Aurill is a senior litigator with significant private practice and public sector experience. She has acted in a wide range of complex civil commercial, regulatory enforcement, investigative and public law matters. She has also argued cases involving significant questions of law at both first instance and appellate stages.
Aurill started her litigation practice with Rajah & Tann in 1992, made partner in 1996 and headed its Banking & Financial Services Litigation Practice from 1999 to 2002. She was headhunted to join the Monetary Authority of Singapore in 2002 as MAS’ first Director of Enforcement and later served as the Head of its Market & Business Conduct Department. Aurill returned to Rajah & Tann in 2007 to establish and co-lead its Appeals & Issues Practice until 2012. She spent a second stint in public service as Deputy Chief Counsel (Litigation) at the Attorney – General’s Chambers (Civil Division) from 2012 to 2017, where she had responsibilities for AGC’s civil litigation function. Aurill returned to private practice in 2018 as Director with Legal Clinic LLC.
She currently serves as a Board Member of PUB Singapore’s National Water Agency, a Commission Member of CCCS and Deputy Chairperson of the Income Tax Board of Review. She is also a Civilian Panel Member of the Military Court of Appeal and a Member of the Monetary Authority of Singapore Appeal Advisory Panel, as well as a volunteer with the Law Society Pro Bono Services and the Legal Aid Bureau.
1. Insider trading and securities market misconduct
As MAS’ Director of Enforcement, Aurill was responsible for securities market enforcement and personally worked on many of MAS’ early high-profile insider trading and securities misconduct enforcement actions.
2. Regulatory investigations
Aurill was a member of the team that advised forensic accountants in various high-profile investigations, such as those into the collapse of the Baring Group (1995) and the financial failure of the Amcol Group of companies (1996). She has also represented regulatory agencies, as well as assisted corporates in internal investigations and submissions to authorities on matters involving a myriad of regulations. These include the Securities and Futures Act, the Financial Advisers Act, the Banking Act and the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act.
3. Commercial disputes
Aurill has extensive experience representing corporates and financial institutions in complex commercial disputes, including those involving financial derivative contracts, structured products and private banking. She has also acted in a wide spectrum of high value shareholder, letters of credit, trust law and employment disputes with cross border implications. Aurill sits both as an arbitrator and a FIDReC adjudicator.
4. Administrative law, constitutional law & Judicial review
Aurill has worked on a diverse range of issues in administrative law, constitutional law, judicial review, disciplinary proceedings and statutory appeals. Her Court cases in this field are varied and include representing the successful party in a wide range of significant public law cases.
Contributor, Singapore Rules of Court — A Practice Guide (2023 Edition).
Contributor, Halsbury’s Laws of Singapore (Banking and Finance) Volume (2002 Issue) and (2011 Reissue).