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 Portfolio Management
Licensing and Acquisition
Custody and Child Support
Personal Protection Orders
Protection from Harassment Orders
Civil and Corporate Litigation
Breach of Contract
Bankruptcy and Insolvency
Probate and Administration of Estates
Media & Publications
Maid acquitted of stealing over $34k worth of items from Changi Airport Group chairman Liew Mun Leong’s home – The Straits Times, 4 September 2020.
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 website – The Straits Times, 5 June 2014.
Services & Fees
Mr Anil is currently acting as the defence lawyer for one of my friends and throughout the ongoing trial, I’ve found him to be detailed, focused, patient, knowledgeable and systematic. He’s most willing to assist in whatever possible way and is also open to suggestions. He’s able to empathise with his client and constantly provides updates as well as reassurance. In both his cross as well as direct examination, he seeks to obtain the best possible outcome and does his utmost to defend his client.
I came across IRB Law from SLA and Mr Anil reverted back to me almost promptly within the next hour regarding my enquiries. As my case deals with IP law and requires urgent response to the other party, Mr Anil has been most kind and helpful in fixing a meeting to understand my case with efficiency amidst his busy schedule. He is very patient and helpful explaining entire case situation to me and providing essential legal advice to my best interests. He also managed a negotiation to reduce my legal cost and case terms to the minimum. My case has since ended all thanks to Mr Anil and I’m most grateful for all his help rendered.
Mr Anil Balchandani acted as my defence counsel when I was facing a criminal charge with a possible prison sentence. But he managed to successfully reduce it to a discharge not amounting to an acquittal.
We engaged Mr. Anil N Balchandani from IRB law to be my son’s defence lawyer.
He is an excellent lawyer. He spoke up during the court hearing and highlighted the important points to the judge that helped my son. I am glad that my son got probation and can continue with his studies.
Mr. Anil updated us on all the information after each court hearing, and was very detailed in his emails.
I sincerely thank Mr. Baiross of IRB Law for recommending Mr Anil to be our defence lawyer.