Anil Balchandani

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About

Anil Balchandani – J.D.

Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore

Anil received his Juris Doctorate in Law from Singapore Management University in 2012. He received his Bachelors in Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering with college honours at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, and with university honours at Carnegie Mellon University in 1994. He also double majored in Industrial Management at the Graduate School of Industrial Administration at Carnegie Mellon University. Anil practiced as a professional engineer for approximately 8 years. He also holds a Diploma in Intellectual Property Law from National University of Singapore. Anil is also a registered Patent Agent at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Anil is one of a few practicing lawyers with an engineering background and industry experience as a professional engineer. His sharp mind and legal expertise make him a formidable and dedicated litigator with a unique ability to handle the intricacies of criminal and commercial law. He has been involved extensively in trial litigation and has argued at the Court of Appeal, the highest court in Singapore.

Anil has worked with a wide range of industries within the intellectual property realm, including engineering, manufacturing, mechanical equipment, biology and pharmaceutical, music, entertainment, information technology and computer science.

With his engineering background, Anil is well-equipped to handle highly technical legal matters. In the course of his legal practice, Anil has developed expertise in intellectual property. He has experience in strategic IP portfolio management, research and development, technology transfer (licensing and acquisition), due diligence, digital rights, valuation, product development, monetization, and other agreements involving intellectual property and technology. Anil has worked on trademark, copyright, industrial design, trade secret and licensing issues.

Beyond intellectual property, Anil has expertise in advising on cases that are very technical in nature, such as in cybercrime and data protection. In addition, he has advised clients in harassment and personal protection cases. In his years of practice, Anil has also provided effective solutions to a wide variety of cases involving corporate law, construction law, insurance law, bankruptcy, and criminal law. In the area of employment law, Anil is able to assist clients, especially engineers, arrive at securing a mutually beneficial employment contract or to resolve a dispute.

As a criminal litigator, Anil has defended clients charged with a range of offences under the Penal Code, Misuse of Drugs Act and Prevention of Corruption Act and has made successful representations to the Attorney-General, leading to full acquittals for his clients. In the recent High Court case of Mathew Koottappillil Mathew v PP, Anil successfully appealed for a reduction in sentence for client a charged with corruption under Prevention of Corruption Act and Criminal Breach of Trust under the Penal Code. He successfully defended Mr Zhang Kun, a public transport employee in an accident case involving a SMRT bus. The trial was notable for its length, and complexity which involved mechanical engineering, law of physics, mechanics, and expertise in the area of engine runoff.

Another area of expertise that Anil has been successful in is in the law of Workplace Safety and Health Act and Workplace Injury Compensation Act. Anil has experience in representing the company and the individual.

Yet another area where Anil has experience is with the Building Management (Strata Management) Act. Anil has acted for clients suing the Management Corporation.

Bankruptcy applications and setting aside Statutory Demands is another area of work where Anil has had success in.

Anil is fluent in English, and is able to converse in Hindi, and Malay. He is a member of the Law Society’s Intellectual Property Practice Committee, CyberSecurity Committee, and the IT Committee. He is also an active pro-bono volunteer under the Law Society’s Criminal Legal Aid Scheme. Outside of his legal work, Anil maintains a keen interest in working with and advising start-ups on their intellectual property strategy, and has acted as an advisor at Hatcher.com, an incubator located at Block 71 Ayer Rajah, Singapore. In his free time, he enjoys tennis, astronomy, and horticulture.

Areas of Practice

Intellectual Property

Trademark Registration

Copyright Infringement

Patent Prosecution

Intellectual Property Advice

Intellectual Property Portfolio Management

Licensing and Acquisition

Due Diligence

Digital Rights

Valuation

Data Protection

Family Law

Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Contested and Uncontested Divorce

Maintenance

Matrimonial Property

Division of Family Assets

Custody and Child Support

Personal Protection Orders

Criminal Litigation

Defence

Mitigation

Protection from Harassment Orders

Cybercrime

Civil and Corporate Litigation

Breach of Contract

Commercial Disputes

Competition Law

Employment Disputes

Landlord-Tenant Disputes

Debt Recovery

Bankruptcy and Insolvency

Probate and Administration of Estates

 

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Reviews (12)

Anil has worked on several pro-bono cases for migrant welfare associations to help individuals who cannot afford legal representation. I had the opportunity to observe Anil in his court sessions and client engagement meetings. From these sessions, it was clear to me that Anil is a very professional, dedicated and focused lawyer. Despite facing language barriers in communicating with the migrant workers, Anil was relentless his pursuit to understand the legal predicament faced by the migrant workers and provide the best possible defense. Often this meant spending late nights and his time on the weekends to meet the migrant workers, understand their legal issues and advise his client on the next course of action. He would also take copious amount of effort to explain the legal matter to his client in a simple and non technical way so that it is easy understood. In some cases, when the client became emotional under the weight of the legal matter, Anil often goes the extra mile by providing a listening ear and emphasizing with his client. I was very impressed by Anil’s commitment to his clients and the professionalism his displays on his legal cases.

Subashini Pillai,

I got to know Anil last year when I was referred to I.R.B by a friend, for an urgent copyright infringement case involving overseas parties.

Despite the short notice, Anil assessed the case well and responded very swiftly, professionally, and of course, effectively.

Other things cropped up later though, and I’m grateful to have Anil’s continued assistance. He was very committed to the case, always responded quickly (especially important for me, given the nature of my industry and overseas time zone difference) and always considered my position very carefully, and protected my interests well.

Thanks Anil!

Roy Chua,

Anil is that rare thing, an honest lawyer, and is highly-experienced, and has been our company’s go-to guy on the subject of IP for several years.

John S,

Would like to extend my thanks and gratitude towards Mr. Anil & team (Mr. Ashwin & Ms. Sharifah) for taking up my partner’s appeal case relating to LT1 offence. No doubt it was a difficult case but Mr. Anil & team had put in all their efforts, working overtime during their weekends and looking at all possibilities to assist us. Now that the case is closed, they are still further extending their assistance to us when we have other queries related with my partner’s case.

Janelle,
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Media & Publications

Acquitted: Ex-SMRT bus driver accused of rash act – The Straits Times, 18 January 2017.

Retirees face 28 more cheating  – The  Straits Times, 16 March 2016.

Alleged ‘Messiah’ hacker James Raj Arokiasamy slapped with 105 additional computer misuse charges – The Straits Times, 25 Aug 2014.

Businessman fined $8K for ‘hacking’ Istana websiteThe Straits Times, 5 June 2014.

 

 

 

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Fees

Trade mark filing for as low as $579.00 (terms and conditions apply). Enquire within.

Patent applications starting at $1,500.00 (terms and conditions apply). Enquire within.

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