Haireez is the co-head of the Firm’s International Trade, Shipping, and Sanctions practice. He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2010 as the best student from the National University of Singapore in shipping law related subjects. 

Haireez’s practice encompasses all forms of dispute resolution with an emphasis on international trade and shipping-related disputes. Testament to his abilities, he has since been accredited as a specialist in Maritime and Shipping Law in the Specialist Accreditation Scheme in Maritime and Shipping Law launched by Singapore Academy of Law and appointed as a single joint expert in Singapore shipping law in relation to a claim before the High Court of England and Wales. 

Clients acknowledge Haireez as “an excellent lawyer, who adds value when providing his advice” with a ‘fast turnaround time”. He is also commended for his “top-notch advice from both a legal and commercial perspective’ and for “quickly able to pick up on key concerns and address these concerns in a timely manner, providing viable and even novel solutions”.    

Haireez is presently leading a team for a major foreign state-owned entity against more than a dozen major financial institutions in five interpleader actions arising out of the fall-out and billion-dollar collapse of Hin Leong Trading (Pte.) Ltd and Ocean Tankers (Pte.) Ltd. He is also presently involved in two mis-delivery claims before the Singapore High Court, one on behalf of a major financial institution and another, on behalf of a trading house.  

Haireez has also appeared numerous times as lead counsel in the Singapore High Court and before arbitral tribunals. Some of his notable matters as lead counsel include: 

  • a dispute arising out of 8 sale and purchase contracts for raw cashew nuts under the SIAC Rules;  
  • a dispute under the LMAA 2017 terms arising out of the delivery of Indonesian steam coal without the production of the bills of lading; 
  • a dispute over quality of a cargo of urea shipped from Qingdao for discharge at Lagos under the SIAC Rules; 
  • a dispute arising out of a manning agreement that is subject to the SIAC Rules; and 
  • a successful application before the Emergency Tribunal to obtain an injunction to prohibit the counterparty from selling or disposing iron ore extracted from a particular concession area in India. 

Besides international trade and shipping matters, Haireez also has a wealth of experience in assisting clients in a wide spectrum of multi-jurisdictional commercial and corporate disputes, including in insolvency related matters. He has appeared at all levels before the Singapore Courts and has an active arbitration practice, having handled a wide range of disputes that are subject to a variety of rules such as the SIAC, SCMA, LMAA, ICC, ICA and GAFTA. 

Most recently, Haireez has advised on legal issues arising from sanctions, in particular, those arising out of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. 

Outside of legal practice, Haireez has been the Deputy Subject Co-ordinator for Admiralty Practice with the Singapore Institute of Legal Education since 2019 and has taught advocacy in the National University of Singapore. He presently sits on the board of a leading bursary institution as its Honorary Secretary and is committed to making a difference in the society, both through the practice of law and beyond.