Winner: Oliver Laurence - OV629
Nominated by Amarick Gill LLC :
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Amarick Gill and I am a Barrister—At-
Law of the Middle Temple (UK and Wales) and am an Advocate and Solicitor of
Singapore. 1 am primarily a criminal defence lawyer in Singapore and have been now
for over 21 years. I specialise in many areas, but regular ﬁnd myself dealing with
Capital Punishment Offences, offences which sadly still carry the death penalty.
I write to you to nominate one of your members for an award this year at your annual
From the research I have done it appears to be the Zena-Scott Archer Investigator of the
Year Award which would be most appropriate.
Allow me to elaborate. In March of 2018, my ﬁrm, Amarick Gill LLC, was briefed with
a capital matters. An Australian family made up of two daughters of the client (the
Accused) contacted me as their father had been arrested for bringing in approximately
87.00 grams of cocaine which was hidden in the lining of his suitcase. The drugs were
analysed and found to contain a purity level of 39.4 grams at a conﬁdence level of
99,999 %. This was well over the capital threshold of 30 grams. If found guilty, my
client would be sentenced to death and duly executed and by way of hanging.
Aﬁer I met with my client, I was quickly and extremely concerned about the level of
guilt that was being attributed to my client by the Prosecution even though my client
was adamant the drugs (although discovered on his person) were not his and had been
have been planted in his bag either by person(s) unknown to him or even worse by
person(s) known to him in Australia.
I immediately advised the daughters that this matter would need the assistance of a
Private Investigator in Australia who could assist with carrying out an investigation to
prove my client’s innocence. They agreed and subsequently hired the services of Oliver
Laurence from OJT Investigations Group, a member of your organisation, a former
police ofﬁcer and government investigator of some thirteen years.
Oliver from the start of engagement immediately understood the gravity of this
investigation and also immediately appreciated the fact that failure for us was not an
option, as the consequences would be both dire and irreversible. Over the next twelve
months, I witnessed from Singapore one of the greatest investigations and gathering of
evidence to support the release of our client, the like I have never seen before.
Oliver, after an initial meeting with our client’s family raised a serious and quite
confronting concern with me and one that I did not disagree with and thought of myself
but I did not Want to sway his views or judgments. Oliver and his team collated vast
information and statements which were both factually accurate, supportive of our case
and covered the key elements of a conspiracy against our client. An extremely troubling
set of circumstances was revealed which shocked all on the defence team.
What made this matter even more sensitive in nature was the discovery that the
suspects believed to be involved in this matter were ultimately shown to have both
motive and opportunity to commit this offence against our client.
Oliver travelled all over Australia collating statements with his team and briefed me the
entire way throughout his investigation. He respected my position as lead counsel and
ran all his decision-making processes by me. Ever so often, one will ﬁnd investigators
who behave irrationally without consultation and more often than not do more damage
than good. This was certainly not the case here. Oliver’s ability to manage such a large,
sensitive and protracted investigation was both impressive and remarkable which led to
our client being released without a trial on 22nd February 2019. He was granted a
discharge and is now back home. He had spent 353 days in prison.
Oliver had taken all measures to ensure a comprehensive police investigation with his
material which would lead to the detentions and arrests of the two persons known to our
client. A matter, which at the time of writing this, is with the NSW Police Force.
Upon being appraised of the imminent release of our client, Oliver then switched to
providing total safety and security for our client by boarding the ﬁrst ﬂight to
Singapore and escorting our client home after his release from custody back into the
arms of his daughters, free again and more importantly alive.
If there was ever an example of commitment, professionalism and dedication in ﬁnding
out the truth behind a matter, this is it in my mind. To solve any investigation is a real
credit to any investigator, to solve one where a person’s life has been saved is quite
I look forward to working with Oliver again in the future on other matters. He is a
credit and an asset to your profession and organisation.
I hope that your esteemed panel would give this case due consideration and consider
Oliver as a potential recipient for this esteemed award.
AMARICK GILL LLC
317 Outram Road, #01-36
Holiday Inn Atrium, Singapore 169075
Tel: (65) 6532 4737