Gina Tan

Gina Tan

Legal Director Singapore, Singapore

Gina is a Legal Director at Kennedys Legal Solutions, and she has been actively engaged in a wide spectrum of general, civil and commercial litigation, arbitration and advisory work. She counts a diverse range of corporations, MNCs and business owners, insurers and building owners as her clients whom she works with on matters including commercial disputes, company and shareholder disputes, employment law matters, and banking disputes.

Gina has also acted in numerous construction disputes for owners, employers, and contractors involving both public and private projects and developments, and adjudication proceedings under Singapore’s Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (“SOP Act”).

Pursuant to the Specialist Accreditation Scheme which was introduced in Singapore in 2017 and offered to building and construction lawyers in a pilot, Gina became 1 of 24 lawyers to gain recognition as an Accredited Specialist in Building and Construction Law.

Outside of work, Gina has been a tutor with the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (Bar Admissions and Examinations) for civil procedure, and volunteered at legal clinics set up by The Law Society of Singapore. She has also given seminars on matters spanning a number of subjects including construction law.

Work highlights

  • Representing a South African bank in Singapore pertaining to a fraud perpetrated by a former employee and others is in excess of US$6 million.
  • Representing a main contractor in proceedings involving novel issues of an adjudicator’s duty to assess a sub-contractor’s claim under the SOP Act in the absence of payment response from a main contractor. The claim was in the region of S$2 million.
  • Representing alisted Malaysian company in relation to a fraud perpetrated by its former directors and employees in excess of RM44 million.
  • Representing subsidiary proprietors against a developer and their contractors in relation to alleged defects in a condominium. The case involved novel issues such whether an architect and main contractor can rely on the independent contractors defence and whether subsidiary proprietors can be added in a claim in an ongoing action. The claim was in excess of S$33 million.
  • Representing sub-contractor in obtaining an adjudication determination against a main contractor under the adjudication scheme of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (“SOP Act”). The main contractor sought to set aside the adjudication determination before the High Court and failed, with the High Court confirming that Singapore has a dual track system in construction law consisting of the statutory regime under the SOP Act and the contractual regime.