest of our lawyers emplaced as either Assisting Counsel or Junior Assisting Counsel.

We are regularly instructed to defend accused persons and companies in criminal proceedings relating to white-collar crimes under the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Securities and Futures Act, cross-border crimes including money laundering and insider trading, offences under the Penal Code 1871, drug-related offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, sexual offences, and a wide range of property and regulatory offence.

Practice Areas


Being under investigation is an extremely stressful process. The statements you give during investigations can make or break your defence. We have extensive experience in giving timely and accurate advice during this crucial period.

Criminal Trials

Trial lawyering is the heart of what we do. We are always trial-ready, and are able – subject to scheduling – to have conduct of complex trials at short notice. We have had conduct of numerous trials, both in the State Courts and the High Court. We are well-versed in the art of cross-examination, and are thoroughly familiar with the rules of procedure and evidence.

Public Interest Litigation

We have deep knowledge and expertise in matters involving constitutional and administrative law. We have had conduct of cases involving, among other things, the right to counsel, freedom of religion and freedom of speech.

Representations and Mitigation on Sentence

The bulk of criminal matters are resolved by way of representations and mitigation. The representations we prepare are conscientiously crafted with a view to bringing to light the merits of your case in as persuasive a manner as possible.

The ability to grasp the heart of the dispute is key to appellate advocacy. Our practice in commercial disputes is especially relevant in criminal appeals, where cases are largely decided on the strength of written submissions on law and evidence. Our deep legal knowledge is also handy in cases involving difficult points of criminal law.