Tel: +(65) 6323 2328
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Arbitration
Business & Commercial Law
LLB (Hons)(London), MSIArb, ACIArb
Barrister-at-Law (Inner Temple)
UNDER THE LAW.
Mr. Christopher Bridges graduated from the University of London in 1988 and was called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in 1989 after sitting for the Bar Finals where he won a Book Prize for Best Overseas Student in General Paper 1. He was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor to The Supreme Court, Republic of Singapore on 6th June 1990. He is a Notary Public and a Commissioner for Oaths. He also serves on the Board of Visitors to Singapore Prisons having been appointed by the Minister of Home Affairs.
Mr. Bridges has over 30 years’ experience as a litigator and practices General Litigation. His field of practice as a General Litigator is wide and varied. He is accredited on the List of Leading Counsel maintained by the High Court of Singapore which appoints on behalf of the State, senior criminal practitioners who are assisted by an assistant Counsel from a similar List of Assisting Counsel to represent a Defendant facing the Death Penalty and whose fees are paid for by the High Court.
As an active General Litigator, Mr. Bridges has acted for clients in various settings, ranging from successful criminal motions to contract cases. His cases include:
- Leefon Corporation Pte Ltd v Office Planner Pte Ltd  SGDC 357
– Acted successfully for the defendant in a contractual term dispute.
- Sin Hwa Dee Foodstuff Industries Pte Ltd v Christabel Ang Hoo Hui  SGDC 376
– Acted successfully for the defendant in a restraint-of-trade employment contract dispute.
- Ratnam Alfred Christie v Public Prosecutor  3 SLR(R) 685
– Successfully argued the Cut-off date for a sentence of caning to be imposed.
- Central Christian Church and another v Chen Cheng and others  SGHC 292
– Successfully acted for the plaintiffs in the High Court of Singapore in a defamation suit against the New Paper.
He has served on various sub-committees in the Law Society of Singapore and has been recognized by the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme for his contributions to this Scheme in 1997. On 19th Oct 2011, he was awarded the ‘Minister for Law’ Appreciation Award for his services to the Legal Aid Bureau of the Ministry of Law.
He is also involved in the Academic Field as an Adjunct Lecturer with Murdoch University and Birmingham City University where he conducts classes covering topics on Australian Consumer Law and Hospitality and Tourism Law as well as Professional Practice for Law Students. He has previously lectured at Singapore Polytechnic on creation of contracts, employment rights and Law of International Trade which covers Carriage of Goods by Sea and Air, Maritime Insurance and Sale of Goods. He has obtained a Certificate in University Teaching from The University of Hong Kong and a Higher Education Teaching Certificate from Harvard Bok Centre.
Mr. Bridges is a member of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators in a time when arbitral proceedings are gaining a momentum in Singapore, having passed its entrance examinations in 1995.
He has successfully completed the Strategic Conflict Management for Professionals (Mediation) Conducted by the Singapore Mediation Centre.
He has developed a keen interest in Fintech and has advised C.O.S.S. Pte Ltd with regards to their recent Token Swap both in regards to the relevant Securities/Futures legislation and Anti-money Laundering/Anti-Terrorist Funding legislation. He also assisted in drafting the terms of the Token Swap Agreement. Additionally, he has advised C.O.S.S. Pte Ltd on their KYC requirements with regards to users of their platform. The opinion that he provided for the ICO has been forwarded to the Monetary Authority of Singapore who are in the midst of developing compliance and regulatory frameworks for this fast-developing market.
He has also acted in the Zilla, Puregold and Bittwatt Token Swap including providing advice on AML/ATF and KYC requirements as well as compliance with Securities/Futures legislation here in Singapore.
Having a strong conviction in giving our wayward youths a second chance, Mr. Bridges works tirelessly to rehabilitate them. He is also a gazetted volunteer Probation Officer with the Ministry of Social and Family Development.
Interested parties may view his LinkedIn profile here