Jean Chan

Director
Advocate and Solicitor, Singapore

jeanchan@lvmlawchambers.com
+65 6206 7883

Jean is a Director of LVM Law Chambers LLC. She has an active practice in complex civil litigation. Her clients include foreign state-owned and foreign-linked entities engaged in multi-million competing claims and cross-border disputes. Jean is also one of the few civil litigators who is equally versatile in criminal litigation. She regularly represents private clients in complex criminal and regulator matters.

Before joining the firm, she served as an Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court of Singapore while holding a concurrent role as District Judge for more than nine years. She presided over interlocutory applications and matters for complex commercial and civil disputes, ranging from building and construction to banking and financial disputes, shareholder and company disputes, professional liability, insurance litigation and medical negligence law. She brings a wealth of experience about the courts and judicial case management system in Singapore, having dealt with pre-trial and case management conferences during her career as an Assistant Registrar.

Jean has partnered key industry stakeholders and financial regulators to bring about legal reforms with wide-ranging implications and impact for the insurance and legal industries during her time as an Assistant Registrar. She was a critical member of the Joint Secretariat of the Personal Injury (Claims Assessment) Review Committee, the multi-disciplinary committee which developed the first-ever Actuarial Tables (with Explanatory Notes) for Use in Personal Injury and Death Claims (SAL Academy Publishing 2021) based on data and statistics specific to the Singapore context. The reform has brought about greater certainty and precision in the assessment of damages for personal injury and death claims. As an Assistant Registrar, she engaged and collaborated with ministries, statutory boards, public agencies and the legal industry on various legislative projects pertaining to civil and criminal procedural laws.

Jean was also a former Deputy Public Prosecutor (“DPP”) with the Attorney General’s Chambers. She has prosecuted diverse cases at different levels of courts in Singapore, including the High Court as a Lead Prosecutor.  She spent most of her stint as a DPP specializing in white collar crimes ranging from corruption, complex corporate fraud to market misconduct and regulatory breaches. She worked with and advised the Commercial Affairs Division and the Corruption Practices Investigation Bureau on the investigation and prosecution of complex commercial crimes.

Given her deep and wide-ranging experience in the Courts and public sector, Jean is well-positioned to provide clients with a unique perspective and valuable insight on effective dispute resolution practices for civil, criminal and regulatory matters.  Jean has been described as being “very quick on the uptake in a completely new discipline” and areas that are not familiar to her, while being able to competently deal with specialists, business and industry stakeholders, and public agencies across different sectors.

Jean is a contributing editor of the Singapore Civil Procedure (“White Book”), which is the leading civil procedure law text in Singapore. She is a Trainer for the Advocacy Course jointly conducted by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education and the Law Society of Singapore for Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations. She is also a Facilitator for the Civil Litigation Practice Session. During her stint in the Judiciary, she served as a Member of the Inquiry Panel, Law Society of Singapore from 2015 to 2021. She also represented the Supreme Court of Singapore as a speaker for the Southeast Asia Judicial Workshop on Cybercrime in 2017, jointly organised by the US Department of Justice and the Supreme Court of Thailand.

Jean graduated from the National University of Singapore and was called to the Singapore Bar in 2004.

Case Highlights

  • Representing foreign state-owned entity against major financial institutions in competing claims arising out of the fall-out from the collapse of Hin Leong (Pte) Ltd and Ocean Tanker (Pte) Ltd;
  • Representing Singapore entity linked to an established American jewellery retailer against one of India’s largest manufacturer and supplier of diamonds and jewellery in a multi-million cross claim;
  • Acting for a Big Four against a claim for alleged breach of client confidentiality;
  • Acting for members of Board of Directors of mainboard-listed company in Singapore against investigation for potential offence under the Securities and Futures Act;
  • Representing professional engineers in a high profile regulatory matter arising out of environmental and conservation issues;
  • AOD, a minor suing by the litigation representative v AOE [2014] SGHCR 21, a case which provides a legal framework on how loss of future earnings and future medical expenses can be calculated for a minor;
  • Singapore Airlines Ltd v CDSD Aircraft Sales & Leasing Inc [2019] SGHCR 8, a case involving the setting aside of a multi-million dollar default judgment arising from an aircraft trading and leasing contract.
  • CIFG Special Assets Capital I Ltd (formerly known as Diamond Kendall Limited) v Polimet Pte Ltd and others [2014] SGHCR 8, a case involving summary judgment and striking out applications arising out of multi-million dollar convertible bonds subscription agreements.
  • PP v Koh Seah Wee and another [2012] 1 SLR 292, a case of two former Singapore Land Authority officers found guilty of $12 million public sector fraud.
  • PP v Goh Kah Heng alias Shi Min Yi and another [2009] SGDC 500, a case of falsification of accounts and misappropriation of funds involving the founder of the charity, Ren Ci Hospital, and his associate.

Appointments

  • Trainer, Advocacy Course, Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations (2014 – Present)
  • Facilitator, Civil Litigation Practice Session, Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations (2014 – 2021)
  • Member, Inquiry Panel, Law Society of Singapore (2015 – 2021)
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law

Publications

  • Contributing editor, Singapore Civil Procedure (2019 – Present)

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