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Our Cases

Examples of the cases previously undertaken by us include the following:-

Commercial Litigation

  • Acting for an airline in a dispute with a local agent who allegedly knowingly issued tickets to passengers for journeys which were not flown (see: Uzbekistan Airways v Jetspeed Travel Pte Ltd [2008] SGHC 138).

  • Advising the directors of a public listed company on the legality and regularity of certain payments by its overseas joint venture party to its counterpart.

  • Acting for a contractor in an injunction application to restrain the receipt of monies under performance bond given for a construction project.

  • Acting for the buyer in a contract for the supply of his steel drum production line where issues of technical standards and specifications and variation of contract were raised.

  • Acting for creditors in the recovery of friendly loans where the legality of the loans was raised.

  • Acting for customers and other third parties such as guarantors in disputes with banks and other financial institution over stocks and securities, mortgages, guarantees, pledges of fixed deposits, lien, letters of hypothecation, bills of exchange and other forms of securities.

  • Acting for an employer in a trial in the State Courts against ex-employees who incorporated a competing business and committed breaches of confidential information.

  • Acting for a large corporation which was in dispute with its former solicitors over an exorbitant the Bill of Costs

  • Acting for a company which received monies for payment of its own invoices as well as third parties invoices and the extent to which it had to account for these monies (see: Sincastle Enterprises Pte Ltd v Sulzer Chemtech Pty Ltd and anor [2011] SGHC 206).

  • Acting for a creditor in opposing an application by the Official Assignee for the discharge of a bankrupt.

  • Acting for an overseas Chinese in an application for a stay of Singapore proceedings until the determination of a foreign proceeding where the issue of forum non conveniens was raised. The matter went on appeal before the Court of Appeal.

  • Acting in cases relating to disputes concerning title and ownership of cars where the dealers have absconded. See for e.g., Kau Joo Guan v Kwek Seow Hui t/a Car Dynasty and One Motor Pte Ltd [2015] SGDC 279, which was reported in the Straits Times article dated 16 December 2015, titled ‘Dealer Absconds With Money But Buyer Still Gets Merc’ and the Singapore Law Blog article titled ‘Implications for Sale of Second-Hand Cars in Singapore’.

  • Acted for an overseas entity in Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) in Yuanta Asset Management International Limited and anor v Telemedia Pacific Group and anor appeal [2018] SGCA (I) 03.

Company Law

  • Acting for a company in resisting a claim to recover monies said to be lent to a bankrupt for the purchase of shares in the company.

  • Acting for directors and shareholders in petitions for winding up of company on a just and equitable ground based on a breakdown of mutual trust where the company was a quasi-partnership.

  • Acting for auditors of companies who faced criminal proceedings for failure to report breachers of the provisions of the Companies Act to the relevant authorities.

  • Acting for directors of companies concerning allegations of breach of fiduciary and director's duties.

  • Acting for an executive of a company accused of breaches of trust in relation to misplaced funds where the defence of honest and innocent mistake is raised.

  • Acting for a former employee and director for breaches of duties where an Anton Piller order was obtained and executed.

  • Acting for directors and shareholders in cases concerning oppression of minority rights and breach of director’s duties. See, for e.g., Wong Kai Wah v Wong Kai Yuan and anor [2014] SGHC 147.

Arbitration and Mediation

  • Acting in capacity as an arbitrator with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) involving a dispute between dentists over the amounts due to the retiring partner under the partnerships in a chain of dental clinics (see: Ng Chin Siau and ors v How Kim Chuan [2007] SGCA 46.

  • Acting in an international arbitration of a dispute between a local company and an overseas company in respect of an unpaid balance due for a delivery of a cargo. 

  • Acted for the Appellant in an appeal arising from the second of the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) whereby the Appellant succeeded in setting aside the International Judge's ruling in respect of the Appellant's liability in breach of contract, for the inducing of the breach of contract and for the acts of conversion: Yuanta Asset Management International Limited and anor v Telemedia Pacific Group and anor appeal [2018] SGCA (I) 03.

