WHO WE ARE
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
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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.
Derek serves on the Inquiry Panel for the legal profession and is a regular tutor at the Preparatory Course leading to Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations run by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education, where he teaches modules on both Admiralty and Insolvency. Derek is also a Commissioner for Oaths.