Firms To Watch: Construction: Local firms

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP has a solid mix of contentious and non-contentious engagements, frequently acting for clients in disputes between contractors and subcontractors, including cases across Southeast Asia and South Asia. Sandra Seah, who is an experienced figure in public projects and regulatory matters, leads the practice.
Prolegis LLC, the Formal Law Alliance partner of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, established a greater presence in the construction arena with the hire of Adrian Wong in June 2022 from CMS Holborn Asia. This has led to a series of large-scale front-end engagements, including the development of hyper-scale data centres.

Construction: Local firms in Singapore

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP has one of the most rounded practices in the market, remaining at the forefront of front-end and disputes work in Singapore and across Southeast Asia. The firm has extensive experience in major building and infrastructure projects. Through its work for public authorities, the firm has gained the knowledge and experience to apply to a wide variety of large-scale infrastructure projects in Singapore and beyond; it acted as project counsel to Cambodia Airport Investment in the $1.5bn development of the new airport for Phnom Penh. The highly rated and hugely experienced Ho Chien Mien and Sathiaseelan Jagateesan co-head the construction and engineering practice, both having a leading position in contentious and non-contentious construction matters; Lim Dao Kai is deputy-head of the group and is noted for representing statutory boards, government-linked companies, international developers and contractors in major disputes. Chong Yee Leong is co-head of the international arbitration group and is highly rated for construction and engineering disputes. Koh En Ying and Kelvin Kek are also notable names for construction disputes, and Charmelia Sugianto is rated for front-end work

Practice head(s):

Ho Chien Mien; Sathiaseelan Jagateesan; Lim Dao Kai

Other key lawyers:

Chong Yee Leong; Koh En Ying; Kelvin Kek; Charmelia Sugianto


‘Independent and professional in the advisory clients’ interest clearly demonstrated by partners and lawyers who are knowledgeable and offer solutions.’

‘The team has in-depth experience in the construction industry. They are very dedicated, responsive and pay a lot of attention to details to thoroughly appraise the situation in order to provide sound and practical approach to resolve legal and contractual issues. ’

‘Ho Chien Mien is well-known for his strong competency in construction law. His deep and wide experience in contract dispute resolution were very valuable to us. He has provided sound, practical and good advice to resolve contractual disputes and avoided lengthy and costly litigation.’

‘The one who stands out for us is Ho Chien Mien. Our construction contracts are well-drafted for any disputes. Ho Chien Mien is commercially savvy and always able to guide us to find practical solutions.’

‘Sathiaseelan Jagateesan is proficient with the many legal issues in his practice and is able to give quick, practical and innovative suggestions as to how the matter might best be managed. The advice given is also clearly and effectively communicated. He always has the client’s best interests at heart.’

‘The construction practice at A&G has strong knowledge and expertise in construction law in Singapore, together with other areas of law covering the ecosystem in engineering, procurement and construction. Due to their networks with industry professionals in the EPC sectors, the team is able to link up clients with other services as and when required as part of their case management strategy with clients.’

‘Kelvin Kek is highly prompt to offer legal opinions and solutions. Pragmatic in his approach towards legal issues in the best interest of client.’

‘Sathiaseelan Jagateesan is succinct and applies himself very proactively in advising on approach and strategy. His proposed solutions are pragmatic and serve our interests as clients very well.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Mandai Park Development on the project documentation, contract administration and the resolution of claims and disputes relating to the rejuvenation of Mandai into an integrated nature and wildlife destination in Singapore.
  • Advised the main contractor on the redevelopment of AXA Tower into the tallest skyscraper in Singapore.
  • Acted as project counsel to Cambodia Airport Investment on the $1.5bn development of new airport for Phnom Penh.

Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore

Praised for its ‘unwavering commitment to clients' needs and the extraordinary team of lawyers’, Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore has the international heft in construction, coupled with Singapore law expertise and the ability to represent clients in local courts. The firm has connections to a range of top contractors, including those headquartered in Asia and Europe. Much of the practice centres on disputes, with cases in Southeast Asia, the wider Asia Pacific region and the Middle East. Eugene Tan is head of the Asia construction practice and has vast experience in construction arbitration, particularly cases involving Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam. Sean Hardy has close links to Korean and European contractors, and is active in construction matters throughout Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific. The highly rated Rachel Tan has been promoted to legal director. Jon Howes relocated to the firm’s Bristol office in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Eugene Tan

Other key lawyers:

Sean Hardy; Rachel Tan; Kai Yong Tan


‘The team is very well-trained and both highly knowledgeable and experienced in the construction sector.’

