Lok Vi Ming, S.C.

Managing Director
Advocate and Solicitor, Singapore

lokviming@lvmlawchambers.com
+65 6206 7880

Vi Ming is a seasoned and well known Senior Counsel with more than three decades of advocacy experience, having led countless cases at all levels of the Singapore Courts and before both local and international arbitration tribunals in institutions all around the world.

Prior to forming LVM Law Chambers, Vi Ming practiced in Rodyk & Davidson for 30 years, rising to the position of Senior Partner and garnering generous accolades of the effectiveness and incisiveness of his advocacy skills as a litigation lawyer. He was elected to the post of President of the Law Society of Singapore in 2013 and 2014, and also served as a former Vice President of the Singapore Academy of Law. He is regularly named in international publications such as the International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers and Chambers as a leading practitioner.

Mr Philip Bass, a noted international aviation insurance lawyer and a partner of Clyde & Co, who has worked with Vi Ming on various matters both before the High Court and the Court of Appeal has said this of Vi Ming: “Having known Vi Ming for over 20 years, he remains my ‘go to lawyer’ for the complex, multi jurisdictional cases where you need technical ability and an advocate who is ‘good on his feet’ in Court. He also happens to be very nice to work with.”

Mr Lim Chee Wee, a partner at Skrine, Kuala Lumpur and a former President of the Malaysian Bar Council had this to say – “I have had the privilege of working with and instructing Vi Ming on a number of briefs. Vi Ming is user friendly, always thinking of the best and most effective solution and strategy for the client, whether in or out of the court room, a highly effective cross examiner with a style so disarming, witnesses don’t realize they have conceded their own case. Vi Ming is reliable and highly ethical. A formidable advocate one would always want in one’s corner.”

Vi Ming is both a highly sought-after arbitration counsel and as well as an arbitrator. He is also a highly regarded insurance litigator, and continues to serve as Chairman of the Professional Indemnity Committee of the Law Society of Singapore.

He has acted and advised clients in complicated transactions for the supply of telecommunication equipment, service and infrastructure; various cross-border commercial and shareholder disputes; disputes relating to the development of land; and international TV and media broadcasting rights disputes.

Vi Ming pioneered what has been widely recognised as the leading contentious aviation practice. He is well known for having led the defence teams for Singapore Airlines in the SQ006 incident and for SilkAir in the MI185 incident. To date, Vi Ming continues to be consulted and instructed on many aviation and airline related claims, and he remains the counsel of choice for many insurers and insurance consultants for conduct of such claims.

Vi Ming is known for having led defence teams in high-profile cases such as the Slim 10 case, a landmark product liability decision in Singapore.

Case Highlights

  • Represented a contact lens manufacturer in a successful action against former senior employees for theft of trade secrets in a trial lasting over 40 days, resulting in a landmark judgment covering many complex issues relating to obligations owed in relation to trade secrets, confidential information and the role of equitable remedies (Clearlab SG Pte Ltd v Ting Chong Chai and ors [2015] SGHC 267).
  • Argued before the Singapore Court of Appeal in a case involving a high-value family trust, constructive trusts claims and the issue of the presumption of advancement (see Tan Chin Hoon and others v Tan Choo Suan (in her personal capacity and as executrix of the estate of Tan Kiam Toen, deceased) and others and other matter [2016] 1 SLR 1150).
  • Led the defence team of Thomson Medical in the determination of important issues relating to damages claimable in an assisted reproductive procedure (see ACB v Thomson Medical Pte Ltd and others [2015] 2 SLR 218)
  • Acted for Singapore Tourism Board in its claim against overseas defendants for fraudulent actions against the government; successfully persuading the Court to pierce the corporate veil (see Singapore Tourism Board v Children’s Media Ltd and others [2010] SGHC 334)
  • Led the team acting for the insurers of the Singapore Flyer after its high-profile stoppage one Christmas Eve
  • Acted in numerous other reported cases including but not limited to construction disputes (see Newcon Builders Pte Ltd v Sino New Steel Pte Ltd [2015] SGHC 226); shareholders’ disputes (Lim Swee Khiang and another v Borden Co (Pte) Ltd and others [2006] 4 SLR(R) 745), and judicial review (Yip Man Hing Kevin v Gleneagles Hospital [2014] 2 SLR 515).

Appointments

  • Panel Arbitrator, Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Kuala Lumpur International Arbitration Centre, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration
  • Principal Mediator, Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Chairman, Law Society’s Professional Indemnity Committee
  • Chairman of the Temasek Junior College Advisory Committee
  • Member, Board of Trustees of UniSIM
  • Vice Chairman, Bethesda Care and Counseling Services Centre (an Institute of Public Character)
  • Aldo Chairman, Bethesda Bedok-Tampines Church
  • Director, Singapore International Mediation Centre
  • Director, Mapletree Greater China Commercial Trust
  • Fellow, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
  • Chairman, Nominating and Remuneration Committee of Mapletree Greater China Commercial Trust

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