Asian Legal Business
Southeast Asia’s Top 15 Litigators 2023 – Named as one of Southeast Asia's top 15 Litigators
Asia’s Top 15 Litigators 2022 – Named as one of Asia's top 15 Litigators for 2 consecutive years
ALB’s research team handpicked Cavinder based on the following criteria: significant cases in his entire career and the last 12 months; key and new clients attained; accolades and awards won; and client recommendations.
Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards
Singapore Managing Partner of the Year 2023, 2022 and 2020
Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 2023, 2021 and 2019
Regional Managing Partner of the Year 2020
Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards
Hall of Fame award 2022 - Winner
Impact Case 2022 – Winners
Hin Leong Trading Insolvency
Prudential Assurance Company Singapore v former Group Financial Services Director/ PTMO
asialaw & Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards
Disputes Star of the Year 2018, Singapore
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Dispute Resolution 2023 – Listed Lawyer in Hall of Fame for 3 consecutive years
International Arbitration 2023 – Listed Lawyer in Hall of Fame for 3 consecutive years
Antitrust and Competition 2023 - Recommended lawyer for 7 consecutive years
Construction 2023 – Recommended lawyer for 2 consecutive years
“Cavinder Bull is a true market-leader. He has excellent presence and sound commercial judgment. Clients love him!” – Legal 500 APAC 2023
“Cavinder Bull SC is perhaps the leading counsel in Singapore today. He is a powerful advocate and skilled lawyer.” – Legal 500 APAC 2022
“Cavinder Bull SC’s reputation is well deserved.” – Legal 500 APAC 2022
Sources say, ”I have worked with the following individuals in international arbitration: Cavinder Bull SC is outstanding...” – Legal 500 APAC 2021
'Cavinder Bull SC’s advocacy is outstanding and he is quite simply in a league of his own.’ – Legal 500 APAC 2020
‘Cavinder Bull SC is plugged into global networks and has invested in the international arbitration space.’ – Legal 500 APAC 2020
'a great advocate in arbitration-related court proceedings', 'is smart, reasonable and fair', 'is a lethal examiner of witnesses' and 'makes a very good arbitrator' – Legal 500 APAC 2019
‘fabulous lawyer’, ‘a big name’, a ‘very astute lawyer on strategy and law’, ‘[his] experience is invaluable’ – Legal 500 APAC 2018
‘top tier’, ‘very sharp and analytical’ – Legal 500 APAC 2018
The Legal 500 Arbitration Powerlist: Southeast Asia
Recognised as a leading arbitrator in the Southeast Asia region in 2023 for 2 consecutive years
Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global (Dispute Resolution: Litigation)
Singapore 2023 – Band 1 for 13 consecutive years
"Cavinder has a good ability to handle complex and sophisticated matters, as well as to understand the commercial realities." – Chambers APAC 2023
"An excellent litigator and a real gentleman. He is very intelligent and tenacious in court" – Chambers APAC 2023
One market source praises Cavinder Bull SC as a "very strong litigator" while a client describes him as someone who is "very laser-like and goes for the target." – Chambers APAC 2022
“a very experienced litigator” with “sharp intellect and surgical precision against opposing counsel.” – Chambers APAC 2021
‘A pre-eminent dispute resolution practitioner with a long and successful track record. One client says he “knows exactly where he is going and gets there," while another notes he is "far-sighted and has got a very good mind.”’ – Chambers APAC 2020
‘ability to “see the issues quickly and beyond simply locating the legal problem, look at it from the point of providing the solution to the organisation concerned.”’ – Chambers APAC 2019
"He is a very rare talent in disputes." – Chambers APAC 2017
"excellent presence in court" and "unflappable manner." – Chambers APAC 2017
"excellent advocate" who "writes compelling briefs and makes superb oral presentations." – Chambers APAC and Global 2017
"he is an impressive personality, has very good presentational skills and is very convincing" – Chambers Global 2016
[Cavinder] is not only "a great advocate" and "terrific cross-examiner who can really perform in court," but also a litigator who is "very much attuned to commercial considerations." – Chambers APAC 2015
“Very well known in Singapore as a senior litigator.” – Chambers APAC 2015
“Very calming presence – which is good for you, but can actually unnerve the opposition.” – Chambers APAC 2015
“A terrific cross-examiner who can really perform in court.” – Chambers APAC 2015
"Excellent when it comes to litigation matters: very sharp, very reliable and very reassuring." – Chambers APAC 2014