  • Acting for parties in commercial disputes in proceedings at the Singapore Mediation Centre.

  • Acting as an arbitrator under Singapore International Arbitration Centre and Law Society Arbitrator Scheme in respect of disputes referred to arbitrator under the contracts between parties. 

  • Acting for a customer of a major bank in a financial investment dispute which was successfully mediated by a Senior Judge of the Supreme Court.

  • Acting for former Directors / employees of a company in a mediation before Senior Counsel concerning claims for misappropriation of funds in the course of business.

 

Wills, Inheritance and Estates Disputes

  • Acting for an executor of an estate in a claim for commission and remuneration in respect of his work in the administration of the deceased's estate. 

  • Acting for the executor of the deceased's estate in opposing claims by creditors of the deceased who had lodged caveats against the letter of administration. 

  • Acting for administrators and executors in grant of letters of administration and probate. 

  • Acting for a beneficiary in a trial in the Family Justice Court in the dispute with a sibling over a will which did not provide for him and the other siblings as beneficiaries.

  • Acting for siblings in disputed wills and the proper interpretation to be given to various provisions of the wills. See, for e.g., Ong Wui Jin and ors v Ong Wui Teck [2009] SGHC 50, which was reported in the Straits Times article dated 2 June 2008, titled “Siblings Fight Over S$50,000 in Cancer Mum’s Will”.

  • Acting for siblings in a dispute relating to the accounts, the properties and the distribution of their late mother's estate.

  • Acting for the beneficiaries in the leading Court of Appeal judgment delivered by VK Rajah JA, Low Ah Cheow and ors v Ng Hock Guan [2009] SGCA 25, which is now the locus classicus and the landmark authority in inheritance disputes. The case was also reported in the Straits Times article dated 16 May 2008, titled “Battle over late tycoon’s $7M estate”.

 

Property and Land Law Disputes

  • Acting for the Management Corporation in claims against subsidiary proprietors for arrears of maintenance, sinking funds and other contributions in apartment and condominium and in disputes between subsidiary proprietors.
  • Acting for the Vendor in a claim against the Purchaser for failure on the part of the Purchaser to complete the sale & purchase of a property. The Purchaser had alleged inter alia that he was entitled not to complete on the ground that at the time of completion, fresh S & P Agreement had yet to be issued from the developer. The matter went before the Court of Appeal.

  • Acting for the Vendor in a declaration relating to a mutual exchange of various properties in Hong Kong and Singapore.

  • Acting for the Vendor of a property in resisting a claim for specific performance by the Purchaser, where the Vendor had alleged that the sale was subject to mortgagee’s consent: see Coastland Properties Pte Ltd v Lin Geok Choo [1999] SGHC 328, which was reported in the Law Gazette article titled ‘Sale of Property – When Prior Consent of the Mortgagee is Required’.

  • Acting for Purchaser of a property in a claim to rescind from the purchase on the ground that the title was “bad” as there was actual and potential disputes concerning the title: see Coastland Properties Pte Ltd v Ho San Kong Hoey and another action [1998] 2 SLR(R) 95

  • Acting for an individual in contentious sale of property shared with the individual's sibling.

  • Acting for the son in a dispute with his mother over his share of A HDB flat in which allegation of resulting trust and advancement was raised.

  • Acting for a tenant of a rent-controlled premises in a claim to recover overpayment of rents paid under various tenancy agreements, where issues of waiver,  limitation  period, charitable donations and rent control were raised.
  • Acting for a landlord in application before the Tenant Compensation Board for an order for the recovery of the possession of controlled premises on the ground of re-development and the  consequent  compensation to the tenants.

  • Acting for a tenant in respect of lease agreement where defences of misrepresentation, exemption clauses and Unfair Contract Terms Act were raised.

 

Building & Construction Disputes

  • Acting for contractors, employers, suppliers, architects and other professionals in a wide range of projects covering construction, building, renovation and other infrastructure works.

