International human rights lawyer, M Ravi gets back his practising certificate after four years

In a Facebook post on Friday (5 July), international human rights lawyer M Ravi announced that he has received back his practising certificate from the Supreme Court Registrar after four years.

“After 4 years of being a non-practising lawyer and waiting to return to practise, I am happy to share that my Singapore Law Practising Certificate has finally been granted by the Supreme Court Registrar with effect from today,” he wrote.

In his post, he thanked the Law Society and the Attorney General’s Chambers for their support in his application.

In 2015, the High Court suspended the lawyer from practising until an approved psychiatrist gives him the green light to do so. This is because Mr Ravi was previously diagnosed with bipolar disorder, specifically hypomania – a part of bipolar disorder and characterised by a distinct period of elevated or irritable mood.

During his suspension, Mr Ravi noted that he has “not stayed still” and continued working on his international human rights matters, as well as on various other things like “giving talks and training sessions to lawyers and parliamentarians, giving press interviews and travelling and networking in the region and internationally”.

In addition, he also said he joined Carson Law Chambers, a law firm owned by the chief of People’s Voice Party Lim Tean, and launched his personal website. He also revealed that he will soon be launching his video channel “RAVision to educate and discuss pertinent legal and public interest issues”.

“As I pen this down, I remember everyone who has stood by me – family, friends, clients, peers, international colleagues and my supporters – there are too many of you good souls to mention – you know who you are, and I am thankful and grateful for the different ways you have stood unflinchingly by my side,” he noted.