Christopher de Souza

Christopher de Souza

Lawyer and Member of Parliament, 38

One would expect a lawyer to be kept busy working long hours. For Christopher de Souza, his schedule is even more hectic — he has to balance legal work with his responsibilities as a parliamentarian. A litigation partner at WongPartnership, De Souza specialises in commercial litigation. He also takes on criminal briefs, some of which are pro bono cases. Away from his law office, the MP for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC serves the residents of Ulu Pandan ward. It’s a lot on his plate, but he finds meaning in both roles. “It is very fulfilling to see a young offender receive probation rather than a jail sentence because the judge has been convinced he deserves a chance to rehabilitate in the community. Similar fulfilment is experienced in MP work, where the volunteers and I partner residents through difficult times,” says de Souza, a father of two. When asked about what he hopes to accomplish next, he replies: “I hope to be a good husband and father, a lawyer whom clients can confide in and an MP who serves residents with sincerity.”