‘Sean Hardy is a young partner, who has a great manner with clients and possesses a huge amount of specialist experience in construction disputes.’

‘I cannot speak highly enough about my experience with Clyde & Co. From the moment I walked through their doors, I knew I had made the right choice. What sets Clyde & Co apart is their unwavering commitment to clients’ needs and the extraordinary team of lawyers. This dynamic team effort made me confident that I had an entire legal powerhouse supporting my cause.’

Key clients

Precise Development Pte Ltd

One of the largest European building construction and civil engineering companies

FIDECS Engineering Pte Ltd.

Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd

HQSM Engineering Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Precise Development on a variety of transactional and contentious matters, including successfully defending against subcontractor that alleged non-payment and breach of agreement.
  • Represented Fidecs Engineering in two charges brought by the Energy Market Authority.
  • Represented HQSM Engineering in a winding up order in the Singapore courts arising out of monies allegedly payable by our client under a construction and engineering related contract.

Pinsent Masons MPillay

Pinsent Masons MPillay is ‘absolutely unparalleled in their construction expertise’. The Singapore office has a rich history in infrastructure and energy matters, including front-end through to contentious engagements, in Southeast Asia and the broader Asia Pacific region. It has experienced further growth in renewable energy, particularly offshore wind farms, along with energy transition projects for the oil and gas industry. Mohan Pillay is qualified to practise in Singapore and England, and is hugely experienced in construction and engineering disputes, including those in the offshore wind sector. Chen Han Toh is another experienced energy and infrastructure arbitration specialist with extensive experience in Asia Pacific disputes. Frédéric Gillion is another key partner in disputes connected to major projects in Asia Pacific and worldwide, having previously practised in London and Paris; he recently led the team that advised Omega Consortium in connection with the delivery of a €30bn experimental ITER nuclear project in the south of France. Sam Boyling splits his time between Singapore and Beijing, and was appointed as global co-head of construction disputes in May 2023; he represents Chinese SOE contractors in connection with major energy and infrastructure projects. Yong Neng Chan is also impressing clients, as is legal director Andrea Clark.

Practice head(s):

Sam Boyling; James Harris

Other key lawyers:

Mohan Pillay; Chen Han Toh; Frédéric Gillion; Yong Neng Chan; Andrea Clark


‘They are a really great team of lawyers who are collaborative both within their own organisation and also with those they engage with.’

‘Andrea Clark is an extremely intelligent, polite but assertive lawyer. She stands out amongst her peers.’

‘Pinsent Masons is absolutely unparalleled in their construction expertise. They understand the intricacies of complex infrastructure projects and are experienced in advising on and managing all sorts of construction concepts and issues, and arguments.’

Key clients


Omega Consortium / Equans




Work highlights

  • Advised Omega Consortium in connection with the delivery of a ground-breaking €30bn experimental nuclear project called ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) in the south of France.
  • Acted for a major Chinese contractor in Singapore court proceedings arising out of a performance bond call on a combined cycle power plant project in Pakistan.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has a large team of construction specialists. The firm has rounded expertise in the full lifecycle of construction specialists, though is best known for its disputes expertise. The firm is noted for its experience in disputes connected to large-scale construction projects around Southeast Asia, including Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar, along with projects in India, Mongolia and elsewhere in Asia. The firm has worked on a series of front-end construction projects in Singapore and has experienced further growth in engagements stemming from data centre and clean energy projects. Sim Chee Siong leads the construction and projects team and has extensive experience in disputes in Singapore, Southeast Asia and beyond. Soh Lip San and Avinash Pradhan are also experienced figures in construction and engineering disputes, particularly in relation to energy and infrastructure assets. Deputy managing partner Ng Kim Beng also has an outstanding reputation in construction cases and has an estimable track record in Singapore and Southeast Asia disputes. Shemane Chan provides further front-end construction expertise, particularly in relation to Singapore projects, but also across Asia.

Practice head(s):

Sim Chee Siong

Other key lawyers:

Soh Lip San; Avinash Pradhan; Ng Kim Beng; Shemane Chan


‘Strong construction legal knowledge and reasonable fees.’

