Litigation and Dispute Resolution

The Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice offers experienced lawyers who have the capability to act for public listed, private limited companies, and individuals. The team is actively involved in diverse and complex commercial, matrimonial and other cases which include claims in Court and domestic and international arbitration proceedings.

The Practice also comprises a top tier criminal litigation team which acts for individuals and corporations. Built on a respectable track record, our lawyers are renowned for their work and bring with them the extensive experience of handling several landmark cases that have shaped the development of criminal law in Singapore.

The landscape of Singapore’s Building Construction, Infrastructure and Engineering industry is shaped by Singapore’s drive towards world class infrastructure and facilities that enables her to be the commercial and business capital of the region in a globalized world and to meet the needs and aspirations of a growing and more sophisticated population.

Our practice is focused on helping our clients meet their goals and objectives through quality and timely legal advice that is at the same time practical and commercially sensible. Our partnership with Taylor Wessing LLP, a UK-based international firm enables us to deliver an international capability locally.

Our areas of practice include but is not limited to the following:-

  • Advice on and development of procurement strategies;
  • Advice on project development;
  • General regulatory advice that ensures that our clients comply strictly with the regulatory environment without compromising on operational efficiency, and allocate risks advantageously;
  • Drafting of documentation for building construction, infrastructure and engineering projects;
  • Representing clients in adjudications under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act for the quick resolution of payment disputes;
  • Representing clients in the Singapore Courts, in international and domestic Arbitration, Mediation and other alternative modes of Dispute Resolution; and
  • Advice on funds formation, project financing, and project securitization

Corporate Secretarial Services

  • Claims under guarantees and indemnities
  • Contractual disputes
  • Company law
  • Debt and receivables recovery
  • Defamation (libel and slander)
  • Directors’ duties
  • Hearings before various tribunals
  • Insolvency of corporations and individuals
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual property
  • International and domestic arbitration
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Medical negligence
  • Property disputes
  • Sale and purchase of companies and assets
  • Sale of goods
  • Shareholder and partnership disputes
  • Capital cases
  • Penal Code offences including but not limited to assault offences, maid abuse allegations, road rage cases, sex crimes, gang offences and cheating offences
  • Drug offences
  • Corruption offences
  • Financial crimes including offences under the Securities and Futures Act (SFA) as well as the Financial Advisors Act (FAA)
  • Offences under the Moneylenders Act
  • Offences investigated by the Ministry of Manpower
  • Road traffic offences
  • Immigration and customs offences, including the challenging of forfeiture orders
  • Assistance with Coroner’s Inquiries
  • Assistance and support during investigation stage of proceedings
  • Filing and management of criminal complaints to the police and the Magistrate Courts

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Debt Recovery Practice Group provides the highest level of support for all types of debt recovery needs for a wide range of clients, from local and foreign financial institutions to companies with large accounts receivable portfolios where recovery is crucial to the cash flow of the business. It accords with our focus on helping clients succeed in all aspects of their business.

The Group has extensive experience in recovering all types of debts, both secured and unsecured, for all kinds of clients ranging from individual creditors to the largest banks operating on a global scale. Such debts include credit facilities, hire purchase, vehicle-related claims and claims relating to any other form of financing arrangements, including non-recourse loans.

Using the latest technology, we have the ability to provide our clients with a cost-effective solution for recovering their outstanding debts. We also advise clients on the best mode of enforcing their debt depending on the nature and value of the debt and the debtor’s circumstances.

We are also able to investigate the assets of delinquent debtors using our wide and established network of investigators to uncover assets that can be attached by way of enforcement proceedings.

Our services include:

  • Background Checks/Deep Referencing
  • Commencing legal proceedings and obtaining judgments and orders thereon
  • Conducting execution proceedings including Writs of Seizure and Sale, Garnishee Proceedings, Examination of Judgment Debtor Summonses, Writs of Possession, Writs of Delivery and Writs of Equitable Execution
  • Conducting investigations on debtors
  • Credit Worthiness
  • Drafting settlement agreements, guarantees and indemnities
  • Dunning debtors
  • Entering into arrangements with debtors to restructure their secured and unsecured debts
  • Filing Bankruptcy proceedings for individuals and Winding Up proceedings for companies
  • Issuing letters of demand
  • Issuing statutory demands with a view to Bankruptcy and Winding Up proceedings
  • Negotiating, arranging and monitoring instalment payments

The Practice advises individuals and corporations on contentious and non-contentious employment law issues.

