- Oon Thian Seng
- Bazul Ashhab
- Kelly Yap Ming Kwang
- Suresh Divyanathan
- Ting Chi Yen
- Lam Shiao Ning
- Chenthil Kumarasingam
- Faezah Omar
- Lionel Chan
- Laila Jaffar



Partner Profiles

Managing Partner

Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore
Barrister at Law, Lincoln’s Inn
LLB Hons (London)


Bazul Ashhab is the Firm’s Head of Dispute Resolution leading the Litigation and the Arbitration Practice Groups.

He specializes in commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation with a broad based practice including international trade, banking, shipping, insurance, company law, insolvency and breach of fiduciary duties of agents and directors.

Bazul’s expertise in shipping includes dealing with collision, salvage, general average, wreck removal, charterparty disputes, disputes arising from bill of lading and ship building disputes. He is very involved in the marine insurance industry in Asia. He assists insurers with their Hull & Cargo claims and issues involving facultative and treaty reinsurance.

Bazul acts for major trading houses in resolving their disputes involving commodities including palm oil, coal (steaming and coking coal), sugar, grain, pulses, iron ore, animal feed, petrochemical and timber. He is often instructed to advice on force majeure events including those arising from government trade embargoes.

Bazul regularly advises banks and traders on trade finance issues. He has been involved in several trials in the High Court of Singapore involving LC fraud, duties of negotiating banks and documentary discrepancies. His experience includes advising clients on ICC DOCDEX dispute resolution and successfully defending an LC issuing bank on claims in China.

His practice very often includes cross-border issues. He is familiar with the legal and commercial structures in place in challenging jurisdictions in Asia and Africa. Bazul has acted for clients from various jurisdictions in their disputes in Asia, Asia Pacific and Africa including, China, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Ghana.

ASIA PACIFIC LEGAL 500 describes Bazul as one of Singapore’s leading lawyers who is admired by clients to be a “spectacular lawyer” who is "incredibly bright and knowledgeable” with “astonishing speed and strategy”. He is commended for his ability to “(combine) legal knowledge with commercial acumen.” He has also been acclaimed as being “exceptional at crisis management” and for having “a very keen mind”. Legal 500 also noted that Bazul “handles complex, high-value claims” and that the clients admired him for his “quick intellect and grasp for material issues”.

CHAMBERS ASIA PACIFIC describes Bazul as an “exceptional lawyer” who “brings a London-style approach to local matters” and as someone who “always understands immediately what [the client] wants to achieve and goes after it in the most efficient way possible”.


Notable Cases:

  • Acted for a Bank to argue against inclusion of a provision to discharge a guarantee issued to the Bank in a scheme of arrangement. Arguments put forward on behalf of the Bank resulted in a voluntary settlement by the guarantor at the second day of the hearing.

  • Advised in an employment fraud involving amounts exceeding US$700 million involving a state-owned company.

  • Advised Commodity Traders in a matter where one of their Traders were involved in earning secret profits in the sums of several millions which involved initiating proceedings including injunctions and tracing remedies in Indonesia, India, Hong Kong, UAE and the Philippines.

  • Defended a Bank in an action brought by a Chinese state-owned company arising from the Bank named as consignees in a bill of lading. Developed arguments with the assistance of Chinese Lawyers to successfully dismiss the claim in the first instant court and the Chinese Court of Appeal.

  • Represented a Bank in a ICC DOCDEX dispute resolution.

  • Represented a Trading House in a Hong Kong ICC arbitration in a dispute involving the sale of coal from Indonesia to China for a claim amount in the sum of US$9 million.

  • Acted for Aircraft Owners against an African National Airlines in a dispute for breach of leasing agreement in the sum exceeding US$37 million. Successfully obtained an anti-suit injunction in New York to restraint the National Airline commencing action in home country and obtained an order for the National Airline to arbitrate the dispute in New York.

  • Acted for a global Petrochemical Trading Company, whose cargo which they purchased was detained together with the vessel they chartered. Was involved in commencing proceedings in Papua New Guinea and through various government agencies in dealing with the dispute.

  • Acted successfully for a large Japanese Trading House in a SIAC arbitration to recover their full losses arising from a quality dispute. There were interesting arguments raised on consequential damages and remoteness.

  • Acted successfully for Malaysian Hull Underwriters in staying court proceedings brought in London brought by the Assured.

  • Acted successfully for an Indian Ship Owner in Singapore Arbitration against a Singapore Charteres where the ship was detained in Iraq during the civil unrest just after the American Occupation. This matter raised arguments on when a port is considered unsafe.

  • Acted for Cargo Underwriters in reducing their liability for cargo contamination claim from US$12million to US$1 million. This matter involved working with forensic experts in tracking the movement of cargo from various terminals belonging to the Assured.

  • Acted for UCO Bank in the landmark case UCO Bank v. Golden Shore Transportation Pte Ltd where the Court of Appeal clarified the law in Singapore on rights of suit under a bill of lading.

  • Advised Cargo Underwriters on the vessel “Limburg” on liability issues including Salvage and General Average following a terrorist attack on a tanker off the coast of Yemen.

  • Acted for Hull Underwriters for the vessel The “SELENDANG AYU” which ran aground off Alaska and broke into two.

  • Acted as lead Counsel in “Antara Koh”. This was the only limitation action under the 1957 Tonnage Convention to have ever gone to trial in the Singapore High Court.

  • Advised Owners involving sinking of vessel arising from liquefaction of iron ore cargo.

  • Advised Underwriters under a Construction All Risk Policy for a claim involving damaged pipelines / risers in the sum in excess of RM250 million.

  • Acted for Charterers in London arbitration in a dispute involving vessels not complying with PSPC regulations.

  • Acted for Buyers against a Chinese Yard in London Arbitration to recover payments made under a ship building contract for a sum exceeding US$60 million. This matter raised interesting arguments of the principle of law which allows recovery to a party to a contract tainted with illegality where that party withdraws from the contract before the illegal purpose is achieved.

  • Acted for disponent Owners of a vessel in a Singapore arbitration detained by pirates for 6 months against the Sub-Charterers.


Notable Transactions :

Bazul also works with the corporate department of the firm and other boutique corporate firms in providing advice on corporate transactions from the litigation point of view. He has,

  • Advised on a Singapore Joint Venture between one of the largest shipping companies in the world and the largest Indian multinational conglomerate.

  • Advised on a joint venture agreement between the two largest RORO operators in the world and port authority in relation to a RORO terminal worth US$110 million.

  • Advised on a throughput agreement between a Japanese Trading House and a Vietnamese Company for port operations in Vietnam.






Tel:       (65) 6223 3893
Fax:      (65) 6223 6491
Mobile: (65) 9757 1479
Email:   bazul@oonbazul.com
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