Hsu Hsien’s main areas of practice are in professional indemnity, banking and employment litigation, and insolvency and restructuring.  

He advises professional indemnifiers and insurers in contentious and non-contentious matters, including localisation of insurance policies. In particular, he acts regularly for medical professionals in contentious malpractice claims in the Courts and disciplinary actions before the Singapore Medical Council.  

He also regularly advises and acts for banks in major banking and trusts disputes, and in restructuring and insolvency matters. He has particular interest and experience in restructuring of insolvent companies, banker-customer disputes, as well as restraining and discovery proceedings against banks.

He also has an active contentious employment practice, with particular interest and experience in wrongful dismissal and restraint of trade matters.

He was seconded to Fountain Court Chambers in England where he worked with senior barristers on major banking and insurance litigation and arbitration in London. He is fluent in written and spoken Mandarin, and has acted for Chinese clients in commercial litigation and arbitration.

Work Highlights

  • Acted successfully for receiver and managers in the litigation, restructuring, and sale involving a large aromatics plant in Singapore.
  • Acted successfully for a major bank, as lead counsel, in a High Court claim against the bank for recovery of an alleged fixed deposit placed with it.
  • Acted successfully, as lead counsel, for a Chinese chemicals import and export company in an ICC arbitration involving a multimillion dollar international sale of goods dispute.
  • Acted successfully for ex-directors of a company in a High Court claim by the company alleging the ex-directors were in breach of restraint of trade obligations and counter-claim by the ex-directors of wrongful termination of their service agreements.
  • Acted successfully for a senior surgeon in a medical malpractice claim which involved a major shift in the law with respect to the standard of care in cases of alleged negligent medical advice.