Partner, at I.R.B. Law LLP, running own practice (separate and distinct from other teams in the firm), and personally handles all aspects of my matters (by choice).
LLB from National University of Singapore (Class of 2008), Advocate & Solicitor Supreme Court of Singapore (May 2009), Associate Mediator at Singapore Mediation Centre (since 2009), and Commissioner for Oaths (since 2019).
I am just your regular bloke earning an honest living to pay my bills and have a bit to spare.
Grew up on the beautiful island of Penang, Malaysia, and later moved to another beautiful island, and my current home, Singapore. During my formative years, I enjoyed learning the many lessons learnt through sports, particularly rugby, where I had the privilege to captain the U-15 and U-18 teams at my alma mater, Penang Free School. I also ran (100m and 4x100m) for my school’s athletics team.
After a stint at University of Melbourne, I came to the National University of Singapore, where I obtained my Bachelor of Laws in 2008. I enjoyed every bit of student life and have fond memories of my time as Sports Secretary of the 26th Law Club Management Committee, as well as acting in my year’s play “Kopishop Rock” (proceeds from ticket sales went to charity).
Then “reality” set in and I got called to the Singapore Bar in 2009. I then started my career in a shipping firm, where I benefitted from good exposure and top-notch guidance from my seniors and pupil master. Although I enjoyed the many “adventures” such as arresting numerous vessels, I soon realized that shipping was not my cup of tea and decided to set sail on my current journey. I moved on to several firms where I primarily practiced Family Law and Civil/Commercial Litigation, before dropping anchor and growing roots at my current firm since May 2015.
I have been a Partner at I.R.B. Law LLP since then. My arrangement is simple – I pretty much run my own show, and do not get a fixed salary. By choice, I run all my cases personally. This ensures the most direct communication, and allows me to closely monitor my matters at all times. Until I am able to find a like-minded assistant, I am glad to continue with this arrangement, as I believe that it offers the best value for my clients.
With my clients, I value a strong lawyer-client relationship built on mutual trust and respect. I make realistic assessments of your matter, and will advise you on cost-effective solutions. I am glad to guide you along the way, and I only hope that my advice is heeded. As a default mode, I will assist you to look at the dispute / issue at hand, with your future happiness in mind. I believe that my charges are fair and reasonable, and I am transparent with my charges. Ultimately, I am here to protect you, so I will always give you a truthful view of your situation (even if the truth is painful to hear).
Areas of Practice:
My experience (apart from my focus area of practice) is broad. From shipping to insurance and personal injury claims, to bankruptcy, employment, landlord-tenant, Council of Estate Agents disciplinary proceedings, and criminal representation, I have always done my best for the clients my firm and I represented. However, I chose to focus on Family Law and this forms the bulk of my work to date.
Currently, my practice focuses on Family Law matters (e.g. divorce, maintenance, custody, care & control and access, personal protection orders, variation of ancillary matters orders, appeals, cross-border family issues (e.g. relocation, child abduction, injunction(s), etc.) involving various countries (e.g. Shanghai China, Taiwan, USA, India, New Zealand, UK), mediation (court and private). I also handle estate matters (e.g. Wills, Probate & Administration, Lasting Power of Attorney), civil / commercial claims, creditor-debtor claims, applications under Mental Capacity Act, landlord-tenant matters, and employment matters.
To communicate, I speak and write in English and Malay. I am also able to speak Mandarin and Hokkien. Even with different language proficiency levels between clients and I, communication is generally smooth as long as there are 2 willing parties.
In my own time, I make a conscious effort to stay connected to society. On the “legal” front, I conduct legal clinics at Cheng San CC once a month (started in 2012), and I was an Adjunct Lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic from mid-2015 to end-2020. On the “personal” front, I try to keep healthy by doing yoga, pilates and going swimming, as well as watching rugby (specifically the Hurricanes and the All Blacks). When going about life, I never miss a chance to speak to cab drivers, wait staff and anyone else I may chance upon.
Contact me through my direct line +6594763230 (call / What’s App / text) or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Normally I will arrange an initial call (about 10mins) to get more background and explain some preliminary points on further arrangements to properly advise you on your matter.
Divorce, maintenance, custody, care & control and access, personal protection orders, variation of ancillary matters orders, appeals, cross-border family issues (e.g. relocation, child abduction, injunction(s), etc.) involving various countries (e.g. Shanghai China, Taiwan, USA, India, New Zealand, UK), private mediation, and other related personal experiences which will be shared where relevant to your matter.
Commissioner for Oaths
Virtual/video commissioning available (*subject to requirements)
Media & Publications
“Custody row: Teary-eyed twins leave for US” by K C Vijayan, Straits Times 16 March 2011
“Divorce Lawyers Share 5 Truths on Marriage”, Herworld 27 June 2019
Services & Fees
Contact me for quotation.
- Debt Recovery
- Deed Polls (Name Change)
- Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)
- Commercial Disputes
- Probate and Letters of Administration
- Shareholder Disputes
- Employment Disputes
- Drafting IOU / Debt Acknowledgment
- Landlord-Tenant Disputes
- Civil Litigation
- Pre-Nuptial Agreement
- Contractual Disputes
- Renovation Claims
- Mental Capacity Act applications
- Personal Protection Order
- Personal Injury
- Power of Attorney