Oon & Bazul Firm Updates, September 2012
Partner Kelly Yap’s recent wins : Notable Cases
Head of Litigation
In MITORA PTE LTD v AGRITRADE INTERNATIONAL (PTE) LTD  SGHC 178, Partner Kelly Yap successfully defended a company against a claim brought by a plaintiff by striking out the Statement of Claim and obtaining Judgment for the defendant’s counterclaim. The decision centred on the mechanics of “Unless Orders” and the consequences of breaching of such court orders. The High Court also had to determine what falls within the ambit of “possession, custody or power” when a litigant is obliged to provide discovery of documents.
And, in VVF SINGAPORE PTE LTD v SOVAKAR NAYAK  SGHC 126, Kelly acted successfully for a company against its former director for a claim in excess of US$1million arising from losses caused by unauthorised commodity traders and for sums withdrawn from the company’s bank accounts. This matter raised interesting arguments on the interpretation of contracts and adducing additional evidence as an interpretive tool.
Kelly also acted successfully for the plaintiffs in A.K.N. WORLDTRADE PTE LTD and 2 OTHERS v FOROUGHMAND ARABI AMIR YADOLLAH to recover monies from their former director who had incurred unauthorised expenses and taken unauthorised loans for his personal use in breach of his fiduciary duties. The judgment obtained, after a 5-day trial, was for an amount in excess of S$1 million.
If you have any questions on the law in relation to these decisions, please contact Kelly at email@example.com
“Common Mistakes by Parties & Witnesses in Dispute Resolution: Lessons from My Person Experience in the Trenches”
organized by Oon & Bazul LLP and Singapore Corporate Counsel AssociationSpeaker : Partner Suresh Divyanathan
Date : Friday, 12 October 2012
Time : 12pm to 2pm
Venue : Seminar Room 3.4 School of Law /School of Accountancy Singapore Management University Level 3, 60 Stamford Road Singapore 178900
Oon & Bazul continues to be ranked as one of the leading law firms
We are pleased to announce that Oon & Bazul continues to maintain its leading position in the industry. Legal publications such as the Asia Pacific Legal 500 and the Chambers Asia Pacific continue to rank Oon & Bazul as a leading Firm. This would not have been possible without the continued support of our valuable clients. We are very grateful for this support, which encourages us to always provide the best for our clients. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for the recent accolades and awards that we have earned over the past year.
Oon & Bazul’s “shipping team is strong and well experienced, with much industry knowledge.”
Partner Bazul Ashhab, a leading individual in the industry is “prompt, gives things thought and is very precise in his advice”.
And, Partner Oon Thian Seng is noted for his speciality in insurance, hull and cargo claim matters.
The Firm’s International Arbitration practice has “made real strides in the arbitration arena within the last year. Its associated office in Malaysia – TS Oon & Partners – enables it to attract regional mandates and has contributed to its involvement in high-value international arbitrations in various jurisdictions including London, New York, Paris, Vietnam, China and India.”
“Oon & Bazul LLP specialises in marine insurance, particularly involving Malaysian ships and cargo. Former seafaring officer Goush Marikan is ‘exceptionally good in wet work’, while Bazul Ashhab ‘combines legal knowledge with commercial acumen’. Oon Thian Seng is recommended”
The Firm’s “expanding (International Arbitration) team represent marine insurers, financial institutions, traders, shipowners and P&I clubs. Bazul Ashhab, who is ‘exceptional at crisis management’, and Oon Thian Seng handle complex, high-value claims.” Oon & Bazul has also been awarded the Singapore Shipping Law Firm of the Year by the Global Law Experts. And the Firm was also ranked as “Ones To Watch” under the ALB Arbitration Listings 2012.
Oon & Bazul Bursary 2012/2013
Oon & Bazul, through its collaboration with Singapore Management University (SMU), is committed to assist outstanding law undergraduates who are in need of financial assistance. This initiative was started in 2011. In its second year, the Firm has decided to award the Bursary to Miss Victoria Choo, a third year student. The Bursary is aimed at inspiring Victoria to pursue greater achievements in her academics and personal endeavours.