N.K. Rajarh

Director
rajarh@straitslaw.com.sg
6713 0521

N. K. Rajarh is a Director of the firm. Rajarh graduated from the University of Singapore in 1979 with a Honours Degree in Law, and has a Diploma in Business Law from the National University of Singapore. He was admitted to the Supreme Court of Singapore as an Advocate and Solicitor in 1980.

Rajarh’s practice encompasses a wide spectrum covering both civil & criminal litigation, Insurance Law, and Family Law. Currently entering his 36th year, he was involved in high-profile commercial and criminal cases (at the High Court and The Court of Appeal) many of which have since become entrenched as ground-breaking precedents in Singapore case law.

Rajarh has in the past served as a Committee member in the Law Society’s Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS). He is also a Trainer in Advocacy Course conducted by the Law Society. Rajarh is a Senior Teaching Fellow with the Singapore Institute of Legal Education where he tutors on the subject of Criminal Procedure for the post graduate course leading to Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations.

Further, he is an Adjunct Lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic teaching Commercial Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Evidence. He is also an Adjunct lecturer teaching Contract & Agency Law and Company Law & Corporate Governance at the SIM University (UniSim).

Rajarh’s service to the community includes him being a Member of the Drug Rehabilitation Centre Review Committee, a member of the Publication Consultative Panel constituted under the Media Development Authority. Rajarh is also a volunteer Referee with the Small Claim Tribunal.

 

Case Experience

(a) Criminal
In his criminal practice he has represented accused persons and companies in various types of offences. He has been the lead counsel for approximately 50 capital cases.

(b) Insurance
In Insurance Law, Rajarh is well versed with all aspects of insurance legislation and regulations. He was the counsel in the case of International Testing Co Pte Ltd vs PP(1998) 3 SLR 575 where the court examined various issues in relation to the Insurance Act in Singapore and notably the distinction between an ‘agent’ and ‘broker’ vis a vis Singapore policies and offshore policies.

(c) Matrimonial
In matrimonial matters, Rajarh had represented a cross section of clients in uncontested and contested divorces, custody, maintenance and division of matrimonial assets and notably the often cited landmark case of Sengol vs Dewitt (decided by the former Chief Justice Mr. Chan Sek Keong) where he successfully argued and established the precedent in Singapore that there should be a nominal order for maintenance in a ‘short childless marriage’.