Dentons Rodyk is the oldest law firm in Singapore, trusted since 1861 by clients near and far. Rely on our full service capabilities to help you achieve your business goals in Singapore and throughout Asia. Consistently ranked in leading publications, our legal teams regularly represent a diverse clientele in a broad spectrum of industries and businesses.

Distinguished by wide ranging success in high profile, complex cases and by breaking new legal ground through securing important decisions, our dispute resolution team crafts effective, practical and commercially driven solutions to help you achieve favourable resolutions.

Led by Senior Counsel Philip Jeyaretnam, SC, the team works closely with you to manage domestic and international disputes in Singapore and abroad. Whether you find yourself in litigation, domestic and international arbitration, mediation or other alternative dispute resolution methods, benefit from an experienced team that knows your business.

We regularly advise corporations and statutory bodies on regulatory breaches and private prosecution cases and have acted in partnership disputes between local and international firms. Our portfolio of work includes high profile defamation cases, criminal defense representation cases involving corruption and securities offences.

Moreover, we are experienced in representing individuals in complex and contentious trust and probate cases, as well as handling a host of matrimonial and family law disputes, including matters involving foreign marriages and the division of high value matrimonial assets.

Services offered by our Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice include:

  • Arbitration
  • Aviation
  • Banking and finance litigation
  • Competition law
  • Commercial litigation
  • Construction
  • Corporate and investment disputes litigation
  • Employment litigation
  • General litigation
  • Insurance litigation
  • Insolvency
  • Intellectual property and technology litigation
  • Maritime
  • Mediation
  • Professional liability
  • Real estate litigation
  • Defamation
  • Equity and trust
  • Family and probate
  • Partnership disputes
  • Personal injury
  • White collar crime

Our team of around 200 lawyers can help you complete a deal, resolve a dispute or solve your business challenge in other key practice and industry areas, including:

  • Arbitration
  • Banking and Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Competition and Antitrust
  • Construction
  • Corporate
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Franchising and Distribution
  • Infrastructure and PPP
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • Islamic Finance
  • Life Sciences
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Privacy and Cybersecurity
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy
  • Tax
  • Trusts, Estates and Wealth Preservation
  • Trade, WTO and Customs
  • Transportation
  • White Collar and Government Investigations

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Tel: (65) 6225 2626
Fax: (65) 6225 1838

Philip Jeyaretnam SC

Philip Jeyaretnam, SC
Senior Partner


Harvard Law School, 1991, Visiting Fulbright Fellow
Cambridge University, 1986, M.A. (Double First Class Honours), Law

Bar Admission:
Barrister-at-Law, Gray's Inn, 1987
Door Tenant at 11 King & Bench Walk, Temple, London, 1988
Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore, 1988

Philip is the global-vice chair and ASEAN chief executive officer at Dentons. A leading commercial litigator and international arbitration counsel in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution and the Arbitration groups, Philip was appointed as Senior Counsel in 2003 at the early age of 38 and is named in all the major legal publications as an expert in arbitration, construction law and litigation. He is currently Chairman of Maxwell Chambers, the world's first integrated dispute resolution venue and is on the Public Service Commission, the constitutional body that oversees the civil service in Singapore. He is also on the Presidential Council for Minority Rights, which advises the President of Singapore under the equality provisions of the Constitution.

Areas of Practice:

Philip's active international arbitration practice as counsel spans investments and projects across Asia, and he has represented clients in arbitration proceedings in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, London, Zurich and Brunei. He is particularly experienced in disputes of two kinds, namely disputes involving difficult technical issues and disputes involving complex financial structuring.

Lek Siang Pheng

Lek Siang Pheng
Senior Partner


National University of Singapore, 1988, LLB (Hons)

Bar Admission:
Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore, 1989

Lek Siang Pheng is the deputy managing partner for Dentons Rodyk. In addition, he is also a senior partner and the head of our Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Arbitration practice. Siang Pheng is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a Fellow of the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Singapore. He has been appointed by the Singapore International Arbitration Centre as sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator in international arbitrations.

Areas of Practice:

Siang Pheng handles civil and commercial litigation, including banking cases (banking advice, loan and mortgage recovery actions and bankruptcy actions), insolvency matters (work-outs, receivership, scheme of arrangement, judicial management and liquidation) China investment disputes, partnership and shareholders' disputes, domestic and international arbitration, contractual disputes, corporate disputes, medical litigation and insurance cases. He represents banks, companies and individuals, medical defence organisations and insurance companies in the course of his work.

Foo Maw Shen

Foo Maw Shen
Senior Partner


National University of Singapore, 1991, LLB (Hons)

Bar Admission:
Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore, 1992

Maw Shen is a Senior Partner in Dentons Rodyk's Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Arbitration practices. Maw Shen is effectively bilingual in English and Chinese, and has over 20 years of extensive experience in commercial litigation, with particular emphasis on restructuring, insolvency litigation, shareholders' disputes, commercial fraud, trust laws and litigation involving gaming issues. His clients include banks, accounting firms, listed companies, venture capitalists and gaming operators among others.

Areas of Practice:

Maw Shen's core practice areas complement that of the firm's corporate advisory teams - the collaboration of which ensures that legal solutions that best accord with the clients' commercial objectives and requirements are offered. Maw Shen has been extensively involved in the restructuring of various listed entities over the years. These include: Hua Kok International Ltd, Econ International Ltd, Wee Poh Holdings Ltd, Enzer Corporation Ltd, Ho Wah Genting International Ltd and Penton International Ltd.


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