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Ian Lim

Ian Lim

Partner

TSMP Law Corporation
Singapore

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Profile
The law at its best is a living organism that changes with society. This is particularly true in Ian’s practice of employment law, in a world increasingly shifting to a gig and platform economy – a paradigm shift that he is both watching keenly and writing articles about. Little wonder then, that Ian is considered the expert, go-to practitioner for Employment & Labour. He has honed his expertise fighting numerous high profile cases and advising multinationals and C-Suite executives extensively in the areas of non-competition, dismissal, data privacy, harassment, M&A employee transfers and industrial relations.

Employment and labour issues naturally also cross cultures and geographic boundaries, and this has seen Ian travel extensively to speak at diverse conferences and forums. It provides a good opportunity for travel too – Ian otherwise tends to spend his holidays only going to wintry climes to hone his off-piste snowboarding.

Previously an aggressive slide-tackling football defender, Ian now uses the sport as a way to foster connections and team spirit with younger colleagues and the under-privileged through charity futsal tournaments. He also brings his spirit of mentorship as the head of TSMP’s community services programme, organising hands-on charity events for youth-at-risk, the elderly as well as foreign migrant workers. His good work along with that of his colleagues has seen TSMP recognised by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) as one of its inaugural Champions of Good.

Bar Admissions

Singapore

Education

LL.B. (HONS) (NUS)
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Acted for a group of shareholders in obtaining a High Court S$3.1 million buyout order in a minority oppression suit in the clean energy industry, involving novel issues of share valuation and expert evidence (Poh Fu Tek & ors v Lee Shung Guan & ors [2017] SGHC 212)

Acted for technology and engineering multinational Emerson in obtaining High Court non-compete and confidentiality injunctions and damages against its former director who had joined Chinese multinational Huawei in the datacentre network power industry

Acted for a Rio Tinto linked individual in a High Court Suit involving novel and controversial issues of restitution, which resulted in a landmark unjust enrichment ruling (Cavenagh Investment Pte Ltd v Kaushik Rajiv [2013] 2 SLR 543)

Represented an Indonesian listed group in a US$11.5 million ICC International Arbitration against a major healthcare multinational concerning breaches of Indonesian statutory duties in relation to an exclusive distributorship agreement for pharmaceutical products

Represented Eternal Pure Land and Lifecorp, an ASX listed company, in negotiatons with the Attorney-General's Chambers on behalf of the Ministry of National Development in respect of the termination of the state lease and refund of monies for the columbarium at Fernvale Link, Singapore

Advises multinationals like Chevron, Citibank, DHL, Emerson and IBM, and C-Suite level individuals, on Singapore and foreign employment and labour law issues.

Professional Associations

    Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
Articles

Doggone It!
TSMP Law Corporation, February 2019

Pet owners do not get damages at law for the wrongful death of their pets, even when caused by fraudulent and unscrupulous profiteers. Should they? For many affluent “parents” of “furkids”, it is a familiar routine come Christmas or any other holiday season: stopping by at an expensive boarding facility on the way to the airport to drop off their precious pets, rather than leaving the cute critters home alone...

A Brave New World
TSMP Law Corporation, May 2018

By this time next year, Singapore will have a rather different employment regime from any it has had since independence. One aspect of this needs to be carefully thought through. About ten years ago, a distressed Norwegian client consulted me. His company’s Singapore office had a toxic employee who not only performed poorly and shirked responsibility, but was also habitually insubordinate to management and offensive to his peers...

"Hurricane Harvey" and the Winds of Change
TSMP Law Corporation, January 2018

Have we reached the tipping point in the fight against sexual harassment in the workplace? In late August 2017, Hurricane Harvey struck the Caribbean and the United States, causing unprecedented devastation and destruction. Less thantwo months later, a very different “Hurricane Harvey” followed, one that precipitated a renewed global consciousness over issues of sexual harassment...

Additional Articles

1. Law Relating to Specific Contracts in Singapore, 2nd Ed. (Employment Contracts Chapter)

2. The Employment Law Review, 3rd to 5th Editions (Singapore chapters)

3. Getting the Deal Through - Labour & Employment 2012 to 2016


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