Rajaram RAMIAH


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Rajaram is a Partner with RHTLaw Asia whose areas of practice include commercial, corporate, civil and criminal litigation, and aviation law. He is recognised as a leading aviation lawyer by Who’s Who Legal.

Practice AreaArbitrationAviationCommercial LitigationInternational ArbitrationLitigation & Dispute Resolution
Industry GroupTransportation & Logistics

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Background Information

Rajaram has represented airlines and aircraft operators in the Asia Pacific Region in numerous aircraft transactions including the leasing, purchase/sale and financing of commercial aircraft, business jets and in the acquisition of new generation aircraft. He also advises on aviation regulatory matters, structuring of transactions and in the repossession of aircraft.

Rajaram has undertaken litigation in the High Court, Court of Appeal and in the State Courts involving commercial transactions. He also handled most of the Plaintiff cases for passengers and crew involved in two air crashes involving Singaporean carriers. In May 2004, he was appointed a Reserve Panel Member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and has also presided as an arbitrator.

Before commencing legal practice, Rajaram served in the Singapore Legal Service and held various judicial appointments including Magistrate, Deputy Registrar, Coroner, Magistrate Juvenile Court and as District Judge and presided over both civil and criminal cases. He also presided for 5 years as President of the General Court Martial whilst fulfilling his duties as a reservist in the Singapore Armed Forces.

He left the Legal Service in 1994 to enter private practice. He was a partner of Wee, Ramayah & Partners from 1994 till 2015 and joined Quahe Woo & Palmer LLC as a consultant when the two firms merged.


Rajaram graduated with LL. B (Hons.) from the University of London in 1982 and after his admission to Middle Temple as a Barrister-at-Law in 1983, read his Master of Law (LL.M) at the University of Cambridge in 1984 before joining the Singapore Legal Service.

Career Highlights

Rajaram has 27 years of experience and expertise in the aviation sector having represented both airlines and aircraft operators in the Asia Pacific Region in numerous transactions relating to the leasing, purchase/sale and financing of commercial aircraft, business jets as well as the acquisition of new generation aircraft. His depth of knowledge of aviation law also enables him to advise on aviation regulatory matters, the structuring of transactions and aviation related litigation including repossession of aircraft.

Awards & Accolades

  • Chairman, Review Board (Children and Young Persons Act) since 2011 and was awarded the Pingat Bakti Masyarakat (Public Service Medal) for his services – 2013 National Day Award.
  • Justice of the Peace – 24 April 2018
  • Listed as Aviation Expert on Expert Guides since 1998 (including for 2021)
  • Recognised on Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific 2019
  • Awarded the Public Service Star (BBM), National Day Honours in 2019
  • Leading Practitioner for Who’s Who Legal Transport 2020 Edition for Aviation (Contentious and Regulatory)
  • Outstanding Volunteer Award 2021 – Ministry of Social and Family Development

Memberships & Associations

  • Vice Chairman (Aviation Committee) of the Inter Pacific Bar Association in 2004
    Former committee member of the Royal Aeronautical Society (Singapore Branch).
  • Held various judicial appointments in the Singapore Legal Service including that of Magistrate, Magistrate, Juvenile Court, Coroner, District Judge, Referee Small Claims and Deputy Registrar of the Subordinate Courts (now State Courts).
  • Partner of Wee, Ramayah & Partners from 1994 till 2015 and consultant at Quahe Woo & Palmer LLC

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