Persons of Indian-origin are making waves across South East Asia. A famous Indian-origin lawyer has become the new judicial commissioner of Singapore’s Supreme Court.
This appointment come close on the heels of appointment of Indian-origin lawyer Tommy Thomas as Malaysia’s new Attorney General and the induction of first Sikh Minister Gobind Singh Deo in the new Malaysian Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad.
Leading intellectual property lawyer of Singapore Dedar Singh Gill (59) has been appointed by President Halimah Yacob as the apex court’s judicial commissioner for two years.
“The appointment of Gill will take effect on August 1 for a period of two years. The swearing-in ceremony for the appointment of Gill will take place on August 3 at the Istana,” said a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) of Singapore.
Gill was previously managing director of intellectual property department of the law firm Drew and Napier LLC in Singapore where he spent most of his career. He is a graduate of National University of Singapore.
Gill has considerable experience of 30 years in the legal field and recognised as one of the top Singapore’s intellectual property lawyer representing corporate clients. He has appeared as counsel before the High Court and Court of Appeal for major corporate clients.
He was former president of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (Singapore Group) and was also appointed as deputy president of the Copyright Tribunal.
In addition to this, he is also a member of Law Society of Singapore, Singapore Academy of Law and International Trademark Association.
With Gill's appointment, the Supreme Court will now have a total of 21 judges - including four judges of appeal and the chief justice - six judicial commissioners, four senior judges and fifteen international judges.