Sivakumar MURUGAIYAN

Sivakumar MURUGAIYAN
Partner
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore; Barrister-at-Law, England & Wales; Barrister, High Court of Australia
Commercial Litigation
Arbitration
Mediation
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Sivakumar Murugaiyan is a Partner of the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice.  Siva has been in active legal practice since 1989.  His primary area of practice is in dispute resolution, especially commercial litigation including arbitrations and mediation. 

He has been involved in building contract/construction disputes, banking litigation, company law litigation, including minority shareholder actions and claims against directors for breaches of fiduciary duty, management corporation matters as well as intellectual property claims.  In addition, Siva handles defamation and insolvency matters.  He has represented a wide variety of clients from individuals and local business to multi-national corporations and financial institutions.

Siva has appeared before various tribunals and courts, including the High Court and the Court of Appeal; which is Singapore’s apex Court. Some of the more notable reported cases that Siva has been involved in are:

  • Bin Hee Heng v Management Corporation Strata Title No 647 [1991] 3 MLJ 69
  • Ko Teck Siang v Low Fong Mei & Anor [1992] 2 SLR 454
  • Alexander Proudfoot v Alvin Sim [1993] 1 SLR 494
  • Management Corporation Strata Title Plan No 1378 v Chen Ee Yueh [1994] 1 SLR 463
  • Lim Kay Lip & Anor v Lee Cheng Peng & Anor [1994] 2 SLR 716
  • Aurum Building Services Pte Ltd v Greatearth Construction Pte Ltd [1994] 3 SLR 330
  • Overseas Chinese Banking Corp Ltd v Norman Wright [1994] 3 SLR 760
  • Bali Intenational Finance & Others  v Bambang Sutrisno [1999] 3 SLR 140
  • Yugiantoro v Budiono Widodo [2002] 2 SLR 75
  • Hong Pian Tee v Les Placements Germain Gauthier [2002] 2 SLR 81
  • Denko-HLB Sdn Bhd v Fagerdala Singapore Pte Ltd [2002] 3 SLR 357
  • Mah Wand Hew v Ong Yew Huat & Anor [2003] 1 SLR 859
  • Koh Gek Hwa v Yang Hwei Ming & Anor [2003] 4 SLR 316
  • Ann Masters Lassiter v To Keng Lam  [2005] 2 SLR 8
  • Multi-Code Electronics (M) Bhd v Toh Chun Toh, Gordon and Others [2009] 1 SLR 100
  • AmBank (M) Sdn Bhd v Raymond Yong [2008] 1 SLR 441 ; [2009] 2 SLR 59
  • Quek Kheng Leong Nicky and Another v Teo Beng Ngoh and Others [2009] 4 SLR 181
  • Ching Chew Weng Paul v Ching Pui Sim and Others [2010] 2 SLR 76
  • Tjong Very Sumito v Chan Sing En & Others [2012] 3 SLR 953
  • Alwie Handoyo v Tjong Very Sumito and Another Appeal [2013] 4 SLR 308
  • BNP Paribas Wealth Management v Jacob Agam and Anor [2016] SGHC (I) 5

These cases involve banking, bankruptcy and insolvency, complex contractual as well as quasi-contractual disputes, construction, defamation, employment law, injunctions, international law issues involving forum non conveniens and lis alibi pendens, property law including management corporation matters, law of trusts and tortious claims.

Apart from practice, Siva has served as Treasurer and Exco member of the Council of the Law Society of Singapore.  He has also served as a member of the Board of Commissioners and Notaries Public of the Singapore Academy of Law.  Siva was also the Vice-Chair of the International Construction Projects Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association.  In addition, Siva was a member of various committees of the Law Society including the Finance Committee, ADR Committee, Ethics Committee as well as the Inquiry Panel; which deals with complaints against lawyers.