Adrian Aw


Tel: +65 6805 7328

Adrian is a litigation and dispute resolution practitioner with 10 years of experience. He has appeared regularly as counsel on a wide range of contentious matters before all courts, as well as arbitral tribunals, in Singapore.

He regularly advises shipowners, charterers, offshore service providers, ship repairers, P&I clubs and cargo owners on various matters. These range from charterparty disputes, bills of lading disputes and marine insurance disputes, to maritime collisions and casualties and vessel construction disputes, including the arrest of ships in in rem proceedings in the Singapore courts.

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, general insurance and employment law.

Adrian has substantial experience in handling matters relating to employment law and regularly advises both employers and employees on a wide range of employment issues, including termination of employment, work-related injury claims and restraint of trade/non-compete clauses.

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 a shipyard in a dispute involving a rig conversion/refurbishment contract valued in excess of US$80 million
  • Acting for stevedores in a dispute over the salvage of cargo which had fallen into the sea
  • Acting for shipowners and P&I insurers of a vessel involved in a collision with another vessel off Singapore, resulting in severe oil pollution
  • Acting for shipowners in limitation proceedings commenced in Singapore in respect of damage done overseas
  • Acting for rig owners in a claim brought by the parents of a deceased diver carrying out works to the rig
  • Acting for a specialist insurance headhunting firm 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
  • Acting for an individual in a claim brought by his ex-employers to enforce restraint of trade / non-compete clauses in the employment contract
  • Acting for various seafarers in relation to claims for unpaid crew wages
  • Advising¬†various individuals holding top positions in various companies in relation to issues arising in connection with career switches
  • Acting for one of the legal owners of a commercial property in an ownership dispute against the co-owner
  • Acting for a management corporation in a dispute with the adjoining land owners pertaining to the grant of an easement over land
  • Acting for a waterproofing specialist in relation to a dispute with main contractors over allegedly defective water-proofing works
  • Acting for the Land Transport Authority in relation to a claim by the owners of a commercial property allegedly affected by road/tunneling works commissioned by the authority