Deborah Barker SC > Withers KhattarWong LLP > Singapore, Singapore > Lawyer Profile

Withers KhattarWong LLP
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Work Department

Litgation and Arbitration


Managing Partner, Litgation and Arbitration


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, 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; 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 Asialaw Leading Lawyers, The Asia Pacific Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal Singapore.




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


University of Singapore, LL.B (Hons)

Lawyer Rankings

Singapore > Private wealth and family law – Foreign firms

Withers KhattarWong LLP is a global leader in private wealth and family law. It has made a big investment into this field in Singapore, growing a substantial team of sector specialists. The Singapore team represents a vast array of high net-worth individuals and family offices. The firm has extensive experience in setting up family offices in Singapore through trusts structures and other vehicles. The Singapore group is also noted for contentious tax matters in the private wealth segment. Fernando Gandioli is a leading figure in US and international tax and estate planning for high net-worth individuals, trusts and estates. Stacy Choong is noted for estate planning engagements and Deborah Barker SC provides further senior-level experience in trusts disputes.

Singapore > Labour and employment: local firms

Withers KhattarWong LLP is best known for its contentious expertise, representing both employers and senior executives in a range of cases. The firm is recognised for its record in wrongful termination claims, non-compete clauses, and whistleblower complaints. Its experience is also frequently applied in non-contentious matters, including retrenchment exercises and redundancy programmes. Amarjit Kaur is immensely experienced in employment disputes, while Deborah Barker, SC provides additional senior-level gravitas and insight in this space.

Singapore > Dispute resolution: local firms

The team at Withers KhattarWong LLP is comprised of experienced commercial litigators renowned for working with private businesses and high-net-worth individuals at both a domestic and international scale. Managing partner Deborah Barker SC heads the team bringing three decades of commercial and civil litigation experience, regularly acting for financial institutions and multinational corporations. Shashi Nathan has extensive experience in criminal cases before trial and appellate courts. Other key figures include Spring Tan, who specialises in construction; Sharon Lin who acts for some of the major insurance companies in Singapore; and Ushan Premaratne who has notable experience handling cross-border commercial disputes in the areas of financial, trust and investment-related claims. International arbitration specialist Shaun Leong joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in August 2020.