WongPartnership LLP

Chee Meng Tan SC

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Deputy Chairman of WongPartnership LLP. Main areas of practice are general civil litigation, construction and engineering dispute resolution, criminal law, insurance, professional indemnity and disciplinary proceedings. Practises also as arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator.

Career

Appointed Senior Counsel, 2006, Deputy Managing Partner, 2008, Deputy Chairman, 2015 of WongPartnership LLP; Previously Partner/Managing Partner Harry Elias Partnership 1993-2007; Deputy Senior State Counsel in the Attorney-General’s Chambers; Deputy Director at the Commercial Affairs Department from 1987 – 1993; Civil Engineer with PWD from 1981 – 1984; Board member of Urban Redevelopment Authority and Ausnet Services Ltd; Advisor and Immediate Past Chairman of the School Management Committee of the Assumption English School.

Professional Memberships

Panel of Specialist Mediators of Singapore International Mediation Centre; Panel of Arbitrators of Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, Badan Arbitrase Nasional Indonesia (Bani Arbitration Center); Member of Criminal Legal Assistance Steering Committee; Member of Singapore Academy of Law’s Council of Law Reporting; Panel of Presidents for Law Society’s Disciplinary Tribunal; Ethics & Research Sub-Committee of Thomson Medical Centre; Chairman of the Criminal Law Advisory Committee; Accredited Adjudicator appointed under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (Cap 30B).

Publications

Halsbury's Law of Singapore – Volume 18 (2012 Reissue): Tort chapter; Atkin's Court Forms – Singapore: Defamation chapter; Modern Advocacy: Perspectives from Singapore; One of the consultants for the 2006 edition of the Singapore Court Practice.

Work Highlights

• The Teochew Poit It Huay Kuan against Ngee Ann Kongsi in a dispute over property rights over the Teochew Building at 97 Tank Road.

• Mr Ng Boon Gay, a senior officer from the Central Narcotics Bureau, Singapore, in relation to charges of corruption. Mr Ng was acquitted of all charges.

• The owners of Grange Heights against numerous claims by Lee Tat Development. The dispute between the parties spanned over 40 years, and made its way to the Court of Appeal on no less than 6 occasions. The final saga saw the Court of Appeal finding in favour of Grange Heights on novel points of law on the torts of abuse of process and malicious prosecution, in the process departing from the English position.

• Mr Tee Wee Sien in a dispute with Mr Keith Ng, in a minority oppression claim which resulted in a court order for the company to the wound up.

• Trans Eurokars in a claim by Mr James Koh Wee Meng over alleged defects in a Rolls Royce Phantom. Mr Koh’s $1.4 million claim was wholly dismissed with costs.

• PH Hydraulics & Engineering Pte Ltd before the Court of Appeal, which held conclusively for the first time in Singapore that punitive damages are not payable for breach of contract.

• Boustead Singapore Limited, in successfully obtaining a permanent injunction restraining a Libyan bank from calling on a US$20 million performance bond.

Expert in these Jurisdictions

Singapore

Awards

Ranked in Chambers for Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Singapore)

Chambers

2020