Braddell Brothers LLP is Singapore’s second-oldest independent law practice, founded in 1883 by two Irish gentlemen, Sir Thomas de Multon Lee Braddell and Robert Wallace Glen Lee Braddell, the sons of the first Attorney-General of Singapore.
We are today a “unique boutique”, with an established reputation as a leading Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution practice. Our litigation and arbitration counsel specialise in high-profile and difficult civil, corporate and commercial disputes as well as international arbitrations e.g. under the SIAC, ICC, UNCITRAL and other rules. Read our professional reviews here.
In a non-contentious setting, we assist clients in the negotiation and drafting of commercial contracts with a view to protecting them against potential future disputes. We also offer specialist advice on tailor-made dispute resolution mechanisms and clauses e.g. arbitration and mediation provisions, in the event that a dispute cannot be avoided.Learn about our expertise here.
We have international reach, and work closely with a variety of firms in other jurisdictions. Being a member of LEGALINK – a global network of over 65 independent law firms comprising more than 3,500 legal professionals – we are also able to collaborate closely with trusted, experienced overseas colleagues on any case that would benefit from their legal expertise. Learn about Legalink here.
We believe in taking ownership of our clients’ problems, offering each and every of our clients a special blend of skill, creativity and ‘hands-on’ involvement. We are known for guiding clients strategically at each stage of a dispute, from the point of initial advice all the way through to final resolution – whether by trial, arbitration or a commercial settlement in our clients’ best interests.
The Legal 500 (Asia Pacific ed., 2014) refers to us as a “small but long-established firm” which “punches above its weight”. Our lawyers are experienced in representing private clients and corporations alike, in complex and difficult litigation and arbitrations, frequently opposing large firms and specialist dispute resolution teams both from Singapore and abroad.
Sir Thomas Braddell’s elder son – Sir Thomas de Multon Lee Braddell – first practised with him in Logan & Braddell, founded 1859.
In 1883, Sir Thomas de Multon Lee Braddell and his younger brother Robert Wallace Glen Lee Braddell founded Braddell Brothers.
Sir Roland St John Braddell, the eldest son of Sir Thomas de Multon Lee Braddell, would later also practise at Braddell Brothers. Sir Roland became one of the most prominent lawyers in the Federated Malay States and was also joint editor of “One Hundred Years of Singapore”, where the origins of his father’s and uncle’s firm – Braddell Brothers – were succinctly documented.
Sir Thomas Braddell, C. M. G. (b. 30 January 1823, Rahingrany, Ireland – d. 19 September 1891, London, England) was Crown Counsel of the Straits Settlements (1864), and the first Attorney-General of the Straits Settlements (1867–82). Before joining the legal profession, he was Assistant Resident Councillor of Penang. He was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (C. M. G.) in 1882.
On 10 June 1859, Sir Thomas was called to the English Bar by the Society of Gray’s Inn. Three years later, he left the East India Company service in Penang and moved to Singapore, where he set up law firm Logan & Braddell with Abraham Logan.
Sir Thomas was subsequently appointed Crown Counsel of the Straits Settlements in January 1864 and then Attorney-General of the Straits Settlements in April 1867. He held the latter designation until December 1882. As attorney-general stationed in Singapore, he was tasked with drafting Singapore’s own body of laws as well as remodelling local court procedures. Apart from these appointments, he also served in the Chinese Secret Societies Commission and the Prison Commission.
Sir Thomas took a deep and personal interest in the conditions and customs of the Malay Archipelago. His thoughts and concerns about the region are reflected in the numerous articles that he penned. Many were published in the Journal of the Indian Archipelago and Eastern Asia (also known as “Logan’s Journal”), founded and edited by James Richardson Logan, the younger brother of his law firm partner, Abraham Logan. Sir Thomas’ writings covered a wide variety of topics concerning the Malay Archipelago, ranging from historical events and geography to royal genealogy and social issues such as opium-smoking and gambling.
Apart from producing numerous original articles about the Malay Archipelago, Sir Thomas, who was well-versed in Malay, translated several Malay works into English that were published in Logan’s Journal. His keen interest in and knowledge of Malay culture, fluency in the Malay language as well as his courteous manner, earned him the respect of the Malay populace, including the Malay chiefs who would often approach him for advice.
Sir Thomas was also an ebullient Freemason and reportedly held every single appointment associated with Freemasonry with exception of the position of District Grand Master.
In late 1882, Sir Thomas retired due to injuries sustained in a bad carriage accident. He died at the age of 69 at his home in South Kensington, London, on 19 September 1891.
Braddell Road in Singapore, is named after him.