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 , Asean Law Association (Singapore)
- Member, International Criminal Defence Attorneys Association
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.
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
- 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, 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
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