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Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP
39 Robinson Road,
#15-01 Robinson Point
Singapore 068911

Singapore > Shipping: local firms Tier 2

Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP is a longstanding prominent player in the Singapore shipping sector. It has a strong presence in admiralty proceedings, including arresting and releasing of vessels, along with a growing reputation in domestic and international arbitrations. Close to a number of P&I Clubs and marine insurers, shipowners, charterers and shipyards, the firm has also developed its standing in offshore oil and gas. K. Murali Pany continues to impress in headline shipping disputes, as does Danny Chua. John Sze represents a range of marine insurers in major shipping cases.


‘They provide a consistently high level of service which makes them stand out from their competitors. Their charges are reasonable and they are flexible about billing. I have no hesitation in recommending them to my colleagues.’

‘The overall impression of the firm is very positive only strengths and no weaknesses.’

‘Deep wealth of shipping knowledge and connections within the industry here and overseas A well-run practice where the juniors are superbly trained and able to answer queries without having to clear through a hierarchy.’

‘Danny Chua is my ‘go to’ Singaporean lawyer. He always responds promptly and will supply detailed advice as soon as he is able. I have known Danny for many years and have very high regard for his breadth of knowledge, professional acumen and friendly demeanour.’

‘Danny Chua stood out. His knowledge of the law in this particular field of expertise as well as his in-depth knowledge of the SE Asia markets and pragmatic approach to the matter at hand.’

‘John Sze – unflappable demeanour even in the most dramatic and stressful of situations. His nimble mind comes up with practical solutions which are always legally sound and well thought through.’

Key clients

Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Co., Ltd. Hong Kong branch

Ardours Pte Ltd

FTI Consulting (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., as Judicial Managers appointed for 6 shipowning companies within the Xihe Group

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.

AmBank (M) Berhad

Grant Thornton as the judicial managers (JMs) of Xihe Holdings Pte Ltd (Xihe) and in excess of 30 subsidiaries

Work highlights

  • Advised FTI Consulting (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., as Judicial Managers for six shipowning companies which are also part of the Hing Leong Group on all legal matters relating to shipping.
  • Advised Petrobras on a dispute arising from a sale of petroleum cargo by a Petrobras subsidiary to Hontop, which obtained financing from Natixis to purchase the cargo.
  • Advised Interim judicial managers of Xihe Holdings Pte Ltd and various subsidiaries, in relation to maritime issues arising in the course of the management of Xihe.

Our firm traces its history to February 1988 where the practices of founding partners Joseph Tan and Jude Benny were merged and renamed Joseph Tan Jude Benny (JTJB).

JTJB provides specialised legal services in in five cores areas of practice; maritime and shipping, commercial dispute resolution, corporate and corporate secretarial, regulatory and compliance, real estate and conveyancing.  Our firm is a prominent part of the legal landscape in Singapore with an international clientele and reputation. Our practice groups are led by skilled and experienced practitioners and we are able to take on matters of any size, urgency and complexity without compromising our commitment to provide clients with personalised and dedicated service.

We are well equipped to provide our clients with effective multi-jurisdictional assistance, advice and representation. The firm has a worldwide reach through branch offices, associate firms and legal networks, and is the only Singapore member of the ADVOC group – a network of international law offices spanning more than 70 countries.

Shipping & Admiralty; Commercial Dispute Resolution Danny 6224 1381
Conveyancing & Real Estate; Probate & Administration; Patents & Trademarks Mabel 6324 0016
Shipping & Admiralty; Commercial Dispute Resolution K. Murali 6224 3645
Shipping & Admiralty; Commercial Dispute Resolution John 6220 9388
Regulatory & Compliance; Corporate Secretarial Services Nicola 6220 9388
Danny Chua  photo Danny Chua Danny is a Senior Partner at Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP, specialising…
Mary-Anne Chua  photo Mary-Anne Chua Mary-Anne is a Partner at Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP.   
Nicola Loh  photo Nicola Loh Partner, Head of Regulatory & Compliance Practice
Peter Madhavan  photo Peter Madhavan Consultant of Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP, Dato’ Madhavan’s practice focuses on…
K. Murali Pany  photo K. Murali Pany Murali is the Managing Partner of Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP.
Jude Philomen Benny  photo Jude Philomen Benny Consultant and Co-Founder of Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP, Dato Benny’s extensive…
John Sze  photo John Sze John is the Deputy Managing Partner of Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP.…
Mabel Tan  photo Mabel Tan Mabel is a Senior Partner at Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP and…
Total number of lawyers worldwide : 79
Lawyers in Singapore : 15
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CLIENT: Mike Mitchell


TESTIMONIAL: I have worked with JTJB and Danny Chua for many years and have consistently received prompt and accurate advice but beyond this, also sound, tactical and strategic advice, which is essential when identifying a legal route in a different jurisdiction. Highly recommended.

CLIENT: Genta Irie, Attorney at Law and Lecturer

COMPANY/FIRM: Azabu International Law Office, Nihon University

TESTIMONIAL: Walter Ferix was recommended when we were looking for a good commercial lawyer to deal with a rather complex matter. We have been extremely pleased with the results of this appointment. He is fiercely protective of client’s interests and I know I am in good hands whenever I work with him. We hold him in extremely high regard and respect and trust his advice, which has been top notch. Highly recommended for commercial litigation.

