Annabel Pennefather

Senior Consultant

  • Education: University of Singapore, LLB (Hons)
  • Admitted: Singapore, 1971
  • Languages spoken: English
  • Year joined: 2015


Annabel joined Withersworldwide in 2015, following the Formal Law Alliance (FLA) between Withers and Singapore law firm KhattarWong. Her practice focuses on sports and previously property and international business transactions.

Annabel brings to the practice of sports her experience in a wide range of sporting roles. These include having been a national hockey player, a sport administrator in national and international sport federations and a technical official at the Olympic Games. She is currently a member of the International Association of Athletics Federations’ Independent Disciplinary Tribunal and also served as a vice president of the International Hockey Federation, a governing council member of the Singapore Sports Council and as president of the Singapore Hockey Federation. She has been Singapore’s Chef de Mission at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India and at other major multi-sport games.  

Through her involvement with international and national sport governing bodies, Annabel is well acquainted with the legal and commercial issues relating to sport and the sport industry.

Publications and speaking engagements

Annabel is regularly approached in Singapore to present talks on sports related topics for schools, the Law Society of Singapore, and more recently for the World Intellectual Property Organization and to be a speaker at sport conferences.


  • Member, International Association of Athletics Federations’ Independent Disciplinary Tribunal since 2015
  • Justice of the Peace, Singapore since 2000 (appointment by the President of Singapore)
  • Panel of Principal Mediators, Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Law Society of Singapore
  • Singapore Academy of Law
  • Deputy President, International Hockey Federation’s Judicial Commission 
  • Vice President, Singapore National Olympic Council

On a personal note

Annabel enjoys watching sport live or on TV from the English Premier League, to the Euro Hockey League, to Rugby 7s , Swimming Championships and any sport competition that brings out the best in an athlete. She also enjoys attending live music concerts at the Singapore Sports Hub and during the F1 weekend in Singapore.

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