  • Acting for a contractor in an injunction application to restrain the receipt of monies under  performance  bond given for a construction project. 

Committal Orders & Regulatory Breaches

  • Defending  individuals  and corporations against allegations of international, corporate and other financial crimes.

  • Acting for the accused in a criminal proceeding for disqualification from driving where the accused was charged with failure to renew his insurance policy after he had entered into a contract for sale of the vehicle. 

  • Acting for an individual who had been arrested by the police and was seeking permission to leave jurisdiction to attend to urgent business matters. 

  • Acting for an appeal for an accused who was  charged  with criminal intimidation of a neighbour with intent to cause alarm. 

  • Acting for a local hotel accused of harbouring illegal immigrants. 

  • Acting for a divorcee in an appeal against a committal order whereby judicial mercy was exercised by the Court of Appeal for the first time, see: VDZ v VEA [2020] SGCA 75. The case was reported in the Straits Times article titled "Cancer-stricken mother given fine instead of week's jail after judicial mercy invoked", dated 26 August 2020.

Copyright & Trademark Disputes

  • Acting for the Plaintiff in an action for infringement of copyright in a Drawing, Table and Computer Programme.

  • Acting for a local seafood steamboat restaurant in a trademark dispute with its competitor over the use of its name and logo. Parties went to the Singapore Mediation Centre in an attempt to resolve the situation amicably.

  • Acting for jewellery store in the defence of alleged infringement of copyright and passing off.

  • Acting for a furniture designer and manufacturer in a dispute concerning the copyright of a furniture.

  • Acting for a vendor of a product for passing off and trademark infringement involving a large multinational company.

Defamation

  • Acting for plaintiffs and defendants in defamation and false information across all media, including all forms of electronic media.

  • Acting for neighbours of a strata-titled property in a defamation suit, which was successfully mediated.

  • Acting for a tutor in a trial in the State Courts in a claim by another tutor for defamation and malicious falsehoods published on social media.

 

Employment Disputes

  • Acting on behalf of employees and employers in cases involving payments, termination, restrictive covenants and confidential information.

  • Acting for the employer in a dispute with its workers with regard to the proper rates of payments for work done. The matter was determined by the Commissioner of Labour and an appeal was brought to the High Court.

  • Acting for an employee in defending a claim for breach of fiduciary duty of fidelity and the duty to account for secret profits and commissions.

  • Acting for an executive of a company accused of breaches of trust in relation to misplaced funds where the defence of honest and innocent mistake is raised.

  • Acting for a General Manager of a company in a claim for commission for substantial sales generated by him, where the issue of implied term of the contract was raised.

 

Insurance Disputes

  • Acting for the insured in a fire insurance claim arising from damage to goods and premises.

  • Acting for companies and individuals in insurance claims.

  • Acting for companies & workmen in disputes concerning workers' compensation & repatriation.

Medical & Other Professional Negligence & Discipline 

  • Acting for accountants, teachers and other professionals before respective professional bodies and disciplinary tribunals and regulatory authorities.

  • Acting for claimants in representation and advice in a wide variety of medical negligence cases, occurring at every stage of the medical care process, including negligent prescription and administration of drugs, pre-surgery diagnosis, post-operative care and consent to treatment.

  • Acting for tertiary educational institutions in disciplinary proceedings against their lecturers and staff for disciplinary offences. 

  • Acting for a member of a Rotary Club in a dispute concerning the proper election procedures. 

Tax Disputes

  • Acting and advising on all aspects of personal and corporate taxation, including tax considerations for foreign investors in foreign jurisdictions

  • Acting for a local private limited company who was allegedly liable for GST when its subsidiary sole proprietorship’s turnover exceeds $1m and obtaining a decision that no GST was payable.

  • Acting for an auditor who was sued for professional negligence for allegedly giving wrong tax advice.

  • Acting for an international company in a dispute with IRAS over income of over $20m arising from leasing of seismic equipment to its related entity and obtaining a decision that no tax was payable.