Firms To Watch: Construction: Local firms

Quahe Woo & Palmer LLC is building its presence, particularly in disputes, thanks to the presence of Yeo Boon Tat , a recent lateral hire from Pinsent Masons MPillay.

Construction: Local firms in Singapore

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP has a large dedicated team covering contentious and transactional construction matters with a strong focus on Singapore and the broader Southeast Asia region. The team is noted for its work on headline matters including infrastructure and power projects, along with big-ticket cross-border disputes. Ho Chien Mien and Sathiaseelan Jagateesan co-head the construction and engineering practice. Deputy head of the group Lim Dao Kai is also highly rated by clients for his understanding of complicated claims. Chong Yee Leong is a prominent name in major construction arbitrations and deputy head of the construction and Kelvin Kek is an emerging talent in the disputes field including India and Malaysia cases, as is Charmelia Sugianto in project documentation and construction contracts.


‘Team is very strong technically and is knowledgeable with regard to the industry. Consistent quality in its work and gives practical advice.’

‘Sathiaseelan Jagateesan is very hands-on and experienced with the challenges faced by developers and contractors and hence is able to provide very practical advice from different perspectives.’

‘ The firm is able to provide a full suite of legal services. Apart from this, the firm is able to take on highly complex legal issues and specialised areas of law. From the onset of COVID-19, the firm managed to set up quickly a COVID-19 Resource Centre that looks into the various news including legislation and the impact/implications they have on a client’s business. This is really helpful. The firm is also up to date on the various legal issues arising from COVID-19. ’

‘I have worked with Sathiaseelan Jagateesan on a few occasions. He is resourceful and has vast and in-depth knowledge not only in the areas of law he specialises in, but other areas of law as well. This is really helpful as he is able to identify the potential issues which may arise not only from the areas of building and construction law. He is well-versed with the latest legislation on COVID-19 and the various circulars sent by the Building and Construction Authority. He is also able to provide practical solutions.’

‘Construction adjudication, litigation or arbitration comes with massive claims and disputes. We are usually faced with tremendous pressure to either put up the claims or defence in a relatively short time. What I like about working with Ho Chien Mien is that under his leadership, he is able to put together a very united and collaborative team that is able to divide out the works and at the same time, come together to put up a very solid claim or defence. As a client, we also had the experience of being part of that team to work together to produce that solid claim or defence. More importantly, we find that each of the lawyers in his team is able to independently handle the responsibility assigned to them. As such, they are able to produce good quality work within a shorter time. Producing at a shorter time also translates to costs efficiency to the client.’

‘Ho Chien Mien is able to bring together a team of lawyers to produce good quality work within a relatively shorter time. Shorter time also automatically translate to costs efficiency.’

‘Ho Chien Mien and his other partner Lim Dao Kai have the ability to be able to understand the complicated claims and the issues faced by the client. They are able to provide both effective legal and practical solutions to help client solved those issues.’

Kelvin Kek is experienced and gave practical advice to help us move forward on the matter. His experience in construction matters also came to the fore and helped us dispose of the matter effectively.’

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended ELID in proceedings commenced by the developer of a commercial development (Centrium Square) on an adjoining land for claims in relation to alleged breaches of laws and regulations relating to building and construction, property development and fire safety and alleged trespass.
  • Acted for Nippon in a dispute between the parties relating to structural steel elements (H-beams) used for construction projects in Singapore and around the region.
  • Acted as project counsel to Cambodia Airport Investment, the joint venture responsible for developing the new airport for Phnom Penh in the Kandal province which, when completed, will be one of the largest airports in the world covering 2,600 hectares of land.

Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore

Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore has assembled a team of top construction professionals with extensive experience in contentious and transactional matters across the Asia Pacific. The group covers Singapore law with deep international credentials and offers a unique consulting service to complement its core legal advice. The Singapore team has built strong relationships with a range of contractors in Asia Pacific, particularly South Korean and Japanese contractors; co-practice head Eugene Tan is widely recognised for his advice to South Korean contractors on projects across Southeast Asia, including Vietnam MRT projects. Joint practice head Jon Howes has almost unrivalled international experience in big-ticket projects and disputes. Commercial director Mark Arden is a key team member, while Sean Hardy is an emerging talent and Rachel Tan is singled out as a rising star by clients.

