Wilbur Lua

Covenant Chambers LLC | Website

  • 8 Eu Tong Sen Street #12-96, Clarke Quay Central, Singapore 059818 (Office 1)
  • Office Hours:

    Mondays to Fridays 9 am to 6 pm

About

Wilbur commenced his legal career by serving as a State Counsel at the Attorney-General’s Chambers. In 2018, Wilbur left the public service to pursue his passion in helping others resolve challenging legal issues. He practices across a broad range of practice areas, with a special focus on civil and commercial disputes.

During his time in practice, Wilbur has successfully guided many clients towards a favourable resolution of their legal disputes. Whether he is serving a corporate client or the man on the street, Wilbur spares no effort to help all clients achieve the best possible outcome for their situation. He is an excellent listener, and his clients can always count on him to provide thoughtful, objective, and practical advice that will help them navigate through their legal challenges.

With his keen eye for detail and strong understanding of the law, Wilbur is able to help his clients find the best arguments to present to the adjudicator when an amicable resolution is not possible. In his capacity as an advocate, Wilbur has appeared before various levels of courts and tribunals alike.

Wilbur continues to have a heart for serving the public. He is active in pro bono work and does his part to prepare the next generation of lawyers by teaching as an instructor of legal skills at the National University of Singapore and the Singapore University of Social Sciences. 

Wilbur graduated from the National University of Singapore’s double-degree programme with a First Class Honours in Economics and a Second Class (Upper) Honours in Law in 2014.

Practice Areas: 

Dispute Resolution / Civil 

  • Debt recovery 
  • Contract
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Property disputes

Insolvency / Bankruptcy law

  • Bankruptcy / Winding-up proceedings and administration
  • Debt Restructuring

Community law

  • Protection from Harassment Act
  • Criminal Defence

Family law 

  • Matrimonial proceedings
  • Pre and post-nuptial agreements
  • Wills and probate
  • Lasting Power of Attorney

Sample Cases: 

  • Acted as lead counsel for a corporate client who was a victim of a cheating scam involving a six-figure sum. Wilbur assisted the client to substantially recover the monies that were dishonestly appropriated.
  • Acted as lead counsel for an investor to seek a refund of a personal investment after it was discovered that the underlying investment was part of a fraudulent Ponzi scheme by a third-party. Even though the defendant was not a party to the scheme, Wilbur successfully assisted the client to obtain relief by relying on the doctrine of “total failure of consideration”.
  • Acted as lead counsel for a sole proprietor to seek relief from various onerous obligations imposed by the distributor. Wilbur successfully obtained declaratory relief from the District Court for his client.
  • Acted as lead counsel for clients to seek redress for unjustified comments containing defamatory content that were made pursuant to a commercial dispute. Wilbur assisted the clients to resolve the matter amicably and obtain a satisfactory compensation sum. 
  • Acted for two poultry supply companies (as part of a legal team) in an appeal against a seven-figure fine imposed by the Competition Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) for various alleged anti-competitive practices. This was the first time a trial on liability was conducted before the Competition Appeal Board (CAB). The team was successful in persuading the CAB to overturn CCCS decision on liability for one of the two alleged anti-competitive practices, and the fine was substantially reduced by 71%.
  • Acted as lead counsel for the family members of a person who had lost mental capacity in a highly contested appeal involving the issue of appointment of deputies. Wilbur was successful in assisting the clients to obtain the desired deputyship orders from the Family Division of the High Court. 

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Volunteer Work 

  • Legal Clinic Instructor, Centre for Pro Bono and Clinical Legal Education, National University of Singapore

  • Supervisor, Legal Clerkship Programme, Singapore University of Social Sciences

  • Volunteer Instructor, MINDEF Basic Defending Officer Course

  • Volunteer Lawyer, Criminal Legal Aid Scheme /

  • Law Society Ad Hoc Pro Bono Scheme / Family Justice Support Scheme

  • Volunteer Lawyer, Charis Legal Clinic

Accolades & Awards

  • Dean’s List (Overall), Law Faculty, NUS
  • Dean’s List of the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, NUS (Placed thrice)
  • Dean’s Scholar’s List of the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, NUS
  • Lai Kew Chai Prize in Equity and Trusts
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Reviews (5)

Wilbur has been very patient and kind in his support for us and standing with us in our grief and bereavement. He was always available and prompt in responding when we needed answers to questions.

Stephen

Stephen See,

Wilbur has been very helpful and attentive in representing my case. He has proposed different viable options I could take to help me in my defense along the way. I am grateful to him for believing in me and his words of reassurance and encouragement. He is meticulous and spends time researching for relevant information that could help in my defense. He is truly a lawyer who has his clients’ interest at heart. Thank you, Wilbur!

Catherine,

Mr Lua was very straightforward and told me what to expect each step of the way. He kept me informed of each step and what the options were and what the risks were. Mr Lua responded to my emails and texts in a timely manner and answered any questions I had in great detail. He is a representative of his clients to a level of professionalism and I want to express my gratitude and advocate for his firm. Please do yourself justice by contacting him.

Chang Xinyin,

我是一名来自中国的中医理疗师,2017年期间被“有心人”投诉,成为一个“非礼”的嫌犯。
当我第一时间知道这件事情的时候,心里非常愤怒,但是我还是决定请律师打这场官司,因为我要捍卫我的名誉。
很多人都告诉我肯定会输,因为新加坡的法律是保护女生的,可是我还是义无反顾的打这场官司。
就这样我有幸结识了wilbur律师。他温文尔雅文质彬彬,开始的时候他华语不是太好,后来进步很快,我们很容易沟通了。他对人友善,体贴,细心,在法庭上有条不紊的提出许多专业的问题进行反驳,真的让我非常感动。
新加坡的法律程序很长,一度时期我以为各种压力都准备放弃了,是他鼓励我并且申请减免我的律师费。这对一个异国他乡的人来说是莫大的温暖。
wilbur先生是一个值得信赖的人,是一个学识渊博的学者,是一个有经验,有爱心的专业律师,更是一个难得的朋友!
谢谢您给我的鼓励和帮助!
祝您一切顺利!

wilson wong,
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