SINGAPORE – By his firm handshake and self-assured grin, you would never guess that Mr Kawal Pal Singh, 36, used to struggle with feeling inadequate in school.

Especially not now – given that Mr Singh, a practising lawyer, was made partner of his law firm, Tito Isaac & Co LLP, earlier this month. The litigation lawyer has been with the firm just three years – a short duration for such a promotion in the industry.

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