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The Firm carries on the practice of Advocates and Solicitors, Notaries Public, Commissioners for Oaths and Agents for Trade Marks, Patents & Designs. The Firm and our Partners have been profiled in leading legal periodicals such as Asia-Pacific Legal 500, Chambers Asia, Asia Law Profile, Who’s Who Legal, Managing Intellectual Property Magazine, and Asian Legal Business.

Our clientele ranges from multinational corporations, international airlines, the world’s largest medical indemnifier, the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, owners of some of the world’s most valuable brand names in the food and beverage industry to leading local and international financial institutions, statutory boards, large and medium enterprises and high net worth individuals. The Firm is on the list of legal contacts of the Australian High Commission, the British High Commission, the Canadian High Commission, the New Zealand High Commission, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and the US Embassy.

The Firm is currently about 80-strong. The Firm’s office is at Clifford Centre in Raffles Place, Singapore’s Central Business District. The Firm also operates Donaldson & Burkinshaw (I.P.) Sdn. Bhd. in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which handles Malaysia intellectual property matters. Through affiliation with 66 MULTILAW independent law offices located worldwide in North and South America, Europe, Africa and the Asia-Pacific, the Firm has an extensive network and representation worldwide. Apart from the MULTILAW legal affiliate, the Firm has memberships with leading global, regional and local professional organisations such as the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA), the Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG), the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) and the Association of Singapore Patent Agents (ASPA). The Firm is also a member of the Singapore Trustees Association (STA). The firm’s partners also have professional memberships with prestigious international organisations, such as the Commonwealth Magistrates & Judges Association (CMJA) and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA).

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Practicing Certificate No 1 of 1874 issued by the Supreme Court of the Straits Settlements, Division of Singapore, admitting John Burkinshaw as an Advocate and Attorney of the Court.


Steadily expanding as a general law practice, the Firm has been continuously upgrading the manpower and specialist skills required to cope with the large volume of sophisticated legal work and commercial transactions resulting from Singapore's emergence as a major financial and business hub in this timezone. Over the years, the Firm has nurtured many high calibre pupils and lawyers who have gone on to become Senior Counsel, law professors, founding Partners of boutique law firms, and successful members of the Bar in various areas of legal practice, locally and abroad.

Sylvester Hogan

1913 - 1979

Our mission is to provide the full range of high quality legal services to commercial, corporate, financial, industrial and public sector clients in accordance with international best practices. Our core values are excellence in the law, promptness, efficiency and professionalism; constant upgrading of specialist knowledge and core competencies, friendly and personable service; and the provision of pragmatic legal solutions. Over the past two centuries, the Firm has earned a sterling reputation for integrity, industry and astuteness in advancing and protecting our clients' best interests by looking beyond narrow legal issues towards our clients' total business goals.

In keeping with the par excellence spirit of the Firm’s prominent predecessors who left giant footprints in Singapore’s legal history, the present new leadership of the Firm is committed to a renaissance of this country’s second oldest law partnership. With the Firm approaching its 140th anniversary, and reflecting on the recent past, this is “a time to keep, and a time to cast away”: to keep the best in tradition and talent, to cast away the antiquated and the expired.  Only then can our clients continue to receive from Donaldson & Burkinshaw the very best in legal services.


Donaldson & Burkinshaw
Centenary Celebrations
November 1874 - November 1974


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