Wilbur Lua

Covenant Chambers LLC

  • 8 Eu Tong Sen Street #13-83, Clarke Quay Central, Singapore 059818 (Office 2, entrance beside Subway)
  • Office Hours:

    Mondays to Fridays 9 am to 6 pm

About

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

He commenced his legal career in 2014 as State Counsel in the Attorney-General’s Chambers. During that time, Wilbur was part of a team of lawyers in the Civil Division who provided advice and representation to the Government on domestic law issues. The work Wilbur was involved in during this stint covered a wide spectrum of areas ranging from land acquisition appeals and judicial review applications to data protection and public sector procurement.

In 2018, Wilbur felt a call to enter the private sector and use his legal knowledge and skills to serve and make a difference in the lives of individuals. He found his place at Covenant Chambers LLC, a firm with a strong commitment to improving access to justice. Since then, Wilbur has been building and establishing his practice to serve people in need of quality advice and representation. Wilbur strives to add value by achieving his client’s desired outcome (to the fullest extent permissible by law) in a sensible and cost-effective manner.

Legal proceedings can be a stressful experience. Whether you are contemplating legal action or are being sued, Wilbur will patiently work with you and advise you on the options available to best advance (or protect) your interests.

Wilbur has a passion for teaching and he invests in the next generation of lawyers in Singapore by teaching at the National University of Singapore as an instructor in the Legal Analysis, Research and Communications course.

Wilbur also actively engages in pro bono work and volunteers at the Charis Legal Clinic during his free time.

Sample cases and experience

Public Sector

  • Advising on data protection policies and best practices in the public sector
  • Advising on appeals against Governmental decisions, including appeals under the Residential Property Act, Land Acquisition Act and appeals against revocation of licences and debarment.
  • Advising on constitutional and administrative law issues, as well as the scope and limits of powers under various legislation
  • Drafting and vetting tender documents, lease agreements and licences, IT contracts and scholarship agreements for the Government
  • Advice and representation to the Government (as assisting Counsel) in defending appeals by private landowners in land acquisition proceedings, with compensation claims involving amounts of more than $30 million.
  • Advice and representation to the Government (as assisting Counsel) in defending a judicial review challenge.
  • Advice and representation on the recovery of civil debts
  • Advice and representation in personal injury motor accident claims

    Private Sector

  • Advice and representation on legal proceedings to recover a civil debt which had been due and owing to the client for more than a year. The outstanding debt was successfully recovered within a month of legal action.
  • Representation in an application for a variation of spousal maintenance on account of financial difficulties. A downward adjustment of almost 50% of the original maintenance was successfully obtained.
  • Representation in an appeal to the High Court (Family Division) for an increase in the matrimonial assets awarded upon divorce. The client’s share of matrimonial assets was successfully increased from 40% to 50% on appeal.
  • Advice and representation in a claim for equitable accounting to recover monies contributed towards a family property. The matter was successfully settled.
  • Advice and representation on criminal proceedings involving an Outrage of Modesty charge.
  • Advice and representation to a client who was being harassed by debt collectors. An Expedited Protection Order under the Protection from Harassment Act was successfully obtained and the matter was amicably resolved.
  • Advice and representation in an appeal to the High Court against a decision by the Strata Titles Board.
  • Advice and representation on setting aside a statutory demand.

 Matters handled or assisted by Wilbur wherein the Court rendered a Written Decision include:

ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd v The Collector of Land Revenue AB 2012.035

In this case, the Appeals Board (Land Acquisition) considered a novel issue of law on whether compensation for injurious affection under the Land Acquisition Act includes damage arising from acts outside the boundaries of the acquired land. Wilbur assisted in drafting the legal arguments that persuaded the Board that compensation should be limited to damage from acts occurring on the acquired land.

UMU v UMT and another appeal [2018] SGHCF 16

In this case, Wilbur was part of a team that successfully argued for an increase in the matrimonial assets awarded to the appellant wife by the lower court.

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 (2)

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,

Last year, my husband and I were fortunate to be referred to Wilbur for a matter which required legal representation. Wilbur was helpful, precise and with his help, the matter was quickly settled because when we approached his firm, the matter was stagnant without much progress for almost 2 years.
The experience to work with Wilbur and his firm has been satisfactory at acceptable cost too.
Thank you Wilbur and his team.

Mrs. Cheung,
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