Lawyer in Singapore creates legal history, appointed as Queen’s Counsel in the UK

A lawyer who practises in Singapore has created a legal history by becoming the first national from ASEAN to be appointed a Queen’s Counsel.

The Bruneian lawyer Dr Colin Ong, 49, is known to be exceptionally fast in absorbing points and has been reputed as ‘an undisputed superstar’, according to leading legal directors.

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Dr Ong was awarded the coveted appointment letter from Queen Elizabeth II through the Lord Chancellor of England and Wales at a grand ceremony held at the House of Lords in London yesterday.

Dr Ong has also been a visiting professor of law for over 20 years at several universities in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia.

The lawyer has worked as counsel in major cases in Brunei, the United Kingdom and Singapore, as well as an arbitrator across major cities in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Dr Ong has led teams that have included senior counsel in Hong Kong and Singapore, and other Queen’s Counsels in commercial disputes and complex business. In Singapore, he practises out of Eldan Law LLP.

The Queen’s Counsel title is bestowed upon the most capable of English lawyers with proven mastery in law and great ability in courtcraft.