Lakshanthi is an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore, with significant expertise as lead counsel in complex, multi-jurisdictional arbitration and Supreme Court litigation. With a particular focus on dispute resolution through international arbitration, litigation and mediation, Lakshanthi’s experience covers a broad range of dispute types and sectors including technology, telecoms, media, retail, energy, mining, international trade and commodities, shipping, and oil and gas.
She has advised and represented clients in ad hoc and administered arbitral proceedings under a variety of international rules and procedures including the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) as well as in proceedings before the Singapore courts.
Lakshanthi provides strategic advice on the drafting of governing law and dispute resolution clauses at the negotiation stage and advises on the enforcement of arbitration agreements and awards as well as cross-border judgments.
She has also guided multinational corporates, senior executives and high-net-worth individuals on the protection of their business and reputation during a crisis, from the management of data security breaches and employee wrongdoing to dealing with intermediary liability and regulatory investigations.
Lakshanthi’s practice has spanned most major jurisdictions and key emerging markets in Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, South Korea and the People’s Republic of China.
Lakshanthi is the editor of the Singapore International Arbitration Blog and her commentary on dispute resolution in Singapore and the wider Asia-Pacific region has been featured in the Financial Times, the Straits Times and on BBC World News.
10 January, 2017 by Holborn Law in News
Lakshanthi Fernando moderated a Joint Seminar on The Arb-Med-Arb Protocol: The Future of Alternative Dispute Resolution? on 10 January 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia, alongside panelists from the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) and Pusat Mediasi Nasional (the Indonesian Mediation Center) (PMN), exploring the benefits, challenges and tactical strategies relating to mediation in the context of dispute resolution.
Lakshanthi Fernando interviewed by the Financial Times
28 December, 2016 by Holborn Law in News
Lakshanthi Fernando was interviewed by the Financial Times on the recent high profile challenges against enforcement of international arbitration awards in Asia.
Lakshanthi Fernando and Wei Ming Tan published by the Business Times
6 December, 2016 by Holborn Law in News
Lakshanthi Fernando and Wei Ming Tan commented on the challenges facing Asia in relation to enforceability of arbitral awards in light of two recent high profile cases.
Lakshanthi Fernando lectured at the Singapore Management University's Faculty of Law
10 August, 2016 by Holborn Law in News
Lakshanthi Fernando lectured at the Singapore Management University's Faculty of Law on the global trends and legal challenges impacting the digital workplace, including privacy, data protection and the flexible working model of online intermediary platforms.
Lakshanthi Fernando interviewed by BBC World News, Asia Business Report
22 August, 2016 by Holborn Law in News
Lakshanthi Fernando was interviewed on Singapore's growth as a dispute resolution hub.
Lakshanthi Fernando quoted by the Financial Times
3 June, 2016 by Holborn Law in News
Commenting on Singapore’s growth as the forum of choice for cross-border dispute resolution in Asia, Director Lakshanthi Fernando was quoted by the Financial Times on 3 June 2016:
The trend was that multinational corporates would use English law but . . . increasingly Singaporean law rather than English law is being used by Indonesian and South Korean companies, for example
Holborn combines regional dispute resolution expertise with industry knowledge.
Cyber Security: Breach Management Masterclass
10 May, 2016 by Holborn Law in News
Lakshanthi Fernando presented at the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce Cyber Security Series, a multi-disciplinary breach management masterclass led by legal, insurance and communications specialists.
Holborn and Olswang announce non-exclusive association
7 December, 2015 by Holborn Law in News
Holborn announces non-exclusive association with leading technology, media and telecoms firm, Olswang.
Lakshanthi Fernando, Managing Director of Holborn Law, commented:
“I look forward to working alongside Rob and the talented team at Olswang. Having set up Holborn to offer high quality dispute resolution services in an entrepreneurial way and with a strong client-focus, I am delighted to enter into an association with an international law firm with similar values. As a result of the association, I expect Holborn to grow and shortly add corporate and commercial service lines to our existing dispute resolution expertise.”
Rob Bratby, Asia Managing Partner for Olswang, commented: “I am delighted to today announce our association with Singapore law firm Holborn. The association will enable us to refer our clients to Holborn where they need local Singapore law advice, whilst we can support Holborn’s clients on regional and European projects. I am hugely impressed with Lakshanthi’s drive, energy and professionalism and look forward to working closely with her to make this association a success. With the arrival last week of regional corporate partner Toby Grainger from Ashurst, and the announcement of our association with Haldanes in Hong Kong we have both deepened our bench-strength and widened our capabilities through these alliances.”
Lakshanthi Fernando quoted by the Straits Times
15 April, 2015 by Lakshanthi Fernando in News
Commenting on the recent letters of demand sent to alleged Singapore downloaders of the ‘Dallas Buyers’ Club’ film, Director Lakshanthi Fernando was quoted by the Straits Times on 11 April 2015:
The security for costs sought could potentially run into the millions if a substantial number of the defendants decided to pursue such applications
Holborn combines Singapore court and disputes expertise with media industry knowledge.