THE FIRM

DONALDSON & BURKINSHAW, established since 6th November 1874, is one of the oldest law partnerships in Singapore. On 3rd January 2014, DONALDSON & BURKINSHAW converted to a limited liability partnership and embarked on its 140th year in business as DONALDSON & BURKINSHAW LLP. The Firm practises as advocates and solicitors, notaries public, commissioners for oaths and agents for trade marks, patents and designs. The Firm and its partners have been profiled in leading legal periodicals such as Legal 500, Chambers Asia, Asia Law, IP Asia, World Trademark Review, Who’s Who Legal, Managing Intellectual Property, Asian Legal Business and IAM Patents, amongst others. Its clientele ranges from multinational corporations, international airlines, the world’s largest medical indemnifier, leading pharmaceutical companies, financial institutions, statutory boards, large and medium enterprises, to 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’s mission is to provide a full range of high quality legal services to commercial, corporate, financial, industrial and public sector clients in accordance with international best practices. Its 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 practical, beneficial and holistic legal solutions. Over the past two centuries, the Firm has earned a sterling reputation for integrity, industry and astuteness in advancing and protecting its clients' best interests by looking beyond narrow legal issues towards realising our clients' total business goals.

Practising 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.

The Firm is currently about 100-strong. Its main 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, and DONALDSON & BURKINSHAW LLP in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam. Through affiliation with 300 MULTILAW independent law offices located in 70 countries worldwide, the Firm has an extensive international network and representation.

Apart from the Firm’s MULTILAW affiliation, the Firm and its partners have 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”), the Association of Singapore Patent Agents (“ASPA”), the Singapore Trustees Association (“STA”) and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (“IPBA”).