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Suruswadee Jaimsuwan

Counsel

Biography

Suruswadee Jaimsuwan is a senior litigator in the firm’s dispute resolution group, advising clients in both criminal and civil cases. As a former judge with the Thai Courts of Justice, Suruswadee uses her unique insight to identify creative ways to help clients achieve their goals.

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 develop strong and practical legal strategies, and to provide flawless advocacy in the courtroom. She presents facts and evidence to the courts and regulators clearly and persuasively, for the benefit of her clients. Moreover, as a mediation expert, she has a superb ability to explore alternative dispute resolution options and identify areas of agreement to seek solutions.

Suruswadee works closely with the firm’s litigators to share her insights on potential solutions, negotiation techniques, and Thai court practice and procedure, thus giving our clients a competitive edge.

In addition to her judicial career, Suruswadee worked for Thailand’s Department of Labour Protection and Welfare under a scholarship from the Office of the Civil Service Commission. In that position, she worked closely with various governmental authorities on labor law research and development. This opportunity provided her with an outstanding comprehension of the practical workings of labor law.

Suruswadee received her legal education in Thailand, the United Kingdom, and Australia. She also 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, a notary public, and an active member of the Thailand Board of Trade. She is also known as an advocate on criminal justice, mediation, and vocational guidance for legal practitioners.

Experience

  • Advised a multinational company on its online multilevel marketing business in relation to various legal concerns including potential criminal liabilities.
  • Defended directors and employees against criminal charges in relation to forgery and false documents by proposing and executing legal strategy, advising clients at inquiry meetings with related authorities, and getting warrants revoked in an ongoing investigation process.
  • Defended a leading multinational electronics company against criminal charges alleging breach of agreements relating to employment conditions, collective bargaining agreements, and a Labour Relations Committee award by advising the client, developing case strategy, and representing the client in court.
  • Represented clients in numerous highly contentious divorce cases and assisted them by negotiating favorable settlements through strategies based on legal issues overlooked by the counterparty.
  • Represented a client at the appeal stage of a high-profile divorce case and advised the client’s overseas legal team in relation to Thai law and practice, assisted in negotiating terms of the agreement, and succeeded in concluding in amicable agreements in both Thailand and the overseas jurisdiction, and ensured a smooth and efficient process involving the Thai courts and the transition to implementing the agreement in Thailand.
  • Represented a multinational cosmetics company in the witness examination process and succeeded in enforcing a noncompete agreement and securing damages for a breach of the agreement.
  • Represented over 10 international insurance companies in multibillion-baht claims regarding product liability and wrongful acts, and won challenges on choice of court with jurisdiction over the case.
  • Advised on drafting a petition to the Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases to request that the matter be considered by the Constitutional Court; the court granted the request without delay.
  • Helped a multinational transportation company with negotiation strategy for a lease agreement as an alternate resolution to costly litigation.
  • Advised regional office of global insurance company on dismissal of employees resulting from the company’s structural changes.
  • Advised a leading multinational company on devising and executing disciplinary procedures and litigation strategy in a case potentially involving internal organized fraud and labor disputes, successfully preventing directors from facing potential criminal liabilities.
  • Advised on case strategy to have a criminal case filed by a juristic committee against our client withdrawn before further inquiry by the court. Besides securing withdrawal of the case, our advice kept the client from having to go through bail and court proceedings as the strategy was implemented.
  • Advised on weight of evidence in relation to expert witness and how to counter unfavorable expert witness opinion in a criminal forgery case.
  • Assisted a British client who was transferred to serve time in his home country by liaising with the Criminal Court, the Department of Corrections, and the British embassy in relation to a Thai court order for abatement and release under previously issued royal pardons.
  • Led an extensive research project into relevant portions of Thai criminal law as part of an international organization’s initiative concerning international and domestic legal instruments related to human trafficking, forced labor, and modern slavery. The research also involved exploring legislation on immigration, migrant workers, and labor law in order to identify potential areas for improvement and possible solutions for impacted parties.
  • Worked 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, corruption and misconduct offenses, commercial disputes, bankruptcy proceedings, and family disputes.
  • Presided in various courts over a numerous 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 labor law to provide recommendations and becoming known as an enthusiastic proponent of safe and healthy working conditions.
ABOUT Suruswadee

Location

Languages

    Thai

    English

Education

    LLM, Monash University

    LLM, King’s College London

    LLB, Thammasat University

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