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Can this ever happen in India? New Singapore attorney general is Allen Gledhill chief, corp lawyer Lucien Wong

“With his extensive experience in corporate law at the head of Singapore’s largest law firm, Mr Lucien Wong will provide a fresh perspective when he takes over as Attorney-General in January, lawyers said yesterday,” reported The Straits Times about the country’s “first A-G who has not spent time on the bench or at the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC)”.

Wong had been appointed managing partner of the firm in 1998, and became chairman in 2012. “Under Wong’s leadership, Allen & Gledhill has established itself as a top player in Singapore’s legal services market. According to The Lawyer’s 2016 Asia Pacific 150 report, Allen & Gledhill is the second largest firm in Singapore by number of lawyers and ranked 39th across Asia Pacific,” reported The Lawyer.

Wong takes over from former judge of appeal VK Rajah, who was appointed in 2014.

It seems unlikely that a law firm partner without significant disputes experience would ever be appointed attorney general in India, seeing as the job here mainly involves litigation and is primarily a party-political appointment (although some may qualify on the second metric).

India’s current attorney general is Mukul Rohatgi, who succeeded the late Goolam Vahanvati.

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