Practice head(s):

Eugene Tan; Jon Howes

Other key lawyers:

Mark Arden; Sean Hardy; Rachel Tan


‘Jon Howes – highly experienced in the field of international arbitration. Gives a lot of thought to the case and provides highly practical advice. Thinks from the client perspective and tries for the best for the client. Very kind and timely and quick to respond, excellent communication skills. Well understands the client needs and gives easy explanations for client understanding.’

‘The team is very diligent, hard working and has good strategists who know how to use the team and also show very strong client empathy.’

‘The team understands the construction business inside out, and is fully versed with the challenges that we face on projects in the region.’

‘Eugene Tan – very good and one of the best in Singapore. Jon Howes – a solid performer who cares for clients best interests. Rachel Tan – a rising star and one to watch.’

‘Sean Hardy stands out as a steady and knowledgeable construction specialist. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Sean Hardy – very responsive to your issues. Always gives good clear advice.’

Key clients


Precise Development Pte Ltd

Pinsent Masons MPillay

Pinsent Masons MPillay fields a substantial team in Singapore that is part of a leading global practice. The mixture of Singapore and international lawyers in the group cover a range of contentious and front-end matters, often linked to energy transition projects in Asia Pacific, Africa, Europe and Latin America. The Singapore team is closely aligned with a number of South Korean, Japanese and Chinese contractors; with the relocation of Frederic Gillion to Singapore from Paris, it now also has closer contacts to French and Italian clients. Gillion is an expert in FIDIC contract disputes and Sam Boyling is noted for representing a number of Chinese state-owned enterprise contractors. Mohan Pillay is a market leader in construction disputes under Singapore law, while Chen Han Toh is another prominent disputes specialist. Nicholas Brown represents a number of Japanese contractors in multiple disputes and front-end matters.

Practice head(s):

Mohan Pillay

Other key lawyers:

Frederic Gillion Sam Boyling; Chen Han Toh ; Nicholas Brown; Hai Song Tan


‘Pinsent Masons has a large construction team that is very well thought of in the market. If you need a team that can put a number of people with a range of language skills on to a job, they are a team of choice.’

‘Market knowledge is driven by the fact that they have a dedicated team in the construction space.’

‘The team has strong technical expertise and understand the unique issues in the construction industry. They are efficient, have the ability to provide valuable/real-time advice and have provided great support.’

‘Proactive, available anytime, knowledge of FIDIC contract.’

‘Very proactive in managing the client through difficult and challenging times. Good use and deployment of experts.’

‘Mohan Pillay has a great reputation in the market locally, as does Nicholas Brown and Chen Han Toh. Again, their focus on construction makes them ideally placed in that market.’

‘Nicholas Brown – A very solid performer and astute lawyer and strategist; Hai Song Tan – A rising star; Mohan Pillay – One of the best in the region.’

‘Nicholas Brown is very approachable and deals with everything in a straightforward manner. He gives sensible and commercial advice and is not afraid to be honest with the clients.’

Key clients

Engie/Omega Consortium

CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co., Ltd and CRRC (Hong Kong) Co. Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the consortium of CRRC (Hong Kong) and CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co., Ltd on Mexico City’s Metro (STC) Line 1 modernisation project.
  • Providing legal support to the Omega Consortium (a consortium formed by various entities of the Engie group) in connection with the delivery of a €30bn experimental nuclear project.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has an illustrious record in complex construction disputes, coupled with a strong presence in infrastructure and power projects in Southeast Asia, South Asia and North Asia. The firm has acted for clients in a series of disputes relating to the construction of data centres and landmark projects in Thailand, Singapore and elsewhere. Clients include a range of developers and contractors. Soh Lip San and Ng Kim Beng both have more than two decades of experience in construction disputes and transactions. Shemane Chan and Sim Chee Siong are prominent figures in construction contracts and procurement platforms.

