Adrian Aw


Notary Public

Commissioner for Oaths

Tel: +65 6805 7328

Adrian is a litigation and dispute resolution practitioner. He regularly appears as counsel on a wide range of contentious matters before all courts, as well as arbitral tribunals, in Singapore.

Adrian’s international trade and commodities practice involves providing assistance to commodity trading houses, oil majors and mining companies in both transactional matters and disputes relating to the sale, transportation and financing of commodities.

In shipping and maritime, Adrian has handled matters (including appearing as counsel in court and arbitration proceedings) ranging from casualties (such as collisions, groundings and fires) to charterparty and cargo disputes. His clients are shipowners, P&I Clubs and hull underwriters, shipyards and bunker suppliers.

In the employment law space, Adrian regularly advises both employers and employees on contentious and non-contentious employment issues, including setting up office in Singapore, salary disputes, work-related injury claims, advice on retrenchment/redundancy exercises, and termination or recruitment of employees subject to restraint of trade/non-compete clauses.

Adrian also advises and represents clients in a wide range of general and commercial disputes, such as corporate and individual insolvency, contractual and tortious claims, as well as both contentious and non-contentious matters in relation to real property and general insurance.

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Singapore


  • English
  • Mandarin

Professional Affiliations

  • The Law Society of Singapore
  • Singapore Academy of Law
  • The Maritime Law Association of Singapore
  • Acting for rig owners in a claim brought by the parents of a deceased diver carrying out works to the rig
  • Acting for the owners and P&I Club of a vessel in relation to an environmental (oil pollution) class action suit
  • Acting for the owners of a chemical tanker in a collision claim where the damage suffered was in the region of USD20 million
  • Acting for a bunker trader in arbitration proceedings arising from a dispute over bunker quality
  • Advising an oil major on the impact of COVID-19 on their obligations under their supply and trading contracts
  • Acting for a specialist insurance headhunting agency in a dispute against an international firm of insurance brokers
  • Acting for a shipowner in respect of a claim for work injury compensation brought by a crew member who allegedly suffered post-traumatic stress disorder following a pirate attack onboard a vessel
  • Advising various individuals holding top positions in various companies in relation to issues arising in connection with career switches
  • Advising a foreign listed company on employment related issues pertaining to the setting up of a branch office in Singapore, in particular, the recruitment of staff
  • Advising a technology provider on the termination of the employment of its head of security on grounds of gross misconduct