Firm Profile > LVM Law Chambers LLC > Singapore, Singapore

LVM Law Chambers LLC
160 ROBINSON ROAD
13-02 SBF CENTER
SINGAPORE 068914
Singapore

Dispute resolution: local firms Tier 3

Boutique disputes practice LVM Law Chambers LLC  is 'dynamic and responsive' and is led by Lok Vi Ming SC who is an 'exceptionally capable attorney' acting alongside a team of 'younger lawyers who are driven and eager to give their best'. The team has a strong offering in commercial litigation and international arbitration with an impressive client base of domestic and international corporate clients across several sectors. Ming is a well-respected figure for litigation involving insurance, aviation, and trusts. Another key partner Joseph Lee has a strong following among clients in China and Hong Kong.

Testimonials

‘Joseph Lee and Leo Zhi Wei provide incisive and cost-effective advice.’

‘Lok Vi Ming, the managing partner of the firm is an exceptionally capable attorney. Regardless of his position, he keeps his eye on the case and gives the most appropriate instruction to his team whenever necessary.’

‘The team led by Lok Vi Ming SC is dynamic and responsive. We have instructed them on several dispute matters and they have always exceeded our expectations.’

‘Team is made up of younger lawyers who are driven and eager to give their best.’

‘Waltan is able to explain legal concepts in an easy manner for the client, and possess great knowledge in the industry.’

‘The team specialises in commercial dispute resolution, they are a pretty new set-up and helmed by Lok Vi Ming S.C., a well-known litigator, with years of experience. They have a team of capable and professional lawyers in the firm, lean yet dynamic team. Good bonding with clients.’

‘The willingness to go the extra mile to assist clients and instructing solicitors, and the exceptional effort that is put into every case. Mr Lok Vi Ming, S.C. (Managing Director), and Mr Joseph Lee (Deputy Managing Director) stand out for me.’

‘LVM is highly effective in and out of court. What sets them apart is their broad range of expertise.’

‘Mr Lok Vi Ming (SC) is highly experienced and respected in the industry. This allows him a substantial amount of leverage in any negotiation and dispute avoidance.’

‘The team has excellent knowledge and experience in the type of suit we are in. They worked closely as a team to study our case and makes good recommendations to advance the case. The team, from Associates, to Seniors to the Partner kept us constantly updated on the progress as well as provided excellent advice along the different milestones.’

‘Mr Lok Vi Ming stands out as being the Partner with vast and in-depth knowledge and experience on dispute resolution matters. His advice is practical, realistic, and in tune with the industry and business environment. His honest, reliable, down to earth attitude and level of concern given to our matters, regardless of size or issue, is a rarity among peers.’

‘With a team of experienced lawyers, LVM stands out as a great alternative to large legal firms. They deliver the services professionally with a great personal experience.’

Key clients

The Renewable Energy Corporation Group

BDO RCS Auditores Independentes S.S.

J.G. Jewellery Pte Ltd

Elush T3 Pte Ltd

John Manners & Company Limited

Derrick Wong & Lim BC LLP

Prabhakaran Narayanan Nair

MS First Capital Insurance Ltd

Liu Cheng Chan (deceased); Chik Sau Kam

Koh Kim Teck

Lendlease Singapore Pte Ltd

Chan Pik Sun

Lim Hui Mei; Terence Fernandez

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Geetex Enterprises Pte Ltd

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited

CIMB Bank Berhad

Unipec Singapore Pte. Ltd

International arbitration Tier 4

Established by Lok Vi Ming SC in 2016 following his departure from Dentons, disputes focused firm LVM Law Chambers LLC  frequently instructed in international arbitration and is particularly active in telecoms and aviation. Joseph Lee jointly leads the practice and frequently acts for state-owned and listed companies based in PRC and Hong Kong.

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Key clients

International SOS Pte Ltd

ZTE Corporation

Cardinal Health Japan G.K.

LVM Law Chambers LLC is a mid-sized practice in Singapore that was founded in 2017 by Senior Counsel Lok Vi Ming. Our practice areas span a wide range of disciplines, including: Arbitration, Aviation, Banking, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Construction, Dispute Resolution, Insolvency (Judicial Management, Liquidation, Scheme of Arrangement), Insurance, Media and Telecommunications Disputes, Tax Disputes, Mediation, Real Estate Disputes, Regulatory, Shareholder’s Disputes, Tax, White Collar Crimes.

As an independent disputes focused firm, we are strategically placed to represent anyone against any party with reduced risks of conflicts of interest. This allows us to be able to focus on dispute resolution and problem solving. Despite being a relatively young firm, LVM has consistently been involved in and instructed on a number of high profile and international cases spanning jurisdictions such as China, Brazil, EU, Japan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, UK, and the US. The firm has been instructed on close to 1000 matters since its recent inception in 2017.

