Civil Litigation & Arbitration

When you have a dispute that requires legal action to resolve, you need lawyers with creative problem-solving instincts. When we represent you, we think outside the box to propose solutions that work in and out of the courtroom. We have a broad range of dispute resolution expertise across a variety of sectors and experience advocating for the interests of a wide spectrum of corporate and individual clients. Our expertise includes:

  • International and Domestic Commercial Arbitration
  • Shareholders’ Disputes
  • Fraud & Misrepresentation
  • International Trade & Logistics
  • Various Contractual Breaches
  • Unpaid Invoices, Loan Repayments & Debt Enforcement
  • Employment Disputes
  • Defamation & Harassment Claims
  • Medical Negligence

Corporate

Investing a modest budget in corporate legal advice and professionally-drafted bespoke legal documentation for your company at the beginning of a business relationship is a no-brainer. Doing so is likely to help avoid much more significant legal bills down the line if your relationship or project doesn’t go as planned. Failing to do so, quite simply, is an ill-advised false economy that your shareholders cannot afford and do not need to bear. We can, by reference to your specific needs, craft a variety of corporate documentation and commercial agreements including:

  • Employment Agreements
  • Standard Terms of Business
  • Website Terms & Conditions
  • Sale of Goods / Service Agreements
  • Privacy & Data Protection Policies & Advice
  • Shareholders Agreements
  • Loan Agreements
  • Consultancy Agreements

Employment Law

We have the expertise to draft template employment contracts for hires at all levels of an organisation, regardless of industry sector. Engaging external counsel to do this is money well spent as you can rest assured that your templates have been prepared by lawyers with experience in litigating all kinds of employment disputes. In addition to your employment agreements, your HR policies should also be drafted by lawyers experienced in how those policies feed into actual disputes. We can advise you on which policies your organisation needs and help to review or draft your:

  • Harassment policy & code of conduct
  • Confidentiality, privacy and data protection policies
  • Staff handbook
  • Whistleblower policy
  • Grievance redressal procedures

We can also advise on and propose amendments to draft employment contracts for potential employees before you commit to a new potential employer.

Our contentious employment law practice is fueled by the ever-changing regulatory landscape governing employment in Singapore. We have extensive experience acting for and advising both employers and employees at all levels from Employment Claims Tribunal to High Court in a variety of claims including:

  • Wrongful dismissal
  • Workplace harassment
  • Breach of non-compete clause
  • Breach of confidentiality
  • Theft of intellectual property
  • Breaking of training bond

Family Law

We have decades of combined experience in representing husbands and wives whose marriages have come to an end. We know that the process of ending a marriage can be painful and difficult. Our job is to make it as painless and fair as possible for you. This means listening to your needs and those of your children and advising you on how to meet them as best as possible within the framework of the family justice system. We have experience dealing with:

  • Uncontested divorce
  • Contested divorce
  • Syariah divorce
  • Ancillaries including maintenance and division of matrimonial assets
  • Custody, care and control and access to children in highly contentious custody battles
  • International child abduction and cross-border custody battles – Hague Convention applications for return of children
  • Forum selection in expat divorces
  • Resistance or enforcement of foreign family court orders
  • Enforcement of maintenance and access orders
  • Applications for variation of maintenance or custody/access orders
  • Child-centred mediation
  • Divorces in cases of adultery or other unreasonable behaviour
  • Appeals against lower court decisions
  • Resisting applications for divorce

We can also act for you in preparing a pre-nuptial agreement, separation agreement or adoption application.

Criminal Law

We have a great breadth and depth of expertise in criminal defence in both white collar and blue collar crime. We have represented clients for both the negotiation of acceptable pleas and at trial at all levels of the criminal justice system including as well as in appeals against conviction and sentence. We believe that everyone is entitled to be advised and represented by competent counsel and to have their day in court. We can act for accused persons in all kinds of prosecutions including:

  • Fraud
  • Corruption
  • Computer misuse
  • Criminal breach of trust
  • Companies Act offences
  • Regulatory offences
  • Road traffic offences
  • Sexual offences from outrage of modesty to rape
  • Violent crime including homicide
  • Drug offences
  • Moneylending offences
  • Theft & shoplifting
  • Speech crime
  • Gang-related offences

Probate, Estate Planning & Private Client Services

We always advise our clients not to leave something as important as the fate of their estate to chance by leaving it at the mercy of the complex rules of intestacy. This is why we offer a bespoke will drafting service to our clients (including our Muslim clients). We can also register your will in the Wills Registry so that your loved ones know where to find your will.

We believe that the drafting of a will should ideally take place within the context of a broader estate-planning exercise that takes into account your particular family circumstances and asset portfolio. This is even more crucial for our Muslim clients, whose assets are subject to a very complex and extremely specific legal regime that often requires more than a simple will to give effect to the testator’s wishes.

As we have acted for many clients in probate disputes over the assets of a loved one who has passed away, we know all too well exactly what is required to ensure that a will is fully enforceable and above reproach.

We urge all our clients to think beyond mere assets when planning for their old age and death. We encourage all our private clients to consider making a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). This is a legal document that determines who would make decisions on your behalf if you were ever to lose mental capacity and be unable to make decisions for yourself. These decisions could have to with how your assets should be managed and how your medical care should be paid for, but could also deal with end of life and medical issues such as whether you wish to be resuscitated in certain scenarios, whether you wish to be fed by tube if you are unable to eat or how long you wish to be on life support if you are in a coma. These are not pleasant topics to contemplate when of sound mind and body, but doing so gives you the power to take control of your own life if there comes a time when you are no longer in a position to express your wishes.

We also draft a variety of other personal legal instruments for our private clients such as trust deeds for managing funds for the benefit of someone else or deed polls for changing your name.

Real Estate & Conveyancing

We can offer a personalised conveyancing service in both the commercial and residential sectors. If you are buying or selling property, there is never any room for error in ensuring that legal title is properly passed to the buyer and payment is properly transferred to the seller. We also provide advice on and draft commercial and residential tenancy agreements or leases and we regularly act for both landlords and tenants in landlord-tenant disputes of all kinds.

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