Cavinder Bull

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Cavinder Bull, SC, is a lawyer and the chief executive officer of Singaporean law firm Drew & Napier. He has an active practice in complex litigation and international arbitration.[1]


Legal career[edit]

Bull graduated with First Class Honours from Trinity College, Oxford University in 1992, and was called to the Bar of England and Wales the next year.[2][3] He was ranked fourth in the Bar Examinations; when he returned to Singapore, he topped the local Bar Exams.[2] He served as a Justices' Law Clerk to former Chief Justice Yong Pung How before joining Drew & Napier in 1994,[4] and left for Harvard Law School in 1995 on a Lee Kuan Yew scholarship to pursue an LL.M..[2][3] He then passed the New York Bar Exams and joined Sullivan & Cromwell as a litigation associate.[2][5]

Bull re-joined Drew & Napier and was made a partner in 1998. He is heavily involved in commercial litigation and is cited regularly by Chambers Global and Asia Pacific Legal 500 as one of Singapore's top lawyers.[2][6] In 2008, he was appointed Senior Counsel, the tenth lawyer to be made Senior Counsel before turning 40.[7] Bull is also occasionally involved in academic writings, having written on subjects such as civil procedure.[8] He has sat on various review committees, such as one chaired by the Attorney-General of Singapore in 2006 regarding the supply of foreign lawyers in Singapore.[9] In 2010, he was named deputy chairman of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, and in 2011, he was appointed vice-president of the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group.[10]

Bull was named as the co-chairman of the Singapore Exchange disciplinary committee in April 2017,[11] as well as the chief executive officer of Drew & Napier in August 2017.[12]

Other Appointments[edit]


Personal life[edit]

Bull and his two elder sisters were raised single-handedly by his mother after his father died when he was 15 months old.[13] He studied at Anglo-Chinese School and Anglo-Chinese Junior College.[14][15]


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  2. ^ a b c d e Cavinder Bull Archived 2008-01-09 at the Wayback Machine.,, accessed 7 January 2008.
  3. ^ a b THE SPECIAL ACADEMIC AWARDS 1995 PRESENTATION CEREMONY Archived 2008-01-19 at the Wayback Machine.,, 12 August 1995, accessed 7 January 2008.
  4. ^ Wong, Karen, "Young Seniors", The New Paper, 6 January 2008.
  5. ^ Candidates Who Passed The July 1996 NYS Bar Exam,, accessed 7 January 2008.
  6. ^ Chambers Commentary — Dispute Resolution,
  7. ^ Loh, Dominique, "Six appointed Senior Counsel at opening of Legal Year 2008",, 5 January 2008, accessed 7 January 2008.
  8. ^ Civil Procedure Archived 2007-12-22 at the Wayback Machine.,, accessed 7 January 2008.
  9. ^ Government Accepts Key Recommendations of the Third Committee on the Supply of Lawyers Archived 2008-11-21 at the Wayback Machine.,, 17 August 2006, accessed 7 January 2008.
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  11. ^ Gabriel, Anita. "New members appointed to SGX's disciplinary and appeals committees". The Business Times. Retrieved 2017-09-11. 
  12. ^ hermes (2017-08-07). "On The Move". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2017-09-11. 
  13. ^ Wong, Karen (6 January 2008). "Young Seniors - S'pore gets 6 new senior counsel" (PDF). The New Paper. 
  14. ^ "Page 4 Advertisements Column 2". Singapore Monitor. 8 August 1984. Retrieved 2017-09-11. 
  15. ^ "Teachers take a close look at army life". The Straits Times. 27 August 1987. Retrieved 2017-09-11.