Suchitra Ragupathy is a partner in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice and Arbitration practice. Suchitra is an active trial lawyer of 23 years standing with extensive experience in the courts. Since 1993, she has made numerous appearances before the High Court and the Court of Appeal as lead and junior counsel. She has successfully represented many clients in contentious court proceedings.
Her primary area of practice is civil litigation, which encompasses property, employment, defamation, contract and tort claims. Her focus is matrimonial law and contentious trust and probate matters. She has handled high-profile divorces and custody cases, some of which are high-publicity-risk matters, including cases involving foreign marriages and division of matrimonial assets which run into the millions.
Suchitra's experience in divorce and family law also includes litigating and negotiating complex matters such as high-net worth divorce, child custody and cross-border issues (i.e., cases involving people or property in different countries).
Her experience includes the representation of accomplished people in the fields of law, finance, medicine, real estate, business, public service. She also regularly represents their spouses.
She is also a certified collaborative lawyer.
In addition, Suchitra also represents clients in court litigation involving property and estates disputes.
She has also advises local companies and statutory bodies on contractual matters, breach of regulations and private prosecution.
- Confidential client: Acting for the respondent (wife) in divorce proceedings involving stock options worth S$13 million, which the petitioner had acquired during the marriage but had misrepresented to the court that they were acquired after the deed was signed. The truth was uncovered during an arduous discovery process in the middle of the hearing. The matter was adjourned while counsel hunted down the material rebuttal witness, the husband's previous employer, and who lived in Amsterdam. Judgement was in the wife's favor, awarding her 25 percent of the shares, with a total value of S$3.25 million. Rodyk had previously acted for the wife in the original deed.
- Straits Far East (SFE): Defending in a suit filed by construction company Samwoh, which alleged that SFE's director had conspired and/or dishonestly assisted the first defendant to cheat the plaintiff on various contracts that had been awarded by Samwoh to SFE. There were also issues in respect of breach of fiduciary duties. After a 30-day trial, the court dismissed Samwoh's case against SFE and gave judgement in favor of practically all our client's counterclaims against the plaintiff.
Activities and Affiliations
- Seminar on Matrimonial and Probate Matters, October 29, 2013
- Seminar on Matrimonial and Probate Matters, October 21, 2013
- Making A Will, June 23, 2006
Prior and Present Employment
- Partner, Dentons Rodyk (formerly Rodyk & Davidson LLP), 2002–present
- Palakrishnan & Partners, 1995–2002
- Vijay & Co., 1992–1995