Our civil litigation team’s approach to dispute resolution is framed by three key attributes:
Strong Litigation Competence.
Litigation Risk Management.
Armed with strong dispute resolution skills, our civil and commercial litigation lawyers have successfully acted for individuals, local and foreign companies. Meticulous and perceptive in our assessment of each case, our dispute lawyers craft bespoke and novel strategies. At trial, we punch well above our weight and have even compelled plaintiffs to withdraw their claims during our cross-examination in the High Court.
Our civil litigation lawyers also carry a wealth of experience in alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) mechanisms, including arbitration, mediation, neutral evaluation, conciliation, and negotiations. The wide array of civil and corporate commercial litigation matters handled by our litigation experts include:
Shareholders’ Disputes / Breaches of Director’s Duties
Corporate Debt Recovery / Corporate Insolvency
Tribunal and Disciplinary Board Hearings
Tax Disputes with IRAS
Do read on to get a taste of how we manage our cases.
Strong Litigation Competence
With a penchant for hard work, a dedication to providing commercial insights and a rigorous devotion to finding the best strategy, we strive to improve litigation outcomes for our clients.
Shareholder disputes, minority oppression and an injunction leading to a doubled offer
Our client was removed as a director of a company. He had been a shareholder of the company for more than 40 years. The majority shareholders offered our client a sum for the purchase of his minority shares, which our client rejected. The majority shareholders then diverted the business of the company to another company solely owned by them. After swiftly procuring the relevant evidence, we successfully obtained an urgent injunction. This was followed by a swift resolution of the dispute as the majority shareholders were left with little choice but to substantially increase their offer for our client’s shares.
Restraint of Trade; Breach of Confidentiality; Defamation and malicious falsehoods
Our clients were sued by their former MNC employer for breaches of confidentiality, theft of confidential information, restraint of trade and solicitation of the former employer’s clients when our clients left to join a start-up competitor. To compound matters, the former employer wrote damaging letters to industry players about our clients.
After Thiru demolished the former employers’ case during cross-examination, the High Court awarded judgment in our clients’ favour. We then went a step further, aggressively fighting for our clients’ rights by mounting a claim for defamation and malicious falsehoods. This resulted in the former employers paying substantial sums in compensation to our clients. The favourable High Court decision also exonerated our clients and enabled them to freely seek employment in the industry.
Claim for Shares knocked down during Cross-Examination
Our client, then the majority shareholder of a luxury hotel in Singapore instructed us to take over the conduct of their defence. A well-crafted game plan for the trial resulted in the Plaintiff withdrawing her claim against our client midway through the trial. The Plaintiff was also ordered to pay costs to our clients. Significantly, the clients had lost several other trials in the High Court that they had been involved in until Trident Law was instructed to act for them.
A Holistic Approach to Dispute Resolution
Although we believe in the tenacious and rigorous pursuit of our client’s interests, this does not mean that highly acrimonious and costly “tooth and nail” litigation in Court is always the best course of action.
At Trident Law, we strongly believe in a holistic approach to dispute resolution and in doing our best to provide our clients with comprehensive and practical solutions. We pride ourselves in “wading into the trenches” and advancing our client’s key interests by crafting considered and often ingenious solutions to resolve their problems in the most cost-effective manner, with as little collateral damage as possible.
Restraint of Trade; Breach of Confidentiality; Solicitation
Our clients were sued by their former employer, a highly specialised technological wafer fabrication company for restraint of trade, theft of confidential information and solicitation of clients.
Delving deep into our clients’ business and the technical aspects of the confidential information, we left no stone unturned to find evidence to defend our clients. Through an application of sound contractual legal principles and a level-headed approach to negotiation, we amicably resolved the matter in our clients’ favour, with the former employer dropping the case against our clients without a trial.
Share valuation models
Our client, who was sued for oppression of a minority shareholder, had previously offered to purchase the minority shareholder’s shares. However, our client’s offer was declined.
We devised a novel strategy to objectively value the shares, which led to our client paying far less than the amount he had previously offered to the minority shareholder.
The authorities refused to renew our client’s operational license. After commencing Judicial Review proceedings, we engaged in discussions with the regulator and carried out a detailed analysis of the objectives and concerns of the regulator. We then advised and assisted our client in preparing a comprehensive and extensive regulatory compliance regime and training programme, which proved to be a novel solution to assuaging the regulator’s concerns. Our client’s operational licence was renewed, allowing our client to resume business.
Litigation Risk Management
Over and above our advocacy in Court, we have advised our clients on strategic and pre-emptive planning to avoid and/or minimise their risks of litigation.
This includes advice regarding the preparation of the appropriate contracts and agreements, the implementation of proper compliance structures, litigation risk management and overall strategic long-term planning.
If you need legal advice and would like to consult one of our experienced counsel, reach out to us.