Senior Counsel Davinder Singh to set up own law practice following departure from Drew & Napier

Senior Counsel (SC) Davinder Singh, who has represented Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a defamation suit against veteran blogger Leong Sze Hian and Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council (PRPTC) in the civil lawsuit against three Workers’ Party (WP) Members of Parliament (MPs), will set up his own law firm following his departure from top Singapore firm Drew & Napier.

In a joint statement on Thursday (24 Jan), Mr Singh’s departure will witness the succession of SC Jimmy Yim as Chairman of the Board at Drew & Napier, and SC Cavinder Bull as continuing Chief Executive Officer after being appointed by Mr Singh himself in August 2017.

“Davinder has decided to leave the firm to start his own practice and to train young lawyers.

“Two years ago, as CEO, and without being asked, he initiated the renewal process and appointed a new CEO.  He was asked to stay on as Executive Chairman with no retirement age,” added the statement.

Touching on his departure and subsequently setting up his own law practice, Mr Singh said: “Renewal in the commercial world cannot meaningfully take place under a shadow. If you train the young to take over, you must trust them to do so.”

“I have overseen the transition and am convinced that the new team is ready and the firm is in capable hands.  I therefore believe that it is the right thing to do to move on.

“I am also very blessed to be able to do that at a time of my choosing,” he added.

Drew & Napier added in its statement that “The firm will continue to build on the foundation laid by generations of Drew & Napier lawyers”.