Professional practice

Lijing has a broad practice extending across the full range of commercial, international trade, fraud, unjust enrichment, and trusts disputes. As well as appearing as sole counsel in the Supreme Court and institutional arbitrations, Lijing also acts as a member of larger teams on heavyweight disputes, including some of the largest commercial disputes in recent years.

Clients have praised Lijing’s ability to “make the most complicated legal and factual issues appear simple, and then deliver his advice in a crisp, clear and precise manner.” His work has also been described as “entirely consistent with the very high opinion which … is held of Lijing as an advocate and legal professional by the Bar.”

Lijing is a member of the Supreme Court Rules of Court Working Party and the SMU School of Law Advisory Board.

 

Civil fraud & asset tracing
  • Acted (with V K Rajah SC) for a global Fintech company on its investigations into potential fraud
  • Instructed as lead counsel in a share valuation dispute in the High Court, involving counterclaims of conspiracy and fraud, valued at approximately $100m
  • Advised (with Chan Leng Sun SC) a major global commodities trader on documentary credit claims arising out of the Hin Leong financial fraud
  • Advised a major Indian conglomerate on its potential claims against a former senior employee in fraud
  • Advised a Japanese Zaibatsu on its potential claims against a former director for fraud and breach of fiduciary duties
Commercial dispute resolution
  • Advised (with V K Rajah SC) a major regional financial institution on its $700m contribution to a regional Government scheme
  • Advised a major regional financial institution on claims arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Advised (with Toby Landau QC) on a dispute arising out of a $400m shares acquisition in the region
  • Instructed as co-counsel in a property valuation dispute in the High Court, valued at approximately $15m
  • Advised a local SME on its defence against a $15m claim on a MOU, raising novel issues of causation and breach
  • Instructed as lead counsel in the registration and enforcement in Singapore of a Hong Kong Mareva injunction
  • Instructed as lead counsel to act for a major regional pharmaceutical company in litigation involving the sale of goods and breach of Australian consumer laws
  • Instructed as lead counsel in SIAC arbitration involving a contractual claim for approximately $10m
  • Instructed as lead counsel in High Court litigation involving cross-claims arising out of a share purchase agreement, amounting approximately to $2.5m
  • Instructed as lead counsel in an application for an interim mandatory injunction to compel the issuance of a valuation report
Conflict of laws & private international law
  • Acted (with Toby Landau QC) in the Court of Appeal in an application for an anti-suit injunction against BVI proceedings, in circumstances where the BVI court had already affirmed that it was the appropriate forum to hear the dispute
International Trade & Commodities
  • Acted (with Toby Landau QC) for a major global commodities trader in a series of claims valued at more than US$2b
  • Advised (with Chan Leng Sun SC) a major global commodities trader on documentary credit claims arising out of the Hin Leong financial fraud
  • Advised (with V K Rajah SC) a regional commodities trader on substantial documentary credit claims, involving a novel issue of whether the issuing bank can also be the discounting bank under UCP 600
  • Advised (with V K Rajah SC) on whether a proprietary claim could be asserted over sale proceeds from the sale of bunkers, arising out of the OW Bunker bankruptcy
  • Advised (with Toby Landau QC) on the application of the Res Cogitans and issues of double exposure / liability
  • Advised (with V K Rajah SC) a major Chinese commodities trader on litigation strategy arising out of a foreign judgment for US$550m.
Tax
  • Acted (with V K Rajah SC) for a major regional financial institution on various tax disputes
  • Acted (with Toby Landau QC) on a regional investment tax dispute
Trust Disputes
  • Acted (with Toby Landau QC) in High Court litigation involving a trust claim over approximately $1b of assets
  • Acted (with Toby Landau QC) in ICC arbitration involving a dispute over the dissolution of a family trust holding allegedly more than $1.5b of assets
  • Acted (with Toby Landau QC) in the Court of Appeal in an application for the removal of property caveats, on the basis that there was no seriously arguable case that an equitable proprietary interest could be asserted over the properties
Unjust enrichment & restitution claims
  • Instructed as lead counsel in High Court litigation involving restitution of approximately $16m
  • Instructed as lead counsel in an application for an interim proprietary injunction on the basis of a Quistclose trust
  • Advised (with V K Rajah SC) on whether a proprietary claim could be asserted over sale proceeds from the sale of bunkers, arising out of the OW Bunker bankruptcy
Education
  • 2010: BCL (Distinction), Magdalen College, University of Oxford
  • 2009: BA (Jurisprudence) (First Class Hons), Magdalen College, University of Oxford
Awards
  • 2009: Gibbs Prize; proxime for best performance in Contract, Tort, Trusts and Land, University of Oxford
  • 2008: Lovells Prize for best performance in 2nd year, Magdalen College, University of Oxford
  • 2008: United Kingdom Champion, Phillip C Jessup International Moot, representing University of Oxford
  • 2007: 20 Essex St Prize for best performance in 1st year, Magdalen College, University of Oxford
  • 2007: Demyship (until 2009), Magdalen College, University of Oxford
  • 2007: University champion, Crown Office Chambers Moot, University of Oxford
  • 2006: Distinction in Law Moderations, University of Oxford
Publications

Lijing’s publications include:

  • Contributing editor, Singapore Civil Procedure 2015
  • Co-editor, Halsbury ‘s Laws of Singapore, Civil Procedure (2017)
  • Stare Decisis and Assistant Registrars, Singapore Law Gazette, January 2017
  • Substantive Legitimate Expectations: Slow and Steady, Singapore Law Gazette, June 2016
  • Fair Play and Match Fixing: A Dialogue on Tan Seet Eng v Attorney-General, Singapore Law Gazette, April 2016
  • Legitimate Expectations and Good Administration, Singapore Law Gazette, July 2015
  • 377A: Law and Morality, Singapore Law Gazette, January 2015
  • Implied Term of Mutual Trust and Confidence, Singapore Law Gazette, December 2014
  • Casting the Relator Action, Singapore Law Gazette, September 2014
  • Rule Against Apparent Bias – Language Disguising Thought?, Singapore Law Gazette, July 2014
  • Access to Counsel, Singapore Law Gazette, February 2014
  • Missing Witnesses, Singapore Law Gazette, November 2013
  • The Curious Case of Drug Importation, Singapore Law Gazette, September 2013
  • Amenability to Judicial Review: the ambiguity in Manjit Singh v AG, Singapore Law Gazette, April 2013
  • Locus Standi in Judicial Review: Two Roads Diverge in a Singapore Wood, Singapore Law Gazette, February 2013

 

Tham Lijing is practising from Tham Lijing LLC (UEN No. 201909681D), a limited liability law corporation.