Prior to joining Donaldson & Burkinshaw in 2008, Eric served in the Singapore Judiciary between 1996 and 2005 as a District Judge, Magistrate, Coroner, Deputy Registrar of Subordinate Courts, and Referee of Small Claims Tribunals. He was also a reservist President of the Singapore Armed Forces General Court Martial. After obtaining his Master of Laws under a Singapore Legal Service scholarship, Eric served in the Attorney-General’s Chambers between 2005 and 2007 as a Senior Deputy Public Prosecutor and State Counsel. He was trained by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) as a legal expert in anti-money laundering and designated a legal expert in ASEAN cross-border mutual assistance in criminal matters. He received the Long Service Award from the Attorney-General in 2005.
Eric is a Partner of Donaldson & Burkinshaw, and heads the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice and the Medico-Legal Practice Group. Besides being a member of the local Bar, he is a Solicitor-Advocate of the Supreme Court of England & Wales, with rights of audience in the higher English courts.
Eric is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and Associate Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators. He is also an Adjudicator of the Financial Industry Disputes Resolution Centre (FIDReC). His quasi-judicial appointments include Member of the Criminal Law Advisory Committee (Hearing) and Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the Council for Estate Agencies. He is a Senior Teaching Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Legal Education which prepares law students for admission to the local Bar, and a Principal Consultant of the Top Criminal Justice Consultancy which provides training to justice sector and law enforcement officers.
Eric has been profiled in the Asia-Pacific Legal 500 for dispute resolution and medico-legal work. He is also a recommended lawyer in Asialaw Profiles. He received the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award (Merit Award) in 2011 for his work in the legal sector.
Eric practises litigation at appellate and trial levels with a focus on medico-legal, criminal, civil, commercial and financial cases, and has a special interest in commercial arbitration. For criminal cases, he handles both prosecution (under fiat by the Public Prosecutor as well as private prosecution) and defence work. As a panel legal advisor to the Medical Protection Society Ltd, he advises and represents member doctors in Singapore Medical Council disciplinary proceedings, negligence law suits, criminal investigations and Coroner’s Inquiries. Effectively bilingual, he serves as an Independent and Non-Executive Director of the Board of Directors of the Singapore College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Limited. He regularly lectures and publishes works on medico-legal and justice-related topics.
Some of Eric’s notable cases include:
Eric holds memberships with the Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association, International Association of Prosecutors, UK Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates, and Law Society of England & Wales.
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