Singapore: Two lawyers suspended 3 years each for misleading court, wasting time of five judges

SINGAPORE – Two lawyers, who are partners at reputable law firms, have each been handed a three-year suspension for misleading Singapore’s highest court and wasting the time of the five judges on the panel.

Mr Paul Seah Zhen Wei, from Tan Kok Quan Partnership, and Mr Chandra Mohan Rethnam, from Rajah & Tann, were the lead counsel on opposite sides of a matter that was heard by the Court of Appeal on Jan 20, 2021.

Mr Seah was representing the liquidators of Sembawang Engineers and Constructors (SEC), while Mr Chandra was representing subcontractor Metax Eco Solutions.

SEC and Metax had reached a settlement agreement of the underlying dispute on Nov 28, 2019, which made the appeal purely academic.

But the lawyers proceeded with the appeal and did not tell the court about the settlement until they were questioned by the court during the hearing.

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