‘Avinash Pradhan is such an energetic expert in construction cases and capable of breakthroughs.’

‘The team picks up quickly on issues and are solution-oriented. They have strong construction legal and industry knowledge and offer sound and practical advice.’

‘Soh Lip San provides confident, sound and practical advice and is clearly familiar with and understands the construction industry.’

Key clients

Sanofi Manufacturing Pte Ltd

Vim Engineering Pte Ltd


Work highlights

  • Acted for Sanofi in its S$638m investment in a leading-edge production site in Singapore.
  • Acted for Vim Engineering in an appeal to the Singapore High Court (Appellate Division).
  • Assisted AIMS APAC REIT in the structuring, negotiations and finalisation of the agreements for the installation and subsequent maintenance of rooftop solar photovoltaic systems across six of its industrial, logistics and warehouse properties by SP Group.

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP has one of the largest teams in the market with partners typically handling a mix of front-end and dispute resolution matters. The firm has extensive connections to developers/employers and main contractors, along with additional subcontractor and consultant clients. Outside of Singapore, the team has a wealth of engagements in Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam and other Southeast Asia jurisdictions, along with further business in the Middle East; ‘outstanding’ partner Ian de Vaz is head of the infrastructure, construction and engineering team and is a partner in the Middle East practice where the firm has offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Tay Peng Cheng leads the energy, projects and construction group and is another leading figure in front-end and disputes matters. Lee Hwai Bin and Lesley Tan are emerging talents. Christopher Chuah left in October 2023.

Practice head(s):

Tay Peng Cheng; Ian de Vaz

Other key lawyers:

Lesley Tan; Laura Chang; Deya Dubey; Linda Low; Andre Soh; Vishi Sundar; Lee Hwai Bin


‘The market-leading and our go-to construction disputes lawyer is without doubt, Ian de Vaz. He is incredibly insightful, knowledgeable and has a mind as sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel. He is the head of the largest construction practice in Singapore and Southeast Asia.’

‘WongPartnership’s team is balanced and composed of individuals best fitted for the case.’

‘Ian de Vaz is a brilliant lawyer who thinks out of the box and proposes innovative solutions while dealing with difficult cross-border cases.’

‘Vishi Sundar is a hard-worker, who is always willing to best accommodate any request of his clients and in very short time. He is very attentive to all the details of the case and is effective in dealing with complex technical matters what is of absolute essence while dealing with engineering and construction cases.’

‘Deep bench of top class litigators. Exceptional advocates and strategists.’

‘Ian de Vaz is very responsive and provides sound commercial advice, even in the most challenging cases.’

‘Tay Peng Cheng has top industry knowledge and is exceptional at the negotiation table.’

‘Vishi Sundar is, in my view, a sure bet as a future market leader. I can reach him 24/7 for quick advice and information, which I value the most from him.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for Or Kim Peow Contractors Pte Ltd in an arbitration against its design consultant arising out of the collapse of an uncompleted section of a highway viaduct in Singapore.
  • Acting for Tiong Seng Contractors (Pte) Ltd, the main contractor (“2nd Defendant”) for “Eco Sanctuary” (“Development”) against the Management Corporation of Eco Sanctuary (“Plaintiff”) in an ongoing suit in the General Division of the Singapore High Court (“Suit”) involving disputes relating to alleged defects in the Development.
  • Advising a reputable luxury resort hotel operator in relation to disputes with a management contractor arising out of a S$68 million project in respect of the conversion of a performing arts theatre, involving complex variation claims, prolongation claims and back charges.

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow has considerable Singapore law expertise coupled with the firm’s international coverage and resources. Much of the practice centres on disputes with key partner Nandakumar Ponniya heading the Asia Pacific dispute resolution group and having a considerable focus on construction cases. The Singapore team does have further credibility in construction contracts, procurement models, and financing, with an impressive geographic coverage, including matters ranging from Australia, to Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea and beyond. Tjen Wee Wong is an experienced figure in infrastructure construction disputes and Daniel Ho impresses as another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Nandakumar Ponniya

Other key lawyers:

Tjen Wee Wong; Daniel Ho


‘All-round construction and engineering capabilities.’

‘The team has good knowledge of the construction industry and is able to give practical advice.’

