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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

TSMP Law Corporation provides ‘prompt, friendly, expert and practical guidance on Singapore employment law‘ and has a strong track record in non-contentious employment advisory work, as well as advocacy in employment claims tribunals and High Court disputes. The practice typically acts for a range of employers in contentious matters involving breach of non-competition, confidentiality, and fiduciary duties, large-scale redundancies, constructive and wrongful dismissals, as well as conducting internal investigations and advising on reports to the Ministry of Manpower. Practice head Ian Lim is singled out for his ‘legal acumen and remarkably sound advice‘, particularly in relation to the employment aspects of international  transactions. Also of note is senior associate Nicholas Ngo, who is highlighted for his ‘impressive legal knowledge and understanding‘.

Singapore > Dispute resolution: local firms

TSMP Law Corporation has extensive dispute resolution pedigree. It has an outstanding record in boardroom, investment and shareholder disputes, and is at the forefront of trusts litigation. Thio Shen Yi SC has plenty of big-ticket case experience; he is noted for commercial and trusts litigation, along with contentious insolvency and restructuring matters. Adrian Tan has an impressive record in TMT, IP, data and collective sales disputes. Melvin Chan is recommended for construction cases, acting primarily for contractors. Ian Lim leads on employment and data protection disputes.