Allen & Gledhill

Singapore

Review

Dispute resolution

One of the ‘Big Four’ law firms in Singapore, Allen & Gledhill has one of the largest teams with 120 lawyers including 54 active partners and two senior counsels. The firm is universally praised by peers and clients as having one of the strongest disputes teams in the market, with noted senior practitioners leading the group. It has a proven track record of representing sophisticated clients in bet-the-company litigation.

Allen & Gledhill’s specialisms include banking and commercial disputes, international arbitration, insolvency, intellectual property and white-collar crime. The firm also runs a comprehensive cross-border disputes service supported by its regional network.

The firm launched four specialist practices in the spring of 2021: cybersecurity and data protection, private wealth; employment, health and safety; and public policy and environmental, social and governance issues. As struggling businesses were forced into bankruptcy litigation, the Allen & Gledhill team starred in various disputes linked to the high profile insolvencies of Hin Leong Trading and Agritrade Resources.

Key names in the team include Andrew Yeo for commercial disputes, Chien Mien Ho for construction, Edward Tiong for insolvency, Yee Leong Chong and Dinesh Dhillon for international arbitration, Yong Seng Tay on the employment side, Stanley Lai for commercial litigation and intellectual property, and Jason Chan for white-collar crime and investigations. William Ong co-heads the disputes department and he specialises in international arbitration and intellectual property.

In a high profile commercial litigation, the firm acted for BTHMB Holdings in a dispute involving the issuance of cryptocurrency and use of proceeds by leading cryptocurrency issuers. Singfor Insurance has instructed the firm to defend against EFG Bank in a suit involving pledge assets. The complex dispute involves legal issues over trusteeship, conflict of laws, the doctrine of ultra vires in company law and the law on apparent authority and constructive notice.

On the construction front, the firm defended Dragages Singapore in the quantum tranche of a Singapore High Court suit brought by a landmark office complex owner in connection with the dispute over the construction of Centennial Tower.

In intellectual property, the firm continues to represent Nippon Steel Chemical & Material and Nippon Micrometal Corporation in a patent infringement lawsuit concerning its semiconductor bonding wires against Tanaka Electronics Singapore.

In labour and employment, the firm successfully secured a worldwide freezing injunction against the chief executive and finance manager for fraud and conspiracy for the plaintiff, Maersk Trade Finance. The firm also acted for BGC Partners in a landmark appeal case centred on whether employee ‘no show’ damages will be enforceable under Singapore employment law. In another precedent setting matter, the team is representing IP Investment Management and IP Real Estate Investments in the country’s first civil court action for personal data breaches under the Personal Data Protection Act.

The white-collar crime team is taking centre stage for Essilor International in one of the largest transnational fraud cases in Singapore’s legal history. It is representing the eyewear manufacturer in over a dozen cases against different defendants in the local courts, including civil recovery claims and criminal disposal hearings.

Key clients include DBS Bank, Credit Suisse, Noble Group, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation, Perennial Group, Sentosa Development Corporation, Singapore Tourism Board and SingHealth.

Client feedback

“Friendly and very competent lawyers, personalised attention and reasonable fees.” – Commercial and transactions

“The firm was very approachable and understood the issues very quickly. The lawyers were very efficient in their processes, pre-empted the other side litigation strategies very early on and provided efficient strategies to our common client.” – Commercial and transactions

“Excellent litigators and very client focused.” – Commercial and transactions

“Provides prompt and sound legal advice and follows through with the advice.” – Commercial and transactions

“Provided very strategic and commercial advice that was practical and addressed our business needs.” – Commercial and transactions

“Responsive and good quality work.” – Commercial and transactions

“Provided strategic counsel well for a sensitive case.” – Commercial and transactions

“Excellent court work and communication. Excellent detail and back-up work with extensive but useful conferencing.” – Commercial and transactions

“It understands clients' business needs and directions, offers clear advice tailored to clients' business needs and quick turnover time.” – Commercial and transactions

“All-round professional job.” – Commercial and transactions

“The lawyers are exceptional in the manner in which they conduct arbitrations and guide clients through the process.” – Commercial and transactions

