Wikborg Rein > Singapore, Singapore > Firm Profile

Wikborg Rein
72 ANSON ROAD #11-03

Singapore > Shipping: foreign firms Tier 2

Wikborg Rein has cemented its position in the market with ‘its deep knowledge of the shipping industry on both wet and dry matters,’ including a significant number of casualties and maritime disputes. It also continues to evolve its standing in transactional and project matters, including in the offshore segment; specialist counsel Lesley Tan has transferred to Singapore from London to reinforce this side of the practice. The Singapore team has an impressive client base of international shipowners and insurers. Ina Lutchmiah leads the transactional practice in Asia Pacific, with a particular focus on LNG projects and offshore energy transactions. Robert Joiner impresses in dry side shipping disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ina Lutchmiah

Other key lawyers:


‘Wikborg Rein’s strength lies in its deep knowledge of the shipping industry on both wet and dry matters, the calibre and responsiveness of its lawyers and their focus on the underlying commercial issues.’

‘The team is small but punches above its weight in providing a high level of service and support to clients.’

‘The main reason for instructing WR in my cases is that they have an outstanding knowledge of the trio: Norway-UK-Singapore(Asia). They have good knowledge and contacts locally and at the same time understand the Norwegian market and the English law. WR has built a network of offices worldwide with skilled lawyers that operate as a team regardless of where they are located providing advice, support and flexibility whenever needed.’

‘Ina Lutchmiah is not only a good lawyer, but very solution oriented and focuses on finding a sensible way forward instead of being caught up in the issues.’

‘Matthew Dow was recommended to me by a colleague. Mathew has shown good legal skills, management of expectations and coordination of the various stakeholders (in different jurisdictions-cultural background), shown availability at all times and providing clear and timely reporting skills.’

Key clients

Gard P&I

North of England P&I

Navios Shipmanagement

Wellard Singapore

Japan P&I

MS Amlin

Atlantic, Gulf & Pacific (AG&P)

Teekay Corporation

Belships ASA

Delta Tankers

Marmaras Navigation

Marine Trust Limited Yes

West of England


Work highlights

  • Advised Diamond Star Shipping Pte Ltd and Japan P&I on claims made for misdelivery of cargo and LOI claims down the chain of charterparties.
  • Advised AG&P on its long-term charter from the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC) of a Floating Storage Unit (FSU) for AG&P’s new LNG import terminal located within Karaikal Port in Puducherry, India.
  • Advised BW on the transboundary movement of the Berge Helene FPSO from Singapore to India for recycling.

Singapore > Projects: foreign firms

Following the relocation of Ina Lutchmiah from the London office in August 2019, Wikborg Rein's Singapore-based offering has been seeing a steady increase in instructions, particularly in the shipping and offshore sectors.

We are a full-service international law firm with over 230 lawyers internationally. With our roots in Norway, over 30 years in London and over 20 years in Singapore, our clients receive top tier English law advice combined with a no-nonsense Nordic approach. The Singapore office is home to a specialised shipping and offshore team, supported by our colleagues in Norway, London and Shanghai. The Singapore team is sector-focused, and the majority of our lawyers have commercial experience in-house. Our clients come to us for strategic, sector-specific advice, and clear, creative solutions. That is what we deliver. We do not aim to be the biggest, but we do aim to hire the best.

The Wikborg Rein Singapore office was established in 2000 and specializes in shipping & offshore, focusing on dispute resolution (arbitration and litigation), casualty response/investigation as well as cross-border transactions and financing. The firm is a premier brand name within these sectors.

The Wikborg Rein Singapore office has been involved in some of the most significant casualties and maritime disputes in the market on both the wet and the dry side of the business and continues to be a trusted partner of many global blue water fleets, chartering operators, and insurers . We regularly accept large scale instructions from the P&I and Hull markets in relation to collisions, groundings and salvage work. We also advise on and resolve disputes involving all aspects of charterparties, bills of lading, COAs, insurance, shipbuilding, commodities, offshore and S&P matters. This means we have experience in running English law mediations and arbitrations of an international nature in Singapore, as well as arbitrations, mediations and High Court cases in London and arbitrations in Hong Kong.

Our Singapore office acts for some of the leading vessel owners and energy contractors, and handles a wide variety of projects including oil and gas projects, offshore renewable projects and vessel recycling. Our Singapore team advises on project tendering, vessel construction, EPCIC, financing, sale and purchase and leasing arrangements in respect of FSRUs, LNGCs, FLNG, FPSOs/FSOs, FSUs, vessels, drilling units and drillships.

Shipping and Offshore Energy Projects Ina Lutchmiahivl@wr.com.sg+65 9662 3756
Shipping Robert Joinerraj@wr.com.sg+65 6496 8359
Shipping Matthew Dowmdo@wr.com.sg+65 6438 4498
Dispute Resolution (international arbitration/litigation) Robert Joinerraj@wr.com.sg+65 6496 8359
Dispute Resolution (international arbitration/litigation) Matthew Dowmdo@wr.com.sg+65 6438 4498
Solveig Frostad De Sousa photo Solveig Frostad De SousaSolveig Frostad de Sousa is a Senior Associate at Wikborg Rein’s Singapore…
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English qualified solicitors : 5
Contacts : Ina Lutchmiah (ivl@wr.com.sg)
Contacts : Robert Joiner (raj@wr.com.sg)
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