Jagjit Singh Gill was called as a Barrister at Law upon admission to the Honourable Society of the Lincoln’s Inn in United Kingdom on 25th July 1996 upon completion of his LLB (Hons) degree from the University of London and his Post Graduate UK Bar examinations. He was subsequently admitted to the Rolls of Advocates and Solicitors of the Republic of Singapore on 1st September 1997 upon completion of the Post Graduate Practice Law Course conducted by the Board of Legal Education, Singapore.
Mr Gill did his pupilage at the chambers of Mr Gurdip Singh, the then sole proprietor of Ms George Sandosham Gurdip and Partners (“GSGP”) in 1997 during which time he was part called and attended to various chambers applications and assisted in various criminal matters. Mr Gill was also mentored by the late, Mr Gourdeep Singh who was the sole proprietor of M/s Gourdeep Singh and Partners, who was an associate firm and sharing premises with the firm of GSGP at Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry at Hill Street #04-03 in civil matters. Mr Gill was also able to tap on the vast knowledge and experience of Mr Lim Ng Koo, the chief clerk and office manager of GSGP, who had been firm since early 1970s in probate, litigation, adoption and landlord/ tenant and conveyancing matters.
Mr Gill was retained by GSGP as a legal assistant, doing mainly civil and matrimonial litigation and other areas of community law practice such as probate, adoption, conveyancing, drafting of Wills, tenancy matters, personal injury and death claims. Mr Gill also assisted in criminal trials and appeals conducted by Mr Gurdip Singh.
Soon after Mr Gill was made a salaried Partner in GSGP and subsequently in August 2003 the firm of GSGP was dissolved and Ms Gurdip and Gill was established with both Mr Gurdip Singh and Mr Gill as equity partners.
Over the years Mr Gill has continued with civil and matrimonial litigation as the mainstay of his practice and conducted numerous trials and appeals and chambers applications in the Supreme Court, State Courts (formerly, the Subordinate Courts and Family Justice Courts (formerly, the Family Courts of Singapore). Of notable interests is the case of Nellie Goh v Goh Lian Teck and others (2006) SGHC 211, where Mr Gill acted for one of the beneficiaries of the Will of a matriarch (from the minority camp) on the construction of the provisions of the Will and the principles of res judicata. The Learned Judicial Commissioner, Mr Sundaresh Menon, as he was then and presently the Chief Justice of Singapore ruled in favour of Mr Gill’s client so the family property could not be sold unless consented to by the subject beneficiary as she has the right under the Will to veto sale. The case is also notable for laying down the law with regard to the cause of action estoppel, issue estoppel and abuse of process as a well known case precedent for lawyers and judges alike.
Another notably case conducted by Mr Gill was Nagase (S) Pte Ltd v David Logistics and others (2007) SGHC 61 and 169, where Mr Gill successfully defended a general manager of a company against a conspiracy claim. The case also laid down the legal principle that it was possible for a Director and his company to engage in a conspiracy.
Mr Gill is an also a firm believer in Alternative Dispute Resolution and to seek alternative methods to resolve disputes besides litigation with a view to seek best possible outcome as possible for the client without the stress, anxiety and high costs of litigation. If all means to settlement have failed then litigation is the last resort. Mr Gill has also added arbitration into his practice as arbitration has evolved into the preferred choice of dispute resolution among corporate clients.
Mr Gill is married with a daughter and son. His father, elder brother and spouse all had or are still having long careers in the Singapore Police Force. Mr Gill is an avid football fan and is a big fan of Manchester United F.C. He also enjoys watching movies and reading novels, both fiction and non fiction and travelling.