Charmaine’s main area of practice is in civil and commercial dispute resolution. She has been involved in a wide spectrum of contentious matters such as tortious disputes, construction disputes, sale of goods and services and general contractual matters.

She has acted as assisting counsel both at trial and appellant levels before the Supreme Court of Singapore, ad-hoc and institutional commercial arbitrations, and adjudications under the Security of Payment Act (Cap. 30B).

Work highlights

  • Representing a subsidiary proprietor against a claim by her neighbour for alleged water seepage. Issues included whether the statutory presumption under Section 101(8)(a) of the Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act 2004 applied.
  • Representing the Estate in litigation proceedings regarding the interpretation of the will including a successful appeal to the High Court.
  • Representing a Chinese company in its claim for non-payment of goods in the High Court, and in its defence against counterclaims for conspiracy and unjust enrichment.
  • Representing significant shareholders of a listed company in an ownership dispute where the claim was in excess of SGD 7 million, involving complex issues including alleged resulting and implied trust as well as illegality.
  • Representing an insurer in the High Court, in defence of a claim brought by its insured who sued for benefit claims under 10 insurance policies for an amount in excess of SGD 21 million.
  • Representing a major insurer in a High Court claim brought by its insured over the interpretation of an insurance policy and the denial of cover by the Insurer, involving novel issues of law pertaining to the interpretation of a particular exclusion clause.
  • Representing a listed company in an action against it for negligence, involving novel issues of whether a duty of care was owed for pure economic losses and costs, which were determined before the Court of Appeal.
  • Representing a travel technology data company in its claim against an online hotel agency for various breaches of contract (Singapore seat, SIAC rules).
  • Representing a building contractor in the High Court, in its claims against the developer and main contractor for breach of contract, unjust enrichment and equitable assignment.
  • Representing an insurer in the High Court, in defence of a claim by its insured in excess of S$21 million, including an application for summary determination to substantially reduce the quantum to approximately SGD 1 million purely on questions of law.
  • Representing an aircraft engineering company and its employee as respondents in an ongoing appeal in the Court of Appeal involving the tort of negligence, where the High Court had previously dismissed the applicant’s claim for pure economic losses in its entirety.