Collin Seah

Director

cseah@resourcelawasia.com
Tel: +65 6805 7358

Collin Seah

Collin was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 1993.  He is a commercial lawyer and experienced litigator who has handled a wide spectrum of advisory, litigation and arbitration cases. His portfolio includes complex multi-jurisdictional joint venture, shareholder, IT, shipping, maritime and insurance disputes.

In shipping, in addition to the usual cargo claims, charterparty disputes and enforcement of maritime debts, Collin has acted for shipowners and P&I clubs in numerous shipping casualties including collisions, fires, sinkings and groundings of vessels, and has assisted them in the aftermath on marine pollution, salvage, wreck removal and regulatory investigations.  Notable casualties handled include the largest oil spill in Singapore to date from from the “Orapin Global”/”Evoikos” collision in 1997, the fire and sinking of the cruise ship “Sun Vista” in 1999, and the grounding of “POE Giant 12” on Pedra Branca in 2014 which threatened the historical Horsburgh Lighthouse.

On the dry side, Collin regularly acts for ship owners in charterparty and MOA disputes, as well as cargo claims.  Notable cases include successfully defending bunker barge owners against summary judgment in claims by Phillips 66 International Trading Pte Ltd, following the collapse of O.W. Bunker, for alleged delivery of bunkers without production of bills of lading, reported in The “Star Quest” [2016] 3 SLR 1280.

Collin has also handled a wide variety of commercial matters including disputes relating to sales of commodities, shareholder disputes, IT disputes, and claims based on trust law, equitable and fiduciary obligations of directors, professional negligence, restitution and misuse of confidential information. Notable cases include one of the longest civil trials (87 days) in Singapore on company law issues (reported in RTC v Peter Lim & Others [2012] SGCA 62); acting for P&O Australia in a shareholder oppression claim reported in Ng Sing King v. PSA International Pte Ltd [2003] 3 SLR(R) 591 (High Court) and [2005] 2 SLR 56 (High Court); and an SIAC arbitration by a listed shipyard against its auditors for substantial losses (in excess of $250m) on unauthorised foreign exchange transactions.

Collin is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators; and an Associate Mediator on the Maritime Panel of the Singapore Mediation Centre.  He is also a representative of the Singapore Law Society on the Singapore Admiralty Court Users Committee.

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Singapore
  • Fellow of The Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
  • Associate Mediator, Maritime Panel, Singapore Mediation Centre

Languages

  • English

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of The Law Society of Singapore
  • Representative of the Singapore Law Society on the Singapore Admiralty Court Users Committee
  • Acting for bunker barges to defend claims by Phillips 66 International Trading Pte Ltd, following the collapse of O.W. Bunker, for alleged delivery of bunkers without production of bills of lading, reported in The “Star Quest” [2016] 3 SLR 1280
  • Counsel in the High Court and Court of Appeal for a company to recover in excess of S$3.5 million from a director liable to account, reported in Alphire Group Pte Ltd v. Law Chau Loon [2017] SGHC 297
  • Acting for P.T. Berlian Laju Tanker Tbk in relation to transfer of 24 tankers as part of its restructuring
  • Acting for HSBC Australia to get freezing orders in relation to claims for mis-selling of investment products
  • Acting for the owners of “POE Giant 12” which ran aground on Pedra Branca, including liaising with the port authority and contractors for the removal of the wreck and cargo
  • Acting in SIAC arbitration for a SGX listed shipyard against its auditors for substantial losses in excess of $250m from unauthorised FX transactions
  • Acting for Linsen International Ltd and other entities in the Empire Tankers Group in relation to claims against and the liquidation of Humpuss Sea Transport Pte Ltd
  • Acting for IBM Singapore in a IT contract dispute with the Singapore Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board over an IT system turnkey project
  • Acting for P&O Australia in a shareholder oppression claim, reported in Ng Sing King v. PSA International Pte Ltd [2003] 3 SLR(R) 591 (High Court) and [2005] 2 SLR 56 (High Court)
  • Acting for Metro Holdings Ltd in relation to the sinking of its passenger ship, “SUN VISTA” in the Straits of Malacca and subsequent hull and machinery insurance claim
  • Acting for the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to preserve its priority over port dues, reported in The ‘Hurst’ [1999] 1 SLR 237 (High Court) and Planmarine AG v. MPA [1999] 2 SLR 1 (Court of Appeal)
  • Acting for owners of the dynamically-positioned pipe-laying vessel ‘Solitaire’ in their dispute with Sembawang Shipyard over the conversion of the vessel