"He is very polite with the judge but is ruthless when it comes to examining the other side's argument." – Chambers APAC 2014
Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global (Dispute Resolution: Arbitration)
Singapore 2023 – Band 1 for 11 consecutive years
Global-wide 2023: Arbitration (International) – Band 3
"We love Cavinder's insights and respect his judgement" – Chambers APAC 2023
"Arbitrators like him because he is clear and will not over-reach or go over the top. He is a very good counsel" – Chambers APAC 2023
“Cavinder Bull SC is one of the top Singapore arbitration counsel and arbitrators." – Chambers Global 2022
A source emphasises that "Cavinder Bull SC is an absolutely superb advocate." – Chambers Global 2022
Market commentators hold Cavinder Bull SC to be one of the "standout practitioners as advocate, lawyer and arbitrator." – Chambers APAC 2022
One source lauds him as "the smartest guy in the room, a great lawyer." – Chambers APAC 2022
‘an excellent oral advocate’ – Chambers Global 2021
‘Cavinder Bull SC is an esteemed arbitration specialist with particular expertise in energy matters before SIAC. Market commentators hold him to be one of the “clear standouts in this area” and “obviously very impressive as an arbitrator as well as counsel.’ – Chambers APAC 2021
Cavinder Bull SC is highly sought after for his expertise in both commercial disputes and investment treaty arbitration. He adeptly advises sovereign states and private entities in complex international proceedings, and is a particularly respected figure within ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific region. Based in Singapore, he is regarded as “an excellent lawyer,” while another sources describes him as being “extremely knowledgeable and a very good advocate.” – Chambers Global 2020
‘Cavinder Bull SC is “one of Singapore’s best legal minds,” according to interviewees. Market sources say: “He is a very capable lawyer and does standout work.” He is well versed in handling high-stakes commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.’ – Chambers APAC 2020
‘a highly regarded advocate with a strong track record representing investors and sovereign states in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations’ – Chambers APAC 2019
“exceptionally bright and engaging and prepared to tailor advice to our specific needs, rather than simply produce generic opinions." – Chambers APAC 2018
“he is very reassuring and gives great comfort to clients” – Chambers APAC 2018
"very commercial and savvy" – Chambers APAC 2018
"World-class" – Chambers APAC and Global 2017
“His clientele is global now and the work he is doing gets bigger and bigger.” – Chambers APAC 2016
"a great guy and a bona fide arbitration lawyer." – Chambers APAC 2016
"very clued in" and "a superb lawyer." – Chambers APAC 2016
"Even, very reassuring manner" and "brilliant ability to grasp business issues." – Chambers APAC 2015
“Thorough, smart, responsive and an international arbitration specialist.” – Chambers APAC 2015
"Clearly on an upward trajectory in his practice as an international arbitration specialist." – Chambers Global 2015
"He's formidable in arbitration - he really stands out." – Chambers APAC 2014
“[He] enjoys a formidable reputation in Asian arbitration circles and is respected across the region for his skilled handling of sizeable disputes in such areas as infrastructure and media.” – Chambers Global 2014
"Establishing an extremely strong presence in the international arbitration field, and is widely recognised as a very serious operator" – Chambers APAC 2013
The Asian Lawyer Emerging Markets Awards
Global Arbitration Review
Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 2015
The Global Arbitration Review 16th edition (2023) says “Cavinder Bull is the best known name internationally”. A client commented that he is “one of the finest advocates, clear, precise, and extraordinarily well prepared. His knowledge of the record and the law is unsurpassed”.
India Business Law Journal
In the August 2020 issue of India Business Law Journal (IBLJ), Cavinder is recommended as counsel for Indian legal matters. He is described by a peer as “spectacular and in a very elite league”.
In IBLJ’s July 2017 issue, Cavinder received praise from a client, who said, “I would unhesitatingly recommend Cavinder Bull as counsel. His understanding and assessment of strategic, practical and legal issues is one of the best I have seen. Despite his obviously very heavy schedule, he has been extremely responsive…and has given significant thought and advice and various issues on an urgent basis”.
Who’s Who Legal
Global Guide: Arbitration 2023 – Recommended Lawyer for 9 consecutive years
Thought Leaders Global Elite Guide: Arbitration 2023 – Global Elite Thought Leader for 4 consecutive years
Thought Leaders Global Elite Guide: Commercial Litigation 2023 – Global Elite Thought Leader for 3 consecutive years
Thought Leaders Guide: Arbitration 2023 – Thought Leader for 7 consecutive years
Thought Leaders Guide: Commercial Litigation 2023 – Thought Leader for 5 consecutive years
Global Guide: Commercial Litigation 2022 – Recommended Lawyer for 13 consecutive years
Global Guide: Hospitality 2022 – Recommended Lawyer for 2 consecutive years
National Guide: Southeast Asia - Arbitration 2022 – Recommended Lawyer for 2 consecutive years
National Guide: Southeast Asia - Litigation 2022 – Recommended Lawyer for 2 consecutive years
Global Guide: Telecommunications Media & Technology 2016 – Leading Lawyer
Global Guide: Competition 2014 – Recommended lawyer for 3 consecutive years
Global Guide: Construction 2014 – Recommended lawyer
Cavinder Bull SC is “a top-notch practitioner” and “one of the leading advocates in Singapore” who is noted for his experience and expertise in investor-state cases.
Cavinder Bull SC is a favourite among peers and clients alike, who appreciate the fact that “his work is always thorough, well-considered and clear”.
“Cavinder Bull SC has a leading reputation for his market-leading international track record assisting hospitality clients in disputes.”
Cavinder Bull SC is “without doubt one of the best practitioners I have worked with worldwide.”
He possesses “clarity of thought and the ability to pick up with ease various strands of a complex dispute”.
Cavinder Bull SC is “very sharp and tactically astute”, and regularly acts for large companies and individual on complex international disputes.
Cavinder Bull, SC is "one of the leading lights in Singapore” and "the star at Drew & Napier".
He wins particular praise for his advocacy, with sources calling him "skilful and adaptable in his arguments and totally prepared on facts and law".
Cavinder Bull, SC has “outstanding grasp of the law”.
He has the “ability to provide practical advice tailored to needs of clients’ business”, and his “analysis and advocacy skills are off the charts”.
“The outstanding Cavinder Bull, SC is a highly esteemed practitioner who earns praise for his substantial experience in complex litigation and arbitration proceedings.”
A “persuasive and intelligent” practitioner who is a “highly respected figure” that “ought to be on the list” due to his “excellent practice”.
He has “excellent knowledge of the law” according to sources who commend his “rapid response and clarity of advice” when handling complex commercial disputes.
Global Investigations Review 100 (GIR 100)
Recognised as a leading individual for investigations in the GIR 100 5th edition (2019). The GIR 100 identifies top 100 firms worldwide that handle complex cross-border government-led and internal investigations.
Asia Business Law Journal
Identified as one of Singapore's Top 100 lawyers 2019
Best Lawyers International: Singapore
Bet-the-Company Litigation 2024 – Endorsed individual for 7 consecutive years (named Lawyer of the Year 2021 edition)
Litigation 2024 – Endorsed individual for 14 consecutive years
Arbitration/Mediation 2024 – Endorsed individual for 11 consecutive years
Competition/Antitrust Law 2024 – Endorsed individual for 7 consecutive years
Construction Law 2024 - Endorsed Individual
International Arbitration – Endorsed individual for 3 consecutive years (2018-2020 edition)
asialaw Leading Lawyers
Dispute Resolution 2023/2024 – Elite Practitioner for 7 consecutive years
“An outstanding lawyer; thorough understanding of client's needs.”
Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific
Litigation Star 2023 – Commercial and Transactions, International Arbitration (6 consecutive years)
“Cavinder is one of the best lawyers I have worked with internationally. He is clear, articulate and a pleasure to brief. His team is also fully engaged and top-quality. We managed to conduct an intense, heavily fought arbitration by video-conferencing seamlessly. Drew & Napier would definitely be my firm of choice for future work in Singapore (or even commercial arbitrations outside Singapore).”
“Bull is an extremely able advocate with deep knowledge of international arbitration.”
“Great counsel and an asset to the team. He has great practical and strategical input.”
Legal Media Group Expert Guides
Identified as an Expert in Commercial Arbitration, Competition & Antitrust, and Litigation in 2021
Asia IP Experts
Leading individual in IP Litigation 2016
Judgments: In one case, the High Court expressed its thanks to Cavinder for his assistance in a protracted trial, describing him in the written judgment as a "persuasive advocate" who "ably prosecuted a factually complex and somewhat emotively charged case with conspicuous fairness".