Civil and Criminal Litigation
The firm has a well-established and experienced litigation team. The team includes a Senior Counsel and partners who were former officers from the Judicial and Legal Service. Many litigation cases handled by our firm had been featured in newspapers and in most (if not all) of those cases featured, our litigation team had been successful in acting for our clients.
The firm practises civil commercial and criminal litigation and our experience includes:
Civil & Commercial Litigation
- Shareholder disputes, involving companies with very substantial assets.
- Disputes arising from complicated trusts and equitable claims.
- Complex building, construction and engineering disputes (See information on the Construction Practice Group).
- Intellectual property disputes, enforcement of trade marks, copyright and other intellectual property rights (See information on Information Technology / Intellectual Property Rights Practice Group).
- Complex estate litigation, many of which were landmark cases involving high profile families (See information on Trust, Estate Planning and Probate).
- Corporate insolvency.
- Securities and futures trading disputes.
- Advice and representation in defamation cases.
- Disputes relating to partnerships and joint ventures.
- Acting in cases involving issues of company directors’ duties.
- Claims arising out of professional negligence.
- Advice and representations in commercial crime prosecutions.
- Advice and representation in prosecutions relating to securities and futures trading.
Arbitration, Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
The firm has a premier arbitration practice. It is renowned for work in arbitration, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution including disputes involving building, construction and engineering projects, cross border joint venture contracts and international commercial arbitration.
The firm has partners who are accredited members of international arbitral tribunals, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and the Singapore Mediation Centre.
Our Mr Giam Chin Toon S.C. sits on the Board of Directors of the Singapore Mediation Centre. He is also on the panel of accredited arbitrators of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, a Member of the Hawaii Panel of the Center for International Commercial Dispute Resolution and a Member of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board. He was also Chairman of the Sub-Committee on the Review of Arbitration Laws in Singapore.
In addition to the above, Expert Guides has identified our Mr Giam Chin Toon S.C. as the Expert in Commercial Arbitration in Singapore.
Who’s Who Legal has in an article Editorial: Construction in Singapore dated October 2007 commented that“Giam Chin Toon SC at Wee Swee Teow LLP is another highly rated individual. He was described as a “real force to be reckoned with” by one interviewee. Particularly well known for his disputes work, especially in arbitrations, he acted for a British contractor in one of the largest building contract arbitrations in Asia at the time, and has also acted for numerous Singapore and international clients in arbitration proceedings involving building, infrastructure and engineering projects in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region.”
The firm is well equipped and experienced in handling arbitration matters.
The firm has earned a good reputation for its expertise in complex building and construction cases. The firm’s clients include active members in the construction industry such as developers, statutory boards, consultants, construction and insurance companies. It has acted and continues to act for some of the largest British, Japanese and German construction companies. It also acts for some of the largest developers in Singapore. It has been involved in claims and arbitration proceedings involving claims of over $1 billion.
Based on the recommendations of in-house counsel at the world’s most prominent companies and financial institutions, our firm was also ranked as one of the firms to go to in Singapore for Construction by Asialaw Profiles – The guide to the Asia-Pacific’s leading law firms.
The practice handles contentious and non-contentious construction law work including advice on pre-tender agreements and construction joint ventures. It has considerable experience in complex multi-party arbitration and court proceedings, claims arising out of difficult ground conditions, disruption and prolongation disputes, failure of structural elements, variations and other construction law issues for building and engineering projects both in Singapore and overseas.
Who’s Who Legal has in an article Editorial: Construction in Singapore dated October 2007 commented that “Giam Chin Toon SC at Wee Swee Teow LLP is another highly rated individual. He was described as a “real force to be reckoned with” by one interviewee. Particularly well known for his disputes work, especially in arbitrations, he acted for a British contractor in one of the largest building contract arbitrations in Asia at the time, and has also acted for numerous Singapore and international clients in arbitration proceedings involving building, infrastructure and engineering projects in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region.”
Our Family Law practice provides representation and advice on all aspects of family law and matrimonial proceedings. Services include advice and representation on judicial separation, divorce, custody and maintenance disputes, division of matrimonial assets and other ancillary matters. We believe that discretion and delicate handling of a situation by an understanding lawyer is important.
In cases of family violence, we provide advice and representation for the application for Protection and Exclusion Orders.
The practice also advises on the procedures for adoption, guardianship and appointment of committees for mentally disabled persons.
Trust, Estate Planning and Probate
The firm has a leading chancery practice in Singapore. It is known for its experience in trust, probate and administration practice which includes the following:
- Creation of trusts, wills and settlements
- Trust and estate planning
- Advice on and applications relating to probate, estate administration and the laws of succession
The firm has been involved in major trust cases that have gone before the Courts. It acted in the last case that appeared before the Privy Council in England involving an estate of a local philanthropist. Examples of some cases dealt with include the following:
- The Sallim Talib Settlements;
- The Tan Tye Estate;
- The Valibhoy Trust;
- The Alkaff Settlements;
- The Tan Lip Boey Estate;
- The Wee Kay Siang Estate;
- The Lee Hiok Kwee Estate;
- The Shaik Ahmad B A.W. Basharahil Estate;
- The Chow Cho Pon Estate;
- The Manasseh Meyer Singapore and Hebrew School Settlements; and
- The Alexander Eu Keng Kee Estate
- Estate of Lee Wee Kheng
- Chee Mu Lin Muriel v Chee Ka Lin Caroline (contested wills in the Estate of Mdm Goh Hun Keong)
Intellectual Property Rights
The Information Technology/Intellectual Property Rights Practice Group has been active in the negotiations of licensing agreements with local collective administration societies. The practice group has represented statutory bodies as well as private providers of educational services in such complex and time-sensitive negotiations. The practice group has also advised clubs and individuals in respect of their rights vis-a-vis such collective administration societies and other rights owners.
The practice group is involved in advising statutory bodies of their IP rights in their various licence agreements. It is also conversant in offering advice on strategies for corporations for leveraging on their research and development for particular clients, so that they are able to maximise exploitation of their intellectual capital while ensuring that their clients are assured of sufficient market protection.
Our litigation practice is helmed by Mr Giam Chin Toon, a prominent Senior Counsel, and spans the entire spectrum of civil, commercial and criminal litigation. Our seasoned litigators have a wealth of experience in the different areas of litigation. We are also known for our work in arbitration and mediation, particularly disputes involving construction and engineering projects, cross-border joint venture contracts and international commercial arbitration.
Our expertise and experience include banking and finance disputes, shareholder disputes, breach of directors’ duties, bankruptcy and corporate insolvency, building and construction disputes, contentious probate and estate litigation, contractual and corporate disputes, criminal defence (including securities and futures trading prosecutions), debt recovery, defamation, employment disputes, intellectual property disputes (including enforcement of trademarks and copyrights), tortious disputes, claims arising out of professional negligence, and real estate litigation.