Judge P. Kevin Castel

P. Kevin Castel entered service as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York on November 4, 2003 and today serves as a Senior Judge of that Court.

Prior to the bench, Judge Castel practiced in the field of commercial litigation, including securities, antitrust, employment and products liability law. He was a partner in a major national law firm for twenty years, and served as the firm’s co-administrative partner. Prior to entering private practice, he served as law clerk to a judge on the Court he now serves.

Judge Castel presently serves as Chair of the New York State-Federal Judicial Council which facilitates coordination and cooperation between the federal and state judicial systems. He has taught as an adjunct professor in the field of Professional Responsibility at NYU School of Law and has served as Chair of the Court’s Grievance Committee, its lawyer-disciplinary body. While in private practice, he served for twelve years as a Court-appointed member of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department.

Judge Castel is an elected member of the American Law Institute. He is former President of the Federal Bar Council and also is a former Chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association.

He received his B.S. and J.D. degrees from St. John’s University. In law school, he was articles editor of the law review and a St. Thomas More Scholar.

Justice Quentin Loh

Justice Quentin Loh was appointed as Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court in 2009 and later, as Judge in 2010.

Prior to that, he was Managing Partner of Cooma, Lau & Loh, a firm he co-founded in 1978. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 1999. In 2001, he moved to Rajah & Tann as an Executive Committee member before becoming Deputy Managing Partner in 2003.

Until his appointment as a Judicial Commissioner, he was also Director of Maxwell Chambers, a dispute resolution complex located in Singapore.

Sir Peter Gross

Following a judicial career of 18 years, Sir Peter Gross now practises as an Arbitrator at Twenty Essex.

As a barrister at Twenty Essex before appointment to the Bench, Sir Peter specialised in commercial (shipping, oil, insurance and reinsurance, admiralty) and arbitration disputes, also sitting as an arbitrator.

As a High Court Judge, appointed in 2001, Sir Peter was designated a Judge of the Commercial Court in 2002 and was Judge in charge of the Commercial Court in 2009-2010. Sir Peter was a Presiding Judge of the South Eastern Circuit from 2005 – 2008. Appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2010, Sir Peter served as Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales (2013 – 2015). During his judicial career, Sir Peter presided over many commercial and arbitration related disputes.

More recently, Sir Peter was Lead Judge for International Relations (2018 – 2019) and has undertaken many Judicial visits (over the period 2003 – 2019), including Jamaica, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, Argentina, USA, Jordan, Brunei, Singapore and Uzbekistan.

Sir Peter is the Co-Chairman of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC) Case Management Working Group, reporting to the SIFoCC meeting in Singapore in March 2020 on ‘Working Presumptions – International Best Practice’.

In November 2019, Sir Peter was appointed President of the Slynn Foundation, dedicated to advancing the Rule of Law internationally.

Judge of Appeal Judith Prakash (moderator)

Justice Judith Prakash was appointed Judge of Appeal on 1 August 2016, having been on the High Court bench since 1992, first as a Judicial Commissioner and then as Judge. She was also the first woman to be appointed a permanent judge of the Singapore Court of Appeal. On 7 March 2017, she was appointed Judge of the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts where she serves on a part-time basis to hear appeal cases.

 

Justice Prakash graduated from the University of Singapore in 1974 with an LLB (Hons) degree. She was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore the following year and spent the next 18 years in private practice specialising, first in shipping law and then in banking and commercial law. As a Judge, she dealt primarily with commercial cases with a concentration on arbitration law.

 

Justice Prakash is also the Chair of the Publication Committee and the Law Reform Committee of the Singapore Academy of Law.