LL.B (Hons), University of Tasmania
Advocate and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
Area of Expertise
Pramnath started his legal career advising and acting for clients involved in a wide range of commercial, civil and criminal litigation matters including (but not limited to) contractual disputes, contentious and non-contentious probate, shareholder disputes and construction matters.
Throughout his time in practice, Pramnath grew to firmly believe that one’s access to the legal system should not be based on how much money one has. Propelled by a calling to aid the impoverished, Pramnath devoted himself to pro bono criminal work by joining the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS) as a full-time practising lawyer in 2019. During his two years with CLAS, Pramnath has appeared before the State Courts and Supreme Court to represent the underprivileged at trials, Magistrate’s Appeals, mitigation hearings and Newton hearings – both as first and second chair.
Apart from his practice, Pramnath gives talks and presentations on a variety of legal matters and topics to educational institutions and also regularly volunteers with the rendering of legal advice at the Meet-the-People Sessions at a local constituency office.
Pro bono is an integral part of Pramnath’s practice and he continues to strive to provide the highest level of legal advice and support to those who need it most.
REPRESENTATIVE CASE EXPERIENCE
- Provided litigation support to instructed counsel, Mr Michael Khoo, SC in the criminal defence of an individual who was charged for corruptly giving gratification to an agent employed by a company as an inducement to do acts in relation to his principal’s affairs. The individual was acquitted of all ten proceeded charges.
- Assisted instructed counsel, Mr Cavinder Bull, SC in the criminal defence of individuals charged for conspiring to falsify accounts.
- Secured the withdrawal of the prosecution of a charge of abetment to commit murder that was brought against a pro bono client.
- Secured an acquittal for a pro bono client accused of voluntarily causing hurt. Prosecution withdrew its appeal.
- Assisted in successfully persuading The Honourable Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, that a custodial term need not be imposed on an impecunious offender and that a community based sentence would be much better suited instead.
- Assisted in successfully persuading Justice Aedit Abdullah on appeal that a term of Corrective Training was manifestly excessive, and that a regular term of imprisonment would be appropriate in a case where the legally aided appellant had an extensive criminal record.