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TSMP Law Corporation
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Work Department

Employment & Labour, Litigation


Partner, Head of Employment & Labour


Ian is a partner in TSMP’s Dispute Resolution department, and heads its Employment & Labour practice. His practice in civil litigation and international arbitration encompasses a diverse range of corporate and commercial disputes. His practice has a specific emphasis on all aspects of employment & labour law, particularly on issues of non-competition and confidentiality, data protection, transfer of employment, dismissal, protection from harassment and industrial relations. His recent cases include successfully acting as lead counsel for DHL Global Forwarding in High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings over the RECJA enforcement of a Malaysian judgment (DHL Global Forwarding (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd v Mactus (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd [2013] 4 SLR 781), representing a large Indonesian listed group in a USD 11 million ICC International Arbitration against a major healthcare multinational over a pharmaceutical distributorship dispute, and acting as lead counsel for a Rio Tinto linked individual in a High Court suit which resulted in a landmark unjust enrichment ruling (Cavenagh Investment Pte Ltd v Kaushik Rajiv [2013] 2 SLR 543). Ian’s clients include MNCs, regional conglomerates, listcos and banks; such as Citibank, DHL, Emerson, IBM and TE Connectivity.

Rajah & Tann LLP: Pupil (2001); TSMP Law Corporation (2001 to present): Equity Partner (2012); appointed referee of the Small Claims Tribunals, State Courts (2011 to present); Vice-Chairman of the Law Society Civil Practice Committee (2014, Committee member 2006 to 2013). Current directorships: TSMP Law Corporation. Publications of note: Lead author, Singapore chapter of The Employment Law Review (2012 to 2014); Lead author, Singapore chapter of Getting the Deal Through – Labour & Employment (2012-2014).


English, Chinese


Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (FSIArb); ASEAN Law Association (Singapore).


Raffles Institution; National Junior College; National University of Singapore (LL.B. (Hons), 2000).


Active in pro-bono and charitable work, with a particular focus on migrant worker welfare; snowboarding and football.

Lawyer Rankings

Singapore > Labour and employment: local firms

(Leading individuals)

Ian LimTSMP Law Corporation

Highly reputable litigator Ian Lim at TSMP Law Corporation is the go-to figure in the practice, with a successful track record representing multinationals and C-Suite executives in employment tribunal and High Court cases in claims involving non-competition, dismissal, data privacy, and harassment, among others. He is also able to offer day-to-day HR support in relation to employee transfers and industrial relations. Senior associate Nicholas Ngo also represents clients in disputes alongside Lim.