Nicholas graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from Wolverhampton University, United Kingdom in 1996. He was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law, Inner Temple in 1997 and called to the Singapore Bar as an Advocate and Solicitor in 1999.
Nicholas has more than 20 years of experience in the legal arena. After completing his pupilage at Allen & Gledhill (now Allen & Gledhill LLP) in 1998, he practised with various law firms, including niche practice J Koh & Co and specialist maritime and insurance firm Ang & Partners. Prior to starting his own practice Nicholas & Co in 2007, he was a Principal in the litigation and arbitration chambers of Michael Hwang, S.C.
Area of Practice
Apart from general commercial practice as an advocate and solicitor (both advisory and contentious) and his arbitration practice, Nicholas has made a name for himself as a specialist litigator in the field of commercial crime and shareholder disputes. He is described by The Business Times as a “young corporate litigator” who “has made quite a name for himself defending some big corporate crime cases”. Nicholas was involved in several high profile “white collar” criminal cases which attracted widespread media interest and intense public scrutiny. Nicholas has acted for one of the former church leaders of the City Harvest Church in one of the longest criminal trials in Singapore. Another case was when Nicholas defended the former Chief Executive Officer of a public company listed on the Singapore stock exchange against criminal charges brought under the Securities and Futures Act, the Companies Act and the Penal Code in relation to losses amounting to US$550 million arising from oil options, futures and derivative trading undertaken by the company. This case was the biggest commercial crime case in Singapore since the collapse of British merchant bank Barings in 1995. Nicholas also successfully acted for a former Member of Parliament in relation to charges brought for alleged breaches of the Companies Act, a case which involved a question of law of unusual difficulty and which resulted in a landmark High Court judgment.
Nicholas has also been involved in several contentious and high profile boardroom and shareholder disputes. In addition to the area of shareholder disputes, Nicholas advises on a variety of company law issues including directors’ duties. He also has particular expertise in minority oppression actions.
Nicholas is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a Commissioner for Oaths.
Co-author, “Arbitration in Singapore 2007” in the Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review 2008 (Global Arbitration Review
Some of the clients Nicholas has represented and advised include:
Max Master Holdings Ltd v Taufik Surya Dharma
Public Prosecutor v Lam Leng Hung and Others
RBC Properties Pte Ltd v Defu Furniture Pte Ltd
Alwie Handoyo v Tjong Very Sumito and Another Appeal
Kempinski Hotels SA v PT Prima International Development
Tjong Very Sumito and Others v Chan Sing En and Others
Altus Technologies Pte Ltd (under judicial management) v Overseas-Chinese Banking Corp Ltd
Tan Ah Thee and another (administrators of the estate of Tan Kiam Poh (alias Tan Gna Chua), deceased) v Lim Soo Foong
Tjong Very Sumito and others v Antig Investments Pte Ltd
Compact Metal Industries Ltd v PPG Industries (Singapore) Ltd
Public Prosecutor v Chen Jiulin
Sabah Shipyard (Pakistan) Ltd v Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Ei-Nets Ltd and another v Yeo Nai Meng
Cheng Poh Building Construction Pte Ltd v First City Builders Pte Ltd
Public Prosecutor v Lam Leng Hung & Others (Magistrate's Appeal)
Public Prosecutor v Lam Leng Hung & Others (Criminal Reference)