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Christopher de Souza
Ulu Pandan

Mr Christopher de Souza, 35, studied at St Joseph’s Institution and Raffles Junior College. He completed his national service as an officer and received the Sword of Honour at his commissioning parade.

Christopher studied law at King’s College London, where he graduated with first class honours as the joint top student of his class. He received the Jelf Medal for his athletic, social and academic contributions to the University. Christopher was awarded the Shell & Oxford Scholarship (without a bond) to study at the University of Oxford where he graduated with a Masters of Law (Distinction).

Christopher returned to Singapore to join the Singapore Legal Service. While in the Legal Service, Christopher served as Justice Law Clerk to the Chief Justice and the Court of Appeal, Deputy Public Prosecutor and State Counsel at the Attorney-General’s Chambers, Magistrate of the Subordinate Courts and Assistant Registrar at the High Court. The principal focus in these postings was the need to secure the best and fairest outcome for the litigants.

Christopher resigned from the Legal Service in March 2006 and joined the Commercial & Criminal Litigation Department of law firm Lee & Lee on 1 April 2006.

Christopher was part of the Singapore National Men’s Hockey Team in 1997 and 2005, and has played hockey for his country in tournaments in India and Malaysia. He believes strongly in fostering inter-racial trust through sports.

Christopher has been active in volunteer work. He is currently a Councillor for Central CDC. He has also been involved in volunteer youth work through the Eurasian Association and was active in the MENDAKI befriender’s programme.

Christopher got married in 2005. Besides hockey and volunteer work, he serves in church activities with his wife.

CHRISTOPHER DE SOUZA

Education

Mr Christopher de Souza, aged 35, was educated at St Michael’s Primary School, St Joseph’s Institution and Raffles Junior College.  His interest in legal affairs saw him graduated in Law with First Class Honours from King’s College London where he topped his graduating Class. He then pursued the BCL Masters degree at the University of Oxford where he graduated with Distinction. He was awarded a Shell scholarship while at Oxford and received several book prizes when at King's College London, including the Jelf Medal for his academic and sporting achievements at the University.

Career

During his years of practice as a lawyer, Mr de Souza was appointed Justices’ Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of Singapore, Deputy Public Prosecutor and State Counsel at the Attorney-General’s Chambers and a registrar of the High Court before moving into private practice at law firm Lee & Lee, where he is a partner in the litigation department. His area of legal practice is commercial litigation and arbitration. Mr de Souza was recently nominated as a Young Global Leader in the World Economic Forum and has been invited to speak at conferences including The Singapore Legal Forum 2010 and The Temasek Forum in London.

Politics

Mr de Souza became a Member of Parliament for Holland-Bukit-Timah GRC in 2006 and was appointed a member of the Government Parliamentary Committees for three ministries: Ministry of Law, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Education.

He is responsible for the Ulu Pandan ward within Holland-Bukit Timah GRC.   

He believes that politics is an effective way to better the lives of Singaporeans.

Over the past 5 years, he has overseen the HDB and Town Council upgrading works in Ghim Moh, Sunset Way and Farrer Gardens and the provision of new parks, footpaths and lush greenery at many of the private estates within Ulu Pandan.

In Parliament, Mr de Souza has often raised the concerns of residents on national and constituency issues.

Mr de Souza will continue to seek new and novel ways to continue to make our neighbourhoods, homes and families safe, well-equipped and joyful.

Personal

During his schooling days, Mr de Souza was fortunate to have good teachers who encouraged his passion for sports. Because of them, Mr de Souza played Hockey for Singapore at various tournaments up to 2005. He and his team mates were proud to wear the Singapore flag on their jerseys when competing with other States. During his National Service, Mr de Souza was awarded the Sword of Honour at his officers’ commissioning parade. Before entering politics, Mr de Souza was an active volunteer at Yayasan MENDAKI and the Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association.

When not at the office, Mr de Souza enjoys reading, running and spending time with his family. He is married to Sharon, a legal officer, and they have a daughter.

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