Practice head(s):

Andre Yeap, SC; Soh Lip San

Other key lawyers:

Ng Kim BengShemane ChanSim Chee Siong; Alessa Pang


‘I worked with Sim Chee Siong. He is responsive and practical in his advice which I find him different from other lawyers in other firms.’

‘Precise insight to judge the situation and give valuable suggestions to guide the things in following the initial target and finally achieving it.’

‘The Team has strong knowledge in construction law including technical knowledge. They are well structured and well informed on the latest cases both in arbitration and in the courts, including but not limited to the authorities’ regulations. They are able to give advice including strategising the approach to defend and putting forward the case to the other parties. Other firms may have the legal expertise but not the technical aspects.’

‘The individuals work as a team and the communication between them is well informed. You can talk to anyone in the team, and they are able to update their team members timely. The knowledge of the individuals plays an important part in understanding the issues raised.’

‘A silver-service team of star individuals who work perfectly together to provide the best advice, draftsmanship and advocacy in the region. R&T are adept at dealing with fact-heavy and technically difficult disputes.’

‘Ng Kim Beng gives sagacious advice and is a pleasure to work with, getting the very best out of this team. Alessa Pang readily masters the detail of even the most complex disputes.’

Key clients

One Bangkok Co Ltd

Teesta Solar Limited

Shanxi Electric Power Engineering Co., Ltd

Shaw Towers (Realty) Pte Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Bangkok Smart Power Co,. Ltd and Bangkok Smart DCS Co,. Ltd on the appointment of two EPC contractors to construct certain district cooling and power infrastructure for One Bangkok and two O&M contractors to operate and maintain the district cooling plant and power infrastructure.
  • Advised Teesta on the structuring and drafting of the project documentation relating to the engineering, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance of a solar PV plant project.
  • Acted for Shanxi Electric Power Engineering Co., Ltd who has been appointed as the EPC contractor to construct a 60MWp floating solar farm in Singapore.

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP has a highly developed and fully-rounded construction practice with an extensive record in disputes and front-end matters; this includes projects across Asia Pacific and the Middle East. It has worked on a series of headline PPP projects in various jurisdictions. The team advises a range of contractors and developers in major infrastructure, real estate and power projects and disputes. Christopher Chuah is a leader in disputes and front-end matters, routinely landing headline domestic and cross-border engagements. Tay Peng Cheng is similarly highly rated for both contentious and non-contentious matters, notably representing SMRT in the concession agreement for the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System. Ian de Vaz is another leader in the team; the three of them head up the practice.


‘Responsive and provides good practical advice.’

‘WongPartnership is the most versatile, well resourced and responsive firm that has worked for us in recent times. Lesley Tan is always my go-to person and is great in both front-end as well as disputes. They have also proven many times over the years that they are able to provide the most cost-effective service and I would highly recommend them.’

‘The work and advice received from WongPartnership stands apart from the other legal firms we have used. Their advice is always comprehensive and concise and we could usually apply it to the situation and problems at hand. It also shows that the team members are knowledgeable and take great pride in what they do. They also appear to prefer to recommend to the client a quicker and cheaper solution instead of engaging in a protracted and costly battle with the opposite party.’

‘Lesley Tan is one of the best lawyers in the industry for front-end construction work.’

‘Lesley Tan and Sim Qian Yi are the two main people we have been dealing with. They are fast in responding to our queries. Very attentive to details. Very good service.’

Key clients

MCC Land (S) Pte Ltd

China Jingye Construction Engineering (S) Pte Ltd

Surbana Jurong Consultants Pte Ltd

Ministry of Health Singapore

Koh Brothers Group Ltd.

Wee Poh Construction Co. Pte Ltd

Lum Chang Holdings Ltd.

Keppel Corporation Ltd.

SembCorp Utilities Pte. Ltd.

Sunhuan Construction Pte. Ltd.

