Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore), 2005
Derek is a dispute resolution lawyer with a focus on commercial and civil litigation, as well as criminal matters. Derek represents and advises companies and individuals in a broad range of cases, including shareholders and directors disputes, contractual and employment disputes and cases involving fraud.
As a defence lawyer, Derek has represented clients in numerous investigations, trials and appeals and frequently obtained non-prosecutions or successful outcomes in court. Derek has conducted and won trials and appeals at all levels of the Singapore judicial system as lead counsel.
Derek studied at the National University of Singapore after being awarded the Public Service Commission Merit Scholarship to study law. After graduation in 2000, he served as Deputy Public Prosecutor with the Attorney-General’s Chambers for 5 years, during which he conducted dozens of trials and appeals on a wide range of offences covering insider trading and market manipulation under the Securities and Futures Act, breaches of directors’ duties and fraudulent trading under the Companies Act, corruption, money-laundering, cheating and criminal breach of trust.
Derek subsequently entered private practice and spent more than a decade with a large local firm where he was a partner.
Derek is currently the Chairman of the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme Committee of the Law Society and has served on the Criminal Practice Committee of the Law Society since 2006.