Thong Ying Xuan

Thong Ying Xuan

Associate
Advocate and Solicitor, Singapore

thongyingxuan@lvmlawchambers.com
+65 6921 7194

Ying Xuan graduated from Singapore Management University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Singapore Bar in 2020.

Prior to joining the firm, Ying Xuan was a litigation associate in a mid-sized firm known for its shipping, commodities and international trade practice. She has represented clients in various commercial disputes, with a particular focus in shipping and admiralty disputes, insolvency and restructuring, and cross-border litigation work.

Ying Xuan’s prior experience involves acting for a multinational corporation for a cargo misdelivery claim valued at over US$65 million. She has also advised and acted for the judicial managers of Xihe Holdings (Pte) Ltd in the restructuring of the Xihe Holdings group of companies, following the collapse of Hin Leong Trading and Ocean Tankers (Pte) Ltd.

In her spare time, Ying Xuan enjoys playing the piano.

     

Appointments

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law

Publications

  • Co-author, “Rights of a Non-Defendant Party Who Furnished Security to Secure the Release of the Vessel” [2021] SAL Prac 14, published in SAL Practitioner (Transportation) journal

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Jean Chan

Jean Chan

Associate Director
Advocate and Solicitor, Singapore

jeanchan@lvmlawchambers.com
+65 6206 7883

Jean is an Associate Director of LVM Law Chambers LLC. 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

  • 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
  • Facilitator, Civil Litigation Practice Session, Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations
  • 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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Kenneth Loh

Kenneth Loh

Associate
Advocate and Solicitor, Singapore

kennethloh@lvmlawchambers.com
+65 6921 7190

Kenneth graduated from the Singapore Management University with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 2019, was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 2020, and joined LVM Law Chambers LLC after one and a half years at one of the largest Singapore law firms. He specialised in white collar criminal investigations and advisory work and private client disputes. He has also acted for a foreign bank and an oil and gas conglomerate in relation to regulatory offences, and private clients in disputes over a purported family arrangement with an estimated value of S$49 million.

Additionally, Kenneth has had exposure to numerous other practice areas, including intellectual property and matrimonial ancillary matters disputes. His broad range of commercial experience serves him in good stead to tackle complex legal and practical problems from multiple perspectives. Today, Kenneth’s practice involves civil and commercial litigation with a focus on contractual disputes, private client disputes, and restructuring and insolvency.

During his university days, Kenneth was an avid mooter, representing SMU internationally in both the William C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in 2018 in which he obtained an Honourable Mention for the Martin Domke Award for Best Individual Oralist. Kenneth also took part in the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition in 2019, where his team emerged as a Semi-Finalist in the competition.

Outside of work, Kenneth is an emcee and voiceover artist, dabbles in (but is not particularly skilled at) mixed martial arts, and makes his own cocktails. In his own words, “I’m called to the bar either way.”

Case Highlights

  • Advised a foreign bank in relation to an internal investigation for potential insider trading offences relating to an employee of the bank advising a controlling shareholder of a listed company to sell part of his shares in the company.
  • Advised a large oil and gas conglomerate in relation to an internal investigation for various potential cheating offences by rogue employees of the company and potential contraventions of the Securities and Futures Act, Commodity Trading Act, Prevention of Corruption Act and the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act, which involved fictitious tripartite agreements for the sale and purchase of crude oil in exchange for preferential spot trades.
  • Represented and advised a client who was a director and shareholder of an investment company in proceedings pending appeal before the Appellate Division of the High Court of Singapore, in relation to a purported guarantee under a letter of engagement. The appeal canvasses various legal principles including the validity of a guarantee under Section 6(b) of the Civil Law Act, the capacity of an agent signing an agreement in their capacity as both an agent of the company and in their personal capacity, and the validity of the guarantee in the absence of an oral agreement or promise for the same.
  • Represented a company in relation to proceedings in the High Court of Singapore for breach of fiduciary duty and breach of trust against a former director of the company who siphoned the company’s assets through various fictitious transactions and reimbursement claims. The dispute canvassed issues of attribution of a director’s wrongdoing to a company and the burden of proof for “confession and avoidance pleas” and especial knowledge under Section 108 of the Evidence Act.
  • Represented a client in relation to ongoing proceedings in the High Court of Singapore arising out of a dispute over a purported family arrangement with an estimated value of S$49 million.
  • Represented a food and beverage franchise in relation to potential claims against former employees for breaches of non-competition and confidentiality clauses in their employment agreements and their implied duties of good faith and fidelity to the company, and potential claims in copyright infringement.
  • Represented a client charged with possession of controlled substances under Section 8(a) of the Misuse of Drugs Act in a criminal case resolution session, which concerned a novel point of law on the applicability of the “dual charging principle” (as canvassed in the Court of Appeal’s decision in Saravanan Chandaram v PP [2020] SGCA 43) to proffering separate charges for cannabinol and its derivatives in a gel-like substance.
  • Represented a client charged with rioting armed with a dangerous weapon under Section 148 of the Penal Code, and successfully obtained a discharge amounting to acquittal following representations to the Prosecution.