LVM Law Chambers is SmartLaw certified by the Singapore Law Society. We firmly believe technology enables us to work better and smarter, and have been using increasingly integrated work platforms to assist us with workflow, client interface, and knowledge management.

As a firm, we strongly believe in contributing to the profession and to society. Many of our lawyers serve on professional committees with the Law Society and with the Academy of Law. We also sit as adjudicators with institutions like FIDReC, as mediators with the Singapore International Mediation Centre and the Singapore Mediation Centre, on disciplinary committees with the Law Society, the SGX and the CEA, where the contributions are not remunerated or are effectively nominal. Despite the recent circuit breaker measures implemented by the Singapore government to stop the spread of COVID-19, we continue to welcome aspiring lawyers-to-be to intern and train with us.

Many of our lawyers also contribute to the broader society through doing pro bono work, serving on boards of charities, or giving time to projects and pursuits which benefit the less fortunate in society. Recently, 8 of our lawyers have been appointed by the Ministry of Law to the Panel of Assessors for COVID-19 Temporary Relief (PACT) to assist the general public with contractual obligation relief matters. A number of our lawyers also teach and lecture at our law schools, train law students in the art of advocacy and impart the time tested and celebrated values of ethics in legal practice.

Department Name Email Telephone
Main Contact contact@lvmlawchambers.com +65 6206 7888
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Justin Chan  photo Mr Justin Chan Associate Director
Mr Joseph Lee photo Mr Joseph Lee Deputy Managing Director
Mr Lok Ming photo Mr Lok Ming Managing Director
Mr Jonathan Muk  photo Mr Jonathan Muk Of Counsel
Ms Huey Hien Ooi  photo Ms Huey Hien Ooi Associate Director
Ms Waltan Pak  photo Ms Waltan Pak Associate Director
Ms Joanna Seetoh  photo Ms Joanna Seetoh Associate Director
English (fluent)
Chinese (Mandarin)

Joseph Lee, Deputy Managing Director

What do you see as the main points that differentiate LVM Law Chambers LLC from your competitors?

We are a truly independent boutique disputes resolution firm with a renowned Senior Counsel at its helm.

Free from conflicts or any associations, we are free to act for and against any parties.

Although independent, our team brings with it the experience from offshore and major local firms, making us able to deliver the same level of service as our competitors, more competitively and without constraints of conflicts.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

Insolvency and insurance. As businesses were hit by COVID-19 induced interruptions, those who lacked the financial wherewithal to weather the storm, or were rendered redundant by technology advancements will be looking to restructure or liquidate. Insurers worldwide have been hit by business-interruption claims.

We have also seen a spike in claims related to supply chain disruption and event cancellations as parties battle to ascribe liability for delays and cancellation occasioned by COVID-19 disruption.

Temporary relief and moratoriums that were statutorily imposed are scheduled to expire later this year. Unless extended, we anticipate more claim emerging in the last quarter of 2021.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

In early 2020, we organized our lawyers into practice areas. What this means is that every lawyer specializes at an early stage. This means that every lawyer has domain knowledge in particular areas enabling the team to respond faster and more effectively to the needs of the client.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

The drive towards paperless has made quantum leaps during COVID-19 and is here to stay. Client interactions are also now by video-conferencing as a default. This has helped our clients save travel time and costs and cut down third party disbursements dramatically.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

At LVM, we place great emphasis on commercial lawyering. We immerse ourselves deeply in our client’s business and offer tailor made solutions that take into account their commercial objectives. We share two examples.

We had a developer client who purchased a piece of prime land to redevelop into a condominium. The catch was that the land was saddled with a right of way in favour of a neighbouring development, i.e. an easement. The easement was granted more than a century ago where the neighbouring plot was a single house and relied on the easement to access the main road.

The easement was situated such that it divided the client’s plot of land into two, restricting the development potential of the land. Negotiations with the neigbour to realign the easement were futile. Anticipating that the neighbour would seek an injunction from Court to prevent our client from unilaterally realigning the easement, we went on the offensive and applied to Court for a declaration that such an injunction would not be issued if applied for.

To knowledge, such an application was the first of its kind both its novel approach and the issues it raised. The realignment of the easement greatly enhanced the value of the land to the client by opening up many design options. The Court granted the application and this case went on to be cited as precedent in future cases where developers met similar obstacles.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

We see ourselves maintaining our current course as an independent firm. However, we aim to add to our numbers in terms of targeted additions to our team in certain specialist areas.