SNIPPETS

We look forward to your contributions of anecdotes and any interesting topics that you would like to share with your old class mates.


"From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down,
I was convulsed with laughter.  Some day I intend reading it." - Groucho Marx


P/L Tan Poh Soon

Queen's Scouts
from the Year of 59

Poh Soon and David did the Class of 59 proud when they were awarded the highest honour for scouts - the Queen's Scout badge!  We were told that they excelled in one particular activity - chasing after chicks!  Will leave it to you to decide which species of chicks!


P/L David Han Liang Juan

Percy Tan Wins Jurong Country Club Karaoke Contest

Percy Tan (aka "The Bad Chick") won the karaoke contest at Jurong Country Club (JCC) on 26 October, 2002. 

The photo on the right of Percy receiving his prize from the JCC Social Committee Chairperson, Ms Loh Ju Fern, was featured in the JCC December club magazine. 

Percy did the 'Class of 59' proud to win the contest.  According to unconfirmed reports, the only other contestant had to withdraw at the last minute because of sore throat! 

(Photo submitted by Ronnie Kwok)

The Class of '59 obtained 87% passes in the 1959 Senior Cambridge Examinations!

These five blokes (from left to right : Allan Ng Yoon Hooi, John Liu, M. Jegathesan, Tan Kim Ping and Michael Yap Hock Leong) scored eight distinctions each - the maximum number possible!

If they are reading this Bulletin, please drop us a line (e-mail to the webmaster).  We would like to hear from them on their whereabouts,  what they are currently doing, whether they are grandfathers yet, etc ....   We know that our dear friend Allan will have lots to say!

We plan to link each of your class photographs to a separate personal page that you can feature your current photograph, family and occupation details, dark secrets, etc ...  If you wish to have this done, please submit your photos and write ups to our webmaster as soon as possible.

 (Posted: 01 Dec '02)

Michael Hwang leaves Allen & Gledhill to focus on his real interest

Leaving  to be a  lawyer's  lawyer

by Conrad Raj  ("Streats", 02 December 2002)

"I have never worked for any firm other than Allen & Gledhill and have enjoyed my time here. I would like to focus on my real interest, which is in arbitration and senior counsel work. Naturally, being in a large firm would lead to inevitable conflicts of interests".

- Senior Counsel Michael Hwang

One of Singapore's best known lawyers, senior counsel Michael Hwang, 59, has retired from the country's largest law practice, Allen & Gledhill, to become a lawyer's lawyer.

Unlike recent splits in some law firms, Mr Hwang, who spent 34 years with A&G, is not leaving on a bitter note, but is setting up his own firm here to specialise in arbitration matters and service other law firms.

He told Streats: "I have never worked for any firm other than Allen & Gledhill and have enjoyed my time here. I would like to focus on my real interest, which is in arbitration and senior counsel work. Naturally, being in a large firm would lead to inevitable conflicts of interests".

He will also revive his connections with the English Bar and practise as a barrister from the London Chambers of Essex Court Chambers in Lincoln's Inn Fields.

A partner with A&G since 1972, he was a judicial commissioner in the Singapore High Court in 1991-92.

He is known for his broad range of expertise, having handled matters from banking to family law, with high-profile cases such as the Jumabhoy family dispute and the suit by three Cabinet ministers against the International Herald Tribune.

He serves on a number of international arbitration institutions and is an accredited arbitrator in 11 countries.

Among other appointments, he is the vice-chair of the arbitration committee of the International Bar Association - the world's premier legal organisation - and vice-chairman of the International Council of Commercial Arbitration, the world's leading arbitration body.

His cases as an international arbitrator have included disputes across Asia.

In 2000, he was appointed a commissioner of the United Nations Compensation Commission based in Geneva and he now serves as part of a team assessing damages payable by Irag to victims of the Gulf War.

When he joined A&G, the firm had only nine lawyers; now there are more than 200.

A&G managing partner Lucien Wong said of Mr Hwang's departure: "It is not easy to see partners leave, even as they leave on a high note, and especially Michael Hwang, one of our longest-serving partners".