PE Ashokan

Partner, Withers KhattarWong* | Singapore

Withers KhattarWong LLP is a Singapore law practice, affiliated with Withers LLP.

Ashokan is a partner in the litigation and arbitration team.

We are saddened to share that our Partner, PE Ashokan passed away on 30 September 2020.

Ashokan was with the firm for over 20 years and was a well-regarded and respected Partner of Withers KhattarWong. In addition to a distinguished career as an accomplished litigator and legal advisor, Ashokan contributed actively in the community in Singapore through his role in various esteemed government and non-government organizations including his roles as a District Councilor, grassroots leader and member of Singapore’s Public Transport Council.

Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this time of grief.

A seasoned practitioner of close to 30 years, he has accumulated vast experience in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters. He has represented clients in arbitration, civil and criminal trials and appeals at all levels of the Singapore Courts.

Ashokan has a deep understanding of the interplay between law, life and business and has developed a keen interest in using law to find bespoke solutions to a myriad of personal and commercial issues. He is able to resolve disputes in an amicable, expedient and confidential manner, while possessing the tenacity to represent clients in court or before an arbitral tribunal should the need arise. His active involvement in the community as a District Councilor, grassroots leader and member of the Public Transport Council, amongst other established organizations, has added a great dimension to his sound appreciation of human complexities, which augments his ability to provide clients with bespoke legal advice best tailored to their circumstances. The work undertaken by Ashokan in these organizations have exposed him to a wide cross section of people, where he honed his skills of looking at issues from the establishment’s point of view, as well as understanding the individual’s needs. This has added an element of empathy that is characteristic to his advocacy.

Ashokan’s clients include multi-national corporations, individuals, statutory boards and registered societies. An advocate of pro-bono work, he has also provided free legal counselling at community centers and legal clinics for more than 27 years.

Ashokan has been invited to work with various esteemed government and non-government organizations. For many years, he has served in the following entities:

a) Central Community Development Council (District Councilor)

b) The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (Honorary Legal Advisor)

c) Citizen’s Consultative Committees (Member)

d) Law Society of Singapore, Professional Indemnity Committee (Member)

e) Public Transport Council (Member)

f) The Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (Fellow)

Ashokan’s ability to provide effective yet sound client-centric solutions is achieved through his interpersonal skills honed by his commitment to both organizations and individuals alike, alongside his expertise in various areas of law, including (but not limited to):

a) Administrative Law

b) Bankruptcy & Insolvency Law

c) Corporate and Commercial Law

d) Criminal Law

e) Defamation Law

f) Employment Law

g) Family Law

h) Immigration Law

i) Insurance & Reinsurance Law

j) Property Law

k) Tax Law

l) Tort Law

Secretary Wendy Chia

Track record





Hewlett-Packard Singapore (Sales) Pte Ltd v Chin Shu Hwa Corinna [2016] 2 SLR 1083 – Acted for the plaintiff in this Court of Appeal case involving contractual interpretation and promissory estoppel in relation to employment law.

Public Prosecutor v Viswamoorthy s/o Ramanathan [2014] SGDC 277 – Successfully defended client against 9 corruption charges under section 6(b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Cap 241.

Law Society of Singapore v Manjit Singh s/o Kirpal Singh and another [2015] 3 SLR 829 – Acted for the Law Society in its successful prosecution of 2 lawyers for misconduct.

Singapore, 1989

‘General Insurance’ in ‘Singapore Precedents of Pleadings’, published by Sweet and Maxwell Asia, contributor

Law Society of Singapore, Professional Indemnity Committee

Citizen’s Consultative Committee in the Moulmein-Kallang Group Representative Constituency

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, honorary legal advisor

The Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, fellow

International Bar Association

Singapore Academy of Law

Financial, Crime and Fraud Conference organised by World Class Training Centre Sdn Bhd, Malaysia - 2014

Asia Business Forum on Workplace Safety and Occupational Health - August 2008



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