Specialist Accreditation

Your calling card

Singapore Academy of Law's 
Specialist Accreditation Scheme



Making Waves

1 August 2019 –The Specialist Accreditation Scheme received some "wave" time in the Singapore Shipping Association's (SSA) magazine, Waves, to inform the industry that they can seek specialist legal assistance by referring to the Maritime and Shipping specialist directory.

Riding on the Crest

1 August 2019 – Accredited Specialist in Maritime and Shipping Law Ms Shanna Ghose of Hill Dickinson LLP was recently interviewed by Singapore Nautilus, the corporate publication of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, for their upcoming Issue 44. Be the first to read it here.

Connect-ing with the Industry

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.


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: