img_sivaSiva Balakrishnan was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 2006. He did part of his pupillage at this firm and has this to say of his pupillage at Salem Ibrahim LLC,

“I had a fulfilling pupillage. There was incessant interaction with the lawyers in the firm. My pupil master ensured that I received proper training. He took effort on a daily basis to discuss cases in which I was assisting. I was never a spectator, but always a participant.

Through these discussions, I learnt the art of discerning the salient points of the case and the technique of mastering the file within a short span of time.

I was regularly asked to sit in conferences my pupil master had with clients. I was taught to simulate giving advice to clients and compare the simulated advice with the advice given by my pupil master.

I attended a High Court ex-parte interlocutory injunction application in which I assisted in preparing the affidavits, the law and draft submissions. I attended a full High Court trial in which I was part of the supporting team. I was asked to mentally simulate being lead counsel and make notes which were discussed by my pupil master after the trial.

My pupillage experience at Salem Ibrahim LLC has given me confidence, created a sense of awareness of the responsibilities of a lawyer and reinforced my motivation to be a good litigator.”

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