Chien Mien is Co-Head of the Firm’s Construction & Engineering Practice.  This Practice is ranked Tier 1 in Legal 500 and in Band 1 in Chambers & Partners for Construction.

In 2018, he was among the inaugural batch of select practitioners to be recognised as a Senior Accredited Specialist in Building and Construction Law by the Singapore Academy of Law.

His contentious work involves litigation, arbitration, adjudication and mediation work relating to power, utilities, desalination, petrochemical and manufacturing plants, water treatment facilities, roads and tunnels, dams and waterways, mass rapid transit projects, sports complexes, aircraft hangars, major office buildings, retail malls, hotels, condominiums and specialised warehouses.

Chien Mien sits on the main panel of arbitrators for the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC). He is appointed to the Singapore Law Society’s Building and Construction Law Committee. He is also a Senior Accredited Adjudicator with the Singapore Mediation Centre, and a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and Accredited Arbitrator under the Law Society Arbitration Scheme (LSAS). He has sat as an arbitrator in numerous arbitrations administered by ICC, SIAC, LSAS and AIAC, and also in ad hoc arbitrations. In addition to the Construction Law Protocols Working Group, Chien Mien sits on the Singapore Security of Payment Act (SOPA)-Insolvency Law Reform sub-committee, and Singapore Infrastructure Dispute-Management Protocol sub-committee, both organised under the auspices of the Singapore Academy of Law.

On the non-contentious side, Chien Mien has been involved in some of the largest building and infrastructure projects in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region including airport developments, roads, greenfield developments of data centres, power and utilities plants, oil storage terminals, LNG terminals and regasification plants, petrochemical and pharmaceutical plants, manufacturing facilities, mega-malls and transportation hubs, prime office towers and luxury hotels and condominium developments.

On his work in Construction, Projects and Energy, Chien Mien is constantly recommended as a key practitioner in several leading publications. Chambers Asia-Pacific notes that he “enjoys an outstanding reputation for contentious and non-contentious work” and that “clients acknowledge his high intellect, saying ‘he is a very clever individual’”. It also refers to comments on “his ability to think out of the box” and that “he is very creative and able to provide alternative solutions which are not immediately apparent”. Chambers Asia-Pacific further compliments his ability “to provide great insights be it from his technical knowledge or his commercial awareness,” and considers him a “complete lawyer who offers a combination of deep knowledge and wide experience”. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, too, notes that he is “highly regarded”, “extremely experienced, client-focused and commercially minded”. In IFLR1000, Chien Mien is recognised as a highly regarded lawyer for his expertise in Energy and Infrastructure as well as Project Development. IFLR1000 notes that “He is always there to steer the client with wise counsel delivered in a highly responsive and client-focused manner” and “is hugely erudite and technically superb but utterly pragmatic and commercially minded”. He is listed as a Thought Leader in Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders – Construction since 2019 and is also identified as a Band 1 practitioner in construction law in Chambers Asia-Pacific, and a Leading Individual in construction law in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Expert Guides. Chien Mien is also recognised as a Litigation Star in Benchmark Litigation, and has also been named as Leading Lawyer by IFLR 1000/IJGlobal: Energy & Infrastructure Deal Report.