Oldest practising lawyer in Singapore dies, aged 88

Mr V. Ramakrishnan's successes in civil law included a case pursued in Britain's Privy Council - the highest court of appeal for Singapore cases until 1994. In 2017, he was one of five lawyers singled out for special honour at the Law Society's Golde
Mr V. Ramakrishnan's successes in civil law included a case pursued in Britain's Privy Council - the highest court of appeal for Singapore cases until 1994. In 2017, he was one of five lawyers singled out for special honour at the Law Society's Golden Jubilee for having practised for over 50 years. ST FILE PHOTO

54-year veteran, a Public Service Medal winner in 2008, was devoted to his craft

Singapore's oldest practising lawyer died early on Friday morning, aged 88.

Mr V. Ramakrishnan, one of a vanishing breed of self-made men who went to read law in London on a shoestring budget over 50 years ago, was devoted to his craft, so much so that he kept asking to go back to his office despite being gravely ill in hospital for the past fortnight.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 22, 2020, with the headline 'Oldest practising lawyer in Singapore dies, aged 88'. Print Edition | Subscribe