“A Lawyer Would Have Done Well If
The Client Comes Back With Further
Legal Enquiries And Better Still,
Becomes A Friend.”

Daniel Goh Choon Wah

Managing Director

Daniel heads the Firm’s Insurance and Personal Injury Practice Group. Daniel’s vast litigation experience of three decades consists of a diverse spectrum of subjects including insurance, medical negligence, personal injury, matrimonial, criminal, probate, shipping and construction disputes.

Daniel’s considerable legal expertise is much sought after by his clients, which include major insurance companies, banks, financial institutions, charitable organizations, businesses, SMEs and individuals.

Daniel has been recognised by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific as a “Litigation Star” in 2024, in the field of Insurance.

Outside of law, Daniel formerly served as a council member of a large church in Singapore and is also a founding member of another church in Singapore – 2:52 Agora Church. He has been a board member of TOUCH Community Services, and has been an active volunteer in this organisation for some years. He is married with two children and enjoys soccer in his free time.

Daniel Goh Choon Wah

Managing Director

Significant Matters & Transactions

  • Acting for a passenger who was injured whilst aboard flight SQ 321 during a bout of turbulence.
  • Represented the families of the deceased passengers in the February 2021 Tanjong Pagar car accident in their dependency claim.
  • Represented a former solicitor in criminal proceedings for absconding from Singapore for 15 years after misappropriating client’s money.
  • Defended a prominent F&B establishment in criminal proceedings brought under the Workplace Safety and Health Act 2006, following the death of one of its staff in the course of his employment, as well as in parallel civil proceedings.
  • Represented a group of unvaccinated individuals in a high-impact public interest constitutional challenge and judicial review of the Vaccine Differentiation Safe Management Measures and Workforce Vaccination Measures that affected the constitutional rights of an estimated 132,000 unvaccinated persons and 48,000 workers
  • Represented a local company that had an Anton Piller Order and a Mareva Injunction filed against it.
  • Defending a defamation action in the High Court against a committee member of a well-known club.
  • Successfully obtained leave to proceed with Judicial Review proceedings with respect to a decision from the Minister / Ministry of Manpower.
  • Persuaded the Court to impose a monetary fine for an army defaulter.
  • Acted for the father of the victim in a near-drowning case against the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) in a High Court Suit for damages arising from the alleged breach of duty on the part of the SSC and their lifeguards.
  • Successfully obtained judgment fully in favour of a lawyer client in relation to her major accident case against an insurer.
  • Defended a pending High Court action, wherein although the Plaintiff stated the claim to be in excess of $800,000.00, managed to obtain an immediate concession for the purposes of the Court hearing that the matter is at most at $500,000.00 and below.
  • A wide range of insurance claims including but not limited to property damage and personal injury claims arising from motor vehicle accidents, fire, fallen trees, occupier’s liability etc.
  • Various industrial claims involving injury to foreign workers.
  • Numerous High Court trials on liability and assessment of damages hearings.
  • Numerous industrial claims in the Labour Court, including appeals to the High Court.
  • Successfully defended a dependency claim on appeal to the Court of Appeal.


Significant Cases

  • Wong Ning @ Wong Chun Ning v Thong Sook Leng (DC/S 1099/2018) (District Court)



  • Zailani bin Hussien v Sherlin Pravin Giri d/o Siriniwas and Ors (HC/S 450/2015) (High Court Registry)


  • Moi Sok Ling v Aw Ah Sing (HC/S 100/2015) (High Court)


  • Public Prosecutor v Chow Chian Yow, Brian Joseph [2015] SGDC 97 (District Court)


  • Lawrence Khong Kin Hoong v Singapore Polo Club [2014] SGHC 82 (High Court)


  • Faith Community Baptist Church v Attorney-General (CA88/2014, SUM3016/2014) (High Court)


  • Boey Chun Hian (by his guardian and next friend, Boey Ghim Huat) v Singapore Sports Council (Neo Meng Yong, third party) [2013] SGHCR 15 (High Court Registry)


  • Liu Haixiang v China Construction (South Pacific) Development Co Pte Ltd [2009] SGHC 21 (High Court)


  • Zhu You Gang v China Construction (South Pacific) Development Co Pte Ltd trading as China Construction – Kay Lim JV & Kay Lim Construction & Trading Pte Ltd trading as China Construction – Kay Lim JV [2008] SGDC 33 (District Court)


  • Thenmoli d/o Periasamy v Liew Yee Cheong [2001] SGHC 116 (High Court)


  • Fortune Hong Kong Trading Ltd v Cosco-Feoso (Singapore) Pte Ltd [2000] 1 SLR 633 (Court of Appeal)


  • Chetan Maganlal Patel v The owners of the Ship or Vessel “New Pacific Opal” [1998] SGHC 62 (High Court)


  • Kenwell & Co Pte Ltd v Southern Ocean Shipbuilding Co Pte Ltd [1998] SGHC 421 (High Court)


Presentations / Seminars / Teaching

  • “Legal Issues Related to Workplace Safety in the Construction Industry – A Lawyer’s Perspective” (International Conference on Workplace Safety & Health for the Construction Industry, delivered at BCA Academy, 4 & 5 June 2012)
  • In-house seminars to insurance executives, surveyors, adjusters, private investigators etc.
  • Seminars on Wills and Estate Planning to Touch Community Services
  • Seminars on Wills and Estate Planning to insurance agents and companies
  • Advising agencies of insurance agents on steps to be taken when moving from one insurer to another.
  • Lectured at Singapore Insurance Institute in 1994/1995


What Clients Say about Daniel

  • I am very pleased with the services rendered through Daniel Goh and Team from Characterist LLC. Having listened and weighed out the facts presented from my case in a fair and just manner, before proceeding to listen to my inputs as a victim, I felt Daniel and his team took me seriously in the face of claimed evidence and an investigation finding favour for the opposing side. Daniel and his team were responsive to my concerns through the course of the engagement and responsible in keeping me up to date of the process as they presented their findings, resulting in a positive outcome for which I am more than thankful. I will not be afraid to recommend Daniel and his firm to any friends who require legal assistance, having already done so.” – Yap Jian Jie


  • “Thank you guys so much for the help you’ve provided for the past 2-3 years. It has been very comforting and helpful knowing that I have you guys helping me with this matter and making the process less painful that it actually is (never did this before prior to this).” – Brenda Quek


  • “Daniel Goh is definitely a commendable lawyer with the knowledge and experience in insurance and personal injury. His expertise and consultation helped me in better understanding the legal process and achieve a favourable outcome. I highly recommend his services to anyone who’s in need of legal representation.” – Boyce Fong

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