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Following in the tradition of Barrister's Chambers of the United Kingdom, Vaswani Law Chambers is helmed by Sanjiv Vaswani, a seasoned litigator and sole practitioner.
A former Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) with the Attorney-General's Chambers, Singapore (AGC), Sanjiv brings with him more than 15 years' experience in Criminal Litigation.
During his time as DPP, Sanjiv prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases, including those involving complex legal issues and factual matrices. Back then, Sanjiv was a member of what was known as the Financial and Technology Crime Division, during which time he honed his knowledge of financial regulation, accounting standards, and corporate governance. In addition, given his legal acumen and subject-matter expertise, Sanjiv was appointed as a specialist legal advisor and consultant to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).
Rising through the ranks, Sanjiv was promoted to the rank of Deputy Senior State Counsel. In 2016, Sanjiv was honoured with a Long Service Award. Sanjiv was also bestowed the Commendation Medal (Pingat Kepujian) by the President during the 2018 National Day Awards.
Known as a sharp and tenacious litigator, an example of Sanjiv's court craft is captured in the Heritage Gallery of the State Courts, where an excerpt of one of his famous cross-examinations is played by a younger (and arguably more handsome) actor on a continuous video loop.
Given the breadth and depth of his experience, Sanjiv has been invited to speak at numerous conferences and events, both local and international. He has also conducted training for both lawyers and potential witnesses (including CPIB and Police Investigation Officers) on the art and science of cross-examination.
With his years of experience, Sanjiv brings a wealth of translatable litigation prowess to the Courtroom.
"J" contacted our firm after he had been arrested for drunkenly swearing at security personnel of a mall and urinating in public. He had a prior warning for a similar offence, but we were successful in avoiding prosecution for him after we highlighted the special circumstances in this case.
Employer of "S" (a foreigner) engaged our firm as they were afraid that "S" would be repatriated if he received a long jail sentence. Due to our successful representations, the charge was reduced and "S" was sentenced to a Short Detention Order of only 1 Week, instead of jail.
Family of "D" engaged our firm to represent him and seek a reduced sentence in his case for assisting an unlicenced moneylender. Despite there being a benchmark case for the offence in question, we were successfully able to secure a sentence below that which is normally imposed.
"M" came to see us after he was told that he was looking at 6 months' imprisonment for receiving items he knew were stolen. Through our forceful submissions in Court we were able to secure a sentence of 3 months' imprisonment for him instead.
"C" contacted us after he was caught doing a private act in a public place. We conducted research to prove his claim that his medication was responsible for his actions. Our efforts paid off and we succeeded in securing a warning in lieu of prosecution for him, leaving him with no criminal record.
"R" got in touch with us from overseas after he was contacted by the Singapore Police Force regarding a matter that happened many years ago. Through our negotiations we were able to achieve a successful result for him, with no further action taken by the authorities at all.
"L" (on Employment Pass) was investigated after he got into a scuffle with a neighbour in a lift. Despite punches being exchanged, we succeeded in asking for a stern warning to be imposed instead of him being charged. As a result "L" kept his job and continues to stay in Singapore with his family.
"LPT" engaged us as she was facing charges under the Computer Misuse Act. As a result of our detailed research, we were able to find previous cases of a similar nature. We used this to convince the Court that a fine was appropriate, despite the original position being a jail term of between 5 to 9 months. We succeeded.
"CO" was charged with 2 offences after being investigated by the CPIB. Through our detailed written submissions in Court, we were able to obtain a fine for our client, despite similar offenders usually being sentenced to jail.
Investigated by the Commercial Affairs Division (CAD) and Charged with Criminal Breach of Trust of $1.1 million, an Accused who duped a widow into paying for a fake painting broke down after two and a half days of rigorous questioning by Sanjiv, and threw in the towel.
Sanjiv successfully proved that an Accused (who claimed he could not speak English) had struck a deal for the misappropriation of more than 200 tonnes of Marine Fuel Oil after a 13-day trial involving investigations by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).
Sanjiv was part of the prosecution team that successfully brought to task Singapore's most prolific hacker to date. This was an immensely complex case that required the team to have hands-on knowledge and understanding of both computer forensics and penetration testing.
per the High Court in Pittis Stavros v Public Prosecutor
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