We just turned one!  In the course of a highly fulfilling and breathtaking year in 2017, we handled more than 300 matters of various description in various fora. These matters included hearings before the Court of Appeal and the High Court as well as arbitration and mediation proceedings in a variety of venues such as the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission and the Singapore International Mediation Centre. Apart from this, we were also busy with various types of representative work, such as acting for clients in neutral evaluation and adjudication proceedings.

A sampling of our 2017 disputes work includes:

Arbitration

  • Acting for a major telecommunications company in arbitration proceedings against a party in an ASEAN country over disputes arising from, among other things, the purchase of telecommunication equipment
  • Resisting an application in the Singapore High Court under the International Arbitration Act to set aside an arbitral award worth over S$15 million
  • Acting for an MNC in SIAC proceedings arising from alleged breaches of an agreement to provide medical services to mariners
  • Acting in arbitration proceedings involving jurisdictional objections
  • Making an application in the Singapore High Court against a high-value domestic arbitral award amounting to S$36.5 million
  • Representing a smartphone manufacturer in an ICC arbitration involving allegations of breach of distributorship agreement and wrongful termination
  • Acting as arbitrator in proceedings administered by various arbitral institutions, such as the SIAC, ICC, and CIETAC.

Aviation

  • Advising clients in relation to a widely publicised aviation incident at Changi Airport involving a minor collision between aircraft
  • Being engaged by a major airline as an expert witness in US antitrust proceedings regarding global price-fixing arrangements
  • Advising clients in relation to damages arising from breach of obligations under a Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) agreement

Conspiracy / Fraud

  • Representing the plaintiff in a high-profile action to recover monies lost pursuant to representations made similar to a Ponzi scheme

Construction

  • Acting for various stakeholders (building owners, main contractors and construction managers) in several disputes involving the external cladding on the façade of well-known buildings in Singapore
  • Advising an architectural practice in relation to construction disputes arising from a high value project in the Central Business District
  • Acting for the MCST of a centrally-located residential building in a claim of approximately S$5 million in value for various defects in the construction of the building
  • Acting for a large local main contractor in an appeal to the Singapore Court of Appeal arising from the subcontractor’s claim that our client had terminated the subcontract without any basis. The Court of Appeal found that our client was entitled to terminate the subcontract as it had been deprived of substantially the whole benefit of the subcontract (reported as CAA Technologies Pte Ltd v Newcon Builders Pte Ltd [2017] 2 SLR 940)
  • Numerous construction-related claims heard both in court and in adjudication proceedings

Commercial

  • Acting for a major international telecommunication manufacturer in a dispute over alleged breaches of a distributorship agreement
  • Advising a Japanese multinational corporation in relation to a dispute arising from a contract for the design, construction and installation of customized processes and equipment
  • Advising clients in relation to the recovery of an airplane as a result of a breach of a sale and purchase agreement
  • Representing the defendants in a series of High Court suits concerning disputes over share sale and purchase agreements involving a high-profile aesthetic treatment chain

Competition

  • Acting as an expert witness on Singapore law in antitrust-related U.S. litigation arising from global price-fixing cartel activities

Company / Shareholders’ Disputes

  • Acting in various minority oppression suits and shareholder derivative actions in the Singapore High Court
  • Acting in multiple suits involving allegations of breaches of employment agreements and restraint of trade covenants
  • Acting for siblings in a multi-jurisdictional dispute involving family company assets in and out of Singapore
  • Representing clients in a high-value dispute over shares purchased and held in trust by their siblings
  • Applying successfully to strike out an application by two shareholders for leave to bring an action in the name of the company against the director under Section 216A of the Companies Act

Criminal / Corruption

  • Advising a client in relation to high-profile multi-jurisdictional investigations arising from corrupt commercial practices in South America and the United States
  • Acting for a baggage handler charged with 286 counts of mischief for interference with passengers’ baggage at Changi Airport

Directors’ Duties / Employment

  • Representing key employees in an action involving allegations of breaches of duties of fidelity, restraint of trade covenants and directors’ duties
  • Acting for various entrepreneurs and start-ups in claims involving breaches of confidentiality and non-competition agreements
  • Advising employers on retrenchment and re-deployment exercises

