Singapore Chapter of The Dispute Resolution Review



Date Published: 5 April 2021

Authors and Contributors:  See Tow Soo Ling, Subramanian Pillai, Venetia Tan, Ervin Roe and Lim Shu-Yi.


[1] Sections 2(1) and 5(3) of the Small Claims Tribunal Act.

[2] The prescribed categories will be stated in the upcoming Sixth Schedule of the SCJA.

[3] Ooi Chhooi Ngoh Bibiana v. Chee Yoh Chuang (care of RSM Corporate Advisory Pte Ltd, as joint and several private trustees in bankruptcy of the bankruptcy estate of Freddie Koh Sin Chong, a bankrupt) and another [2020] SGCA 83.

[4] I-Admin (Singapore) Pte Ltd v. Hong Ying Ting and others [2020] SGCA 32.

[5] Coco v. AN Clark (Engineers) Ltd [1969] RPC 41.

[6] Quoine Pte Ltd v. B2C2 Ltd [2020] SGCA(I) 02.

[7] The Online Citizen Pte Ltd v. Attorney-General [2020] SGHC 36.

[8] Singapore Democratic Party v. Attorney-General [2020] SGHC 25.

[9] Paragraph 35B of the Supreme Court Practice Directions and paragraph 35 of the State Court Practice Directions.

[10] Order 59 Rule 5(c) of the Rules of Court (Cap 322) and paragraph 35B of the Supreme Court Practice Directions.

[11] Paragraphs 37, 38 and 143 of the State Court Practice Directions.

[12] Koh Chong Chiah and others v. Treasure Resort Pte Ltd [2013] 4 SLR 1204.

[13] Rules of Court Order 5 Rule 6(1).

[14] Rules of Court Order 5 Rule 6(2).

[15] Rules of Court Order 12 Rule 1(2).

[16] Rules of Court Order 1 Rule 9(2).

[17] See Petroval SA v. Stainby Overseas Ltd and ors [2008] 3 SLR(R) 856 and Multi-Code Electronics Industries (M) Sdn Bhd and anor v. Toh Chun Toh Gordon and ors [2008] 1 SLR(R) 1000.

[18] Bi Xiaoqiong (in her personal capacity and as trustee of the Xiao Qiong Bi Trust and the Alisa Wu Irrevocable Trust) v. China Medical Technologies, Inc (in liquidation) and another, [2019] SGCA 50.

[19] Section 5B of the Civil Law Act (Cap 43, Rev Ed 1999).

[20] Paragraph 7 of the Public Consultation on Conditional Fee Agreements in Singapore:

[21] Legal Profession Act (Cap 161).

[22] Law Society of Singapore v. Ezekiel Peter Latimer [2019] 4 SLR 1427.

[23] Personal Data Protection (Amendment) Bill, Section 8.

[24] Personal Data Protection (Amendment) Bill, Section 6.

[25] Personal Data Protection (Amendment) Bill, Section 7.

[26] Paragraphs 4–18, Public Consultation on Proposed Amendments to the International Arbitration Act:


[28] Registrar’s Circular 5 of 2020.

[29] Jumaiah bte Amir v. Salim bin Abdul Rashid [2019] SGHC 63.


CNPLaw’s Dispute Resolution Lawyers

See Tow Soo Ling - Oct2017

    Soo Ling’s main areas of practice are intellectual property and dispute resolution. She has experience in a diverse range of matters such as building construction, company law, commercial law, disciplinary proceedings, employment law, family law, intellectual property, property law, probate & administration and shareholder disputes. Soo Ling is recognised as a Recommended Lawyer by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 for the Dispute Resolution practice, and is featured as a leading individual in the 2021 Edition of the World Trademark Review 1000, under the Prosecution and Strategy category.

    Subramanian Pillai Partner at CNPLaw

      Subramanian’s practice has been primarily in the field of commercial litigation and arbitration. He heads the firm’s International Arbitration and Construction, Engineering and Infrastructure teams. Subramanian is “Recommended” by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 for the Dispute Resolution practice.


        Venetia is a disputes lawyer with experience handling international arbitration, litigation and advisory work on international and local commercial disputes, in particular, disputes relating to foreign investments and joint ventures, financing, distributorships, and jurisdictional challenges. Venetia was listed as Singapore’s 20 most influential lawyers aged 40 and under in 2018 by the Singapore Business Review, and is also recognised as one of Asia’s Super 50 Dispute Lawyers by the Asian Legal Business in 2021.

        ervin roe is an associate at CNPLaw

          Ervin is an associate in the Construction, Engineering & Infrastructure Projects team. He advises on matters related to civil and commercial litigation and regularly acts for clients in construction projects and insolvency disputes.

          With globalisation providing not only a myriad of opportunities but also increased challenges in dealing with the various stakeholders, disputes are bound to arise in the normal course of businesses and transactions.

          At CNPLaw, our dispute resolution lawyers seek to provide support to our clients through the lifecycle of transactions. At the very beginning, we seek to mitigate risk and avoid disputes. However, should it transpire to the latter, our lawyers work closely with our clients to either resolve the matter through alternative dispute resolution matters like arbitration and mediation, or through litigating the matter, either in the civil or criminal courts. We have extensive legal experience at every level of the Singapore courts of justice, and our lawyers have appeared in a number of cases reported in the Singapore Law Reports.