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Former Baker McKenzie global head of international arbitration Chan Leng Sun has left the firm to join a Singapore-based chambers.

Chan is an international arbitration specialist and joins Essex Court Chambers Duxton. The chambers was founded last year by four overseas members of London-based English barristers’ chambers Essex Court Chambers. However, the Singapore-based Essex Court Chambers Duxton is neither a barristers’ chambers nor a branch of the London-based chambers.

Singapore, like the United States, has a unified bar and doesn’t have a separate profession of barristers. The city-state does allow a chambers business model through a Singapore Group Practice license, where groups of independent law practices are allowed to share the same brand, office premises, resources and client information.

Chan joined Baker McKenzie’s Singapore member firm Wong & Leow in 2011 as a principal—the equivalent of a partner at other law firms—and served as co-head of the dispute resolution practice. In 2015, he was appointed chairman of Baker McKenzie’s global international arbitration practice group. Before joining Baker McKenzie, he practiced at local firms in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur for more than two decades.

Chan was appointed senior counsel of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2011. He is qualified to practice in Malaysia, Singapore and England.

In addition to Chan, Essex Court Chambers Duxton has five other members, including V.K. Rajah, the former attorney general of Singapore from 2014 to 2017 and former managing partner of Rajah & Tann, a leading Singaporean firm co-founded by his father Thampore Thamby Rajah, from 1987 to 2003.