Her work focuses on sports and previously international business transactions. Annabel brings to the practice of sports her experience in a wide range of sporting roles. These include having been a national hockey player, a sport administrator in national and international sport federations and a technical official at the Olympic Games. She is currently president of the International Hockey Federation’s Judicial Commission, a member of the International Association of Athletics Federations’ Independent Disciplinary Tribunal, a member of the Badminton World Federation’s External Judicial Expert Group, an independent lawyer on the International Cricket Council’s Dispute Resolution Committee, a member of the Ethics Commission of the Commonwealth Games Federation and a Justice of the Peace.
Annabel has also served as a vice president of the International Hockey Federation, vice president of the Singapore National Olympic Council, a governing council member of the Singapore Sports Council and as president of the Singapore Hockey Federation. She has been Singapore’s Chef de Mission at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India, and at other major multi-sport games.
Through her involvement with international and national sport governing bodies, Annabel is well acquainted with the legal and commercial issues relating to sport and the sport industry.
Me in a minute
I know how important trusted advisers with both legal and industry insight can be for success in sports
I inherited my passion for sports and my sports DNA from a family frequently described in Singapore newspapers in the mid 1900s as ‘Singapore’s first family of sports’. My grandfather was a notable athlete and footballer who represented Singapore in six Malaya Cup finals in the 1920s and my grandmother was Singapore’s badminton and tennis champion in the 1930s and also national hockey captain. My father was captain of the Singapore men’s hockey team at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and my mother also excelled at national level in hockey and badminton.
So it was no surprise that I had a hockey stick stuffed in my Christmas stocking when I was 5 years old and that I was selected to play for the national women’s hockey team when I was 16 years old and continued to represent Singapore for 16 years assuming the captaincy for the last 10 years.
I am happy that, over the years, my practice of law has enabled me to combine both the law and sports, two areas of endeavour which have contributed significantly towards defining me as the person I am today .
I continue to enjoy and to be involved in a range of sports both in the course of my sports law practice and in the sports arena outside of the office. From my own experience I know how important family support and trusted advisers with both legal and sports industry insight can be for success in sports and especially for young talents in their journey to the top. I therefore feel happy and fulfilled to be contributing towards this goal in Withersworldwide sports practice.
Law Society of Singapore
Singapore Academy of Law
Singapore Mediation Centre
International Association of Athletics Federations Disciplinary Tribunal
Badminton World Federation External Judicial Experts Group
International Hockey Federation Judicial Commission
International Cricket Council's Dispute Resolution Committee
Ethics Commission of the Commonwealth Games Federation
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