Aik Hin’s main areas of practice are commercial litigation and international arbitration, including complex cross-border disputes.
He regularly acts for clients in a wide range of corporate-related matters. This includes contractual disputes, property and trust cases, insurance and banking claims, restructuring and insolvency advice and litigation, shareholder disputes, claims for breach of directors’ duties, employment disputes, and arbitration-related court proceedings. He has been recognised as a “Future Leader” in Who’s Who Legal: Litigation 2020, and has won such recognition for three consecutive years since 2018. He was also named as a “Rising Star” (for International Arbitration) by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018. In 2019, he was recommended by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for dispute resolution and was noted to be a “‘top-tier lawyer’ who is ‘razor sharp in getting to the issues and addressing concerns’”.
Apart from his broad-based commercial practice, Aik Hin also has niche expertise and significant experience in public and administrative law, having advised and acted for both statutory boards and multinational corporations in matters of judicial review and ministerial appeals.
Prior to joining Allen & Gledhill in 2012, Aik Hin spent five years with the Singapore Legal Service. He first served at the Supreme Court of Singapore as a Justices’ Law Clerk, Senior Justices’ Law Clerk and Assistant Registrar. Thereafter, he was posted to the Ministry of Law, where he undertook law reform, legal policy and arbitration-related work in his position as Deputy Director, Legal Policy Division.
Aik Hin graduated as Valedictorian from the National University of Singapore with an LL.B. (First Class Honours) in 2007. He won several academic prizes, including the Chief Justice’s Prize. In 2014, he acted as amicus curiae in a matter under the Supreme Court’s Young Amicus Curiae Scheme. He is also the author of the Contract Law chapter in Singapore Law – 50 Years in the Making, as well as a contributor of the Singapore Civil Procedure and Lexis Practical Guidance 2017.
- Successfully acted as lead counsel for a global financial institution’s trustee arm in the enforcement of a foreign judgment in excess of US$60 million in the Singapore Courts, including successfully obtaining interim and post-judgment worldwide Mareva injunctions against the judgment-debtor.
- Successfully acted as lead counsel in a SIAC arbitration seated in Singapore (in relation to a dispute over the sale and purchase of shares) and an ICC arbitration seated in Paris (in relation to a dispute over agency and consultancy services in the aerospace industry), which involved claims of, respectively, more than US$80 million and US$30 million.
- Advised Governments and/or statutory boards, MNCs and listed companies, as well as financial institutions on a variety of insolvency-related matters, including cross-border insolvency issues, liquidation processes, and/or consensual and court-assisted debt restructuring.
- Successfully defended statutory boards and a professional association in separate judicial review claims brought in the Singapore High Court. One of these cases was in fact the first reported case in Singapore to recognise the doctrine of legitimate expectations (see Chiu Teng @ Kallang Pte Ltd v Singapore Land Authority  1 SLR 1047).