UOL Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Pontiac Land Group in its development of the Rah Falhu Huraa Islands in the Maldives.
  • Acted for POC in relation to the Tuas Terminal Reclamation, Wharf Construction and Dredging Phase 2 – Design and Supply of Caissons, Construction of Wharf Structures and Containment Bund in Singapore.
  • Acted for Resorts World at Sentosa Pte Ltd in its redevelopment of the Resorts World at Sentosa Integrated Resort.

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow has a strong emphasis on Southeast Asia front-end work, claims management and dispute matters; in these it is primarily acting for South Korean, Japanese and Chinese contractors, along with a range of international developers. The Singapore office has an excellent record in big-ticket disputes, particularly Singapore-seated arbitrations. Nandakumar Ponniya heads the team and is noted for construction arbitrations. Tjen Wee Wong is a genuine construction specialist, particularly in disputes but also handles a significant proportion of front-end work.

Practice head(s):

Nandakumar (Kumar) Ponniya

Other key lawyers:

Tjen Wee Wong; Daniel Ho


‘Experienced and friendly team of high quality; good and efficient in both construction contracts and dispute resolution.’

‘My dealings have been mostly with Tjen Wee Wong. He is very able, experienced, approachable, friendly, prompt and efficient in all his dealings – for litigation, arbitration, adjudications and in negotiations.’

‘A very strong team that is familiar with the oil and gas industry. The team works very cohesively to represent the customer. Even complex issues are understood and presented well to the court.’

‘Kumar Ponniya, Tjen Wee Wong and Daniel Ho – three outstanding lawyers who understood the complexity of the lawsuit and made a difference to us.’

‘Fantastic team at BMWL in terms of their ability to collectively get on top of the details of a case and communicate the issues to the stakeholders in a way that is clear and understandable. The team operates seamlessly and they are a pleasure to collaborate with. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough.’

‘Good turnaround time with practical solutions being offered despite time pressure. Went above and beyond by offering training on Covid-19 related legislation under the COTMA which was very helpful for the construction and legal team.’

‘Worked with very approachable lawyers: Nandakumar Ponniya, Tjen Wee Wong – special mention to Daniel Ho for his promptness and dedication to the matters we worked on together.’

Key clients

Kinou Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented Kinou Pte Ltd in the Singapore High Court Case No. HC/S 795/2020 regarding delay damages as well as damages arising out of the rectification of defective works.
  • Advised a central SOE on commodities trading activities, which directly impact the construction, completion and ability to operate a major infrastructure project.

Cavenagh Law LLP

Cavenagh Law LLP is principally recognised for its contentious expertise, including headline international arbitrations. Working alongside Formal Law Alliance partner Clifford Chance, the Singapore dispute resolution boutique also provides support on front-end matters. It represents a range of investors, lenders, developers and contractors in this space. Paul Sandosham is a leader in international arbitration in the construction and engineering space, handling cases that originate from across Asia Pacific and elsewhere. Joan Lim-Casanova is noted for representing Chinese private and state-owned entities in construction disputes. The team works closely with Clifford Chance construction partner Matthew Buchanan, who specialises in front-end matters.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Buchanan; Paul Sandosham; Joan Lim-Casanova

Key clients

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP)

Macquarie Capital

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)



Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

now known as Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

Eksport Kredit Fonden (EKF)

Kai Tak Sports Park Limited

Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI)

Work highlights

  • Advised the sponsors Macquarie Capital, Ørsted and Swancor Renewable Energy on the $627m 16-year project financing of the development, construction, commissioning, testing and operation of Formosa 1.
  • Advised a consortium, including Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, on its investment, alongside the Equis management team, of $1.25bn in Equis Development Pte Ltd (EDL).
  • Advised ADB, JBIC, NEXI and commercial banks MUFG Bank, Ltd., Mizuho Bank, Ltd, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Société Générale S.A. as lead counsel on the development and $642m project financing of a 718MW gas-fired thermal power generation project in Bangladesh sponsored by JERA Co., Inc. and Reliance Power Limited.

