Surian Sidambaram

Email: surian@phoenixlaw.com.sg

Tel: +65 6255 4911

Managing Director

Uthayasurian Sidambaram, known to many as Surian, is the managing director at the firm. Surian read law at University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and graduated with Second (Upper) Division Class of Honours. He cleared the English Bar Exams and was admitted as a Barrister at Law at Gray’s Inn. 

He was subsequently admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor in Singapore in 1991 and has been in private legal practice as a litigator since then.

Surian was made partner in Kurup & Co in 1993 and subsequently joined K S Chia Gurdeep and Param as a Partner in 1994. In 1998, he set up Surian & Partners where he practiced for 22 years, specializing in criminal litigation, commercial litigation, contested divorces and contested estate administration.

He has vast trial experience and is a skilled advocate. Many of his cases have been reported and have often been cited as authority in other cases. His arguments in one case even won praise from the then-Chief Justice Yong Pung How for being “extensive and cogent”.

He is well-known for his integrity, perseverance, and dedication to protecting the interests of his clients while simultaneously upholding his duty to the Court. This client-centric approach places him as a lawyer that you can rest assured knowing you are in safe hands.

Experience:

Successfully obtaining acquittals for multiple clients being prosecuted for various offences

Successfully mounting and resisting various claims in commercial disputes at all levels of the Singapore Courts

Advisory on commercial transactions

Representative Cases:
 

Successfully appealed his client’s previous conviction for trafficking heroin. Client had initially been sentenced to death prior to his acquittal.(Tan Chuan Ten and another v Public Prosecutor [1997] SGCA 16)

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Successfully obtained an acquittal for a client facing 5 charges of rape under s 376(2) of the Penal Code.(Public Prosecutor v Sundarsan Margasagayam [2006] SGHC 170)

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Successfully obtained an acquittal for a client facing 2 charges of causing voluntary hurt and 1 charge of causing hurt by carrying out a negligent act on a domestic worker. (Public Prosecutor v Yong Siew Khian [2003] SGMC 22) 

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Successful in dispute over priority to purchase property worth $1.928 million. (Kader Mydeen S/o Muthu Ibrahim Samsudin v Gulab Bhojraj and Another [2008] SGHC 175)

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Successfully appealed against the world’s best airline, Singapore Airlines, to gain an order for security of costs (Amar Hoseen Mohamed Revai v Singapore Airlines [1994] SGHC 213 )

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Successfully defended client in various claims for unlawful means conspiracy, dishonest assistance, knowing receipt and unjust enrichment. (Tee Yok Kiat v Pan Min Seng [2012] SGHC 85)

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Education:

LLB (2nd Class Upper Division) Honours, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth