Conversation with Sir Bernard Eder and Minister Edwin Tong SC

Date/ Time: 10 January 2024, 5pm – 7pm

Venue: SAL, Stamford 1 & 2, The Adelphi #08-08, 1 Coleman Street (S179803)


Did you know that Minister Tong was once a mini pupil of legal luminary Sir Bernard, way back in the 1990s? 
This master and pupil pair will soon reunite in Singapore after more than a quarter of a century in their respective practices and time on the bench and in Government! 
Come and hear from them on how they deal with ethical conundrums, difficult cases, and even more difficult personalities. Do they approach issues in the same way? What would they have done differently in their professional lives with the benefit of hindsight? 
Sir Bernard will share from his vast experience as a Queen’s (now King’s) Counsel who practised for over 35 years as Counsel in numerous jurisdictions including Singapore, was formerly a Justice of the High Court of England and Wales, and is now an International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court and an international arbitrator. 
Minister Tong will share how he has grown as a pupil who knew little to become a Senior Counsel, Head of Restructuring and Corporate Insolvency Department, Co-Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department, and Exco Member at one of the largest law firms in Singapore, as well as his time in Government, overseeing legal policy.


This is a complimentary event.

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Event Programme


5.00pm Registration
5.30pm Dialogue between Minister Edwin Tong and Sir Bernard Eder 
6.15pm  Networking reception 
7.00pm End of event



Mr Edwin Tong SC

Mr Edwin Tong SC is Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, and Second Minister for Law. He is also Chairman of the Chinese Community Liaison Group, and Deputy Chairman of the People’s Association. At the Ministry of Law, he focuses on the development and promotion of Singapore’s legal and dispute resolution sector. He also handles wide-ranging aspects of law reform, such as intellectual property, corporate restructuring and insolvency, and legal aid.


Before taking office, Mr Tong spent his entire working life at Allen & Gledhill LLP. In that time, he was concurrently Head of the Restructuring and Corporate Insolvency Department, Co-Head of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department, and a member of the Exco. He was widely acknowledged to be a leading lawyer of the Singapore Bar, and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2015. Mr Tong was educated at St Joseph’s Institution, Raffles Junior College and later read law at the National University of Singapore.


Sir Bernard Eder 

Bernard Eder is an international arbitrator based at 24 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London. He previously practised as a barrister (KC 1990) specialising in commercial litigation and international arbitration. In 2011, he was appointed a Judge of the High Court of England and Wales. He resigned from the Bench in April 2015. During that time, he sat mainly in the Commercial Court in London. Since 2015, he has been an International Judge at the Singapore International Commercial Court (part-time).


He was formerly Senior Editor of Scrutton on Charterparties and Chair of ARIAS(UK). Over the years, he has been appointed as arbitrator in over 400 international arbitrations. He is ranked Band 1 (International Arbitrators, UK) in both Chambers and Legal 500; and was awarded Lawyer of the Year (United Kingdom) – International Arbitration (Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2022). A full CV appears at

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