K Anparasan

Partner

  • Education: National University of Singapore, LL.B (Hons)
  • Admitted: Singapore, 1993
  • Languages spoken: English • Tamil
  • Year joined: 2015
  • Year became partner: 2015

Overview

Anpar joined Withersworldwide in 2015, following the Formal Law Alliance (FLA) between Withers and Singapore law firm KhattarWong LLP. He is a partner in the litigation & dispute resolution department. He advises clients on a wide spectrum of matters relating to contracts, tort law, public liability insurance, Contractors’ All Risks Insurance, professional indemnity insurance, directors and officers’ insurance, fidelity insurance, reinsurance, workmen's compensation, performance bonds and commercial law.

Anpar has more than two decades of experience in the legal field and many of his trials were reported in Singapore Law Reports and discussed in Singapore Academy of Law Annual Review of Singapore Cases. He has conducted numerous High Court trials and has argued many appeals before the Court of Appeal.

He fully supports the Pro Bono initiative as he is actively involved with the Legal Aid Bureau and the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme. He is consistently cited in the Asia Pacific Legal 500.

Highlights

  • BNJ (suing by her lawful father and litigation representative, B) v SMRT Trains Ltd and another [2014] 2 SLR 7 – a High Court case in relation to duty of care owed by a mass rapid transport operator & regulator to a commuter. The Plaintiff’s claim was dismissed by the High Court Judge. The Court of Appeal upheld the decision below. Anpar successfully defended SMRT Trains Ltd & the Land Transport Authority
  • BNM (administratrix of the estate of B, deceased) on her own behalf and on behalf of others v National University of Singapore and others and another appeal [2014] 4 SLR 931 – a High Court case in relation to the duty of care owed by the owner of the swimming pool to a swimmer who had a heart condition and drowned. The Court also dealt with the issue of independent contractors and whether the duty could be delegated to them. There was also an issue of causation. Anpar successfully defended the National University of Singapore, the owners of the swimming pool at the High Court and at the Court of Appeal
  • Bass Anne Hendricks v Shangri-la Hotel Ltd [2012] 1 SLR 365 – a High Court case in relation to the alleged loss of a very expensive diamond ring owned by an American tourist, which was alleged to be directly attributable to neglect of hotel and/or its staff. One of the issues was the statutory exclusion under the Innkeepers Act. Anpar successfully defended Shangri-la Hotel against the Plaintiff’s claim

Publications and speaking engagements

Anpar is a part time tutor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore and has delivered a number of speeches to professionals for conferences in Singapore as well as overseas:

  • Managing the Clash of Legal Cultures in International Arbitrations – International Bar Association (IBA), Young Lawyers’ Conference on Cross-Border Dispute Resolution, Singapore, 19 June 2014
  • Navigating the Minefield of Third Party Risks of the MCST - General Insurance Association (GIA) MCST Seminar, Singapore, 6 March 2014
  • Arbitration in Singapore and Effectiveness of the SIAC – International Bar Association (IBA) Conference, Dubai, 3 November 2011
  • Fraud & Arson - Regional Claims Conference organised by MSIG Insurance Regional Office, Singapore, 3 March 2011

He has contributed the following publications and articles:

  • Author, Professional Liability in Singapore & Malaysia - Lawyers, published by CCH Asia 
  • Contributor to the section on general insurance in Singapore Precedents of Pleadings, published by Thomson Sweet & Maxwell Asia
  • Are consumers’ rights really protected by the Lemon Laws? - The Business Times, 16 May 2012
  • White Collar Crime in Singapore - Then and Now, Singapore Academy of Law Journal 2009 (Volume 21)
  • An Occupational Hazard: White Collar Crime in InterSe, Jan - June Issue 2009, published by the Singapore Academy of Law
  • The Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act and the Insurance Sector - Asialaw, February 2009

Memberships

  • Disciplinary Tribunal convened by Chief Justice
  • Inquiry Panel
  • International Bar Association
  • Insurance Law Association Singapore
  • Singapore Law Society
  • Singapore Academy of Law

On a personal note

Anpar's main interests are soccer and travelling.

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