Too Xing Ji

LL.B. National University of Singapore (Hons) 2012
 
Advocate and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore 2013
 
Advocate and Solicitor, High Court of Malaya 2018 (West Malaysia)

Xing Ji calls both Singapore and Malaysia home and practises as a lawyer in both jurisdictions. He read law at the National University of Singapore on an ASEAN Scholarship, where he admittedly spent more time doodling and devouring graphic novels as opposed to revising his textbooks.

 

Xing Ji specialises in both civil litigation and criminal defence. He conducts trials as well as appeals. His experience includes:

  • Arbitrating (as counsel) in the Singapore International Arbitration Centre

  • Resisting bankruptcy orders and setting aside statutory demands

  • Applying for judicial review proceedings against the Government

  • Obtaining ex parte Mareva/Freezing Injunctions in the High Court

  • Securing bail and permission to leave jurisdiction for accused persons

  • Applying for the return of seized passports

  • Resisting civil forfeiture proceedings arising from criminal prosecutions

  • Referring questions of law of public interest to the Court of Appeal

 

When Xing Ji is not practising law, he performs improvisational comedy theatre with the Modern Schemers.

Reported Case Decisions

  • Pannir Selvam a/l Pranthaman v Attorney-General [2020] 3 SLR 796: Landmark decision on the availability of discovery against the Government at the leave stage of judicial review proceedings

  • Mohammad Farid bin Batra v PP and another appeal and other matters [2020] 1 SLR 907: Landmark decision on how an appeal may be overturned on the basis of inadequate legal representation

  • Lim Chit Foo v PP [2020] 1 SLR 64: Landmark decision that the power to “stand down” charges in Singapore rests with the Courts and not the Prosecution. The ruling effectively overturned 40 years’ of entrenched prosecutorial practice in Singapore.

  • Legis Point LLC v Tay Choon Ai [2018] 3 SLR 1269: Decision on fee agreements between lawyers and their clients, and the principles governing the interpretation of those contracts.

  • K Saravanan Kuppusamy v PP [2016] 5 SLR 88: First reported decision on “foreign abetment” under s. 13 of the Misuse of Drugs Acts. The legal provision in question was subsequently amended following written criticism (see publication below).

  • PP v Teo Chu Ha [2014] 4 SLR 600: Landmark decision on a question of law of public interest, namely, where consideration was paid in exchange for gratification, whether the Prosecution had to prove that the consideration was inadequate or that the transaction was a sham to secure a conviction for corruption

Publications

  • Unforeseen Consequences: Difficulties in Punishing the Foreign Abetment of Singapore Drug Offences, (2017) 29 SAcLJ 294 – Article criticising the irrationality of the sentencing regime under s. 13 of the Misuse of Drugs Act pursuant to the Chief Justice’s observations in K Saravanan Kuppusamy. The provision in question was subsequently amended by the Government of Singapore.

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