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Benjamin Tan

Prior to joining Breakpoint LLC, Benjamin trained and practised at the Dispute Resolution Department of Drew & Napier LLC, assisting Senior Counsel in complex and high-value matters, which include international commercial arbitration administered under the rules of SIAC and litigation before the Singapore High Court and Court of Appeal.

 

He has advised and represented clients in various contentious matters, covering a wide range of disputes including contract, company, joint-venture, tenancy, tort, and employment-related disputes. He also has experience assisting clients in the area of white collar crime and family law.​

 

Benjamin is effectively bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese.

Work Experience


Commercial Litigation Practice

  • Acted for collapsed oil trader Hin Leong Trading Pte Ltd, which is currently in liquidation, in an action against its former external auditors, Deloitte, for failing to detect serious irregularities in its financial statements for more than a decade. Successful in resisting a stay application by Deloitte for the Singapore court proceedings to be stayed in favour of arbitration (CSY v CSZ [2022] SGCA 43).  

  • Acted for a hotel management company in Singapore-seated SIAC arbitration proceedings against a hotel owner for breaches of a hotel management agreement.

  • Acted for a Myanmar beer brewery company in a Singapore-seated SIAC arbitration commenced by an international brewery company, which is the parent company of its joint venture partner.

  • Acted for a director/shareholder of an investment management firm who was subpoenaed under the International Arbitration Act 1994 to give evidence in New Zealand arbitration proceedings. This matter involved a novel point of law as to whether the Singapore Courts have the power under section 13 of the International Arbitration Act 1994 to grant a subpoena in support of a foreign-seated arbitration. Successfully set aside the subpoena. 

  • Acted for two oil brokers in an action commenced by an interdealer broker company to claim payment of 5 years’ worth of salary for alleged breaches of their signed employment contracts when they did not commence work on the commencement dates of their employment contracts.

  • Acted for a landlord in a claim from the tenant for unpaid rent and damages.

Criminal Law/Quasi-Criminal Law Experience

  • Acted for a former CEO of a listed construction company charged under  the Prevention of Corruption Act 1960 for allegedly abetting the giving of gratification to a former deputy group director at the Land Transport Authority.

  • Acted for the Law Society of Singapore in disciplinary proceedings against a lawyer who was charged for failing to inform her client that fees paid for services were charged on a non-refundable basis and for failing to act with reasonable diligence and competence in the provision of services to the client, and to provide timely advice to the client. The lawyer was reprimanded, and costs were ordered in favour of the Law Society (The Law Society of Singapore v Yeo Poh Tiang (Yang Baozhen) [2022] SGDT 16).

Family Law Experience

  • Acted for a client in a deputyship application for her to be appointed deputy for her mother, who has numerous assets worth more than S$100 million. Client was successfully appointed as deputy.

Memberships

  • Law Society of Singapore – Member

  • Singapore Academy of Law - Member

Qualifications and Education

  • Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore, 2021

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (Second Upper), National University of Singapore, 2020

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