Professional practice

Commercial and criminal disputes, and regulatory matters are Calvin’s areas of expertise. Before joining private practice, he was a Justices’ Law Clerk and Assistant Registrar in the Supreme Court of Singapore.

As lead counsel, Calvin has obtained a search order for one of the world’s largest ship owners, and defended a business owner in a corruption case involving novel points of law. In the latter case, the High Court commended his “detailed and well-researched submissions”.

His recent work has included acting a claim involving over US$2 billion worth of art – discharging a worldwide Mareva injunction and obtaining a stay of proceedings on the grounds of forum non conveniens. The latter was the first case by the Court of Appeal to consider the relevance of the Singapore International Commercial Court to the Spiliada test.

He also acted for the finance manager of a megachurch in one of Singapore’s longest-running criminal breach of trust cases, and for the successful party in a landmark Court of Appeal decision on the doctrine of abuse of process.

Calvin has taught Constitutional and Administrative Law at the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Management University. An article he co-authored in this area was cited with approval by the Court of Appeal.

 

Career
  • 2016: Of Counsel, Tan Kok Quan Partnership
  • 2013: Senior Associate, Tan Kok Quan Partnership
  • 2012: Associate, Drew & Napier LLC
  • 2011: Justices’ Law Clerk, Supreme Court of Singapore (concurrently appointed as Assistant Registrar in 2012)
Education
  • 2010: BCL (Distinction), University College, University of Oxford
  • 2009: LLB (First Class Hons), London School of Economics and Political Science
Awards
  • 2007: Sweet & Maxwell Prize for the best overall performance (LSE)
  • 2007: Best performance for Criminal law (LSE)
  • 2007: Blackstone Chambers Prize for Public Law (LSE)
  • 2007: Dechert Prize for Property Law (LSE)
  • 2013: One of the top five advocates at the Singapore International Arbitration Academy organised by the National University of Singapore’s Centre for International Law. The judges were Lord Hoffmann, Toby Landau QC and Teresa Cheng SC.
  • 2015: The Singapore Business Review included Calvin in the list of Singapore’s 40 most influential lawyers aged 40 and under.
Publications

Calvin’s publications include:

  • ‘The relevance of the Singapore International Commercial Court to the Spiliada test for forum non conveniens’, Lexology, 22 May 2017
  • Fair Play and Match Fixing’, Singapore Law Gazette, Apr 2016, co-author
  • The Constitution of Our Constitution: A Vindication of the Basic Structure Doctrine’, Singapore Law Gazette, Aug 2014, co-author
  • Amenability to Judicial Review: the Ambiguity in Manjit Singh v Attorney-General’, Law Gazette, Apr 2013, co-author
  • Alan Shadrake v Attorney-General [2011] SGCA 26: A Look at the Recent Decision on the Law of Contempt for Scandalising the Judiciary’, Inter Se, Jul 2011, co-author
Calvin Liang is practising from Calvin Liang LLC (UEN No. 201909532R), a limited liability law corporation.