About Harry Elias Partnership
Harry Elias Partnership was founded in 1988 by the late Mr Harry Elias, Senior Counsel, who was widely recognised as “one of Singapore’s foremost litigation lawyers”.
The firm has an established reputation as one of the leading full-service firms in Singapore. It has a rich history and has played a significant role in the development of Singapore as a legal centre, through membership in various government committees and regulatory bodies. Harry Elias Partnership has demonstrated its leading market position by acting in various iconic projects such as Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, Singapore Flyer, Singapore Formula 1 Race Pit Building, One Marina Boulevard, National Library Building, Marina Bay Financial Centre Project, and Tuas Terminal. Its clients include local, regional and global organisations and government agencies.
In 2012, the firm established an associated firm, HEP Law in Brunei Darussalam, a growing centre for trade and finance in the region.
About Our Founder, Harry Elias SC
Widely recognised as one of Singapore’s foremost litigation lawyers, Mr Elias founded Harry Elias Partnership LLP in 1988.
Mr Elias was known for his compassion and contribution to society. In 1985, he spearheaded the setting up of the Law Society’s Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS) to help the less fortunate obtain free legal representation and was the founding Chairman of CLAS from 1985 to 1991. He was one of the first 12 people appointed Senior Counsel in 1997. In 2000, he was conferred the Legal Eagle Award by the Law Society of Singapore, and in 2005, he was conferred the prestigious CC Tan Award by the Law Society of Singapore in recognition and honour of members of the Singapore Bar who have displayed the highest ideals of the profession – honesty, fair play, courtesy and personal integrity.
Mr Elias was the President of the Law Society of Singapore from 1984 to 1986. In 1997, he was appointed as a Mediator to the Panel of Mediators of the Singapore Mediation Centre and in 2003, he was appointed a Member to the Regional Panel of Arbitrators of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. He served as the Chairman of the Inquiry Panel of the Law Society from 1986 to 1993. He also served as the Chairman of the Advocacy Committee of the Law Society and was a Member of the Senate, Singapore Academy of Law.
With over 50 years of litigation experience, Mr Elias is one of the most leading litigation Counsel in the Singapore Bar. He has extensive experience in civil and commercial disputes, defamation, commercial crime and medical negligence.
He was conferred the Public Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat) in August 2013.
Mr Elias passed away on 26 August 2020. He was 83.
WHAT WE DO
Our Firm is a leader in the evolution of the legal landscape. For more than 30 years, our Firm has been on the cutting edge of legal changes, particularly on the litigation front. We are privileged to act in cases that broke new ground, resulting in watershed judicial decisions.
We were involved in a number of construction masterpieces and have also advised and represented corporate and individual clients on complex cross-border deals. It comes as no surprise that we have been described as one of Singapore’s top law firms, renowned for providing focused, proactive and practical advice for its highly diversified clientele. Leading publications have even described us as a ‘Heavyweight’ Firm, one that punches above its weight.
Above all else, our clients enjoy the personal attention of our vibrant Partners, who work with passion and intensity. At the end of the day, we believe that to be the best for clients means delivering legal solutions that are appropriate and effective within the practical framework of the issue at hand, in the larger framework of strategy and business objectives.
This is our ethos and our promise.
Our services span across a wide spectrum of practice areas which include:
“The firm’s growth from a 3-man litigation law firm to a well-reputed multi-disciplinary law firm and its ability to continuously attract and retain highly talented lawyers from both the public and private sectors fill me with a quiet sense of pride and satisfaction.”
Harry Elias, Senior Counsel, Founder