N. Sreenivasan, SC
Sreeni’s father was an interpreter in the High Court and at the Police Courts. Growing up on legal anecdotes, his inherently aggressive nature and a steadfast resolution to stand for what he believes in, made a career in the law inevitable. He is passionate in his client’s cause, subject only to the advocate’s overriding duty to the court. Sreeni enjoys trial work, in particular cross examination. He loves doing cases involving technical and accounting matters and expert evidence, where court craft can be enjoyed at its best. He has been very active as an advocacy trainer and has previously chaired the Advocacy Committee of the Law Society.
Sreeni’s ability as an advocate and his standing as a litigator saw him admitted him to the ranks of Senior Counsel of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2013. Sreeni is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Sreeni has given expert evidence on Singapore law in overseas jurisdictions and has been recognised in international publications.
Sreeni currently serves as a member of the board of the Singapore Business Federation Foundation and the Audit committee of the Singapore Red Cross. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for Enhanced Criminal Legal Aid and a member of the Law Society’s Pro Bono and Learning Services Management Committee. Sreeni was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2014.
Sreeni has been an active litigator for almost 30 years, both in the Singapore Legal Service and in private practice. Sreeni practises his advocacy across the full range of the law and some of his more notable successes are set out below.
- The Oriental Insurance Co Ltd v Reliance National Re Pte Ltd  3 SLR (R) 121 was an appeal where conflicting House of Lords and Australian High Court decisions were considered in relation to a scheme of arrangement and the powers of the court.
- In Als Memasa & anor v UBS AG  4 SLR 992 Sreeni argued circumstances where a claim against a bank could proceed despite various clauses in the bank-customer agreement in relation to causes of action involving misrepresentation and negligence.
- Lian Hwee Choo Phebe v Tan Seng Ong  3 SLR 1162 was a case involved an alleged post nuptial agreement involving matrimonial assets in excess of 100 million dollars.
- In Dorsey James Michael v World Sport Group Pte Ltd  2 SLR 208, the Court of Appeal circumscribed the extent of pre-action discovery and interrogatories in relation to a defamation claim.
- Uwe Klima v Singapore Medical Council  SGHC 97 where Sreeni argued against the disciplinary finding of the Singapore Medical Council against a prominent cardio-thoracic surgeon.
- Mustafa Ahunbay v PP  2 SLR 903 was a criminal reference to the Court of Appeal relating to a point of law of public interest. The subject matter was procedure for the continued seizure of assets. The case involved a sum in excess of 30 million dollars.
- Marynai Sadeli v Arjun Permanand Samtani & Anor and other appeals  1 SLR 496 was the last the series of cases known as the Horizon Towers cases. The case involved complex issues of res judicata and abuse of process as well as equitable damages.