Insurance

  • Acting and advising the lead insurer in a high value claim arising from fire damage in industrial premises in Tuas
  • Acting as Neutral Evaluator between 2 insurance companies in a dispute over coverage issues
  • Advising an insurance company in relation to a potential call on a performance bond with a value exceeding $11 million
  • Representing and advising the building owner in a claim arising from a high-profile fatal accident at a shopping complex
  • Being appointed to represent the relevant statutory body in proceedings arising from the fatal accident involving the fall of a heritage Tembusu tree in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and various other claims arising from accidents occurring on State land and in national parks
  • Advising professional indemnity insurers in various professional negligence claims involving lawyers
  • Advising insurers and policyholders in relation to various Workman Insurance Compensation Act claims

Insolvency

  • Advising and representing the directors of a company in an appeal to the Singapore Court of Appeal arising from a liquidator’s application to court to exercise, inter alia, clawback powers and seeking damages for alleged breach of fiduciary duties in relation to assets amounting to more than S$20 million (reported as Parakou Investment Holdings Pte Ltd and another v Parakou Shipping Pte Ltd (in liquidation) and other appeals [2018] SGCA 3)
  • Acting for a major Chinese supplier of raw materials in its successful appeal against a Scheme Manager’s decision that its proof of debt be set aside
  • Acting for a large Singapore construction company in its application for the Court to sanction a scheme of arrangement (including drafting the terms of the proposed scheme)

Intellectual Property

  • Advising a smartphone manufacturer in relation to a dispute over licensing nights for standard essential patents
  • Acting for various companies in disputes relating to claims of copyright infringement

Land Acquisition

  • Representing landowners in a Land Acquisition Act appeal before the Appeals Board

Landlord / Tenant

  • Acting in a High Court suit involving, inter alia, issues of encroachment into state land and breaches of a tenancy agreement
  • Representing a commercial tenant in an action to rescind a lease on the basis of misrepresentation
  • Representing various landlords in claims for rental arrears

Maritime

  • Acting in a charter party dispute over alleged contamination of cargo

Matrimonial

  • Acting in an appeal to the Court of Appeal involving the division of matrimonial assets in excess of S$14.5 million

Probate

  • Acting for the beneficiaries of a disputed Will over estate properties worth in excess of S$30 million
  • Representing the beneficiaries of a disputed Will and successfully obtaining a Mareva Injunction against the executor of the estate

Pro Bono

  • Successfully defended a foreign worker charged with making a false claim under the Work Injury Compensation Act
  • Advising and representing a foreign worker charged with offences under the Employment Act and the Employment Agencies Act
  • Acting for various foreign workers in claims against employers for salaries owed in the Employment Claims Tribunal

Professional Negligence / Disciplinary Proceedings

  • Acting for a global medical triage service provider in arbitrator proceedings arising from a claim of negligent misdiagnosis
  • Representing the claimant in a medical negligence suit filed in the High Court
  • Defending a medical practitioner in disciplinary proceedings brought by the Singapore Medical Council for breaches of advertising guidelines
  • Defending an advocate & solicitor in disciplinary proceedings before a disciplinary tribunal

Regulatory

  • Prosecuting offences under a fiat issued by the Attorney General’s Chambers, on behalf of a government agency

Tax

  • Acting in an income tax appeal involving novel issues of law under the Income Tax Act

A big “Thank You” to you, our friends and faithful clients, who placed your trust in us, believing that we had what it took to vindicate you and protect your rights, and to make a positive difference. We have travelled closely and well with you all in 2017 and now look forward to continuing our relationship in 2018 and beyond.

We have grown from 6 dispute resolution specialists in January 2017 to 16 at the start of 2018. With these additions, we have broadened our areas of practice and expertise, for example in the areas of data protection and restructuring. Our new colleagues hail from well-established firms, and one was formerly Assistant Chief Counsel in the Personal Data Protection Commission. Regardless of how large we grow, we remain fully committed to being the law firm that works hard to deliver “Big Firm Effectiveness, Small Firm Efficiency”.


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