Memberships / Associations / Volunteer Work
- Member, Law Society of Singapore
- Member, Singapore Academy of Law
- Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS), volunteer lawyer
Education / Qualifications
- 2008 -Solicitor, England and Wales (Non-practicing)
- 2004 - Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore
- 2003 - LLB (Hons), National University of Singapore
Adrian’s main areas of practice are in commercial and criminal litigation.
Adrian heads the firm’s Criminal Litigation and Advocacy Practice Group, where he acts in a wide range of matters, including capital offences, as well as property, immigration, violent and sex offences. Adrian is an active member of the Legal Assistance Scheme of Capital Offences (LASCO), an initiative by the Supreme Court to ensure that all accused persons facing capital charges are represented by counsel.
Adrian also frequently acts in matters involving commercial and securities offences, including investment fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, false accounting and corruption. In 2017, Adrian acted in the first case in Singapore involving the manipulation of the prices of Contracts for Difference by placing false orders on the stock exchange for the purposes of “spoofing. Adrian’s criminal defence work also includes offences relating to bookmaking and the casinos in Singapore.
Apart from criminal defence and advocacy work, Adrian also advises corporations who have been the victims of fraud on internal and external audit, compliance, disclosure and employment issues arising as a result of Police investigations. In addition, Adrian helps develop internal investigation protocols for clients in order to streamline and facilitate their internal investigation processes.
Adrian’s commercial litigation portfolio includes contract disputes, breach of director’s duties, tenancy, restraint of trade, defamation, debt recovery and medical negligence. In 2013, Adrian acted for a member of the Committee of the Singapore Polo Club who successfully set aside a decision of the Committee to suspend him for misconduct.
Adrian has also acted in a number of administrative law matters. In 2011, Adrian acted in a matter involving judicial review of a decision of the Singapore Medical Council. In 2014, Adrian acted for Faith Community Baptist Church in its application to quash a decision by the Acting Manpower Minister.
In addition to his litigation portfolio, Adrian also advises local and multinational corporations on a wide range of corporate and commercial issues. Adrian’s client base includes statutory boards, listed- companies, insurance companies and small and medium enterprises. Adrian’s input is often called upon for large-scale collaborative projects such as collective real estate sales. To date, Adrian has been involved in residential collective sales worth a total of over 3.5billion Singapore dollars.
Adrian has also appeared in foreign law courts as an expert witness on Singapore Law.
Adrian is a regular speaker at legal seminars and conferences for both legal practitioners and laypersons. He is a current committee member and a founding member of the Association of Criminal Lawyers in Singapore (ACLS). Adrian is also a volunteer lawyer with the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS), a non- profit initiative by the Law Society of Singapore to provide assistance to the needy in criminal cases. Adrian is a contributing author of Singapore Civil Procedure 2007, published by Sweet and Maxwell Asia.
Adrian also sits as an independent director on the Board of a company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange.
In addition to being an Advocate and Solicitor in Singapore, Adrian is also called to the bar as a Solicitor in England and Wales. Adrian is also a former wedding singer and musician.
Significant Matters & Transactions
- Acted for a foreign accused person charged with trafficking more than 1.6kg of heroin.
- Acted for a foreign accused person charged with murder.
- Acted for proprietary traders accused of fraudulent trading via the manipulation of index- linked warrants on the Singapore Stock Exchange.
- Acted for individuals accused of operating an internet-based “Ponzi” scheme.
- Acted for a former bank executive accused of dishonestly misappropriating over S$7million from his employer.
- Successfully acted for a complainant in respect of an application to compel the Singapore Medical Council’s Complaints Committee to render its reasons for dismissing a complaint.
- Acted for parties seeking to set aside an Anton Piller (Search) Order, which involved the determination of whether a party may benefit from an Anton Piller Order that has been set aside by obtaining specific discovery of documents discovered during the execution of the Anton Piller Order.
- Acted in the defence of a lawyer, on a complaint made by a Court of Appeal Judge, against certain lawyers who had fraudulently caused the Supreme Court to wrongfully pay out about S$4.3 million in respect of the administration and distribution of a Muslim estate which was embroiled in a series of competing claims.
- Acted for a member of the Committee of the Singapore Polo Club who successfully set aside a decision of the Committee to suspend him.
- Acted for Faith Community Baptist Church in its application for judicial review and the quashing of a decision by the Acting manpower Minister.
- Acted for individuals accused of being part of a syndicate which defrauded a casino in Singapore.
- Acted for Chew Eng Han in relation to charges involving attempts to leave Singapore illegally and to defeat the course of justice.
- Lawrence Khong Kin Hoong v Singapore Polo Club  SGHC 82 (High Court)
- Public Prosecutor v Muhammad Shafie bin Ahmad Abdullah and others  1 SLR 325 (High Court)
- Public Prosecutor v Kwong Kok Hing  2 SLR 684 (High court)
- The Law Society of Singapore v Nor-ain Bte Abu Bakar and Others  SGDSC 9 (Disciplinary Committee); Law Society of Singapore v Nor’ain bte Abu Bakar and Others  SGHC 169;  1 SLR(R) 753 (District Court)
- Anewtech Systems Pte Ltd and Others v Yeo Boon Hwa and Others  SGDC 335 (District Court)
- Public Prosecutor v Tan Poh Choon  SGDC 10 (District Court)
- San Hup Seng Engineering Pte Ltd v Miles Technology Pte Ltd  SGMC 5 (Magistrate’s Court)
Presentations / Seminars / Publications
- “Courtroom Testimony and Preparation Techniques Asia Masterclass” (2014)
- “Essential Contract Law for Non Professionals Masterclass” (2011)
- “Employment Law and HR Masterclass” (2011)
- “Contract Law and SLAs Masterclass” (2010)
- Singapore Civil Procedure 2007 (Singapore: Sweet and Maxwell Asia, 2007)
In our business, compliance, regulations and trust are paramount. With Characterist LLC, we have found a perfect partner to strengthen our fundamental values. Our experience with the professional team at Characterist LLC is more than a Client-Vendor relationship. The team, especially Daniel Goh, Adrian Wee, Bernard Tan and Dominic Chan, have been excellent. We always feel extremely comfortable to approach them in any situation without hesitation. They will asses every situation painstakingly, over and above their professional capacity. Our problem is their problem! We used to think of legal matters as a costly expense. But with Characterist LLC, their undivided attention, dedication and professionalism put you at complete ease. Probably the most assured feeling I get as CEO of my firm is that whenever we face a difficult situation, my staff's response instead of being stressed out is the quiet confidence - "we will speak to Characterist". I am confident that Characterist LLC will continue to be our legal advisers and valued partner for a long time!
Tay Huai Eng, CEO of IPP Financial Advisers Pte Ltd
Thanks for the strong service attitude, detailed legal advice and great efforts that your company has provided for the past few months. Last but not least, we wish to express our heartfelt thanks to Adrian and you and not forgetting your company staff.
Client who faced two criminal charges, both of which were withdrawn
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