Qabir Sandhu

Of Counsel
Advocate and Solicitor, Singapore

qabir@lvmlawchambers.com
+65 6206 7893

Qabir is an Of Counsel with LVM Law Chambers. His main areas of practice are commercial disputes, arbitration, private wealth disputes and appellate matters.

Since joining LVM Law Chambers at the end of 2017, Qabir has acted as lead and assisting counsel in a broad range of disputes before the High Court, Court of Appeal and various arbitral tribunals. Among these are leading cases such as Oxley Consortium Pte Ltd v Geetex Enterprises Singapore (Pte) Ltd [2021] 2 SLR 782; [2020] SGHC 235, the first reported judgments interpreting the standard form contract imposed on property developers by the Sale of Commercial Properties Rules; and Charles Lim Teng Siang and another v Hong Choon Hau and another [2021] 2 SLR 153, which clarified the Singapore legal approach to “no oral modification” contractual clauses in light of differing schools of thought.

Before joining LVM Law Chambers, Qabir was part of the commercial disputes practice at one of Singapore’s largest law firms, where his team advised and acted for both individuals and corporate entities in a variety of complex, multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes before the Singapore courts and arbitral tribunals. These included a dispute concerning shares worth over US$1.5 billion in a European company with various infrastructure holdings in South-east Asia.

Qabir graduated magna cum laude from the Singapore Management University in 2015 and was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 2016, having trained under a leading Senior Counsel. As a student, Qabir represented his university in various local and international moot competitions. He was part of the teams that won the 2015 WTO-FTA moot in Seoul and the 2015 national round of the Philip C. Jessup moot, and has won multiple awards for Best Speaker. Qabir continues to be involved with his university’s moot programme, including coaching its 2016 and 2017 LawAsia international moot teams to consecutive wins.

Case Highlights

  • Acted for purchasers of two commercial units in a S$30,000,000 claim against a leading property developer for failing to deliver units in conformity with building plans. This dispute produced the first reported judgments interpreting the widely-used standard form contract imposed on property developers by the Sale of Commercial Properties Rules: Oxley Consortium Pte Ltd v Geetex Enterprises Singapore (Pte) Ltd [2020] SGHC 235 and Oxley Consortium Pte Ltd v Geetex Enterprises Singapore (Pte) Ltd [2021] 2 SLR 782.
  • Acted for two shareholders in a debt factoring company against their former business partner, in a US$12,000,000 dispute over whether buyout provisions in a shareholders’ agreement were correctly invoked.
  • Acted for the appellants in Charles Lim Teng Siang and another v Hong Choon Hau and another [2021] 2 SLR 153, a decision by a 5-judge Court of Appeal notable for clarifying the Singapore legal approach to “no oral modification” contractual clauses in light of differing schools of thought.
  • Acted for the Plaintiff in Lyu Jun v Wei Ho-Hung [2021] SGHC 268, a rare case in which the High Court found that the majority of some S$8,000,000 transferred in the course of an extra-marital relationship were not gifts, and that assets purchased with those monies were held on trust for the transferor.
  • Acted for a property developer against a purchaser of a luxury bungalow in Thio Keng Thay v Sandy Island Pte Ltd [2019] SGHC 175 and Sandy Island Pte Ltd v Thio Keng Thay [2020] SGCA 86, a pair of decisions notable for clarifying the legal approach to interpreting defects liability clauses in contracts for the sale of property.
  • Acted for the Appellant in L Capital Jones Ltd and another v Maniach Pte Ltd [2017] 1 SLR 312, a decision by a 5-judge Court of Appeal reversing several previous Court of Appeal decisions on a key point of appellate civil procedure concerning the need for respondents to file cross-appeals.
  • Acted for the Claimants in an arbitral dispute concerning shares worth over US$1,500,000,000 in a European company with extensive infrastructure holdings in South-east Asia.
  • Acted for a Singapore company in a corporate investigation concerning various misdeeds by several high-level employees of the company, following that company’s acquisition by a leading global investment fund.

Appointments

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

Publications

  • Singapore Civil Procedure 2020 (Sweet & Maxwell, 2019), Chapter 59, “Costs” (co-author)
  • Singapore Civil Procedure 2021 (Sweet & Maxwell, 2021), Chapter 59, “Costs” (co-author)

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