PRACTICE AREAS

Employment

Corporate, Commercial and Civil Disputes

Landlord & Tenant

Wills, Probate and Estate Administration

Qualifications

  • LL.B (Hons), University of Nottingham, United Kingdom (2001)

  • Graduate Diploma in Singapore Law, National University of Singapore (2002)

  • Admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore (2003)

  • Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of the Supreme Court of England & Wales (2008) (non-practising)

Kiat Jinn’s practice covers a wide spectrum of civil and commercial litigation matters. Kiat Jinn has handled and assisted in matters that involve contractual disputes, breaches of directors’ duties, company and shareholder disputes (including statutory derivative actions and minority oppression actions), tort (general negligence, personal injury and occupiers’ liability (as the concept then existed in Singapore law)), contentious probate, equity and trusts, landlord and tenant matters, and land law. Kiat Jinn has also handled and assisted in criminal litigation matters as well as disciplinary proceedings before the Singapore Medical Council.

Kiat Jinn is a Commissioner for Oaths and in 2018, he was appointed to the Inquiry Panel of the Law Society of Singapore for a term of 2 years.

 

Kiat Jinn's experience includes:

  • The One Suites Pte Ltd v Pacific Motor Credit (Pte) Ltd [2015] SGCA 21, which involved the issue of best endeavours / reasonable efforts to be expended on the part of the plaintiff-purchaser in relation to HDB’s consent of an HDB managed commercial property for the sale of the property.

  • Silica Investors Ltd v Tomolugen Holdings Ltd and others [2014] SGHC 101, which involved the issue of whether a claim for minority oppression was arbitrable (and ought to be stayed under the International Arbitration Act and/or the Court’s inherent jurisdiction) even though not all the parties in the action were parties to the arbitration agreement. The Court of Appeal subsequently determined that the claim was arbitrable and the action was stayed even though not all the parties in the action were parties to the arbitration agreement.

  • Shen Yixuan v Maxz Universal Development Group Pte Ltd and Others [2009] SGHC 236, a matter involving an allegation of financial assistance under section 76(1)(a) of the Companies Act (Chapter 50).

  • Lian Hwee Choo Phebe and another v Maxz Universal Development Group Pte Ltd and others and another suit [2010] SGHC 268, a minority oppression suit under section 216 of the Companies Act (Chapter 50).

  • Chiam Heng Luan & 4 Others v Chiam Heng Hsien & Others [2007] 4 SLR 305, which was a dispute involving a downtown property valued at over S$100 million and raised complex issues of law in the areas of land law, proprietary estoppel and contractual licences.

  • A claim for damages arising out of damaged artwork brought against a self-storage facility, (http://business.asiaone.com/news/damaged-art-kept-musty-self-storage-unit-expert (last accessed on 7 September 2016)).

  • A multi-million dollar probate / estate claim in the High Court involving issues of testamentary capacity, undue influence and allegations of breach of trust.

  • A multi-million dollar arbitration relating to a supply contract under the SIAC Rules.

  • A multi-million dollar arbitration relating to a share sale and purchase agreement under the LCIA Rules.

  • A tort claim for damages for wrongful death arising from the consumption of “Slim 10” slimming pills.

  • A multi-million dollar claim by a prominent recreation club against a construction company in tort arising from a chlorine gas leak which resulted in injuries to more than 50 people, substantial property damage and economic loss.

  • Defending a prominent recreation club from a claim in tort involving personal injuries allegedly arising from occupiers’ liability (as the concept then existed in Singapore law) and/or negligence.

  • Various shareholders’ disputes, minority oppression and statutory derivative actions by minority shareholders pursuant to the Companies Act (Chapter 50).

  • Various interlocutory applications, in particular, applications for stay of Court proceedings in favour of arbitration under section 6 of the International Arbitration Act (Chapter 143A).

  • Advising and acting for employees in various industries in relation to allegations of breaches of contractual restrictive covenants (non-competition and/or non-solicitation clauses).

  • Advising and acting for both landlords and tenants in respect of claims for unreturned security deposits, disputes arising out of "diplomatic clauses" exercised by expatriate tenants and/or lease agreement reviews.

Since 2013, Kiat Jinn has also been volunteering at a legal clinic conducted at the Henderson Community, being an initiative originally set up by Ms Indranee Rajah, S.C., Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Finance & Ministry of Law.

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