Qabir’s main areas of practice are complex commercial disputes, private wealth disputes, arbitration and appellate matters. Since joining LVM Law Chambers in 2017, he has acted as lead and assisting counsel in a broad range of disputes before the High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as arbitral tribunals. These include leading cases such as Oxley Consortium Pte Ltd v Geetex Enterprises Singapore (Pte) Ltd  2 SLR 782;  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  2 SLR 153, where a five-judge Court of Appeal clarified the Singapore legal approach to “no oral modification” contractual clauses in light of differing schools of thought.
Prior to joining LVM Law Chambers, Qabir was part of the commercial disputes practice in one of Singapore’s largest firms, where he also completed his training contract under the supervision of a leading Senior Counsel. There, he acted for clients in a wide range of complex, multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes, spanning both litigation and arbitration. These included a multi-jurisdictional arbitral dispute concerning shares in a holding company for various South-East Asian infrastructure projects worth over US$1.5 billion, and L Capital Jones and another v Maniach Pte Ltd, a five-judge Court of Appeal decision reversing several previous Court of Appeal decisions on a key point of appellate civil procedure concerning the need for respondents to file cross-appeals.
Qabir has been described by clients as “a good listener and able to digest what the client wants”. He has been praised by the High Court for his “written submissions and invaluable assistance which facilitated the swift conclusion” of “a rather complicated assessment of damages”.
Beyond his disputes resolution practice, Qabir co-authors the Costs chapter of the Singapore Civil Procedure textbook (better known as the White Book), and has done so since its 2020 edition. He also volunteers with the Legal Aid Bureau as an assigned solicitor. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Qabir was appointed as an assessor under the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act to adjudicate disputes arising out of event cancellations due to the pandemic.
Qabir graduated magna cum laude from the Singapore Management University in 2015. During his time as a student, Qabir represented the university in various international moot competitions, including the Philip C. Jessup Moot and the Willem C. Vis (East) Moot. Qabir continues to assist with Singapore Management University’s International Moots programme as a guest judge, and previously coached its 2017 and 2018 LawAsia Moot teams to successive championships.
- Acted for purchasers of two commercial units in a S$30 million 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  SGHC 235 and Oxley Consortium Pte Ltd v Geetex Enterprises Singapore (Pte) Ltd  2 SLR 782.
- Acted for the billionaire founder and former CEO of a large Chinese state-owned environmental technology firm in a High Court suit concerning alleged misrepresentations and breaches of contract vis-a-vis the acquisition of a water treatment plant, in a claim based on misrepresentation and lifting of the corporate veil, relating to a sale of a water treatment plant.
- Acted for a leading Asian nutritional product distributor in complex cross-border arbitral and Court proceedings against a globally-recognised nutritional supplement manufacturer relating to franchises in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and the Philippines.
- Acted for a wife in civil proceedings against her former husband and several third parties in civil proceedings to determine the beneficial ownership of a group of companies, following the Court of Appeal’s ruling in UDA v UDB  SGCA 20 that such disputes had to be determined in civil proceedings as a precursor to the division of matrimonial assets in divorce proceedings: Lim Lai Soon v Tan Hong Sin & ors  SGHC 289. This is believed to be one of the first cases of its kind.
- Acted for a Japanese-based multinational electronics manufacturing company in an investigation against a rogue employee who caused the company to enter into unauthorised transactions with several third parties, and related litigation against the rogue employee and such third parties.
- Acted for the appellants in Charles Lim Teng Siang and another v Hong Choon Hau and another  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 between the Singapore and English courts.
- Acted for the Plaintiff in Lyu Jun v Wei Ho-Hung  SGHC 268, a rare case in which the High Court found that the majority of some S$8 million 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. This decision was upheld on appeal: Wei Ho-Hung v Lyu Jun  SGHC(A) 30.
- Acted for Sandy Island Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of the YTL Group, against a purchaser of a luxury bungalow in Thio Keng Thay v Sandy Island Pte Ltd  SGHC 175 and Sandy Island Pte Ltd v Thio Keng Thay  SGCA 86. This pair of decisions is notable for clarifying the legal approach to interpreting defects liability clauses in contracts for the sale of property. Subsequently acted for the same client in the next phase of litigation, which concerned the quantum of damages payable to the purchaser: Thio Keng Thay v Sandy Island Pte Ltd  SGHC 69
- Acted for the Appellant in L Capital Jones Ltd and another v Maniach Pte Ltd  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 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.
- Acted for the Claimants in an arbitral dispute concerning shares worth over US$1.5 million in a European company with extensive infrastructure holdings in South-east Asia.
- Member, Law Society of Singapore
- Member, Singapore Academy of Law
- Co-author, Singapore Civil Procedure 2020, Order 59: Costs
- Co-author, Singapore Civil Procedure 2021, Order 59: Costs
- Co-author, Singapore Civil Procedure 2022, Order 21: Costs
- Contributor, Halsbury’s Laws of Singapore, Civil Procedure (forthcoming; expected date of publication 2H 2023)