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Co-Managing Director
Advocate & Solicitor
Commissioner for Oaths
Notary Public
Barrister-At-Law (United Kingdom)

ABOUT

Chia Boon Teck

Mr Chia graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, in 1993 as its top foreign student and amongst the top 5% in the Faculty of Law, and was awarded the Herbert Smith Prize in Commercial Law.

Mr Chia was called to the English Bar (Lincoln’s Inn, United Kingdom) as a Barrister-At-Law in 1994, and he was admitted to the Singapore Bar as an Advocate & Solicitor in 1995.

Mr Chia is an  experienced litigator, dealing extensively in civil and commercial litigation, company law, construction litigation, corporate debt recovery, corporate litigation, criminal litigation, defamation, directors & shareholders’ disputes, employment law, immigration matters, insolvency, landlord & tenant disputes, medical negligence claims, military court martials, partnership disputes, property disputes, Strata Titles matters, and vehicle & industrial accident claims.

 

 

In practice for the past 28 years, Mr Chia has been involved in many high-profile cases.

Mr Chia was elected Vice President of the Law Society of Singapore in August 2023. He was the Treasurer from January to July 2023. Mr Chia has served as a Council member of the Law Society in 2002-2007 and 2016-2023; and its Executive Committee in 2003-2006 and 2022-2023.

Mr Chia is also the Chairman of the Law Society’s Finance Committee and Vice Chairman of the Anti-Money Laundering Committee; as well as the Council Representative on the Family Law Practice Committee and the Civil Practice Committee.

Mr Chia has made several appearances at international law conferences delivering papers and speeches including the following:

  • “Financial crime prevention” at the 2019 Singapore Financial Crime Prevention Symposium.
  • “Judicial appointments and executive interference” at the 23rd Commonwealth Law Conference in Goa India in March 2023.
  • “Anti-money laundering and legal privilege” at the 33rd Presidents of Law Associations Asia Conference in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia in July 2023.

Mr Chia co-chaired a Law Society committee in 2005 that liaised with the Ministry of Law and Ministry of Home Affairs to improve the criminal justice system, particularly, in respect of accused persons’ treatment and access to defence counsel whilst in police custody as well as the prosecution’s disclosure of documents in criminal trials which culminated in amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code in 2010.

In 2006, Mr Chia again co-chaired another Law Society committee to liaise with the Ministry of Law and the Attorney-General’s Chambers to address the relevance and scope of capital punishment in Singapore which led to landmark changes in the law in 2012. In 2007, Mr Chia was a member of a Law Society ad hoc committee that presented a submission to the Ministry of Law and Ministry of Home Affairs in response to the Government’s proposed changes to the Penal Code which resulted in the passing of the new Penal Code in 2011.

Mr Chia’s publications include the Singapore Chapter for Global Legal Insights: Litigation & Dispute Resolution 2018; Litigation & Dispute Resolution 2019; Litigation & Dispute Resolution 2021; Bribery & Corruption 2019; and Bribery & Corruption 2022. He has also published numerous articles in the Law Gazette.

In August 2023, Mr Chia was elected as Vice President of The Law Society of Singapore after having served as its Treasurer.