Sheila Eleanor De Costa has been in practice for more than 34 years as an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court in Malaya and during that time she has had experience in a variety of areas, namely Corporate Law, Corporate Financing, Conveyancing, Family Laws, Probate & Administration and some litigation.
She has a particular passion for educating young lawyers and for many years gave voluntary Professional Ethic lectures and marked the pupils’ exam papers. She is also a former member of the sub-committee of the Professional Standards & Development Committee of the Bar Council.
Sheila also served on the Bar Council’s Ad Hoc Committee to revamp the Legal Profession Act. She was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore on 11th July 2001.
She is the current President of the Selangor & Federal Territory Eurasian Association (SAFTEA). In 2013, she initiated legal proceedings and led the challenge to claim the legitimate expectation of SAFTEA for the rights to a piece of land for the Eurasian community. She participated as a speaker on many occasions both within and out of Malaysia to publicise and promote the cultural roots and contributions of the Eurasian committee in Malaysia. She chaired the fund raising campaign by the Eurasians for the “Pray for Japan Tsunami Appeal “. She founded and financed the “De Costa-Su Scholarship” for tertiary education among the Eurasians.
Sheila is also the Deputy Chairperson of the Advisory Panel of the Women’s Institute of Management (WIM) Malaysia, a non-profit organization and self-sustaining Women’s Non-Governmental organization which have established programs that have benefited 30,000 marginalized women of all races in Malaysia.