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Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group .

Our Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group provides comprehensive and effective strategies for dispute management and resolution. We constantly strive to achieve the most effective, practical and highly satisfactory solutions for our clients.


The lawyers in this Practice Group work very closely with our clients in Singapore and globally to manage their domestic and international contentious issues and disputes by:

  • Providing preliminary advice and assistance and negotiations for settlement
  • Pre-action proceedings
  • Letters of demands and Notices
  • Commencing/Defending and conduct of court proceedings in the Singapore Subordinate Courts, Family Court, High Court and Court of Appeal
  • Mediation – Private, Family Court, Court Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Arbitration – Singapore International Arbitration Centre
  • Singapore Strata Title Board hearings
  • Intellectual Property Office of Singapore hearings

At Samuel Seow Law Corporation, our wealth of experience and familiarity in the entertainment, art and media industry gives us a strong advantage in this field. We are also highly experienced in managing media coverage on disputes which arise.


Our lawyers’s areas of practice include:

  • Intellectual Property Disputes (including copyright/trademark infringement and passing off)
  • Company Law Disputes (including breach of director’s fiduciary duties and minority shareholders oppression)
  • Joint-venture/Shareholders’ Disputes
  • Breach of Contract
  • Employment Disputes
  • Negligence Claims
  • Personal Injury Claims
  • Credit/Monetary Claims
  • Real Estate and Landlord/Tenant Disputes
  • Fraud/Misrepresentation
  • Family Law (including divorce, adoption, legal guardianship proceedings)


The lawyers under this Practice Group also handle and provide advisory services for personal and private non-contentious matters.

  • Wills and Estate Planning
  • Application for Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration
  • Power of Attorney
  • Deed Polls
  • Deed of Arrangements

