Look him up on Facebook and you won’t believe Baldev Bhinder has a serious job. This self-confessed “adrenaline junkie” is a lawyer: “There’s a side of me that finds peace in the most remote areas in the world and fairly dangerous situations. I’m constantly looking for the next adventure and it generally involves a tent!”
But back to work, Bhinder is a partner at boutique firm Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP, where he heads up its Energy, Resources & Infrastructure team. His specialisation in the oil, gas and commodities sectors was something he fell into while working at global firms in the US and UK, where he’s amassed more than 12 years of experience. “The work revolves around high-stake deals and we assist in contract drafting, risk management and disputes,” he explains. “It requires good commercial knowledge of the commodities markets and geographies.”
He has worked on some of the largest global disputes and received many accolades, including 40 Under 40 by Asian Legal Business, and Most Promising Legal Luminaries Aged 40 and Under by Singapore Business Review. He was also identified as a “future star” in International Arbitration & Construction in Benchmark Litigation’s 2018 Asia Pacific Guide.
For Bhinder, the real achievement is when a case is resolved before it gets to a judge. “Sometimes the best gunshot is the one you do not fire. Some careful drafting and good advice can prevent time- and cost-consuming legal battles.”