Mr Foo is a dedicated criminal defence lawyer with almost a quarter Century’s practice experience first as a Deputy Public Prosecutor and State Counsel, then as Defence Counsel.
Foo Cheow Ming started his career in the Legal Service where between 1989-1999 he served firstly as Assistant Registrar of Supreme Court, and then as Deputy Public Prosecutor in the Attorney-General’s Chambers. Upon joining private practice in 1999 he worked in partnership with prominent criminal defender Mr Sant Singh Senior Counsel for 5 years. For 7 years he then carried out a fulltime dedicated criminal defence practice in KhattarWong LLP, one of Singapore’s biggest firm. During his time in KhattarWong he also collaborated and worked closely with Mr Subhas Anandan, another prominent expert criminal defence lawyer well known in Singapore and abroad.
Mr Foo is appointed to the List of Counsel for the Cour Penale Internationale (International Criminal Court, ”ICC”) in The Hague, Netherlands. The ICC is an independent, permanent court instituted under UN auspices that tries persons accused of the most heinous crimes of international concern, namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. He is believed to be the first counsel from Singapore, as well as amongst the first appointed from the countries of SE Asia and East Asia, who has been so honoured.
Mr Foo today commands 20+ years of experience acting as both defence and prosecuting counsel in cases involving every description of white-collar, traffic, technical as well as violent crime offences including cheating, maid abuse, causing hurt and outraging of modesty, corruption, firearms offences, murder, bank robbery, Companies Act offences, road traffic, medical or industrial accident cases involving complex technical issues of accident reconstruction and contest of expert engineering, medical or psychiatric opinions, Factories Act offences, Computer Misuse Act offences, illegal money lending/laundering, harbouring and employment of immigration offenders and foreign workers, drug consumption and trafficking, and departmental summonses. Mr Foo has represented/advised major companies (Singapore Technologies Marine, AsiaLink Marine), banks as well as statutory boards (such as Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Energy Market Authority, Maritime Port Authority, Council for Private Education, just to mention a few) in the course of his work.
Mr Foo is one of the co-founders of Sant Singh Partnership and Templars Law LLC.
Mr Foo’s Appointments and Memberships (both current and historical) include:-
- Counsel, International Criminal Court
- Member, International Criminal Defence Attorneys Association
- Law Society’s Criminal Practice Committee – helping the professionreview and carry out best practices in criminal law and practice
- Member, Law Society’s Ad Hoc Committee to Review the 2007 Penal CodeAmendments.
- Volunteer, Law Society’s Pro Bono Free Legal Clinic as well as Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS) program, which provides legal representation for those persons charged with criminal offences but who cannot otherwise afford legal defence.
- Member, Law Society’s Working Sub-committee to Review the 2008 Criminal Procedure Code Amendments
- Member, International Criminal Bar (since 2009)
- Member, Executive Committee, Association of Criminal Lawyers of Singapore (ACLS)
Mr Foo has contributed written articles which has been pu blished in the Malayan Law Journal, AsiaLaw, Pro Bono (the official journal of the Association of Criminal Lawyers of Singapore) and Inter Se (Singapore Academy of Law’s newsletter).
Mr Foo, who is also effectively bilingual in English and Mandarin, is also frequently consulted and quoted in the local Chinese daily newspapers such as Lian He Zao Bao (where he contributes to a regular legal column in ”Xin Hui Dian”), Lian He Wan Bao and Shin Min Daily News.
Mr Foo is one of the most respected criminal defence counsel as recognized by Whos Who Legal.
Mr Foo is a Contributing Expert to World Justice Project Rule of Law Index Annual Report Singapore Section – giving professional and independent assessment on the state of the Rule of Law and Justice in Singapore
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