“The Allen & Gledhill team was very diligent in preparing themselves. They spent considerable time to understand the details of what transpired and quickly understood the complexities and subtleties of the manufacturing issues and delivery issues involved in the dispute. They were very professional and produced high quality documents that were presented to the other side that resulted in both parties being able to quickly have meaningful discussions about how to resolve the dispute.” – Commercial and transactions

“Very clear, proactive and practical advice. They go beyond just the pure legal aspects, providing holistic solutions.” – Insolvency

“A&G gives comprehensive advice, ensures that it involves all the relevant lawyers aside from insolvency to enable discussions to be productive and timely. They are dedicated and give a prompt turnaround where time is of the essence with a huge capacity to work under extreme time pressure. Where appropriate, the lawyers provide commercial advice to resolve impasses.” – Insolvency

“Allen & Gledhill addressed our questions and provided its excellent professional opinion in a timely manner.” – Intellectual property

“Professional as always.” – Labour and employment

“Excellent attention to detail while maintaining high level strategic focus. Very strong communication with us in a concise, business-focused manner.” – Labour and employment

“The team is quick to respond, always available to discuss and have great commercial sensibility.” – Labour and employment

“The firm has never lost a case for me despite being given a number of very difficult mandates.” – Labour and employment

“The firm's lawyers are good at law. They also understand Chinese culture as they have lawyers who speak fluent Chinese. Their work quality is high and seldom have errors in document preparation. They are responsible, responsive 24/7, have good litigation strategy planning, are diligent and commercial-minded and attentive to our needs.” – Shipping

Christine Chan

“Very professional and knowledgeable in her field.”

Ankit Goyal

“He had great market knowledge and is a leader on litigations of similar nature. He was able to pre-empt the judge’s view and strategise for a better outcome in the litigation. He was always available and very receptive to the commercial issue.”

“Ankit has a very good and all-round grasp over international arbitration practice. His client management skills are exceptional. He proactively provides inputs and recommends strategies.”

Margaret Joan Ling

“Margaret was able to quickly understand the contractual points that were at issue, many of which were complex and required her to learn and understand complex manufacturing and commercial practice issues unique to the production of high volume consumer electronic products. Margaret produced very clear and detailed descriptions of all the claims and presented these in a way that made the points hard to argue against. She was also very effective at putting forward the case during conciliation meetings and helping the other side understand they had a case to answer and also in managing the relationship with the conciliator to assist them in their discussions with the other side and in the overall understanding of the case.”

Ramesh Kumar

“Provided sound legal advice and communicated with us on a timely and prompt basis.”

Stanley Lai

“Dr Stanley Lai always addressed our questions and always provided his excellent professional advice in a timely manner.”

William Ong

“William is friendly, open and very competent, a good listener, solution-oriented and has reasonable professional charges. He’s a great lawyer without any inflated ego.”

Kai Liang Tan

“Kai Liang's advice is always extremely commercial and strategic. I would count him as a small handful of lawyers that I would rely on to resolve difficult and high stakes litigation.”

Yong Seng Tay

“Great case management including interfacing with us and quality service.”

“Responsive, strategic and sound legal advice.”

“Excellent court advocate, strong sense of the occasion and fast on his feet due to extensive preparation and clarification of details. He is a very hard working team leader and inspires others to be as detailed and precise as he is.”

“Business-focused advice, very strong strategic mind. Outstanding responsiveness.”

“Always attentive and available, and has very in depth knowledge of industry.”

“This lawyer is an Oxford graduate. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and an unsurpassed track record when it comes to litigation.”

Hsu Hsien Tham

“Very experienced in his field, clear and concise, offers practical solutions, and is very accessible and prompt.”

Edward Tiong

“Friendly and personable. Always willing to go the extra mile to negotiate and work with all stakeholders to achieve a resolution.”

Erik Widjaja

“Erik possesses good knowledge of international trading practice especially on how business and operations work. He is also familiar with the trade financing part. He can think outside the box and has well planned advice.”