Gokul Haridas’s areas of practice include insurance, construction, commercial, employment and criminal law. Prior to joining the firm, he was an Assistant Commissioner with the Ministry of Manpower where he presided over disputes under the Work Injury Compensation Act and adjudicated infringements under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act. In addition, he advised the Ministry on various matters, primarily in respect of the Workplace Safety and Health Act, the Work Injury Compensation Act and on international labour-related matters. He was also part of the legal team involved in drafting legislation. During his stint with the Ministry, he represented the State in the UN International Labour Organisation (“ILO”) Governing Body meetings in Geneva. He has participated in discussions and negotiations between approximately 180 States, employers’ and workers’ organisations. During this period, he also attended a G20 meeting as the sole representative of Singapore.
In practice, Gokul regularly advises in construction disputes as he holds a Master of Science degree in Construction Law & Arbitration jointly awarded by The National University of Singapore and King’s College London. He is no stranger to adjudication under the Security of Payments Act and defects claims. His insurance and commercial law practice covers a wide spectrum of areas.
Gokul has spent close to a decade of his career as a prosecutor with both the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Ministry of Manpower. In this regard, he has on numerous occasions represented individuals and companies facing criminal charges.
Apart from his legal practice, he is the firm’s recruitment partner.