  • Adoption of children
  • Custody of children
  • Matrimonial and family disputes
  • Preparation of wills
  • Obtaining grants and resealing of grants of probate and letters of administration for estates
  • Appointment of trustees for persons who are mentally incapable of handling their estates

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s financial disputes team assists clients on a broad range of banking and financial services disputes involving litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. We advise on a broad range of clients, including financial institutions and their counterparties.

Our global network and experience along with our extensive knowledge that comes from having unrivalled banking, capital markets and derivatives practices in the world’s main financial hubs sets us apart from others in the industry.

Our insurance dispute resolution practice is a team of experienced litigation practitioners who have acted for insurers, policyholders and third party claimants in a wide range of insurance and insurance-related fields, including:

  • Aviation
  • Contractors liability
  • Fidelity insurance
  • Industrial accident
  • Medical negligence
  • Personal injury
  • Professional liability
  • Accident
  • Directors & Officers liability
  • Fire
  • Insurance fraud
  • Motor
  • Product liability
  • Workplace insurance

Insurance Regulatory Services

Our insurance regulatory services include assisting clients to apply for licence to carry on insurance business in Singapore as insurer or insurance broker, assisting with regulatory issues associated with operation of the insurance business, and providing general regulatory and compliance advice.

Transactional Services

Our transactional services cover insurance related corporate and financing transactions and include advising financial institutions on lending transactions involving insurance policies as collateral and on the requisite insurable interest in life insurance policies

Companies that enter into arbitration agreements often want commercial certainty, speed, choice of impartial and independent arbitrators with industry-specific or transaction-specific expertise, enhanced probability of enforceability, and confidentiality.

Our international arbitration offering will allow clients to achieve that because we have experience as counsel in international arbitration across a wide spectrum of industries governed by many major arbitral rules. We have a strong litigation team that is able to act for you to set aside or enforce arbitral awards in Singapore, as well as in numerous other jurisdictions through our Taylor Wessing international alliances.

As a firm, we have an excellent corporate practice that has been recognised by the IFLR1000 and Legal 500. We are thus able to draw on experienced colleagues across many transactional disciplines, in Singapore and numerous other jurisdictions, to infuse our work with real commercial sensitivity. As some arbitration clauses provide for mediation (especially those involving Chinese entities) either before arbitration or as part of an arbitration, our strong parallel experience in mediation would allow us to serve you fully in this regard. It is often best to design your dispute resolution strategy at the beginning of the deal. In this regard, we are able to provide commercially-sound legal input on the drafting of clients’ dispute resolution clauses, and assist with negotiation of these clauses, to suit clients’ commercial needs. We will consider all issues holistically with clients’ commercial needs in the foreground. Our experience with many major institutional rules also allows us to give clients procedural advantage right from the start, from our advice on procedural provisions that can go (or should not go) into dispute resolution clauses.

We have in our team skill sets derived from experience in arbitration institutions, thus we are very familiar with the strategic and tactical advantages – and disadvantages – that certain procedural postures via application of various arbitral rules will confer. Being able to have a Tribunal with a strong grasp of the particular transactional dynamics of your dispute appointed is important. This is especially so for disputes in technical sectors. Our understanding of the Tribunal appointment process will help you avoid certain pitfalls.

The Practice advises and acts for Protection & Indemnity Clubs, shipowners, shipyards, insurers, amongst others, on a wide range of matters, including but not limited to:

  • Non-contentious commercial and operational matters
  • Trade finance and cargo disputes
  • Charterparties and bills of lading disputes
  • Marine casualties, salvage and towage
  • Shipbuilding, conversion and repair
  • Marine insurance
  • Corporate, ship finance and enforcement of mortgagee
  • Ship sale and purchase
  • Disputes relating to oil shipment and trading
  • Collusion and Salvage
  • Arresting and releasing of vessels
  • Constituting funds for collision matters, not limited to personal injuries

Crime and fraud put you and your business at risk.

 

Our Financial Crime & Compliance (FCC) Team can help prevent such situations from happening through constant monitoring, early detection and a rapid respond system. These steps can form a protection to your reputation and minimise losses.

 

For more details on our Financial Compliance and Crime practice group, click here.