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Andre Jumabhoy

Of Counsel
+65.6507.8189
Fax +65.6507.8111
Mr. Jumabhoy joined K&L Gates as Of Counsel in February 2016, and splits his practice between Government Enforcements, Investigations and International Arbitration. He provides dedicated advice on international law enforcement and corporate crime issues, and regularly advises clients on criminal and regulatory investigations resulting in issues such as bribery and corruption, fraud, money laundering and other corporate and individual misconduct.

Professional Background

Mr. Jumabhoy began his legal career in 2003 at the Bar in London, with a criminal set of chambers. As a junior, Mr. Jumabhoy defended his clients against charges spanning the full spectrum of criminal offences, including murder, armed robbery, serious sexual assault and high value fraud. He frequently appeared in the Old Bailey, High Court and the Court of Appeal. Over time, his practice broadened to include civil matters, with a focus on white collar crime.

In 2011, Mr. Jumabhoy returned to Singapore and joined the Attorney General’s Chambers as a Deputy Public Prosecutor. Initially posted to the capital crimes team where he prosecuted crimes such as a murder and drug trafficking, Mr. Jumabhoy moved on to prosecute financial crimes in 2012. His work there focused on corruption and fraud offences involving public companies, public officials and private individuals, as well as money laundering and Company Act offences. He prosecuted what the media dubbed “the sex for grades” trial. Mr. Jumabhoy has appeared in the State Courts, High Court and Court of Appeal, and has been involved in numerous appeals, including the definitive approach to the presumption of corruption involving civil servants under Section 8 of the Prevention of Corruption Act (Chapter 241), and the law concerning the admissibility of previous convictions under the Evidence Act (Chapter 97). He was promoted to Deputy Senior State Counsel in 2014.

As part of his role as a DPP, Mr. Jumabhoy had oversight of matters investigated by both the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau and the Commercial Affairs Department, and advised on the charging of offences as well as the sufficiency of evidence, which included whether to seek mutual legal assistance from other jurisdictions . He was also involved in training investigative agencies such as the Monetary Authority of Singapore in relation to the investigation process.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Advocacy trainer for Singapore Bar Exams
  • Lecturer at the National University of Singapore in Legal Analysis and Writing

Additional Information

  • Singapore Bar Exam, National University of Singapore, 2009
  • UK Bar Exam, Inns of Court, School of Law, 2003

Singapore

  • Investigation and prosecution of publicly listed ship building company and its directors in respect of corrupt payments made by the company to foreign companies and officials in South Korea and Myanmar.
  • Investigation and prosecution of religious body involved in widespread fraud of government funds.
  • Prosecution of company director of a public listed company under Companies Act involved fraudulent scheme of giving loans for kickbacks.
  • Prosecution of multi-jurisdiction (Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan) and multi-million dollar fraudulent scheme to evade customs duties and GST in respect of car importations.
  • Prosecution of a director of a US listed multinational corporation involved in the receipt and distribution of bunker fuel from global oil companies.
  • Prosecution of a law professor and student for giving better grades in return for sexual favours and gifts (“Sex for Grades”).

England

  • Mayhew-Lewis v Yeeles: (Court of Appeal Civil Division) this appeal concerned the tort of procuring a breach of contract, knowing receipt and dishonest assistance.
  • R v Abioje: junior counsel in a multi-million pound prosecution by HM Revenue and Customs. The case involved a fraud to the benefits system through identity theft and making fraudulent claims for child benefit and repayment of VAT.
  • Southern Pacific Mortgages v Ravjani: acted on behalf of the defendant in respect of a claim by a mortgage company for breach of contract following the sale of the mortgaged property. The application for summary judgment by the mortgagee was successfully defended on the basis that the mortgagee had failed to act in good faith in the sale of the property.
  • Advised in respect of a derivative action and claim for unfair prejudice (Section 459 of the Companies Act 1985) following a £300,000 investment in an international telecommunication company. The business had been intended to be run as a quasi-partnership, but following the breakdown of the relationship between the partners, one of the minority shareholders had been excluded from the running of the company.
  • R v Ozoglu: (Court of Appeal) appeared for the defendant in an appeal against sentence following a guilty plea to grievous bodily harm with intent. The case involved a husband stabbing his wife, for which he was originally charged with attempted murder. The prosecution accepted a plea to a lesser offence but the trial judge sentenced the defendant to an indeterminate sentence. It was successfully argued on appeal that the judge had erred in his approach to sentence.
  • R v Coates: (Court of Appeal) appeal against sentence following the imposition of a mandatory sentence in respect of the defendant’s third conviction for supplying Class A drugs. The Court agreed that the trial judge had erred in his approach to sentence.
  • R v Singh: represented a husband alleged to have raped his wife. The case involved issues of forced marriage. After three attempts, all of which ended with the jury unable to agree a verdict, the defendant was acquitted.