Johannes Hadi

Advocate & Solicitor English, Mandarin, Bahasa Indonesia

Johannes read law at University College London (UCL), where he won the inaugural inter-university Human Rights Moot 2014 and founded the UCL Human Rights Brigade. His interest in moral and legal philosophy then led him to postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he topped the cohort in three subjects and graduated with a Master of Science (Distinction) in political theory.

Johannes joined Eugene Thuraisingam LLP in 2017 because he identified with the firm’s ethos of excellence and empathy. During his time at the firm, Johannes assisted in several notable civil and commercial disputes. Most recently, he assisted in acting for a former financial services director against an insurance company for losses arising from a negligent reference check the latter prepared (Ramesh s/o Krishnan v AXA Life Insurance Pte Ltd [2017] SGHC 197). The Court of Appeal eventually awarded damages of over S$3 million to the client.

He also defends several clients on death row for offences ranging from murder to drug trafficking. He presently acts for a Nigerian convicted of drug trafficking in re-trial proceedings before the High Court, after assisting in the successful application to the Court of Appeal to re-open the proceedings on the basis of medical evidence probative of the client’s innocence. This was the first time in Singapore’s legal history that the Court of Appeal agreed to re-open a concluded criminal appeal (Ilechukwu Uchechukwu Chukwudi v Public Prosecutor [2017] SGCA 44). Johannes also currently acts for an applicant, who was convicted of a capital drug trafficking offence, in judicial review proceedings against the decision of the Public Prosecutor not to issue a certificate of substantive assistance to the applicant under section 33B(2)(b) of the Misuse of Drugs Act (Nagaenthran A/L K Dharmalingam v Attorney-General [2018] SGHC 112).

Before he had clients to act for, Johannes acted for theatre audiences. His professional theatre credits include Family Outing (W!LD RICE, Man Singapore Theatre Festival 2011) and he has studied classical piano (Grade 6) and violin (Grade 7) with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and musical theatre performance (Grade 8) with the London College of Music.

Johannes was called to the Singapore Bar in October 2018.

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