Specialist Accreditation

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Singapore Academy of Law's 
Specialist Accreditation Scheme

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Senior Accredited Specialist in Maritime and Shipping Law applications

1 Jul 2019 – Calling all Maritime and Shipping lawyers with at least 10 years' PQE. Be recognised as an expert in your field by applying to be accredited as a Senior Accredited Specialist.

Applications are now open until 2 September. 

To find out about the criteria and accreditation process, click here.

Accredited Specialists in Maritime and Shipping Law appear in Maritime Singapore Connect

24 June 2019 – To promote the legal fraternity to the shipping industry, the Maritime Singapore Connect, a portal by the Singapore Maritime Foundation and supported by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, profiled two of the Accredited Specialists in Maritime and Shipping Law: Mohammad Haireez of Haridass Ho & Partners and Tan Siew Chi of Ang & Partners, who spoke about the intricacies of their practice.

Haireez and Siew Chi receiving their Certificates of Specialist Accreditation from Judge of Appeal Steven Chong.

Examination Prepartory Course (24 public CPD points)
12, 19, 20, 26, 27 July 2019

2 May 2019 – As part of the Accredited Specialist accreditation process for Maritime and Shipping lawyers, candidates are to sit for an examination to be held on Saturday 31 August 2019. To assist them in preparing for the exam, an exam prep course will be conducted over 5 days (Friday full day and Saturday half day) in July: 12, 19, 20, 26, 27 July 2019.

The course is also open to all lawyers, in-house counsel and industry practitioners with some knowledge of shipping and maritime law, who would like to gain in-depth knowledge of the various topics covered. The course level is pegged at a legal practitioner with at least 5 years' PQE.

Course participants may avail themselves of the Maritime Cluster Fund (MCF) Training Grant which provides funding to partially offset the course fee by up to 50%. Terms and conditions apply. For more information, please visit the MPA website for information.

Course participants may also utilise their SkillsFuture Credit. Please email [email protected] for instructions prior to registration. The course can be found on the SkillsFuture Credit portal.

Gina Lee-Wan, Senior Accredited Specialist in Maritime and Shipping Law, recognised at Singapore International Maritime Awards

9 April 2019 – Gina Lee-Wan was presented the International Maritime Centre (Individual) Award at the Singapore International Maritime Awards, which "recognises individuals and companies for their outstanding contributions to Singapore’s development as a premier global hub port and a leading international maritime centre".

Maritime award clinched by woman lawyer for the first time

A chat with Ms. Thea Raman, Accredited Specialist in Building and Construction Law

13 March 2019 — Ms. Thea Raman sits down with SAL to talk about her accreditation as a specialist.

S Mohan, Senior Accredited Specialist in Maritime and Shipping Law: An Interview

13 February 2019 — Mr. S Mohan, Managing Director of Resource Law LLC, shares his thoughts on being accredited by the Specialist Accreditation Scheme and how it can benefit fellow practitioners.



The Singapore Academy of Law's Specialist Accreditation Scheme (the "Scheme") confers recognition of a legal practitioner's expertise and experience in a specialised area of law. It is an assessment process which requires a legal practitioner to show evidence of his or her knowledge and expertise in their chosen area of specialisation. Specialist accreditation is a voluntary and an individual endeavour.

The Scheme's purpose is to:

  • recognise the high level of proficiency of legal practitioners in their chosen practice area and promote continued personal professional development and improvement
  • incentivise younger legal practitioners to hone their skills and knowledge
  • provide the legal industry and general public with a reliable means of identifying and accessing legal practitioners who have proven themselves as possessing the requisite skills and knowledge in a practice area
  • promote continued development and improvement of standards, quality and delivery of legal services


The Scheme aims to build an exhaustive directory of Accredited Specialists and Senior Accredited Specialists for the benefit of users of legal services.

To gain a better understanding of the Scheme’s framework, the Specialist Accreditation Scheme paper can be downloaded here

The paper pertaining to the Maritime and Shipping Law specialist accreditation framework may be found here.

Legal practitioners interested in being accredited may apply to be:


  • An Accredited Specialist (for legal practitioners with more than 5 year's PQE) OR
  • A Senior Accredited Specialist (for legal practitioners with more than 10 year's PQE)


For 2019, specialist accreditation is offered for the following practice area: