“If it is not right do not do it; If it is not true do not say it.”
– Marcus Aurelius

We survey the landscape.

Before tackling an issue, you must know what it is. We listen to you. We identify what needs to be addressed.

We think objectively about the issue.

We are one step removed from the issue. This allows us to give you a different perspective.

We provide options.

There is more than one way to skin a cat. We identify the available options. We work with you to find the best.

We take action.

Where possible, we work with you to preserve value and resolve the problem without fighting. Where needed, we fight.



LLB (Hons), National University of Singapore
Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore
Solicitor, England & Wales
SIMI Accredited Mediator (Level I)
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators


Member, Inquiry Panel constituted under the Legal Profession Act
Member, Maritime Law Association of Singapore
Member, Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration

Derek TAN
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Derek works with clients to find solutions to the issues that arise during their day-to-day operations. Derek brings deep experience and insight gained from 20 years’ dealing with various commercial disputes and all aspects of shipping and trade work. Since 2014, Derek has been recognised as a leading Maritime lawyer in Best Lawyer. Derek is ranked as a Future Star in Benchmark Litigation.Derek is an experienced dispute lawyer. He advises clients on various commercial disputes and represents them in mediations, domestic and international arbitrations, as well as litigation in the Singapore Courts. These include disputes arising from charterparties, bills of lading, contracts of marine insurance, collisions, groundings, personal injury on board vessels, contracts for the sale and purchase of vessels, contracts for the sale and purchase of commodities (e.g. steel, grain, chemicals, oil, coal and palm oil), letters of credit, salvage, fires and explosions on board vessels, ship mortgages, negligent repair of engines, the supply of bunkers, contracts for the repair of ships and contracts for the supply of goods and services.His experience gives Derek a particular insight into problems that may arise in maritime and international trade transactions. Drawing on this, Derek advises on and handles various non-contentious matters including charterparties, and the sale and purchase of vessels.Before setting up Stoa Law Corporation, Derek was partner in the Admiralty and Shipping Practice Group of Rajah & Tann LLP as well as the Shipping & International Trade and the Banking & Financial Disputes Practices of Wong Partnership LLP.