Raj Joshua Thomas
Experience, specialisation and highlights
Raj Joshua Thomas is a trusted and experienced advisor on matters related to commercial litigation and navigating Singapore’s regulatory landscape.
Joshua has acted for claimants and defendants in complex litigation in the courts and in arbitral proceedings. His clients include multi-national corporations, companies listed on the Singapore and foreign bourses, charitable organisations and high-net worth individuals. Joshua also represents clients on criminal matters, including white collar crime.
In his regulatory practice, Joshua advises corporations on a wide range of matters, including employment, privacy and data protection, licensing requirements and insurance. He has assisted companies in dealing with sensitive issues such as the wearing of the tudung (or hijab) at workplaces, and corruption investigations.
Joshua’s practice and advice is distinctive in that he proposes solutions that are holistic: taking into account commercial realities and considerations, combined with the legal perspective. His approach is a result of his unique and diverse past work experience: having served as the President of a trade association, the CEO of a regional security corporation and a foreign service officer in the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He started his legal career and previously practiced at one of Singapore’s largest law firms.
Joshua was appointed a Nominated Member of the Singapore Parliament in January 2021. He is a member of the Workplace Safety and Health Council and sits on a number of government committees and corporate boards.
He has double Honours degrees in Law and Political Science from the National University of Singapore and is called to the Singapore Bar.
- Successfully acted for one of Singapore’s largest hotel groups in an employment and diversion of revenue matter.
- Advised two Singapore listed companies on a sensitive employment matter involving employees’ wearing of the Muslim headscarf.
- Advised a Japanese banking corporation on a SIBOR manipulation issue
- Advised a listed defence company on an extra-territorial corruption matter.
- Prosecuted on behalf of the Public Utilities Board for regulatory offenses under the Sewerage and Drainage Act.
- Acted in a white collar criminal matter involving one of Singapore’s largest churches.
- Acted for a multinational energy company in an employment dispute.
Articles: Singapore Law Review: Islamic Banking and Finance – Regulatory Regimes in Malaysia and Singapore, 29 Sing. L. Rev. 165 (2011)
Accolades: Ministry of Home Affairs National Day Award (2020)