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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-related 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 2018 and 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 2018 and Lexis Practical Guidance 2017.

Work Highlights

  • Successfully acted for professional trustees in the first Singapore Court of Appeal case which fully considered the doctrine of unjust enrichment as an independent cause of action (see Wee Chiaw Sek Anna v Ng Li-Ann Genevieve (sole executrix of the estate of Ng Hock Seng, deceased) and another [2013] 3 SLR 801).
  • Successfully acted for a well-known art dealer in a world-wide cross-border dispute, which involved a claim of more than US$1 billion, which led to two leading Court of Appeal decisions concerning Mareva injunctions and forum challenges (see Bouvier, Yves Charles Edgar and another v Accent Delight International Ltd and another and another appeal [2015] 5 SLR 558 and Rappo, Tania v Accent Delight International Ltd and another and another appeal [2017] 2 SLR 265).
  • 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 [2014] 1 SLR 1047).

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