Derek graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree with Second Class Honours (Upper Division) from the University of London in 2017. He completed his Certificate in Legal Practice in 2018.
While pursuing his Certificate in Legal Practice, Derek worked as an intern in Messrs. Thang & Thay. Derek also worked in few reputable firms as an intern before he moved on to complete his pupillage with Messrs. Josephine, L K Chow & Co (KL branch) under the guidance of Mr Yip. He was subsequently called to the Malaysian Bar in 2019.

He later joined Messrs Low & Partners as an associate where he is closely mentored by the Partner, Mr Wai Chong Khuan. Derek works closely with Mr Wai and currently practises in the area of dispute resolution, which includes and not limited to corporate litigation, debt recovery, employment, commercial disputes, probate and administration, land and trusts.