Significant Transactions


  • Acted for popular singer / songwriter Tanya Chua is a dispute with her music publishers. On appeal to the Court of Appeal, we successfully overturned the decision of the High Court and obtained the declaration that our client had validly terminated her contract with the music publishers due to their failure to properly account for the royalties.
  • Acted for a client in divorce proceedings whereby difficult questions of jurisdiction and forum appropriateness arose given that the spouse had commenced various applications overseas in order to thwart the legal proceedings in Singapore. This was the first time the High Court in Singapore had to consider the effect of an order by a foreign court for Restitution for Conjugal Rights, as such rights are not available under Singapore law.
  • Advising a local businessman who had been swindled by a serial conman. Through concerted actions involving the police and speedy High Court injunction applications, the client was able to recover a significant portion of the assets lost before they could be dissipated.
  • Advised a local listed company on the ramifications of the breakdown of a joint venture and provided a strategy for the unravelling of the joint venture.
  • Advised a local company in a multi-million dollar shareholders’ dispute involving operations in China.
  • Advised a major motion picture company in a dispute with overseas investors.
  • Acted for Pacific Rim Industries Inc., the proprietors of the mark “Emilio Valentino”, who faced opposition to their trade mark registration in Singapore by the owners of the “Valentino” mark, who alleged bad faith and similarity of marks. We successfully resisted the opposition at the Registry of Trade Marks and also resisted the appeal at the High Court. Upon appeal to Singapore’s highest court, the Court of Appeal, we were again successful and resisted the Appellant’s appeal. We had to deal with novel issues of law on the meaning of “bad faith” in the context of a trade mark application.
  • Advised a local company whose consultant had left the employment of the company and improperly taken some confidential information. We were able to obtain an injunction on an urgent basis and prevented the former consultant from using that confidential information in his overseas operations and effectively halted acts which would have been very detrimental to the business of our clients.
  • Advised a well-known real estate trainer in the Singapore High Court for a company whose training materials were copied by the associated agent of a large real estate group of companies, and disseminated and made available for free to the associated agents of the group. The claim was premised on copyright law, and we have succeeded in maintaining the continuance of an existing injunction against 3 out of the 4 defendants.
  • Advised a leading pesticide company against its ex-employee and another company which was set up with his assistance. The said employee had misused the company‘s confidential and proprietary information, and an injunction was obtained against the ex-employee and the other company to prevent them from using the said information.
  • Advised a representative of the copyright owners in the Korean Music industry against an owner of a website responsible for distribution of pirated copies of copyrighted works. We succeeded in getting the website owner to shut down the websites and obtained co-operation from the website owner in providing crucial evidence for the client‘s fight against piracy.
  • Advised a company and its shareholders in the Singapore High Court in resisting a claim for the defamation based on postings made on Facebook.
  • Advised an events management company against a UK company for breach of contract in the sum of €305,000 for failure to hold several major mixed martial arts events in Singapore, the Philippines and Hong Kong.
  • Advised the former director of a company in the Singapore High Court to resist a claim of approximately S$800,000 in relation to a claim of negligence, conspiracy to injure, breach of trust and misrepresentation.
  • Advised the trustees of a Trust in the United Kingdom against a rogue trustee to trace trust funds amounting to €13 000 0000 that have been illegally channelled to a Singapore bank.
  • Our legal team acted for a company whose training materials were copied by the associated agent of a large real estate group of companies, and disseminated and made available for free to the associated agents of the group. The claim was premised on copyright law, and we have succeeded in maintaining the continuance of an existing injunction against 3 out of the 4 defendants. We have also successfully resisted an application by one of the companies within the group to strike out our client‘s claims against the said company, to remove the company as a party by reason of misjoinder, and also its application for summary judgment against our client for groundless threats of copyright infringement.
  • Acted for Clinic Suisse, a medical skincare clinic against a trademark infringement claim by Clinique Laboratories, owners of the international cosmetic brand "Clinique". The case went all the way to the Court of Appeal in Singapore where we successfully appealed against the decision of the High Court and obtained judgment from the Court of Appeal to vary the order for Clinic Suisse to stop using the word "Clinique". Clinic Suisse may now use the word "Clinique" in relation to their medical services.
  • Advising and acting for local investors making a claim against a USA company for misrepresentation of the nature of land investments which subsequently transpired to be a "Ponzi" scheme.
  • Advised a local company whose consultant had left the employment of the company and improperly taken some confidential information. We were able to obtain an injunction on an urgent basis and prevented the former consultant from using that confidential information in his overseas operations and effectively halted acts which would have been very detrimental to the business of our clients.
  • Advising a local businessman who had been swindled by a serial conman. Through concerted actions involving the police and speedy High Court injunction applications, the client was able to recover a significant portion of the assets lost before they could be dissipated.
  • Acted for a client in divorce proceedings whereby difficult questions of jurisdiction and forum appropriateness arose given that the spouse had commenced various applications overseas in order to thwart the legal proceedings in Singapore. This was the first time the High Court in Singapore had to consider the effect of an order by a foreign court for Restitution for Conjugal Rights, as such rights are not available under Singapore law.
  • Acted for a franchisor of a chain of early education and development centres in Singapore against a former franchisee and its directors for their breach of several material terms and conditions of the franchise agreement and collateral agreements.
  • Acted for a local supplier/contractor company in a multi-million dollar shareholders‘ dispute involving operations in China which was eventually settled. We also negotiated and drafted the settlement agreement on behalf of our client.
  • Advised an elderly lady in a series of claims and her interest in a property which has been her home for the past 30 years from creditors of her late son‘s estate.
  • Advised a local company and its majority shareholders in a foreign workers dormitory business defending a Section 216 Companies Act "minority oppression" suit in the High Court. In a related proceeding, our clients are also the claimant against the minority shareholders for his breach of director‘s fiduciary duties.
  • Advised a major motion picture company in a dispute with overseas investors in respect of the investor‘s breach of the Deal Memorandum.
  • Advised for a client in the recovery of deposit paid for the purchase a Chinese painting purportedly to be by a renowned Chinese artist which turned out to be a fake. The Defendant in the claim is a high profile philanthropist and businessman in Singapore and Indonesia.
  • Advised a group of clients in their claim against a taxi company for misrepresentation and defending them in a counterclaim for defamation.
  • Advised former directors and employees in a High Court suit commenced by their former group of companies/employees for alleged breach of fiduciary duties and terms of employment contract - in particular, breach of confidentiality and non-competition provisions and conspiracy to do harm against the group. There were also allegations against one of the directors for non-disclosure and improperly receiving benefits from the group.
  • Advised a 68 year old man in a charge against him for causing hurt by stabbing the alleged victim with a knife in self-defence arising from the victim‘s provocation.
  • Advised clients who had allegedly sold counterfeit hamster food and products in a criminal summons against them.
  • Advised a local construction contractor in their claim against a local housing authority for its claims for variation works and sums due under the original construction contract in excess of S$1.8million.
  • Advised a company who is the manufacturer and supplier of miniature speakers in their claims against a former employee and related parties for supplying counterfeit products.
  • Advised a franchisee of a chain of early education and development centres (unrelated to the above) in Singapore and region in a termination of the franchise agreement for the franchisors breach of the franchise agreement.
  • Acted for an internationally known television and film celebrity in his claim against a local beauty salon for passing off.
  • Advising and acting for the Management Corporation Strata Title No. 3322 in its claim against Mervue Developments, Tiong Aik Construction, RSP Architects and Squiremech for defects at The Seaview condominium. The MCST No. 3322 is claiming in excess of S$32 million dollars for the defects.
  • Advising clients in relation to contractual claims involving the entertainment industry.
  • Represented a local celebrity in his claims against a local bank for recovery of sums over $100,000 wrongfully paid out on forged cheques.
  • Represented a partner of a limited liability partnership in her claims against the limited liability and the other partners for wrongful expulsion from the limited liability partnership, wrongful termination of employment and defamation.