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Min Lim

Senior Associate
+65.6713.0240
Fax +65.6538.1311

Min Lim graduated from the University of Warwick in 2011 and was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 2013. She is a member of the litigation and dispute resolution practice group. She has acted in a variety of cases, including:

  • Medical negligence – for plaintiffs in civil proceedings; and also for doctors in appeals from the Singapore Medical Council’s Disciplinary Tribunal to the Court of Three Judges
  • Betting and gaming – acting for a licensed casino in Singapore
  • Debt recovery proceedings in Singapore which have been enforced in several other jurisdictions, including Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Philippines, Australia, and the United States
  • Sales of commodities such as coal
  • Equity and trust disputes

Professional Background

Ms. Lim began practice with Straits Law Practice LLC in 2013.

Achievements

Part of the medical law practice that was awarded the Medical law Firm of the Year (2018) by Asian Legal Business at the South East Asia Law Awards.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore (2013)
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law (2013)
Reported Judgments:
  • Resorts World at Sentosa Pte Ltd v Lee Fook Kheun [2018] SGHC 173 : Successfully acted for the an integrated resort in a claim against its patron in relation to a credit facility provided to and drawn down by the patron, as well as successfully defended the counterclaim made by the patron. The arguments made included intoxication, rescission and unconscionability.
  • Alphire Group Pte Ltd v Law Chau Loon [2017] SGHC 297 : Defended a former director of a junket operation from a claim brought by his former company. The case raised issues relating to which party was to bear the burden of proof, and the defence was partially successful.
  • Jen Shek Wei v Singapore Medical Council [2017] SGHC 294: Acted for an obstetrician and gynaecologist in an appeal against the conviction and sentence by the Singapore Medical Council’s Disciplinary Tribunal. The case involved issues of consent in doctor-patient relationships.
  • Antariksa Logistics Pte Ltd and others v Nurdian Cuaca and others [2017] SGHC 60 : Acted for the plaintiffs in appeals filed by various defendants attempting to strike out the plaintiffs’ claims against them on a number of bases, in particular the extended doctrine of res judicata
  • John Robertson Gillies v Suresh Balan (also known as Sureash Balan) [2017] SGDC 324 : Represented the defendant in a defamation claim brought by a fellow resident of a condominium. The plaintiff had alleged that the defendant had made defamatory statements against him on a number of occasions. The Court dismissed all the allegations except for one instance.
  • Hii Chii Kok v Ooi Peng Jin London Lucien and another [2016] SGHC 21 and Hii Chi Kok v Ooi Peng Jin London Lucien and another [2017] SGCA 38: Represented a patient in a medical negligence claim against a hepatobiliary surgeon and a medical institution. The causes of action included non-delegable duty of care owed by the medical institution, and the plaintiff also argued for the imposition of the Montgomery test. While the Court of Appeal did not consider the issue of non-delegable duty in its decision, a new 3-stage test for the determination of a duty to advise was imposed, the modified Montgomery test.
  • Buthmanaban s/o Vaithilingam v Krishnavanny d/o Vaithilingam (administratrix of the estate of Ponnusamy Sivapakiam, deceased) and another [2015] SGHC 35 and V Nithia (co-administratrix of the estate of Ponnusamy Sivapakiam, deceased) v Buthmanaban s/o Vaithilingam and another [2015] SGCA 56 : Represented an administratrix of an estate in a claim brought by a beneficiary for a larger share of the sale of a property. The case involved issues of equity trust, including resulting trust, common-intention trust and also proprietary estoppel.
  • Uwe Klima v Singapore Medical Council [2015] SGHC 97 : Acted for a cardiothoracic surgeon in an appeal against the conviction and sentence by the Disciplinary Committee of the Singapore Medical Council on two charges. On appeal before the Court of Three Judges, the convictions were set aside.
  • CKR Contract Services Pte Ltd v Asplenium Land Pte Ltd and another and another appeal and another matter [2015] SGCA 24 : Acted for a contractor in a construction matter seeking to obtain an injunction against the employer's call on a performance bond. The contract between parties involved a clause preventing the contractor from restraining a call except where there was fraud. The Court of Appeal ruled that parties may contract to exclude the unconscionability exception.
Other Matters:
  • Acted for the beneficiaries of a Singapore trust in a multimillion dollar claim against Credit Suisse Trust Limited and Credit Suisse AG for various claims, including breach of fiduciary duties and misrepresentation.
  • Acted for Dubai-based seller of coal when the company which had opened the Letter of Credit on behalf of the buyer alleged that the Letter of Credit was fraudulent and obtained an injunction to stop payment of about US$2 million against the said Letter of Credit. The sellers successfully intervened in the court proceedings and were able to set aside the injunction. Also acted in subsequent SIAC arbitration proceedings arising out of the same transaction.
  • Instructed by the Australian subsidiary of an international ship-building company when the owners of the ships under the ship-building contract were granted an interim injunction pursuant to the International Arbitration Act to prevent the ship-builders from calling on certain guarantees furnished under the ship building contract after the owners alleged that the ship-builders had wrongfully terminated the contract.
  • Medical negligence work includes cases involving neonates who suffered from oxygen deprivation prior to delivery and subsequent brain injury, a patient whose sodium level was over-corrected, and a patient who underwent a hysteroscopy with dilatation and curettage which was converted into an emergency Hartmann’s procedure, involving the resection of the colon and formation of a colostomy.
  • Acts extensively for a Singapore casino in debt recovery proceedings in Singapore and worked closely with counsel in other jurisdictions for the enforcement proceedings, including Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Philippines, Australia and the United States.