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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. He acts for global financial institutions, multinational companies (MNCs) and Government bodies.

In the High Court, he has particular expertise in employment litigation. He has acted for Itochu Singapore in enforcing a two year international non-compete (Tan Kok Yong Steve v Itochu Singapore Pte Ltd [2018] SGHC 85), and GFI Group in upholding a worldwide non-compete (Woon v GFI, OS 4 of 2015). He also has experience in complex industrial accident and product liability cases in the chemical and automobile industries. 

In the Court of Appeal, his experience lies in arguing novel and complex points of law, including a landmark 5-Judge decision on defamation law (Goh Lay Khim v Isabel Redrup [2017] 1 SLR 546), and decisions on tort law (Grace Electrical v Te Duem Engineering [2017] SGCA 65) and company and insolvency law (Seah Teong Kang v Seah Yong Chwan [2015] 5 SLR 792).

He also has a busy international arbitration practice, including successfully acting for a leading Japanese MNC in a joint venture dispute in an SIAC Arbitration, and subsequently defending the award in the High Court (Mary Chia Beauty v Slim Beauty House, OS 849 of 2017).

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 was educated at Oxford University. He took a BA in Law in 2003, and a BCL in 2004. At Oxford, he was an Exhibitioner and a College Book Prize winner at Pembroke College.

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