Dentons Rodyk

Dentons Rodyk has enhanced its regional presence with a notable increase in engagements from contractors on disputes in Indonesia and Malaysia. The firm also represents a number of developers in Singapore, thanks in part to the prominence of its highly-reputed real estate practice. Moreover, it is building its front-end work in Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos and other Southeast Asia jurisdictions. Kirindeep Singh  and Kia Jeng Koh  are dispute resolution partners with a significant focus on the construction industry. Paul Wong  is a seasoned practitioner with a strong track record in contentious and front-end construction matters in Singapore. Philip Jeyaretnam, SC  has become a judicial commissioner of the Supreme Court of Singapore.

Practice head(s):

Kirindeep Singh; Kia Jeng Koh

Other key lawyers:

Paul Wong


‘The team is competent and have the necessary expertise in construction disputes. They are proactive and thorough in their analyses and advice rendered.’

‘It is convenient and assuring to be able to seek advice on a wide range of specialities and jurisdictions, an international practice can collaborate with or recommend a foreign practice.’

‘Kirindeep Singh has been our point of contact because he communicates clearly and is quick with his responses.’

‘They have a solid team. This is important for clients because clients sometimes require several things from the lawyers but not necessarily all lawyers or the team leader can respond immediately. But Dentons have a solid team, so that whenever any member of the can give a quick and appropriate response to the client. And more importantly, coordination among those are very good, so that they will certainly providing the same advice or opinion or even enrich the other’s views.’

‘Kia Jeng Koh is the leader of the team, he has very rich knowledge, experience and a big understanding of the Indonesian culture. This is very helpful for us.’

Key clients

China Huadian Engineering Co., Ltd

Fraser & Neave, Limited

Iljin Electric Co., Ltd

Jurong Primewide Pte Ltd

Kimly Construction Pte Ltd

Koh Brothers Group

Meinhardt Facade Technology


SMRT Corporation Ltd

Comfort Management Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Jurong Primewide (JPW), a unit of Surbana Jurong which is owned by the Temasek Group, on all the contractual issues and successfully reduced the period of culpable delay for the purpose of liability because the trial was bifurcated.
  • Acted for Fraser & Neave (F&N), Limited in relation to the relocation of its existing production, warehousing and R&D facilities to a new integrated facility incorporating all of the aforesaid capabilities into a single complex located on a greenfield site.
  • Acted for and advised Kovan Treasures Pte Ltd on the restructuring and insolvency of its main contractor, Rich-Link Construction Pte Ltd, in relation to the Stars of Kovan Project.

CMS Holborn Asia

CMS Holborn Asia is part of a formidable global team, frequently landing major local and international engagements on front-end and contentious matters. Clients include funders, owners, developers, contractors, sub-contractors and consultants; notably, the team represents a number of South Korean, Singaporean and European contractors. The team routinely lands big-ticket engagements across Asia Pacific, notably in landmark infrastructure projects and high-value international arbitrations seated in Singapore; this includes representing a number of Chinese clients in cases linked to infrastructure projects in Singapore and the wider ASEAN region. Kelvin Aw has extensive experience in major construction disputes, while Lynette Chew has an established background in disputes and front-end matters.

Practice head(s):

Kelvin Aw; Lynette Chew

Key clients

Globalpoint Far East Pte Ltd

Tiong Seng (Contractors) Private Limited

JDR Cable Systems Ltd

Huakeong Pte Ltd

WSP Consulting Pte Ltd

EM Services Pte Ltd

Energy Market Authority of Singapore


Samsung C&T Corporation

Acciona Construccion SA, First Balfour Inc, D.M. Consunji

Work highlights

  • Advised a joint venture led by a Spanish Contractor on various issues arising from the ongoing construction of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway in the Philippines, valued at $400m.
  • Acted for a Fortune 500 Company in relation to a dispute and potential SIAC arbitration proceedings connected to the rehabilitation of turbine generators in a major hydroelectric dam in Central Asia, valued at $100m.
  • Represented a top Korean construction and engineering conglomerate in two Singapore seated arbitration proceedings against its contractor for disputes arising from a mechanical and piping works contract at a combined-cycle power plant project in Jurong Island, Singapore.

