Deborah Barker SC

Partner, Withers KhattarWong*

Withers KhattarWong LLP is a Singapore law practice, affiliated with Withers LLP.

Deborah is the managing partner of Withers Khattarwong and a partner in the litigation and arbitration team.

Deborah Barker, S.C. is the Managing Partner of Withers KhattarWong LLP. She was called to the Bar on 19 January 1977 and was appointed Senior Counsel on 6 January 2001. She has worked for more than three decades in the areas of civil and commercial litigation and has extensive experience in both trial and appellate litigation.

In addition, she regularly acts for banks, financial institutions, insurance companies and multinational corporations in a wide range of matters, and is instructed to act in various complex corporate and trust claims, family and property related matters and cross-border disputes. She also conducts both local and international arbitrations.

Many of Deborah’s cases have been reported in the Singapore Law Reports and international legal guides have named her as a leading practitioner in both dispute resolution and employment law. Her areas of practice include Arbitration; Civil and Commercial Litigation; Family Law; Corporate and Commercial Law; Property Law; Employment Law and Labour Relations; Banking, Finance and Securities; Estates and Trusts, Landlord and Tenant, Hire-Purchase, Leasing and Factoring; and Bankruptcy and Insolvency.

Deborah has been cited for her expertise in dispute resolution and labour and employment law in various publications, including the Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, Asialaw Leading Lawyers, Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide, Doyle’s Guide and Who’s Who Legal Singapore.

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Track record





[2020] SGHC 29: JTrust Asia Pte Ltd v Group Lease Holdings Pte Ltd and others - Successfully defending 4 Cypriot companies against a claim of more than USD220 million based on fraudulent conspiracy. The Plaintiff made claims of multi-jurisdictional fraud involving large and established listed companies, complex commercial structures and international transactions. The Plaintiff alleged that there was fabrication of the financial records of a Thai public listed company, round tripping of funds, sham loans and related party transactions in several jurisdictions. The claim was dismissed and an appeal has been filed.

[2020] SGCA 5: Anil Singh Gurm vs J S Yeh & Co. and another - Successfully obtained leave in the Court of Appeal for a foreign witness to give evidence by video-link from Australia. The witness had a fear of being prosecuted for an offence under Singapore’s Residential Property Act were he to come to Singapore. In a ground-breaking decision, the Court of Appeal held that this was not a bar to his giving evidence by video-link.

HC/S 580/2016: ** Anil Singh Gurm vs J S Yeh & Co. and another - Acting for the Plaintiff in a claim for damages exceeding SGD 5 million based on professional negligence against an established law firm and its former solicitor. The claim is based on the failure to advise adequately or at all that a transaction pursuant to which the Plaintiff, a Singaporean, agreed to purchase and hold a landed property in Singapore on behalf of his cousin, an Australian, was unlawful and exposed the Plaintiff to imprisonment, a fine and a confiscation order for an amount equivalent to the whole sale proceeds.

Singapore, 1977

Author of A Guide to Termination of Employment in Singapore published by Lexis-Nexis, currently in 2nd edition

Contributor to Civil Litigation in Singapore, published by Sweet and Maxwell, 2016

Contributor to ‘Singapore Precedents of Pleadings’, published by Sweet and Maxwell Asia

Senior Counsel (2001)

Referee, Industrial Arbitration Court

Organising Committee, Singapore Academy of Law Lecture

Committee of the ASEAN Law Association

International 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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