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LOK Vi Ming , SC

Partner
Litigation & Arbitration
lok.viming@rodyk.com
+65 6885 3620


EXPERIENCE

Successfully obtained a decision for Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to be repaid by a British concert organiser who failed to stage what was supposed to be Singapore's largest ever entertainment event in 2005. Judgement was successfully obtained against the organiser personally by piercing the corporate veil in an unique decision where the Court of Appeal held that the organiser had to bear personal liability notwithstanding the establishment of contractual entities set up to handle the event at the outset.


Successfully argued for the minority shareholders in this Court of Appeal decision on minority oppression under section 216 of the Companies Act. Reported at Civil Appeal No. 88 of 2005 - Lim Swee Khiang and Another v Borden Co (Pte) Ltd and Others (Court of Appeal), as lead counsel before Andrew Ang J, Andrew Phang Boon Leong JA and Chan Sek Keong CJ. [2006] 4 SLR 745.


Successfully acted for client in this Court of Appeal decision on the duties and liabilities of a bailee in delivering goods. Reported at Civil Appeal No. 58 of 2006 - Sun Technosystems Pte Ltd v Federal Express Services (M) Sdn Bhd (Court of Appeal), as lead counsel before Andrew Phang Boon Leong JA, Chan Sek Keong CJ and Lee Seiu Kin J. [2007] 1 SLR 411.


Successfully argued for Projector SA in this important decision by the Court of Appeal on the principles to be applied by the court in deciding whether to grant leave to amend notice of appeal. Reported at Civil Appeal No. 42 of 2004 - Projector SA v Marubeni International Petroleum (S) Pte Ltd (No. 2) (Court of Appeal) as lead counsel before Chao Hick Tin JA and Judith Prakash J. [2005] 2 SLR 1.


Successfully argued for Singapore Airlines against an application by the Civil Aeronautics Administration (Republic of China) for immunity under the State Immunity Act in relation to the SQ006 crash. Reported at Civil Appeal No. 92 of 2003 - Civil Aeronautics Administration v Singapore Airlines Ltd as Lead Counsel, Court of Appeal before Chao Hick Tin JA, and Woo Bih Li J. [2004] 1 SLR 570.


Successfully defended the fifth defendant Rayson Tan as lead counsel before Tay Yong Kwang J. A high profile landmark product liability decision in Singapore. Reported at Suit No. 731 of 2002 - Andrea De Cruz v Guangzhou Yuzhitang Health Products Co Ltd and Four Ors [2003] 4 SLR 682, as lead counsel.


Successfully led the defence for SilkAir in the claim against it in the Flight MI 185 litigation. Reported at Suit Nos. 1746, 1748-1752 of 1999 - Beryl Claire Clarke & Ors v SilkAir (Singapore) Pte Ltd, as lead counsel before Tan Lee Meng J. [2002] 3 SLR 100. Also successfully led the defence for SilkAir in the same matter before the Court of Appeal, reported at Civil Appeal No. 600146 of 2001 - Beryl Claire Clarke & Ors v SilkAir (Singapore) Pte Ltd, as lead counsel, Court of Appeal before Chao Hick Tin JA, Judith Prakash J and Yong Pung How CJ. [2002] 3 SLR 1.


Successfully led the defence for SIA in respect of claim under the amended Warsaw Convention. Also a leading decision by the Court of Appeal on the costs principles to be applied in offer to settle cases. Reported at Civil Appeal No. 21 of 2000 - Singapore Airlines Ltd & Anor v Fujitsu of Microelectronics (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd & Ors (Court of Appeal) before Yong Pung How CJ, LP Thean & Chao Hick Tin JJA. [2000] 1 SLR 241.


Acted as the Lead Counsel of the successful prosecution on behalf of IDA for damage to telecommunications cable under the Telecommunications Act. Reported at PSS 905 of 2001 - Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore v SAC Pte Ltd.


Successfully led the defence for CIAS in this leading decision by the Court of Appeal on the interpretation of article 22 of the Warsaw Convention and the applicability of the defence of limitation of liability under the Convention to the carrier's agent. Reported at Civil Appeal No. 313 of 1998 - Yusen Air & Sea Services (s) Pte Ltd v Kim of Royal Dutch Airlines & Anor, as lead counsel, Court of Appeal before Yong Pung How CJ, LP Thean JA and Lai Kew Chai J. [1999] 4 SLR 135.


Acted as Lead Counsel in this important Court of Appeal decision on the duties and liabilities of a mortgagee exercising its power of sale. Reported at Civil Appeal 165 of 1996 - Lee Nyet Kiong v Lee Yun Janet, as lead counsel, Court of Appeal before Yong Pung How CJ, Karthigesu & LP Thean JJA. [1997] 2 SLR 713.


Acted as Lead Counsel in this leading Court of Appeal decision on discovery of a report prepared for underwriters by surveyors investigating into a theft prior to the commencement of legal action. Reported at Civil Appeal 186 of 1997 - Brink's Inc & Anor v Singapore Airlines Ltd & Anor, as lead counsel, Court of Appeal before Karthigesu and LP Thean JJA. [1998] 2 SLR 657.


Acted for Caterpillar before the Court of Appeal on the rights acquired by a 3rd party purchaser of stolen goods and the applicability of the concept of market overt in Singapore. Reported at Civil Appeal No. 120 of 1994 - Caterpillar Far East Ltd v Cell Tractors Pte Ltd. Court of Appeal before Karthigesu and LP Thean JJA, Goh Joon Seng J. [1995] 2 SLR 1.


Acted for the Industrial & Commercial Bank and successfully defended the bank from liability as a result of the Hotel New World collapse. Reported at Civil Appeal Nos. 95 and 96 of 1994 - Industrial & Commercial Bank v Tan Swa Eng & Ors and another appeal. Court of Appeal before Karthigesu JA, Lai Kew Chai and Chao Hick Tin JJ. [1995] 2 SLR 716. Court of Appeal decision on occupier's liability.