Appointments

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law

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Bertrice Hsu

Bertrice Hsu

Associate
Advocate and Solicitor, Singapore

bertricehsu@lvmlawchambers.com
+65 6921 7188

Bertrice graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2018 and joined LVM after spending 2 years at another mid-sized boutique commercial litigation firm. She has represented clients in a broad range of matters spanning financial disputes, breaches of fiduciary duties, restructuring and insolvency matters, and matrimonial disputes, and has acted as lead counsel in matters in the State Courts and the Family Court and in interlocutory applications for matters in the High Court.

Bertrice specialises in corporate commercial disputes and has assisted on numerous complex and high-value commercial litigation disputes spanning all levels of the Singapore judiciary, including the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC). High profile matters that she has assisted on include the reported SICC decision in Malayan Banking Bhd v Barclays Bank PLC [2019] 4 SLR 109, which was the first judgment in the Commonwealth world to pronounce on the legal character of a SWIFT transaction, representing the interests of a group of bank lenders in the restructuring of a prominent Singapore water technologies company, Hyflux Limited, and a fraud and conspiracy claim by United Overseas Bank Ltd, a leading Singapore bank, against Lippo Marina Collection Pte Ltd.

Bertrice was also an accomplished mooter during her time in NUS. She was a finalist in and emerged Champion of the Advocacy Cup 2016 and went on to represent NUS in the ALSA Witness Examination Competition 2016 and the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2018. She was ranked as one of the top 30 speakers as part of the Best Newcomer Team in the latter competition.

Outside of the office, Bertrice is an avid film buff and enjoys reading.

Case Highlights

  • Represented one of Singapore’s largest banks, United Overseas Bank Ltd in its claims for fraud and conspiracy against, amongst others, Lippo Marina Collection Pte Ltd, a property development company within the well-known Lippo Group, relating to UOB’s grant of mortgage loans amounting to an aggregate sum of S$181 million for the purchase of luxury condominium units at The Marina Collection at Sentosa Cove developed by Lippo Marina.
  • Represented a working group of bank lenders comprising approximately S$874.6 million of the unsecured debt of Hyflux Limited, in the proposed restructuring of the Hyflux Group.
  • Represented Malayan Banking Berhad before the Singapore International Commercial Court in a dispute with Barclays Bank PLC, the first case regarding the legal principles behind SWIFT transactions, and the law relating to the allocation of risk and liability in the area of cross-border funds transfers via SWIFT payments (Malayan Banking Bhd v Barclays Bank PLC [2019] 4 SLR 109).
  • Represented a leading web-hosting services company incorporated in Vietnam in an arbitration against a US incorporated software giant in the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.
  • Represented and advised a client in proceedings in the High Court of Singapore where claims in excess of $10 million were brought against him for breaches of fiduciary duties.
  • Represented a British-Hong Kong individual in applications before the Family Court and the Family Division of the High Court, and successfully resisted the counterparty’s attempts to relocate the only child of the marriage to Perth, Australia.
  • Represented a Malaysian individual in proceedings under Sections 5 and 11 of the Guardianship of Infants Act, which involved substantial litigation on child issues which required the involvement of a Child Representative.
  • Represented an ex-domestic worker in a pro bono matter, who had been subject to salary deductions by the local employment agency that was in excess of the quantum of deductions allowed under the Employment Agencies Rules in Singapore.

Appointments

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law

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Joshua Ling

Joshua Ling

Associate
Advocate and Solicitor, Singapore

joshualing@lvmlawchambers.com
+65 6206 7886

Joshua completed his training with LVM Law Chambers and was admitted to the Singapore bar in 2021. In his time with LVM Law Chambers, Joshua has assisted on a variety of complex advisory, civil litigation and international arbitration matters with claims in excess of US$150 million. Selected examples include bunkering, employment, joint venture, and commercial contractual disputes involving questions of foreign law and experts, company law, derivative actions, shareholder and director duties’ claims, insolvency matters including judicial management, liquidation, and cross-border insolvency under the UNCITRAL Model Law.