CLIENT: Andreas Thanos, CEO & Chairman

COMPANY/FIRM: Mitora Group

TESTIMONIAL: Walter Ferix has been advising Mitora Group and myself for a number of years. He has acted for me in numerous matters spanning litigation, corporate work, drafting of agreements and my personal matters. Despite his busyness, Walter has always spared his personal time to meet me and handle our cases. All of which, whether corporate or personal, we have won thanks to his knowledgeable and pertinent advice. Walter is sharp and perceptive, and gets to the nub of the issue, quickly and effectively. I personally value his ability to give good advice and perspective on both legal and commercial issues, decisively.

CLIENT:Lee Thiam Chuan, Director

COMPANY/FIRM: TrustCon Engineering Pte Ltd

TESTIMONIAL: We are very pleased and satisfied with the services of Dato’ Jude Benny and his team in relation to an arbitration which we were involved in. During the course of our working together, what impressed us was the depth of the team’s industry knowledge and the team’s ability to understand the practical aspects of our business with ease. We were also wowed by Dato’ Benny’s outstanding cross examination skills and his professionalism during the course of the hearing. Absolutely superb. Thank you for the professional advice, great effort and brilliant strategies.

CLIENT: Albert Lim

COMPANY/FIRM: Wartsila Singapore

TESTIMONIAL: JTJB has been Wartsila’s lawyers since 2008 and has consistently provided excellent legal support and advice over various legal issues. John Sze and his team are the lawyers that we would always look to, for matters involving a maritime and/or litigation angle. Their lawyers have shown commitment, speed and accuracy in their legal advice and action, and we strongly recommend them.

In addition to Singapore, JTJB has its own network of offices in a number of key cities around the world – Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Bangkok, Yangon, Taipei, Piraeus, Los Angeles, Hamburg, Munich and Incheon. Our network, comprising over 48 lawyers, is a ‘firm of firms’ that can provide assistance and expertise to any problem faced by a client across jurisdictions.

To further enhance our cross-border capabilities, we are also a member of two leading international networks of independent law firms (ADVOC and whose members are selected for their ability and experience with commercial and shipping work in their respective jurisdictions.

Kuala Lumpur/ Rahayu Partnership

Rahayu Partnership was established in 2009, in the heart of the business-driven capital that is Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Their clientele spans across Greater Asia, Europe and Far East.

The act of Winning drives Rahayu Partnership’s team of leading partners and talented multi-specialist associates. They strongly bank on their solutions that are innovative, unconventional, conservative, when necessary, but always with the client’s goals and interests in mind.

Jakarta/ Hadromi and Partners

Hadromi & Partners was established in 1999 in the midst of the Southeast Asian financial crisis.

They have grown into an established law firm located in the central business district of Jakarta, offering a full range of legal services covering among others corporate, investment, finance and banking, shipping, litigation and specialist legal services to domestic and international clients.

Taiwan/ JTJB-Taipei

JTJB-TAIPEI is a group of lawyers with international experience. Their lawyers advise local companies, multinational corporations and international clients on the various issues they encounter and their impact in Taiwan and represent and defend the rights and interests of clients at all levels of the courts in Taiwan. JTJB-TAIPEI prides itself on providing pragmatic and innovative solutions to meet the needs of its clients.

Thailand / JTJB International Lawyers Co Ltd

JTJB International Lawyers located in Bangkok Thailand, is a full-service law firm specializing in various legal practices especially shipping and maritime, dispute resolution, corporate and M&A, project development, tax, and customs. Client satisfaction is at the heart of everything that they do.

Yangon/ JTJB Myanmar Co Ltd

JTJB Myanmar Company Limited has assisted clients in MIC applications and approvals, company incorporation, joint venture negotiations, applications for permits and licenses for businesses, land, import of food, food additives and drugs, application for work permit/stay permit of foreign staff. The company has assisted clients from diverse business sectors such as energy, engineering and construction, real estate development, hotel industry, food and beverage, transportation and telecommunication in their venture into Myanmar.

Piraeus/ P. N Karydakis & Partners Law Offices

P. N. Karydakis & Partners is a highly respected Greek law firm located in Piraeus. While a large part of its practice is related to the shipping industry, dealing with most of its aspects, the Firm has successfully developed a wide variety of legal services in other fields as well.

Los Angeles / McKasson and Klein

McKasson & Klein LLP‘s practice encompasses business transactions and litigation. Their attorneys have substantial experience regarding commercial disputes, sophisticated business agreements, employment, maritime, international arbitration and intellectual property. Their ethos is to meet their clients’ goals – whatever and wherever those challenges may be.

Hamburg & Munich / Endemann.Schmidt

ENDEMANN.SCHMIDT was founded in 2014. They are a full-service commercial law firm offering legal as well as strategic advice to their clients. They have a strong focus on transactions, all corporate and commercial matters, labour law as well as healthcare and maritime matters.

Incheon/ K&P Lawfirm

K & P Lawfirm focuses on advising midsize companies, SMEs, civil and criminal cases, and solving foreign law issues. Their commitment to extensive research and discussion enables them provide clients with swift and efficient settlements to their problems.

Calypso by JTJB

The Singapore Maritime Week took place from 4 to 8 April 2022 and was one of the first large scale in person gatherings in Singapore for over 2 years.