m k Eusuff Ali

Partner

Commercial Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration

T: +65 6539 1688
E: eusuff@trc.com.sg

Education:

Raffles Institution
Raffles Junior College
LLB (Hons), National University of Singapore

Languages:

English and Tamil

Eusuff Ali has been a litigator for almost 25 years and specialises in commercial and civil litigation at all levels of the Singapore Courts.

He is also an accredited mediator with the Singapore International Mediation Institute. 

Eusuff acts in complex commercial litigation matters and has advised a diverse range of clients from statutory boards/entities, tertiary institutions, professional organisations, foreign state organisations, state-owned companies and large multi-national corporations. He has acted and advised in a wide range of matters including corporate governance and shareholders’ disputes, employment law, building and construction disputes, and professional negligence.

Eusuff is passionate about litigation practice.  He has been a member of the Civil Practice Committee of the Law Society since 2006 and was its Chairman from 2014 to 2016.  Over the years, he has held several other appointments in other committees and working groups and continues to champion access to justice, ethics and sustainability in practice.

He has been a member of the Organising Committee for the Litigation Conference since its inception in 2013.  The Litigation Conference  is an annual marquee event of the Law Society covering key developments in the litigation landscape.  He is the co-Deputy Chair of the Organising Committee for Litigation Conference 2024.  

Highlights

  • Regularly acts for employees/employers in employment disputes. Eusuff represented the employer, Robinsons & Co (Singapore) Pte Ltd, at the High Court and in the Court of Appeal in a wrongful dismissal suit. He successfully struck out the claim which was upheld by the Court of Appeal. Wee Kim San Lawrence Bernard v Robinson & Co (Singapore) Pte Ltd [2014] SGCA 43 

  • Represented a main contractor in a claim against a sub-contractor both at the High Court and before the Court of Appeal. Succeeded at the High Court and the decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal. UTOC Engineering Pte Ltd v ASK Singapore Pte Ltd [2017] SGHC 259

  • Led a team from Tan Rajah & Cheah acting for town councillors with Mr CR Rajah SC at the High Court and in the Court of Appeal in the highly publicised case of How Weng Fan and others v Sengkang Town Council and other appeals [2022] SCGA 72. The heart of the dispute was the waiver of the tender and award of Managing Agent and Essential Maintenance Service Unit contracts in respect of which the Court of Appeal found in favour of the town councillors. This was a highly complex case that was heard by the full bench of the Court of Appeal which delivered a 280 page judgment. Most recently the Court of Appeal delivered a judgment on costs in which significant costs was awarded to the town councillors in recognition of their success in the appeal hearing.

  • Led a team from Tan Rajah & Cheah with Mr CR Rajah SC before the High Court and succeeded in obtaining an account of profits of more than $87 million for the client against its former director and his company. In his written grounds of decision, the Judge described the case as “a complex and involved process which required the assistance of numerous experts”.  Nine experts testified in a case spanning several weeks of trial and involving substantial documentation and expert reports. Innovative Corporation Pte Ltd v Ow Chun Ming and another [2022] SGHC 233

  • Acted for a foreign state/state agencies in complex litigation involving international law issues.

  • Instructed by an international law firm to act as Counsel for a foreign company in its claim for payments due under a construction contract.  Eusuff successfully obtained summary judgment and dismissed the defendant’s application for stay of proceedings.

  • Acted for lawyers in various matters involving issues of professional negligence and professional indemnity insurance law.

  • Represented the Law Society at hearings before the Disciplinary Committee, High Court and Court of 3 Judges.

Appointments / Memberships 

  • Chairman of the Civil Practice Committee of the Law Society from 2014 to 2016

  • Member of the Civil Practice Committee since 2006

  • Member of the Ethics Advisory Committee

  • Member of the Inquiry Panel which comprises of lawyers and lay persons appointed by the Chief Justice to carry out the inquiry function in disciplinary proceedings against lawyers. He has been appointed as Chair for Review Committees/Inquiry Committees and has sat as a tribunal member in Disciplinary Tribunal Proceedings.

  • District Councillor at North West Community Development Council.