Joshua graduated in 2018 from the Australian National University with a double degree in Law (First Class Honours) and International Relations. He graduated in the top two percentile of his Bachelor of Laws (Honours) cohort. As a student, Joshua won multiple academic prizes in law. He also represented his university in various interstate and international competitions, including the Philip C. Jessup Moot and the Intercollegiate Negotiation and International Arbitration Competition held in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to this, he was a senior student editor at the Federal Law Review and the Australian Yearbook of International Law, and has previously published a comparative essay on the topic of unjust enrichment at the undergraduate level.

In his free time, Joshua enjoys movies, trips to the museum, evening strolls by the beach and ever a good cup of tea. He also has a keen interest in submission-grappling sports and trains regularly in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

Case Highlights

Appointments

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law

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Aditi Ravi

Aditi Ravi

Senior Associate
Advocate and Solicitor, Singapore

aditiravi@lvmlawchambers.com
+65 6206 7894

Aditi is a Senior Associate of LVM Law Chambers LLC (“LVM”). She graduated in 2016 from the National University of Singapore, and joined LVM after spending 3 years at another boutique litigation firm.

Aditi’s practice has spanned all levels of the Singapore courts (including the Singapore International Commercial Court (“SICC”). She has assisted on several matters before the Court of Appeal involving novel points of law; and has also acted as lead counsel in matters in the State Courts, and in interlocutory applications for matters in the High Court.

Case Highlights

  • acting for a technology unicorn against an errant senior employee in breach of his duty of confidence, including obtaining a search order against the senior employee who was in possession of confidential information belonging to the company even after he was terminated with cause;
  • successfully acting for Singapore-incorporated companies to discharge ex parte Mareva injunctions in a multi-jurisdictional claim for conspiracy (Sang Cheol Woo v Charles Choi Spackman and others [2021] SGHC 42);
  • successfully acting for two Singaporean directors of a Singapore-incorporated bunker trading company in their application under section 216A of the Companies Act, and in a concurrent winding-up application brought by the company (Poh Fu Tek and another v Vermont UM Bunkering Pte Ltd and another [2020] SGHC 139);
  • acting for a medical practitioner in a claim by a tax advisor, including bringing a counterclaim against the tax advisor for negligent advice resulting in penalties imposed by IRAS (BMI Tax Services Pte Ltd v Heng Keok Meng and ors [2019] SGHC 9);
  • acting for an international group of manufacturing companies in their claims against a former director and CEO, involving issues of bribery, corruption, serious breaches of fiduciary duties, the diversion of a multi-million-dollar business, and the Henderson v Henderson doctrine (Goh Chan Peng and others v Beyonics Technology Ltd and another [2017] SGCA 40; Beyonics Asia Pacific Limited & Ors v Goh Chan Peng & Anor [2020] SGHC(I) 14);
  • successfully acting for United Overseas Bank in successfully arguing against a debtor’s appeal to halt the repossession of a mortgaged property (Pereira, Dennis John Sunny v United Overseas Bank Ltd [2017] SGCA 62);
  • acting for a defendant in the City Harvest Church matter, one of the highest-profile and longest running white-collar crime trials in Singapore’s history that spanned 140 days of trial, and has gone on appeal before both a rare 3-judge bench of the High Court, and then a 5-judge bench in the Court of Appeal (Public Prosecutor v Lam Leng Hung and ors [2018] SGCA 7);
  • acting for one of the appellants in Rappo, Tania v Accent Delight International Ltd and another and another appeal [2017] SGCA 27, successfully obtaining a stay of proceedings on the basis of forum non conveniens.

Appointments

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law

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Law May Ning

Law May Ning

Associate
Advocate and Solicitor, Singapore

lawmayning@lvmlawchambers.com
+65 6206 7889

May Ning is a disputes lawyer with experience in commercial litigation and arbitration. She began her career in one of the top disputes teams in Singapore, and most notably was involved in a 34 day trial before the Singapore High Court. She also worked on various interlocutory hearings, breach of contract claims, and corporate advisory.

