Practices
Compliance and Investigations
Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Employment

Location
Thailand

Languages
Thai
English

Education

LLM, Monash University

LLM, King’s College London

LLB, Thammasat University

Suruswadee Jaimsuwan
Counsel
+66 2056 5502

Biography

Suruswadee Jaimsuwan is a senior litigator in the firm’s dispute resolution department, representing clients and providing legal consultation in both criminal and civil cases.

A former judge of the Thai Courts of Justice, Suruswadee has extensive legal experience on and off the bench, bolstered by a deep knowledge of Thai law and court procedure. She uses her expertise to help clients develop strong and practical legal strategies, as well as to provide flawless advocacy in the courtroom. She also closely collaborates with firm litigators to share her unique insights on Thai court practice and procedure, thus giving clients a competitive edge in disputes.

Suruswadee has also worked for the Department of Labour Protection and Welfare, under a scholarship from the Office of the Civil Service Commission. In addition to her Thai, British, and Australian legal education, she received litigation, mediation, legislative development, and judicial training from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University, the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives at the University of Victoria, and the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization. Suruswadee is a barrister-at-law qualified by the Thai Bar Association and an active member of the Board of Trade of Thailand.


Experience
  • Presided in various courts over a broad range of criminal and civil cases, demonstrating a level of professionalism that led both plaintiffs and defendants to have confidence in the judicial system.
  • Worked as part of the legal development teams of the Department of Labour Protection and Welfare on drafting the Maritime Labour Act and on amending the Labour Protection Act and Labour Relations Act, relying on her knowledge of international labour law to provide recommendations and becoming known as an enthusiastic proponent of safe and healthy working conditions.
  • Advised a leading multinational company on devising and executing disciplinary procedures and litigation strategy in a case potentially involving organized fraud and labor disputes with employees.
  • Advised a multinational company on various legal concerns related to its online multilevel marketing business, including potential criminal liabilities.
  • Advised on drafting petition in a case before the Criminal Courts for Corruption and Misconduct Cases, requesting the matter be considered by the Constitutional Court. The court granted the request without delay.
  • Assisted an international organization by leading an extensive research project into Thai criminal law and related legislation on immigration, migrant workers, and labor law, with the aim of identifying areas for improvement, exploring legal tools for aiding victims of human trafficking and related crimes, and assessing the standard of care provided for immigrants, migrant workers, seafarers, child laborers, and so on.
  • Advised a multinational transportation company on negotiating an alternative dispute resolution mechanism in a lease agreement, guarding against potentially prohibitive litigation expenses.
  • Assisted in acquiring relevant data and documents to spur the court to revisit a computer crime matter.
  • Advised the regional office of a global insurance company on dismissal of employees due to the company’s structural change.
  • Advised on the legal implications of employment termination in light of amended Labour Protection Act provisions on retirement.
  • Worked on numerous cases jointly with the firm’s litigators to provide strategic advice to clients on a broad range of civil and criminal cases, including labor disputes, fraud and white collar crime cases, corruption and misconduct offenses, commercial disputes, bankruptcy proceedings, and family disputes.