Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Our team of experienced lawyers, led by two Senior Counsels, offers intensive dispute-resolution techniques for public listed, private limited companies and individuals.

Backed by the expertise and the will to manage disputes and litigation cases in diverse and complex commercial, matrimonial and other cases which include claims in Court and domestic and international arbitration proceedings.

RHTLaw Asia is a recognised market leader in the practice area of litigation and dispute resolution, representing a diverse mix of clients from innovative start-ups through to global household names.

The team is actively involved in claims in the Singapore courts, Singapore International Commercial Court, as well as domestic and international arbitration proceedings. These claims often involve complex commercial matters and cross-border disputes.

The team has two Senior Counsels, Prof Walter Woon, SC, and Prof Leslie Chew, SC, who support RHTLaw Asia’s Litigation and Dispute Resolutions Practice as Senior Consultants.

Practice deputy head, Mr Nandakumar Renganathan, is one of the founding members of RHTLaw Asia. He has been in active legal practice for about 22 years. Well-regarded as an experienced counsel, Nandakumar has acted for both public listed and private limited companies in commercial claims over the years.

As Singapore grows its world-class infrastructure and facilities to become a commercial and business capital, and with several other cities within the region catching up – the landscape of the Building, Construction, Infrastructure & Engineering industry, too, has vastly advanced. 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 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 securitisation
  • Corporate Secretarial Services
  • Claims under guarantees and indemnities
  • Contractual disputes
  • Company law
  • Debt and receivables recovery
  • Defamation (libel & 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

RHTLaw Asia 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.

Our team 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

We advise 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

Crime and fraud can be detrimental to your business interests. Our Financial Crime, Compliance and Investigations (FCCI) Team can help prevent such situations through constant monitoring, early detection and a rapid respond system – which can protect your reputation and minimise losses.

RHTLaw Asia assists clients across financial institutions and their counterparties on a broad range of banking and financial services disputes involving litigation, arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution.

Our team of experienced litigation practitioners 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

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.

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.

Our international arbitration offering allows clients enhanced probability of enforceability and confidentiality, backed by our 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 global network. We are able to draw on experienced colleagues across many transactional disciplines, including an excellent corporate practice that has been recognised by the IFLR1000 and Legal 500, in Singapore and numerous other jurisdictions, to infuse our work with real commercial sensitivity. Similarly, our strong parallel experience in mediation allows us to provide for mediation in arbitration clauses (especially those that involve Chinese entities) either before arbitration or as part of an arbitration. RHTLaw Asia offers to design your dispute resolution strategies at the beginning of a deal, and 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 offer our clients a procedural advantage right from the start – with our experience with many major institutional rules, 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 for disputes in technical sectors. Our understanding of the Tribunal appointment process will help you avoid certain pitfalls.
We advise and act 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

Key Contacts

Head of Practice

Deputy Head of Practice

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