‘Daniel Ho is very responsive and has considerable industrial knowledge and expertise.’

Dentons Rodyk

Dentons Rodyk has a rich history in construction disputes, while the large team also has experience in front-end engagements. The practice is centred on Singapore and the ASEAN region, notably involving large-scale real estate developments. Energy and infrastructure projects are also core elements of the practice. The firm has an impressive client base of employers and developers, contractors, architects and other parties involved in construction projects. Kia Jeng Koh and Kirindeep Singh co-head the construction practice and are highly rated for domestic and regional disputes. Paul Wong is another key partner in the contentious field.

Practice head(s):

Kia Jeng Koh; Kirindeep Singh

Other key lawyers:

Paul Wong; Reuben Peter


‘The team knows our business and always gives strong practical advice. They’ve got your back and respond quickly and accurately, both on the law and the strategy.’

‘Reuben Peter is an accredited building and construction specialist and is up and coming.’

‘The team that worked on our project was well put together; worked well, efficient and was able to achieve a good outcome for the client.’

‘The key individuals were competent, client sensitive and were able to strategise and plan ahead.’

Key clients

Jurong Primewide Pte Ltd

Ser Kim Koi

Sinohydro Corporation Limited (Singapore Branch)

Ronny Chin Architects Pte Ltd

Luxury Green Development Pte Ltd

Kovan Treasures Pte Ltd

Comfort Management Pte Ltd

Singapore Island Country Club

Work highlights

  • Acted for a management contractor in court proceedings concerning the development of a project in Biopolis.
  • Acted for the owner in court proceedings concerning the development of three Good Class Bungalows.
  • Acted for Sinohydro Corporation in commencing two separate sets of adjudication proceedings against JE Synergy Engineering.

Drew & Napier LLC

Drew & Napier LLC has drawn on its extensive resources and reputation in the contentious sphere to develop an impressive body of construction and engineering expertise. It is noted for infrastructure and real estate development-related disputes. The firm has also built knowledge and experience in front-end and procurement work, including engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operation and maintenance (O&M) contracts, and additional front-end matters relating to public-private partnership (PPP) projects. Its client base includes a range of domestic and international employers, along with an impressive mix of contractors. Christopher Chong is head of the construction and engineering team with experience at all levels of the Singapore courts, in major arbitrations, and in adjudications. Deputy head Mahesh Rai has earned many accolades in recent years. Chairman Jimmy Yim SC provides additional senior level gravitas to high-value and large-scale disputes. Kevin Teo is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Chong; Mahesh Rai

Other key lawyers:

Jimmy Yim SC; Cavinder Bull SC; Kelvin Teo


‘Outstanding in every respect. Genuinely satisfied with their performance.’

‘Jimmy Yim SC and Maheshi Rai are top-class advocates, thinking out of the box for solutions.’

‘Comprehensive full-service firm with depth of expertise in a range of critical areas that are indispensable for our day-to-day operations. With Christopher Chong at the helm of its construction and disputes practice, Drew & Napier has been our trusted, go-to firm on a regular, consistent basis for some years’

‘Christopher Chong is a singularly exceptional practitioner, that is all-rounded in terms of legal depth of knowledge, commercial acumen, client responsiveness, innovation and unmatched local knowledge. His dedication to his craft and in assisting us to find sensible, practical and mutually beneficial solutions is close to peerless.’

‘Christopher Chong is first-rate counsel for construction disputes in SE Asia. He and his team have done an excellent job in guiding us through some very complex projects.

‘Kelvin Teo is a bright up-and-coming partner in projects disputes.’

Key clients

Alcon group, including Alcon Pte Ltd and CIBA Vision Asian Manufacturing Logistics Pte Ltd

Amara Hotel Properties Pte Ltd

China Machine New Energy Corporation

CosmoSteel Holdings Limited

Daelim Industrial Co. Ltd (now rebranded as DL E&C)

Dragages Singapore Pte Ltd

Essar Group including Essar Projects (India) Limited and Essar Projects Singapore Pte Ltd

Goldbell Corporation Pte Ltd

Hyundai Engineering & Construction

Navayo International AG

Noomadi Resorts & Residences AG

Novartis International AG including Novartis (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Roy Hill Holdings Pty Ltd

Ser Kim Koi

Singapore Liquefied Natural Gas

SK Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. including SK E&C (Singapore branch)

Stepan Company including Stepan Asia Pte Ltd

Thermofisher Scientific

Thio Keng Thay

Tiong Seng Contractors (Pte) Ltd

UOL Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Daelim Industrial Company (now rebranded as DL E&C) in a dispute concerning an aborted L+EPC contract for the construction of the largest petrochemical plant in India and in Asia.
  • Represented Goldbell Engineering in an appeal to the Court of Appeal by Range Construction, which arose out of a Building and Construction Security of Payment Act adjudication determination which Range sought to set aside.

