New judicial commissioner appointed to Supreme Court

Mr Dedar Singh Gill, 59, has over 30 years of experience as a lawyer and is one of the top IP litigators here.
Mr Dedar Singh Gill, 59, has over 30 years of experience as a lawyer and is one of the top IP litigators here.

JTop lawyer Dedar Singh Gill has been appointed as a judicial commissioner of the Supreme Court by President Halimah Yacob.

Mr Gill, 59, will begin his role on Aug 1 for a period of two years, the Prime Minister's Office said yesterday.

He will be sworn into his post at the Istana on Aug 3.

A graduate of National University of Singapore's class of 1983, Mr Gill was previously managing director of law firm Drew and Napier LLC's intellectual property department, having spent most of his career there since graduation.

A lawyer with over 30 years of experience, he is one of Singapore's top intellectual property (IP) litigators, representing corporate clients who are household names.

He was once president of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (Singapore Group) and was also appointed deputy president of the Copyright Tribunal.

Mr Davinder Singh, executive chairman of Drew & Napier, said: "While Dedar's departure will be a great and irreplaceable loss to the firm, his appointment to the Supreme Court will forever remain a matter of immense pride for Drew & Napier. I am confident that he will serve the country with distinction by enriching our jurisprudence with his sharp mind and wisdom."

Mr Cavinder Bull, chief executive officer of Drew & Napier, said: "We thank him for his 35 years of dedication to the firm, and wish him every success in the next stage of his journey."

With Mr 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 15 international judges.

The judicial commissioners include Mr Tan Puay Boon, Ms Mavis Chionh and Mr Ang Cheng Hock, who were appointed in February.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 28, 2018, with the headline 'New judicial commissioner appointed to Supreme Court'. Subscribe