Deborah Barker SC

Partner, Withers KhattarWong* | Singapore

*Withers KhattarWong is a Formal Law Alliance between Withers LLP and KhattarWong LLP. Deborah Barker SC is from KhattarWong LLP.

Deborah is the managing partner of Withers KhattarWong.

She has worked for more than three decades in the areas of civil and commercial litigation and she has extensive experience in both trial and appellate litigation.

Deborah has acted for banks, financial institutions, insurance companies and multinational corporations in a wide range of matters, and has handled various complex corporate and trust claims, property related matters and cross-border disputes. She also conducts both local and international arbitrations and has acted as counsel in various arbitrations under the ICC and SIAC Rules, including representing foreign banks in cross-border disputes.

Deborah’s cases have been regularly reported in the Singapore Law Reports and international legal guides have named her as a leading practitioner.

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Track record





Acted in the High Court and the Court of Appeal on behalf of a former employee of a Company in liquidation to challenge the rejection of his proof of debt claiming salaries and other monies - Firoudin Aliev v Kon Ying Tong the joint and several liquidator of Agrosin Pte Ltd [2013] SGHC 128.

Acted in the High Court and the Court of Appeal on behalf of an executrix of an estate and defending a claim for a share of alleged matrimonial property based on fraud, breach of trust and unjust enrichment - Wee Chiaw Sek Anna v Ng Li-Ann Genevieve (sole executrix of the estate of Ng Hock Seng deceased) and another [2012]SGHC 197/ [2013] SGCA 36.

Acted in the High Court in disputes relating to market manipulation and freight forwarding agreements, and involving violations under the Securities and Futures Act (Cap. 289) and successfully resisting a striking- off application - TMT Asia Ltd v BHP Billiton Marketing AG & Anor [2015] SGHC 21.

Singapore, 1977

‘A Guide to Termination of Employment in Singapore’, Lexis-Nexis, 2nd edition

‘Employment and Labour Law’, European Lawyer - 2012, chapter contributor

Singapore Academy of Law Lecture

Committee of the Asean Law Association

Inter Pacific Bar Association

Military Court of Appeal

‘My Property and the property of others: Acquiring and disposing ownership of land (including HDB flats) and acquiring and defending other property rights’, Grassroots Club on Me - 16 March 2013, lecturer



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