Harry Elias Partnership

Harry Elias Partnership has deep specialisation in construction and engineering within its ranks and has ‘excellent knowledge of the construction market‘. The firm is best known for domestic and international contentious proceedings, including litigation, arbitration and adjudication, though has a fine record in front-end matters. It continues to be noted for its experience in marine engineering, dredging, land reclamation and shore protection having advised on the Tuas Mega Port project and Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort. Underground tunnelling and rail projects are fortes for the firm. It also advises a range of developers and contractors on large-scale real estate developments in Singapore, China, Indonesia and Vietnam, among other jurisdictions. Tan Chau Yee heads the construction and engineering group and has an outstanding record in major front-end engagements. Yvonne Foo is solely dedicated to the construction field, both front-end and disputes matters. Joanna Seetoh, who joined the firm in May 2022 from LVM Law Chambers LLC, is another construction and engineering specialist, while Conrad Campos arrived from RHTLaw Asia LLP in April 2023, bringing additional contentious construction expertise.

Practice head(s):

Tan Chau Yee

Other key lawyers:

Yvonne Foo; Joanna Seetoh; Conrad Campos


‘Yvonne Foo has an excellent legal brain, real commercial savvy and an unrelenting work ethic. I recommend her highly.’

‘They are a small team but very efficient. I like the team following closely our issues and being proactive in this respect.’

‘Joanna Seetoh provides practical advice, thinking out of the box to find solutions for us.’

Key clients

AGC Holdings Ltd

BRC Asia Limited (including subsidiary Lee Wielded Mesh Singapore P/L)

CapitaLand Limited

DBS Trustee Ltd as Trustee of Soilbuild Business Space REIT

Gathergates Group Pte Ltd

GlaxoSmithKline Pte Ltd

GlaxoSmithKline Pte Ltd

Koh Brothers Building & Civil Engineering Contractor (Pte) Ltd

Maritime Port Authority of Singapore

Meinhardt Singapore Pte Ltd

Ministry of Health

National Environment Agency

National Parks Board

People’s Association

Public Utilities Board

Rich-Link Construction Pte Ltd

Singapore Land Authority

Singapore Land Transport Authority

Singapore Turf Club

SMRT Corporation Limited

Standard Chartered Bank / Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Ltd

Straco Leisure Pte Ltd (Singapore Flyer)

Surbana Jurong Consultants Private Limited

Systems on Silicon Manufacturing Co. Pte Ltd

Wee Hur Group of Companies

Work highlights

  • Appointed as the claims specialist to the project manager, superintending officer and employer for the Tuas Terminal Port Project 1.
  • Appointed by the insurers to act for and defend YTL against claims by HSL Constructor and Public Utilities Board (PUB) for damage caused to PUB’s water pipe and other losses due to ground stress exerted at the site for the improvement to Bedok Canal.
  • Advised MOH on an ongoing basis and have been advising MOH in reviewing and amending the standard term contracts (the PSSCOC) to be used when engaging the contractors, architects and consultants in relation to upcoming senior care centres to be built in Singapore.

Cavenagh Law LLP

Cavenagh Law LLP, through its alliance with global firm Clifford Chance, provides a mix of formidable contentious construction expertise and international front-end and disputes capabilities. The Singapore firm has plentiful experience in conventional power and renewables, mining and metals, and ports, rail and other transport infrastructure. It represents a mix of investors, financiers, developers and contractors. Managing partner Paul Sandosham has huge experience in construction and infrastructure disputes, and is a leading figure in international arbitration. Joan-Lim Casanova has joined K&L Gates Straits Law LLC. Clifford Chance partner Matthew Buchanan provides leading front-end construction expertise.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Buchanan; Paul Sandosham


‘One of the best teams in the region; can draw on their global status while having a strong local presence.’

