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Chia Shengyou, Edwin

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Edwin’s experience is in litigation and arbitration proceedings, and estate planning.

He has experience in a diverse range of matters (including disputes between shareholders / joint venture partners), and has acted as lead counsel in disputes concerning equity and trust (involving resulting trust and common intention constructive trust), contentious probate, employment matters and in disciplinary proceedings (as prosecuting counsel). In the area of estate planning, he has extensive expertise advising on issues concerning Wills, application for Grant of Probate / Letters of Administration (including foreign domiciled deceased), and Lasting Power of Attorney.

Edwin was listed in the 2020 edition of Singapore’s 21 most influential lawyers aged 40 and under by the Singapore Business Review. Additionally, he was named as one of the SAF NSmen of the Year in 2022.

His notable experience includes acting as lead counsel where his clients successfully argued that the surviving joint owner of a commercial property was holding the said property on resulting trust on their behalf, before the General Division and the Appellate Division of the High Court, and the Court of Appeal. This matter received widespread media coverage.

Effectively bilingual, he has delivered seminars and webinars (in English and Mandarin) to and/or through various organisations, financial institutions, and news media on topics ranging from debt recovery to estate planning.

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No matter the complexity or intricacies of your legal challenge, Edwin and CNPLaw can assist you. Submit an enquiry now.

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Dispute Resolution

With the global landscape presenting a wealth of opportunities and an equal measure of difficulties in navigating relationships with stakeholders, it is inevitable that disputes will arise in the course

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Matrimonial And Family Disputes

When it comes to handling matters related to matrimonial and family issues, our team of lawyers has the necessary expertise and sensitivity to navigate

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Private Clients, Family Offices And Wealth Management

Our private clients practice group provides a range of legal services tailored for individuals, including high net worth individuals and families to assist them

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Estate Planning

Estate and succession planning can be described as the art of planning

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Mental Capacity Act Advisory

‘The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) was passed in parliament in 2008. It

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Arbitration

Our dispute resolution litigators handle a wide range of arbitration under the

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Employment Disputes

At CNPLaw, we recognise that employment disputes will affect our clients’ lives

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General Litigation

Our general litigation practice is primarily business-oriented and involves most types of civil

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Professional Liability

Our lawyers have years of experience in providing commercial advice on governance

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Probate

Losing a loved one is never easy and as the legal process of obtaining the Court’s grant to administer the estate of your loved one differs depending whether the person

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Wills And Trusts

Having a will enables one to go further than just providing for

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"Singapore's 21 most influential lawyers aged 40 and under in 2020"

Singapore Business Review 2020

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“[Edwin’s] professionalism in this area of work is really outstanding. … [I]t was a great pleasure to work with CNP and I will definitely be recommending you if my friends happen to require any legal assistance.”

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“[Edwin] picked out the main issues very well and explained them to me clearly. His work product … was in my opinion, top notch. …[H]is attitude, professionalism and results were all commendable.”

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GENERAL LITIGATION / MATRIMONIAL AND FAMILY DISPUTES

Successfully acted for client in seeking a declaration that she was the lawful wife of the deceased, pursuant to section 181 of the Women’s Charter (Wong Swee Hor v Tan Jip Seng and others [2015] 1 SLR 929). This matter was reported in the media.

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GENERAL LITIGATION / MATRIMONIAL AND FAMILY DISPUTES

Successfully acted for clients in defending a claim involving allegations of misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duties, breach of trust, constructive trust, resulting trust, common intention constructive trust, non-est factum, undue influence, conspiracy by unlawful means, and minority oppression under Section 216 of the Companies Act. The High Court’s decision was subsequently upheld by the Court of Appeal (Ong Bee Dee (executor of the estate of Ong Tuan Seng, deceased) v Ong Bee Chew and others [2017] 3 SLR 579).

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GENERAL LITIGATION / MATRIMONIAL AND FAMILY DISPUTES

Successfully acted for clients in a dispute concerning ownership of a commercial unit, involving allegations relating to resulting trust, common intention constructive trust, and wrongful lodgment of caveat – acted for the clients before the General and Appellate Divisions of the High Court (Ng Lai Kuen Priscilla Elizabeth and others v Ng Choong Keong Steven [2023] SGHC 343), as well as the Court of Appeal. This matter was reported in the media.

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GENERAL LITIGATION / MATRIMONIAL AND FAMILY DISPUTES

Successfully acted in a dispute over ownership of a residential property, involving allegations relating to the validity of Wills, partnership assets, and resulting trust.

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GENERAL LITIGATION / ARBITRATION

Acting for a Hong Kong company in various Court proceedings (including applications for interim injunction, and stay of Court proceedings in favour of arbitration) and arbitration proceedings against subsidiaries of a Singapore listed company and a Hong Kong listed company, concerning breaches of a joint venture agreement.

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GENERAL LITIGATION

Acted for an Indonesian businessman in a complex dispute with Asia’s leading oil and gas logistics company in multiple Suits involving 9 sets of solicitors, involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duties, conspiracy, knowing receipt and dishonest assistance.

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GENERAL LITIGATION

Acted for the organisers of a premier boat and yacht show in Singapore and Thailand in a dispute with a former joint venture partner, involving allegations of passing off, breach of confidence and enforceability of a Memorandum of Understanding.

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GENERAL LITIGATION – WIRELESS COMMUNICATION PRODUCTS

Acted for a US company in a claim against a company listed in the Republic of China, for payment of commission due under an agreement.

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ARBITRATION – CRYPTOCURRENCY

Successfully acted for an entity incorporated in Switzerland in a claim for return of listing fees (paid in cryptocurrency) against a leading cryptocurrency exchange based in the People’s Republic of China.

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EMPLOYMENT DISPUTES

Acted for a former Chief Executive Officer against his former employer for unpaid salary, bonuses and expenses.

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EMPLOYMENT DISPUTES

Acted for a leading global player in the pharmaceutical industry in effecting the termination of its managing director of its Singapore office.

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GENERAL LITIGATION (DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS)

Acting for the Singapore Medical Council and Singapore Dental Council in proceedings against their members, including Steven Ang Kiam Hau and Clarence Teo Shun Jie.

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Chia Shengyou, Edwin's latest insights

Edwin authors publications that guide readers about specific areas of the law. Read on to find out more.

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CNPLaw LLP successfully acted for the Plaintiffs in a claim based on resulting trust (Ng Lai Kuen Priscilla Elizabeth and others v Ng Choong Keong Steven [2023] SGHC 343)
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Capacity, knowledge and independence – the optimal state of mind when preparing your will
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Administration of Estate: Applicable Time Bar for Claims against the Deceased’s Estate
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Implications arising from “Decoupling” a property
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“Reasonable provision” of maintenance under the Inheritance (Family Provision) Act
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