Drew & Napier LLC

Drew & Napier LLC has steadily intensified its focus on construction matters over the last few years. Built on the firm’s standing as a dispute resolution giant, it is also expanding its non-contentious construction practice thanks to the efforts of Christopher Chong, the head of the construction and engineering team. The group primarily represents contractors with a particular focus on Singapore, Myanmar, India and Indonesia. Mahesh Rai is highly rated for international disputes, having increased his emphasis on construction and engineering in recent years. Jimmy Yim SC and Cavinder Bull SC provide additional senior-level gravitas in big-ticket international construction disputes. Kelvin Teo is an emerging talent in construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Chong; Mahesh Rai


‘Comprehensive full-service firm with depth of expertise in a range of critical areas that are indispensable for our day-to-day operations, whether during a growth cycle or a downward trend, such as construction, corporate, insolvency & restructuring, security of payment matters and dispute resolution. With Christopher Chong at the helm of its construction practice, Drew & Napier has been our trusted go-to firm on a regular, consistent basis for some years now with full intention on our part to continue this relationship for a long time to come.’

‘Drew & Napier’s construction & engineering practice is first-rate in the projects disputes area. ’

‘The Rolls Royce of the Singapore Market – can’t get any better.’

‘Christopher Chong is a singularly exceptional practitioner, who 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. Chris is backed by a solid team, whether as a whole or individually, that is more than capable of pulling their own weight and delivering value to us in the context of the role they play – we must mention Kelvin Teo, Nicole Toh (senior associate) and Josh Tan (senior associate).’

‘Christopher Chong is an excellent operator. He is well-versed in complex claims regarding delay, disruption, defects, and variations on major construction projects.’

‘Mahesh Rai’s in-depth knowledge of construction law was very evident in the initial meeting of the arbitration dispute – which was key in convincing the client to move forward with the arbitration case. He was able to give a clear picture and an accurate timeline of how the case would proceed all the while giving constant updates on the progress of the case.’

‘Highly recommend Mahesh Rai. He fits the firm’s profile of being efficient and excellent at advocacy. Would not be surprised if he becomes the next and youngest senior counsel. He is supported by Don Loo who is definitely someone to keep on the radar.’

‘Kelvin Teo knows the construction industry extremely well. He has strong experience in infrastructure and energy disputes and unparalleled industry knowledge.’

Key clients

Amara Hotel Properties Pte Ltd

China Machine New Energy Corporation

CosmoSteel Holdings Limited

Daelim Industrial Co

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

Goldbell Corporation Pte Ltd

Hyundai Engineering & Construction

Noomadi Resorts & Residences AG

Novartis International AG including Novartis (Singapore) Pte Ltd including Alcon 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

  • Acting as appointed President of the Tribunal in the first ICSID claim against the State of Kuwait brought by an Italian-Spanish consortium under Kuwait’s bilateral treaties with the Italian Republic and the Kingdom of Spain.
  • Represented Daelim Industrial Company Limited, one of Korea’s leading chaebols, in a dispute concerning an aborted L+EPC contract for the construction of the largest petrochemical plant in India and in Asia.
  • Acted for Anmani General Construction Pte Ltd in the defence of the litigation proceedings while the corporate restructuring department helped Anmani in its plan to restructure its debts.

Harry Elias Partnership

Harry Elias Partnership has a high degree of specialisation in construction matters and is noted for its contacts in the industry, including leading international contractors. It has a particularly strong record in marine engineering, underground tunnelling and rail projects, and has further experience in large-scale residential developments. Tan Chau Yee leads the construction and engineering team, having advised on a series of major Singapore residential and infrastructure projects and claims linked to these developments over the years. Justin Chia is another senior-level practitioner with extensive construction experience, while Yvonne Foo is praised for her international experience, including Middle East projects and disputes, having joined the firm from Clyde & Co LLP in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Tan Chau Yee

Other key lawyers:

Justin Chia; Yvonne Foo


‘The team is knowledgeable, professional and able to understand the matters from the client’s point of view.’ 

‘They are fast, efficient and committed, able to advise promptly.’

