Career and Experience
LLB (Hons), University of Singapore, 1976
Admitted to: Singapore Bar (1979)
Acts for the Society in the prosecution of professional misconduct cases and chairs Inquiry Committees to investigate and hear complaints against lawyers
Tutors regularly in the Post Graduate Law Course for law graduates
Sub-committee member of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce
Sub-committee member of the Singapore Institute of Directors
Non-executive board appointments of several privately held companies
Served the Law Society in various roles, including sitting on the Society’s Cross Border and Multi-Disciplinary sub-committees as well as the International Relations Committee.
Served as an independent director of a publicly listed company
Served on the Income Tax Board of Review from 2011 to 2016
Bernard is the managing-director of the law corporation. He worked for the Singapore Legal Service from 1976 to 1982 and served in various Legal Departments including the judiciary of the Subordinate Courts before going into private practice in 1982.
He established the present practice in 1985 and undertook a variety of litigation and advisory work particularly representation of stockbrokers during the Pan-El crisis and defence of numerous commercial crime cases. He has undertaken a variety of civil and commercial litigation at both trial and appellate jurisdictions and advised as a solicitor on cross-border transactions for acquisition of assets in Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia. Presently he undertakes trial work and advises clients on establishing business structures in Singapore including wealth management and business succession issues.
Bernard has also acted in numerous retail conveyancing transactions including mortgages and charges to all the main banks and the CPF board. He has also personally acted in major transactions in his career including an unincorporated joint-venture sale of land and buy back of apartments which is now known as 800 Thomson; acted for the developers in the sale of a block of apartments in the project known as South Haven; the sale of landed properties in the project known as Riverina; enbloc purchase and sale of Shan Mansions (Residential) at Balestier Road and enbloc sale of Dapenso Building (Commercial) at Cecil Street.