May Ning graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelors of Laws (Honours) and a Minor in English Literature. An avid mooter, she won prizes in international and national moots such as the Willem C. Vis East Arbitration Moot, the Drew & Napier Advocacy Cup and the Dentons Rodyk Moot. May Ning was also Chief Editor of the Singapore Law Review, Singapore’s oldest student run legal publication, and obtained Distinction in Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations (Family Law).

In her spare time, May Ning enjoys playing billiards and the piano.

Case Highlights

  • Acted for the founder of Mustafa Centre, an iconic retail and tourist landmark in Singapore, in multiple minority oppression suits in relation to the operation and management of the business’ holding company, Mohamed Mustafa & Samsuddin Co. Pte Ltd.
  • Acted in a S$2M SIAC arbitration for an American manufacturer against an Indian counterpart.
  • Advised an American fitness technology company worth US$2B on protection and enforcement of their intellectual property rights.

Appointments

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law

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Samuel Ling

Samuel Ling

Associate
Advocate and Solicitor, Singapore

samuelling@lvmlawchambers.com
+65 6921 7187

Prior to joining LVM, Samuel trained at and practiced in a mid-sized law firm doing capital markets and general corporate work, followed by a stint in the same practice areas in one of the largest law firms in Singapore. His previous practice  has given him exposure to high value corporate transactions and a firm grasp of the financial regulatory landscape of Singapore. Leveraging on this, his current practice involves civil and commercial litigation, with a focus on contractual disputes and commercial fraud. He also has an interest in criminal defence work, including white collar crime.

Samuel holds a bachelor of business degree from Nanyang Business School and an LL.B from NUS Faculty of Law. He was called to the bar in 2018, and has worked on several high value listings in Singapore and around the region. Samuel believes that justice should be accessible to all, and towards that end, does pro bono work for litigants who are unable to otherwise afford legal services. Outside of the courtroom, he is a traditional and digital painter and sculptor, as well as a maker.

Case Highlights

Appointments

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law

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Edric Chia

Edric Chia

Associate
Advocate and Solicitor, Singapore

edricchia@lvmlawchambers.com
+65 6206 7892

Edric graduated from the University of Nottingham, with a Bachelor of Law with Honours (Second Class Division One). Thereafter, he went on to obtain a Master of Law in Litigation and Dispute Resolution (Distinction) at University College London and was awarded GlaxoSmithKline prize for excellence in Patents and Trade Secrets for achieving the top mark in his cohort.

Upon completing his studies, Edric completed his relevant legal training at one of the Big Four law firms’ Myanmar office where he gained valuable experience in corporate and commercial transaction, and advisory matters. He then completed his training at LVM Law Chambers LLC and was called to the Singapore Bar in August 2020.

In his short time as a Practice Trainee and an Associate, Edric has gained wide exposure to the practice of dispute resolution. He has assisted in a broad range of matters, including international arbitration and contractual disputes.

In his free time, Edric is an avid gamer and enjoys reading.

Case Highlights

Appointments

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law

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Michelle Yeo

Michelle Yeo

Of Counsel
Advocate and Solicitor, Singapore

michelleyeo@lvmlawchambers.com
+65 6921 7186

Michelle Yeo is a former legislation drafter and Deputy Public Prosecutor with recent experience in UK law. She began her legal career in 2011 as a Deputy Public Prosecutor at the Attorney-General’s Chambers, prosecuting a wide range of offences and appearing as counsel in both the State and Supreme Courts.

In 2013, Michelle joined the AGC’s Legislative Division, where she worked with officials from various Ministries. She drafted and advised on Bills and subsidiary legislation regulating cutting-edge technology, as well as to implement Singapore’s international obligations and anti-money laundering/anti-terrorism financing laws. She received the Singapore National Day Award (Team) for the AGC’s work on the Remote Gambling Bill 2014. She was appointed then-AG VK Rajah’s Research Assistant in 2015 and has conducted training sessions for Ministry officials as well as the President’s Aide-de-Camps. Michelle has also worked in general litigation and prison law in the United Kingdom and is in the process of qualifying as a UK solicitor.

Michelle prioritises understanding her clients’ goals holistically and helping to achieve them within existing legal frameworks. She values breaking down complex legal concepts into plain English so that her clients understand clearly what their options are and can make the best decision for themselves.

An advocate for social justice and action, Michelle is actively involved with ReadAble Ltd, a children’s literacy and numeracy non-profit, as well as with Welcome in my Backyard, a social awareness campaign for Migrant Worker issues.

Case Highlights

Appointments

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law

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