RAJAH & TANN LLP - OUR PEOPLE - Chee Siong Sim

 Chee Siong Sim
Equity Partner

Practice Area:
Construction & Projects Practice
International Arbitration Practice
 
 LLB (Hons), University of Buckingham, United Kingdom
Barrister-at-Law, Middle Temple (non-practising)
Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore

 

T (65) 62320227
E chee.siong.sim@rajahtann.com


Chee Siong’s areas of practice encompass a wide range of contentious and non-contentious work in the areas of construction, engineering and infrastructure projects.

Chee Siong graduated from the University of Buckingham, United Kingdom and was admitted as a Barrister at Middle Temple in 1995. Subsequently, Chee Siong was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1999. He is fluent in English and Chinese.

Experience

On the contentious side, he has extensive litigation, adjudication, arbitration and mediation experience – both domestic and international. His clients span the spectrum of the industry, including, developers, contractors, sub-contractors and suppliers of various tiers, consultants. His experience includes disputes relating to oil and gas projects, power plants, specialized process plant such as sewage treatment plant and copper smelting and refining plant, marine oil terminal, hotels, condominiums and warehouses and logistics complexes.

On the non contentious side, he has been involved in major building and infrastructure projects in Singapore and in the region including developments of oil storage terminals, luxury hotels and condominium developments and warehouses and logistics complexes. 

Notable Cases & Transactions 

Infrastructure and Projects

  • Advised an international contractor in a claim arising out of the construction of a major hotel complex in one of the integrated resorts in Singapore.
  • Advised an international contractor in an arbitration in relation to the construction of a sewage treatment plant in Singapore involving claims in excess of SGD$16 million.
  • Advised an international property developer in an arbitration in relation to the construction of an office development in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China involving claims in excess of US10 million.
  • Advised a public listed contractor in an arbitration in relation to a construction of a 5 star hotel in Singapore involving claims in excess of S$10 million.
  • Advised an international specialist contractor in an arbitration in relation to the construction of a luxury hotel in People’s Republic of China.
  • Advised an international contractor against the employer in relation to the construction of cement silo in Singapore involving claims in excess of S$10 million.
  • Advised a Japanese contractor against the employer in a claim relating to the construction of a hospital in Myanmar.
  • Acted for an Indonesian joint venture company in an arbitration in relation to the operation of a luxury resort in Indonesia.
  • Acted for an international EPC contractor in an arbitration in relation to the construction of a copper smelting and refining plant in Philippines.
  • Advised a statutory undertaker against the contractor in a claim relating to the construction of a major expressway in Singapore.
  • Advised major logistic companies in relation to the construction of various major logistic and warehouse complexes in Singapore.
  • Advised an international contractor in the review of contractual issues in relation to building project worth more than $1 billion for one of the integrated resorts in Singapore.
  • Acting for a leading provider of integrated water management and environmental solutions in respect of a dispute over an EPC Contract in China. The dispute is governed by Chinese law and has been referred for arbitration to CIETAC. The claims and counterclaims are in excess of S$100 million.
  • Acting for a state owned enterprise in China in respect of a dispute over the engineering, design and procurement services provided in respect of a plant project in Indonesia. The dispute is governed by French law. The claims and counterclaims are in excess of US$100 million.
  • Advising judicial managers, liquidators, receivers and managers in respect of insolvency laws in Singapore.
  • Advised various local contractors/employers in relation to various claims relating to adjudication.
  • Advised emission reduction purchase agreements for sale of carbon credits from CDM projects.

Energy & resource

  • Advised an international EPC contractor to defend a claim by the employer in relation to the construction of a marine terminal for crude oil in Africa. The claims are in excess of US$250 million.
  • Advised a statutory undertaker in an arbitration in relation to the construction of a natural gas pipeline in Singapore involving claims in excess of S$45 million.
  • Advised an international EPC contractor against the employer in relation to the construction of geothermal plant in Indonesia involving claims in excess of US100 million.
  • Advised an international resource supplier in an arbitration in relation to the supply of sand involving claims in excess of $40 million. 
  • Acted for a company incorporated in Kuwait in an arbitration in relation to oil concession rights in Indonesia.
  • Acted for an international consultant in a dispute over the construction of oil refinery facilities in Fujairah UAE.
  • Advised an international specialist contractor in an arbitration in relation to the construction of a power plant in Malaysia involving claims in excess of MYR20 million.
  • Acted for an international EPC contractor in an arbitration concerning a fabrication of a gas well fluid platform in India.
  • Advised an international consultant relating to construction of a petroleum storage and handling terminal in Sitra, the Kingdom of Bahrain.
  • Advised an international contractor in relation to disputes over the construction of tank terminal in Netherlands.
  • Advised an international contractor relating to the construction of hydrocarbon storage & distribution facility in Malaysia.
  • Advised an international EPC contractor in relation to the construction of a petrochemical facility in Singapore involving claims in excess of SGD 700 million.
  • Advised an international material supplier in their bid to supply more than 15 million cu m of sand.
  • Advising contractors on coal mining projects.
  • Advising concession holders on coal bed methane projects in Indonesia.
  • Advised resource supplier in relation to exploration and mining of tin project in Indonesia.  

Reported Cases

  • Eastern Pretech Pte Ltd v Kin Lin Builders Pte Ltd [2004] SGHC 195
  • Lim Guan Cheng v JSD Construction Pte Ltd and Another [2004] 1 SLR 318; [2003] SGHC 293
  • Chip Hup Hup Kee Construction Pte Ltd v Ssangyong Engineering & Construction Co Ltd [2009] SGHC 269
  • Chip Hup Hup Kee Construction Pte Ltd v Ssangyong Engineering & Construction Co Ltd [2009] SGHC 237
  • Tentat Singapore Pte Ltd v Win Bo Pte Ltd [2010] SGHC 283

Memberships / Directorships 

  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law 
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore

Publications 

  • Workplace Safety and Health – A Practical Guide (LexisNexis, 2007), co-author 
  • Construction section of the Singapore Precedents of Pleadings (Sweet & Maxwell, 2006), contributor
  • The European Lawyer Reference (First Edition 2012), contributor