Daphne TAN

Daphne Tan is an Associate at CNPLaw LLP. Her main area of focus is in contentious work, and her past experience in this area encompasses civil, corporate, and commercial disputes across the construction, investment, telecommunication, food and beverage, real estate, and entertainment sectors.

Senior Associate


Daphne is a Senior Associate in the firm’s Dispute Resolution team. She specializes in helping clients resolve cases involving complex fact scenarios in corporate, commercial, and contractual disputes in various sectors, whether through litigation, arbitration, or mediation.

Most recently, she successfully represented the plaintiff in a claim for fraudulent misrepresentation and negligent misstatement in the alternative. The High Court found for the plaintiff in the main claim and in the alternative claim completely, and awarded the full amount claimed by the plaintiff. The case is reported as Lim Bee Lan v Lee Juan Loong & Anor [2021] SGHC 234 and serves as precedent that directors of companies owe a duty of care to describe their companies accurately when courting investments from unsophisticated persons.

Other notable cases include:

  • Acting for a client in an international arbitration involving the international sale of goods with a total quantum in dispute of over US$22 million
  • Acting for a client in a domestic arbitration involving the vitiation of a contract with a total quantum in dispute of approximately S$8 million
  • Acting for clients in a claim involving numerous allegations of dishonesty with a total quantum of dispute of over S$ 130 million

As a mediation advocate, Daphne pro-actively works towards “win-win” outcomes and has represented numerous clients in mediations with these outcomes.

Apart from this, she has substantial experience in cross-border corporate and commercial matters involving clients, fellow professionals, and counterparties from China, the United States, Europe, and Indonesia.

Daphne graduated with an LLB from the University of Tasmania in 2010, and an LLM from the University of Melbourne in 2014. She is admitted to practise in Singapore and Australia. She is a member of the Finance, Investments, and Taxation group of the Faculty of Law’s Centre for Corporate and Commercial Regulatory Studies. She also served as a member of the Civil Practice Committee in 2021. She is natively proficient in Bahasa and conversant in Mandarin.