On Friday, 5 July 2024, Characterist shared a merry evening of drinks and canapes, laughter and conversations with our clients during Characterist Casual, our firm’s client thanksgiving event.

We would like to take the opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude to our clients and all who attended.

We are proud to congratulate our Directors Daniel Goh and Dominic Chan for being recognised by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2024 as Litigation Stars in their respective fields of Insurance and Commercial and Transactions.

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We are delighted to announce that Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2024 has named Characterist LLC as a Recommended Firm in Commercial and Transactions and Construction and a Notable Firm in Family and Matrimonial. We would like to say a big thank you to our clients and our Characterist team for making these achievements happen!

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(1) Our Benchmark Litigation profile page

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(3) Benchmark Litigation’s analysis page of Characterist


Characterist LLC’s Adrian Wee, Dominic Chan, Noel Oehlers, Daniel Ng, and Nicole Chee, are representing the Ngee Ann Kongsi in their application for an urgent Court order for the Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan to deliver up vacant possession of the premises it occupies in the Teochew Building at 97 Tank Road, in order that redevelopment works for the Teochew Building may commence.

The Ngee Ann Kongsi had planned for the redevelopment works for the Teochew Building to start on 1 July 2018. At the end of June 2017, the Ngee Ann Kongsi had served notice on the Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan for it to move out by the initial deadline of 30 June 2018. What followed were negotiations between the parties on the arrangements in respect of the moving out. However, despite protracted negotiations, both parties could not reach a consensus on such arrangements. In the light of the negotiations, the redevelopment works were also postponed twice, and is currently due to commence on 2 January 2019 (with the handing over of the Teochew Building to the main contractors to take place on 17 December 2018).

However, as still no consensus could be reached between the parties, and with the deadline for the handing over and commencement of the redevelopment works drawing near, the Ngee Ann Kongsi had to take out an urgent application to the Supreme Court of Singapore for the Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan to deliver up vacant possession of its premises to the Ngee Ann Kongsi.

The complete online version of the article may be found at the following link: https://www.zaobao.com.sg/znews/singapore/story20181208-914036

Characterist LLC’s Dominic Chan, Johnston Lee and Daniel Ng acted for the Plaintiffs and successfully established liability against the Defendant driver who suffered a stroke before colliding into the Plaintiffs when they were standing at the pavement beside the Geylang Lorong 9 frog leg porridge shop.

The Court adopted a 2015 English Court of Appeal’s objective test requiring “total loss of control”. In this regard, the Plaintiffs’ lawyers urged the Court against using the subjective test, citing various public policy reasons why the objective test is preferred. The Court was convinced by such policy reasons.

Applying the test to the facts, the Court held that “[t]he medical and non-medical evidence points to the conclusion that the haemorrhage/stroke did not cause the defendant to wholly lose control or entirely eliminate the defendant’s responsibility at the time of the (accident)…”.

This is the first Singapore decision on the applicable legal standard to establish a defence of automatism under tort law.

The complete online version of the article may be found at the following link:-