Ramesh 22.12.15

Ramesh Varathappan

Associate Director
vramesh@straitslaw.com.sg
6713 0522

Ramesh is an Associate Director of the firm. He graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with an Honours Degree in Law. He was admitted to the Supreme Court of Singapore as an advocate and solicitor in February 2011.

Ramesh has a strong background in the legal field complemented by the vast working knowledge acquired as a paralegal for thirteen years prior to coming into legal practice.

During his initial years of practice with Messrs Surian & Partners and a short stint at Messrs Gabriel Law Corporation, he represented both individuals and corporate clients in commercial, contractual, criminal and insurance disputes in the Appellate Court, High Court and State Court. He has a wealth of experience in trial litigation as well as alternative dispute resolution matters.

While his main area of practice is in civil litigation, Ramesh has also acted and advised clients in matters involving construction disputes and criminal matters. Ramesh has also done high profile pro-bono work, in particular the recent Little India Riot, where he represented his client in the criminal motion applied by the Prosecution to increase bail.

Some of the notable cases which Ramesh has been involved in include stepping into the shoes of lead counsel in a High Court trial whilst lead counsel was suddenly taken ill. He assisted in successfully defending the 2nd Defendant in the trust claim – Tee Yok Kiat and another v Pang Min Seng & another [2012] SGHC 85.

Ramesh has also represented clients under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act in Adjudication Hearings before an Adjudicator, the highlight of which is in the case of Associate Dynamic Builder Pte Ltd v Tactic Foundation Pte Ltd [2013] SGHCR 16, where he successfully defended a setting aside of the Adjudication Determination.

Recently, Ramesh was actively involved in the highly publicised case involving a CPF nomination form, where the deceased made a CPF nomination to an acquaintance instead of a family member. The CPF nomination form was challenged for lack of mental capacity as the deceased was then suffering from depression. After much persistence and perseverance, Ramesh succeeded in having the CPF nomination nullified and won the case for his client – Leow Li Yoon v Liu Jiu Chang [2015] SGHC 290.