Jason Goh

Associate Director, Dispute Resolution

Qualifications

  • LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore (2011)
  • Admitted to the Singapore Bar (2012)

Jason’s practice involves acting and advising in a wide range of complex contentious matters, which include matters relating to commercial contracts, joint venture agreements, trade and trade finance disputes, shareholder disputes, moneylending transactions, construction disputes, and employment-related matters. He also advises on contentious property matters, such as tenancy disputes, collective sale (en bloc) matters, and strata property (MCST) disputes.

Jason regularly acts for clients in both domestic and international arbitrations. In addition, he often appears as counsel in the State Courts and the Supreme Court of Singapore, in construction adjudications lodged pursuant to the Building and Construction Industry Security and Payment Act, and in strata property disputes lodged with the Strata Titles Boards.

Some of the matters in which Jason has acted include the following:

  1. Represented a forefront Middle Eastern bank in obtaining worldwide freezing orders in the Singapore courts against a former customer and its owners/associates who had, through the incorporation of sham companies and the forgery of documents, caused the bank to extend over US$100 million of credit on false premises.
  2. Successfully assisted a commodities trader to obtain a stay of proceedings brought against it in the Singapore courts, notwithstanding the “bare” nature of the arbitration clauses involved in the sales contracts (KVC Rice Intertrade Co Ltd v Asian Mineral Resources Pte Ltd and another suit [2017] 4 SLR 182). This case involved the novel issue of whether the Singapore courts would uphold an arbitration clause which was so bare that it did not expressly state the place of arbitration, the means of appointing arbitrators, the language, roles, and the governing law applicable to the arbitration.
  3. Represented a state-owned Chinese construction and engineering firm in contesting various applications lodged pursuant to the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act. The value of the underlying contract, which was commissioned by the Land Transport Authority to extend one of the MRT lines in Singapore, was in excess of S$500 million.
  4. Represented several minority subsidiary proprietors of a condominium development in successfully opposing what would have been the largest collective (en bloc) sale in Singapore (at the time) of over S$550 million. The High Court agreed with the position taken by the opposing subsidiary proprietors and refused to approve the collective sale on the ground that the transaction was not in good faith.
  5. Acted for minority shareholders in an oppression action involving a family-held company worth over S$100 million. The dispute was successfully resolved amicably and out of court.
  • Assessor, Panel of Assessors for COVID-19 Temporary Relief, Ministry of Law
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Member, Criminal Legal Aid Scheme