Like adventure-seekers who get a buzz from their high-octane endeavours, Ramesh Selvaraj is a challenge-seeker in search of new learning experiences. That, and “the idea of assisting a party, who believes he/it has been wronged, to obtain satisfactory remedies through a structured process” turned him on to a career in the legal sector, he says.
A member of the National University of Singapore team which emerged runners-up in the prestigious Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in 2004, he was admitted to the bar in 2005 and joined Big Four law firm Allen & Gledhill where he is now a partner.
Part of the new crop of in-demand lawyers underscoring Singapore's position as a hub for alternative dispute resolution, Ramesh has been described by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific as an “excellent attorney” in the field of international arbitration and one who provides “cogent, timely answers”.
The international flavour of arbitration — which enables him to interact with clients, counsel and arbitrators from around the world and from different legal systems — is what “tantalises” him most, says the 34-year-old. “As far as young lawyers are concerned, being exposed to an international arena at our own doorstep helps one grow as a lawyer in many more ways.”
While he states that there is no substitute to hard work, he also lets on that it's a misconception that everyone in the profession clocks long hours in the office. He himself has made time for a variety of commitments, serving on the council of the Singapore Indian Education Trust and working at the grassroots level with the North West Community Development Council. Sports-wise, he is a badminton player and an avid football fan who has sworn allegiance to English club Leeds United.