LOK Vi Ming is the Managing Director of the Firm and a seasoned and well-known Senior Counsel with over 3 decades of advocacy experience. He has led numerous cases at all levels of the Singapore courts and before both local and international arbitration tribunals in institutions all around the world. Some of these are landmark cases that have created legal precedents and shaped business outcomes.  

Vi Ming is frequently approached to act as an expert on Singapore law and has rendered his expert legal opinion in several international arbitration and litigation matters. He is also regularly appointed as arbitrator or mediator for commercially complex disputes and presently sits as the Deputy Chairman of the Singapore International Mediation Centre. 

Prior to founding the Firm in 2016, Vi Ming practiced in Rodyk & Davidson for 30 years. He rose to the position of Senior Partner and garnered generous accolades for being an effective and incisive litigation lawyer.  

Vi Ming has been listed by Chambers and Partners as a leading litigator with a “solid reputation” in aviation and insurance litigation with “very sound understanding of legal complexities”, Legal 500 as a well-respected figure for litigation involving insurance, aviation, and trusts and “brings further senior-level gravitas to the practice”, and by Benchmark Litigation as a Litigation Star in commercial and transaction work.  

Mr Philip Bass, a noted international aviation insurance lawyer who has worked with Vi Ming on various matters both before the High Court and the Court of Appeal, comments that “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.” Dato’ Lim Chee Wee, Senior Partner of Lim Chee Wee Partnership and a former partner at Skrine, Kuala Lumpur and an ex-President of the Malaysian Bar Council, added: “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 well known for having led the defence teams for Singapore Airlines in the SQ006 incident and for SilkAir in the MI185 incident. He 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. He is also regularly instructed on a significant number of shipping and international trade cases, several of which arose from the high-profile collapse of Hin Leong Trading (Pte.) Ltd in 2020 and one of Singapore’s largest corporate scandals. 

Besides aviation, shipping, and international trade matters, Vi Ming has acted for and advised private clients, government-linked agencies, and statutory boards in complicated transactions for the supply of telecommunication equipment, service and infrastructure, as well as various cross-border commercial and shareholder disputes; disputes relating to the development of land and disputes relating to international TV and media broadcasting rights. He also acts in high value employment, matrimonial and family disputes, commercial and corporate litigation as well as medical negligence cases.  

Finally, Vi Ming strongly believes in contributing back to the legal fraternity as an act of service. He served as the President of the Law Society of Singapore from 2013 to 2014 and as a Vice President of the Singapore Academy of Law from 2014 to 2015.