‘Yvonne Foo and the construction team are a first-class team who are incredibly international in their outlook and approach. Their connections with the region (and the world’s) largest contractors are very impressive. They think outside of the box and find ways to continue to deliver on client satisfaction.’

‘Yvonne Foo is the standout partner. Yvonne is one of the brightest and most well-connected individuals in the market and with a drive to always deliver that which is best for the client. ’

‘Tan Chau Yee is the legal counsel assisting us, he is very patient, thoughtful and fast-responding.’

‘Tan Chau Yee – I find that he is down to earth and take care of the client’s interests first. What impressed me is his attitude. Fast responses despite his busy schedule.’

Key clients

Koh Brothers Building & Civil Engineering Contractor (Pte) Ltd

DBS Trustee Ltd as Trustee of Soilbuild Business Space REIT

GlaxoSmithKline Pte Ltd

Standard Chartered Bank / Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Ltd

Surbana Jurong Consultants Private Limited

Wee Hur Group of Companies

SMRT Corporation Limited

Straco Leisure Pte Ltd (Singapore Flyer)

Meinhardt Singapore Pte Ltd

Rich-Link Construction Pte Ltd

CapitaLand Limited

Singapore Land Transport Authority

Maritime Port Authority of Singapore

Public Utilities Board

Singapore Land Authority

National Environment Agency

Ministry of Health

National Parks Board

People’s Association

Singapore Turf Club

AGC Holdings Ltd

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

Gathergates Group Pte Ltd

Systems on Silicon Manufacturing Co. Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Appointed by Surbana Jurong Consultants Pte Ltd as the claims specialist to the project manager and employer for the Tuas Terminal Port Project 1 (part of the upcoming Tuas Mega Port project).
  • Advised the Ministry of Health, Singapore on reviewing and amending the standard term contracts (the PSSCOC) to be used when engaging contractors, architects and consultants in relation to upcoming Senior Care Centres to be built in Singapore.
  • Acted for MCST 4122 in its claim against the developer, main contractor, and sub-contractors for building defects.

TSMP Law Corporation

TSMP Law Corporation is best known for construction disputes relating to real estate and infrastructure projects in Singapore. The firm represents a number of local and regional developers, along with international contractors, and has further expertise in front-end drafting. Melvin Chan and Derek Loh are construction specialists, while Thio Shien Yi SC provides further senior-level disputes expertise.

Practice head(s):

Thio Shen Yi, SC; Derek Loh; Melvin Chan


‘The team are designed to handle any kinds of issues including disputes in relation to the construction industry. They are well organized, extremely punctual and productive.’

‘Melvin Chan is very well organized and he also gave us various best results in various disputes in court litigation and adjudication.’

‘Technically competent and articulate in presenting arguments/rebuttals.’

‘Senior Counsel Thio Shen Yi needs no introduction.’

‘It is the firm’s wide knowledge in the Construction sector and their passion to deliver good and effective advice.’

‘Derek Loh He is creative thinker who finds solutions to the most difficult issues or problems we have had. He consistently gave us best results in various disputes where we initially had weak positions before he represented. He knows what his client wants.’

‘I would name Mr Melvin Chan, who has really engaged in our discussions and he offers good and effective advice. Mr Chan possessed very good knowledge of the Construction industry and he is very professional in his advice.’

Key clients

CSYA Pte Ltd

Euro Assets Holding (S) Pte Ltd

Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd

Hafary Pte Ltd

Boustead Projects E&C Pte Ltd

Blu World Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Defending CSYA Pte Ltd and Chan Sau Yan (formerly trading as Chan Sau Yan Associates) against a S$13 million claims of fraud, conspiracy, negligence, and breaches of duty against an architect in the construction of three good class bungalows.
  • Acting for Euro Assets Holding (S) Pte Ltd in a S$2 million compensation claim against the architect, engineer and contractor for damages related to addition and alteration works on the said shophouse.
  • Acting for main contractor Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd in defending a claim by Taishi-Tech (S) Pte Ltd in respect of the construction of the Watertown integrated development project in Punggol.