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Tay Yong Seng


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Tay Yong Seng


Yong Seng acts as lead counsel in a broad spectrum of commercial disputes, including employment, companies, banking and defamation cases. His clients include global financial institutions, multinational companies and Government bodies.

In the High Court, he has particular expertise in employment litigation.  He has successfully enforced a two year international non-compete and a worldwide non-compete in litigation that pushed the boundaries of employment law.  He also has experience in handling cases involving complex industrial accidents and product failures, having defended leading companies in the automobile, chemical and paper industries.

In the Court of Appeal, his experience lies in arguing novel and difficult points of law, including landmark decisions on defamation law, tort law and company / insolvency law.

Yong Seng also has a busy international arbitration practice, typically involving international joint ventures.  He has successfully acted for a Japanese MNC in a joint venture dispute against a Singapore party in an SIAC Expedited Arbitration, and subsequently defended the award in the High Court.
Yong Seng has Government experience as an Assistant Director in the Ministry of Law as Assistant Director in 2009/2010.  He is also active in legal scholarship as Subject Editor of Employment Law for SAL Practitioner (a publication of the Singapore Academy of Law), and through regular articles in the Singapore Academy of Law Journal (2016 / 2017), SAL Practitioner (2018), Global Arbitration Review (2017) and Business Law International (2018).

Yong Seng currently sits on the Board of Governors of Nanyang Polytechnic and is Honorary Legal Adviser to the Singapore Table Tennis Association.

Employment Litigation (High Court)

  • Acted for GFI Group in enforcing a worldwide non-compete covenant in its employment contracts (Mahina Woon v GFI Group (OS 4 of 2015). 
  • Acted for Itochu Singapore in enforcing a two year international non-compete (Tan Kok Yong Steve v Itochu Singapore Pte Ltd [2018] SGHC 85).

Appellate Advocacy (Court of Appeal)

  • Successfully argued a landmark 5-Judge Court of Appeal decision on defamation law (Goh Lay Khim v Isabel Redrup [2017] 1 SLR 546).
  • Argued a ground-breaking decision on tort law and res ipsa locquitur (Grace Electrical v Te Duem Engineering [2017] SGCA 65).
  • Successfully argued a complex leading Court of Appeal decision on company and insolvency law (Seah Teong Kang v Seah Yong Chwan [2015] 5 SLR 792).

International Arbitration (SIAC)

  • Successfully acted for a top Japanese spa chain in one of the first Expedited Arbitrations in the SIAC under the 2016 Arbitration Rules, and upheld the award in a setting aside application in the High Court (Mary Chia Beauty v Slim Beauty House, OS 849 of 2017).

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