‘Paul Sandosham specialises in complex high-value projects. His knowledge of construction is second to none. An excellent tactician.’

‘Very reactive, proactive and easy-going.’

Key clients

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP)

Macquarie Capital

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)



Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Eksport Kredit Fonden (EKF)

Kai Tak Sports Park Limited

Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI)


Work highlights

  • Advising the ECAs and lenders in relation to the construction and operating period financing of the 1,022MW Hai Long Offshore Wind Farm project, Taiwan.
  • Advised the sponsors (Macquarie Capital, Ørsted and Swancor Renewable Energy) on the NT$18.7 billion (US$627 million) 16-year project financing of the development, construction, commissioning, testing and operation of Formosa 1 – Taiwan’s first commercial scale offshore wind farm.
  • Advised global construction group Webuild on the successful restructure and acquisition of Australian engineering and construction company Clough Group through a deed of company arrangement.

CMS Holborn Asia

CMS Holborn Asia has a major focus on the Singapore construction market and has a growing share of the wider Southeast Asia sphere, including Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia. Much of the practice centres on disputes relating to power projects and civil infrastructure. Tunnelling and data centres are growth areas for the Singapore team, which has a large client base of EPC contractors, especially those headquartered in South Korea and Japan. The group is also working more closely with European clients that are moving into the Asia market. Kelvin Aw and Lynette Chew co-head the construction and infrastructure disputes team, though both have experience in front-end matters, including recently advising Equinix on the development and construction of a retail data centre in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Practice head(s):

Kelvin Aw; Lynette Chew

Other key lawyers:

Asya Jamaludin; Grace Lu; Leonard Chew


‘Lynette Chew and Kelvin Aw are strong on construction matters.’

‘Asya Jamaludin is a rising star.’

‘This firm appear as counsel in large construction arbitrations. They are excellent, well-organised and worked very well together as a team. The entire team in at least one case was female attorneys, which is unusual in construction arbitrations. Anyone who has any doubt about the quality of female advocates in this traditionally male-dominated sector should meet this team. Superb.’

Key clients

Samsung C&T Corporation

WSP Consulting Pte Ltd

Equinix Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Cluny Development Pte Ltd

HPC Builders Pte Ltd

AECOM Singapore Pte Ltd

SMM Pte Ltd (a subsidiary of Surbana Jurong Group)

Shenzhen CIMC-Tianda Airport Support Ltd

SP PowerGrid Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Equinix on the development and construction of a retail data centre in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Engaged to carry out contract review for AECOM Singapore on a retainer basis for projects in Asia, including Southeast Asia and China.
  • Secured a win for a top Korean construction and engineering conglomerate in Singapore seated ICC arbitration proceedings against its subcontractor for disputes in relation to and arising out of a mechanical and piping works subcontract at a combined-cycle power plant project in Jurong Island, Singapore.

TSMP Law Corporation

TSMP Law Corporation has an impressive range of construction and engineering engagements in Singapore and across Southeast Asia. Much of the practice centres on large-scale disputes, though the firm does have additional front-end experience. It has an impressive record in real estate developments, energy projects, infrastructure projects and industrial developments, such as data centres. Clients include major contractors, developers, employers, consultants and architects. Derek Loh and Melvin Chan co-head the construction and engineering team, which includes dispute resolution giant Thio Shen Yi SC.

Practice head(s):

Derek Loh; Melvin Chan

Other key lawyers:

Thio Shen Yi


‘High level of collaboration and very responsive. Eager to help and tackle issues at hand. The team is quick with technical issues and engineering process.’

‘Melvin Chan has advised the team closely and paid attention to detail. A hands-on style of team management including direct communication with client.’

Key clients

Thye Chuan Engineering Construction Pte Ltd

Diamond Glass Enterprise Pte Ltd

RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd

Parkway Life REIT

JTC Corporation

Work highlights

  • Defended CSYA and Chan Sau Yan against claims of fraud, conspiracy, negligence, breach of contractual obligations and breach of duty as an architect in the construction of three good class bungalows in one of the longest construction trials in Singapore.
  • Acted for Diamond Glass Enterprise in a cross-appeals to the AD, clarifying two areas of Singapore law in the process.
  • Drafted the contract for the S$350m refit and additions and alterations works for Mount Elizabeth Hospital.