Commitment of Dedication

We Strive Our Best In Services For Our Clients.

KASTURIBAI MANICKAM

Director


  • LL.B (Hons) (W’hampton)
  • Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore
  • Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn
  • Commissioner for Oaths
  • Notary Public

Kast read law in England and was called to the English Bar in 1997. She was subsequently called to the Singapore Bar in 1998.

She joined East Asia Law Corporation soon after one of the founders, Colin Kang, passed away, but had close ties to the firm even before that, being the wife of the other founder, Mr Premchand Soman, as well as Colin’s very good friend.

Kast has extensive experience in family matters, adoption, probate, estate planning, criminal matters, Syariah matters and conveyancing. Her sympathetic nature and extensive experience have gained her the trust and respect of her many satisfied clients. Having a daughter of her own, she also understands the concerns that a parent may have regarding their children.

Additionally, Kast is passionate about serving the community and has done so for many years – she regularly gives talks on legal matters, volunteers at legal clinics organized by various grassroots organizations, and carries out pro bono work. Kast is a member of the Association of Criminal Lawyers of Singapore (ACLS), an organization whose members undertake pro-bono cases.

Kast’s leisure interests include cooking, baking, cycling and home decoration.

Some of her notable representations include:

  • Successfully representing client in a criminal suit involving breach of trust in the District Court in 2016;
  • Successfully representing client as lead counsel in an urgent application for an expedited order to restrain a defendant boyfriend from harassing client under the new Protection from Harassment Act;
  • Acting as a lead counsel in the Court of Appeal case, ARX v ARY [2016] 2 SLR 686, which expanded the applicable principles of the division of matrimonial assets in family matters in 2016;
  • Acting as a lead counsel in many High Court matters involving the application of the old and new Moneylenders Act and Rules;
  • Successfully representing clients in various interlocutory applications i.e. specific discovery, summary judgments and striking out in the State Courts and the High Court.

JOCINDA WONG

Legal Associate


  • Advocate and Solicitor, Singapore
  • Bachelor of Law (Hons), University of Queensland
  • Member of the Law Society of Singapore
  • Member of the Singapore Academy of Law

Jocinda is a University of Queensland (Australia) graduate who was called to the Singapore Bar in early 2017, after 2.5 years of full-time training and bar studies. Since young, Jocinda has always envisioned herself as an advocate. She has thrown herself into both academic and practical studies with enthusiasm, undergoing various internships in both big and small firms in Australia, Singapore, and Malaysia before embarking on her training and work in East Asia Law Corporation.

Here in East Asia Law Corporation, Jocinda has assisted Ms Manickam in various trials and hearings covering various areas of practice, and has led hearings and trials from the start of 2018. Her areas of practice include civil, commercial litigation, accident, personal injury, insolvency, family and criminal matters. Jocinda is especially interested in criminal and commercial litigation. As a legal practitioner, she believes in providing practical solutions for her clients. Her strong and compassionate personality makes her a unique and fearless litigator.

Jocinda is proficient in English, Mandarin, Malay, Cantonese and Hokkien. Given her multilingual skills, she is able to connect with her clients from different cultures and backgrounds.

Some of her notable representations include :

Civil / Commercial Portfolio

  1. Successfully persuaded the High Court in dismissing a case against an ex son in law who tried to claim his ex father in law’s HDB property in March 2020. The trial lasted 2 days in December 2019.
  2. Successfully applied for Security for Costs against Foreigner Plaintiffs in numerous High Court cases.
  3. Successfully applied for specific discovery against various parties including third party discovery.
  4. Successfully defended various Order 14 applications since commencement of practice.
  5. Successfully defended a bogus claim filed by a foreigner plaintiff against a corporate client and involved in engaging forensic expert to analyse the signatures and handwriting in documents.
  6. Assisting in various corporate insolvency cases involving moneylending cases.
  7. Currently assisting Ms Manickam in handling various Commercial Files in the High Court.

Family Portfolio

  1. Successfully represented a grieving father and persuaded the Family Justice Court to order access term which span from Thursdays to Saturdays including overnight access. The mother subsequently withdrew her appeal against the lower court’s decision. VBX v VBY [2019] SGFC 114.
  2. Successfully applied to the Family Justice Courts to vary periodic maintenance to lump sum maintenance after the ex-husband defaulted on his maintenance obligations. This case is pending appeal by the ex-husband : VBT v VBU [2019] SGFC 111
  3. Successfully argued on behalf of a Muslim woman that there was no pronouncement of talak being made by her husband in 1985 which resulted in the entire dismissal of the divorce by the Syariah Court and thereby protecting the client’s interest in claiming her nafkah mutaah. The husband’s appeal was wholly dismissed by the Appeal Board. The research spanned from articles and Islamic verses in Malay for which she has applied in her submissions : Originating Summons No. 51227 of 2018.
  4. Successfully argued on behalf of many ex-wives against their ex-husband’s variation application to reduce the spousal and children’s maintenance.
  5. Successfully applied for leave for committal proceedings against many spouses who flouted access orders.
  6. Successfully applied for Personal Protection Orders on behalf of clients against their violent family member(s) and frequently engaged in such PPO trials.
  7. Successfully applied for Stay of Execution Pending Appeal on behalf of a client who appealed against the lower court’s decision.

Criminal Portfolio

  1. Represented many clients in various trial proceedings involving charges like criminal breach of trust, forgery, cheating, outrage of modesty, voluntary causing hurt. Some criminal trials will take at least 14 days to end.
  2. Represented clients in mitigating their sentence after pleading guilty. One of the reported cases is PP v Muhammad Farhan bin Adnan [2018] SGDC 67.
  3. Represented clients in applying for bail after arrest. One of the reported cases is Public Prosecutor v Tan Han Ming, Benedict [2018] SGDC 126
  4. Assisted lead counsel in drafting appeal submissions in the High Court and in the Court of Appeal.

Our Team


Our supporting team consists of senior paralegals that have been with us for a very long time – even during tough times. Each one of them is procedurally expert in their respective line of work. Highly motivated, self-disciplined, polite, knowledgeable and extremely loyal.