11 Sing. L. Rev. 81 (1990)
Interview with Mr. Joseph Grimberg

handle is hein.journals/singlrev11 and id is 85 raw text is: Interview With Mr Joseph Grimberg
I was one of those people whose education was interrupted by the War.I
was evacuated from here when I was about seven and sent off to India with my
mother.My father was left behind as a prisoner of war.My education in India was
in a Jesuit school and while I was there, we [my mother and I] met a young man
who'd been to school in England and who was considerably older than I was.He
made a tremendous impression on my mother.So she determined that I should go
to school in England after the War. In due course when the War was over and we
were reunited with my father, a kindly uncle offered to pay for my education in
England, and that's how I happened to go there and then on to University.
I chose Law not out of any sense of vocation or burning ambition to be a
lawyer. I don't think I'd been inside a court before I went to University and read
Law. It was really the fact that I felt totally at odds with any scientific subject. I
was absolutely hopeless at Maths and anything to do with Science. So like a lot
of people, I chose Law as a subject I felt I might conceivably be able to hold my
own in, because it didn't involve Science in any shape or form. That's the reason
I chose Law...certainly no lawyers in the family or anything like that.
I aspired to become a lawyer and to become one as soon as possible
because I had been away from my parents, who were in Singapore, for about
twelve years...and in those days, although there was [air travel], one did not travel
back and forth all the time, and certainly my parents could not afford it. So in
those twelve years, I think I saw my parents only three times. My anxiety was to
get qualified as soon as possible and return here and get into practice. And that's
exactly what I did.
None, I think. I've never been what you call an academic lawyer. I've al-
ways taken a rather practical view ofthe Law- and by that I mean litigation, since
my practice has been that of an advocate - as a means of settling disputes as fairly

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