Notable Cases

General Litigation

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Asian Corporate Services (SEA) Pte Ltd v Impact Pacific Consultants Pte Ltd and others [2005] 4 SLR(R) 61; [2005] SGHC 138: Lead counsel to resist Anton Pillar orders in a case of breach of contract and conspiracy to injure
  • Singapore Press Holdings Ltd v Brown Noel Trading Pte Ltd and others [1994] 3 SLR(R) 114; [1994] SGCA 11: Lead counsel in important Singapore law  case on  interim mandatory injunctions and clarification on judge’s jurisdiction to hear further arguments after perfection of an interlocutory order; clarification by Court of Appeal on the then uncertainty on whether a case was to be filed for interlocutory appeals – Rules of Court amended
  • [1999] SGHC 54 – Chuang Uming (Pte) Ltd v Setron Limited & Anor: 62 day High Court trial on contractor’s/architect’s breach of contract and negligence where tiles debonded in a monolithic building façade of a multi storey building. Concept of joint liability established
  • Walter Wright Mammoet (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Resources Development Corp Pte Ltd 
[1994] 1 SLR(R) 1027; [1994] SGHC 85: Principles of subrogation and meaning/effect of insurance clause in a building contract for a job in the construction of the MRT

Matrimonial


  • [2011] SGDC 414 – AWJ v AWK: Lead counsel for wife who got 100% of the matrimonial assets. Husband’s appeal was dismissed.
  • [2010] SGDC 540 – Chua Xin Yin v Nurdian Cuaca: Lead counsel for Plaintiff in high net worth matrimonial case involving a $92 million worldwide Mareva injunction
  • [1999] SGHC 209 Teo Geok Fong v Lim Eng Hock: Lead counsel for wife against Peter Lim in a titanic divorce case with psychiatric evidence in a custody battle. The battle also covered complex financials
  • [1995] SGHC 23 – Quek Lee Tiam v Ho Kim Swee (alias Ho Kian Guan): Lead counsel for husband where law on meaning of unreasonable behavior and approach on maintenance in big money cases was clarified
  • [2004] SGDC 35 – Chen Stella Yfantidis v Chen Yun Hian Christopher – Lead counsel in important case on contents of pleading in a statement of claim in the divorce jurisdiction
  • Lead counsel in cases involving complex high net worth financial issues, hotly contested custody cases,
 child abuse and domestic violence

Nicoll Highway Collapse 2004


  • Committee of Inquiry – Lead counsel for certifying Professional Engineer at the Committee of Inquiry which lasted 88 hearing days, involved 14 parties, 173 witnesses and 20 international and local experts in geotechnics, deep tunneling and finite element analysis. This was a complex public inquiry into the collapse at the MRT Circle Line worksite. There was under design of the diaphragm walls and waler connections in the strutting design as well as safety errors in instrument monitoring and back analyses. A catastrophic collapse ensued and 4 individuals lost their lives.
  • This was followed by defence as lead counsel in the Health and Safety criminal prosecution and ensuing disciplinary inquiry
  • [2006] SGDC 42 – Public Prosecutor v Shun Sugawara and Others : Case involving punishment provisions in the then Factories Act

Shariah Law


  • [1990] 3 MLJ 135 – Saniah bte Ali & Ors v Abdullah bin Ali: Lead counsel in landmark case impacting all Muslims in Singapore on CPF nominations prevailing over an Islamic law Fatwa

Aviation


  • Defended Australian pilot in case where his aircraft was intercepted by two F16s for an intrusion into Singapore airspace
  • Multi-jurisdictional sale, purchase, finance or leasing of corporate and commercial jets including Gulfstream, Global Express, Hawker Beechcraft, Citation, Falcon, Lear, as well as Airbus, Boeing and MacDonnell Douglas passenger/cargo commercial jets.
  • Provided legal support for fractional jet ownership including drafting of all legal documents
  • Long standing Singapore counsel for international companies involved in aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul as well as international flight support
  • Registration of corporate jets in foreign jurisdictions such as Bermuda and Isle of Man

Insolvency


  • Acted for 300 creditors of True Spa in a recent well publicized winding up that led compromise
  • Acted for 120 creditors in the insolvency of the spa, Subtle Senses
  • Acted in several Judicial Management cases

Professional Negligence

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Lead counsel for Professional Engineer in High Court trial involving $33million claim for defective multi quadrant cement silos installed at Jurong Island.
  • Lead counsel for Accredited Checker in defence to claim for negligence in checking the design of the collapsed of Compassvale School Hall

Property

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Acted for foreign fund manager in S$231million purchase and international syndicated finance and subsequent refinance for One Finlayson Green
  • Acted in the $65million purchase and international syndicated finance followed by sale of Eastgate.
  • Handled a book of more than 100 on-going commercial tenancies

Medical Cases


  • Represented doctors in disciplinary inquiries before the Singapore Medical Council in cases that have involved over prescription, advertising and treatment in various field of medicines including laparoscopic surgery and cosmetic procedures.
  • Acted for infant Plaintiff in claims against hospital and treating doctors relating to failures in diagnosis and treatment of meningitis. Infant required permanent brain shunts to drain cerebrospinal fluid.

Tort


  • Lead counsel in rare High Court case involving the tort of harassment culminating in a permanent injunction
  • Lead counsel for Plaintiffs and Defendants, including a newspaper, in defamation cases

White Collar Crimes


  • Acted as counsel for former NMP in a corruption case.
  • Made out a no case to answer to 16 charges in a corruption case involving a business man

M&A


  • Acted for Braemar Shipping Services PLC, a major international ship broking company quoted on the London stock exchange, in the acquisition of a Pan Australasia marine survey company. Due diligence work done on target satellite companies in Singapore, Australia, Vietnam, Malaysia, India, China
  • Acted for a Singapore wellness company in a reverse takeover of a company listed in Australia Stock Exchange

International Cross Border Commercial Transactions


  • Acted for promoters of BOT (Build, Operate, Transfer) US$120 million infrastructure project in Bangladesh.
  • Legal support to Government of Seychelles in their international business companies (“IBC”) setup.

 

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