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TSMP Law Corporation

Ian Lim

Ian Lim



  • Commercial & Corporate Litigation
  • International Arbitration

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Dispute Resolution Group
The law at its best is a living organism that changes with society. This is particularly true in Ian’s practice of employment law, in a world increasingly shifting to a gig and platform economy – a paradigm shift that he is both watching keenly and writing articles about. Little wonder then, that Ian is considered the expert, go-to practitioner for Employment & Labour. He has honed his expertise fighting numerous high profile cases and advising multinationals and C-Suite executives extensively in the areas of non-competition, dismissal, data privacy, harassment, M&A employee transfers and industrial relations.

Employment and labour issues naturally also cross cultures and geographic boundaries, and this has seen Ian travel extensively to speak at diverse conferences and forums. It provides a good opportunity for travel too – Ian otherwise tends to spend his holidays only going to wintry climes to hone his off-piste snowboarding.

Previously an aggressive slide-tackling football defender, Ian now uses the sport as a way to foster connections and team spirit with younger colleagues and the under-privileged through charity futsal tournaments. He also brings his spirit of mentorship as the head of TSMP’s community services programme, organising hands-on charity events for youth-at-risk, the elderly as well as foreign migrant workers. His good work along with that of his colleagues has seen TSMP recognised by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) as one of its inaugural Champions of Good.

Bar Admissions



Areas of Practice

Commercial & Corporate Litigation | International Arbitration

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Acted for a group of shareholders in obtaining a High Court S$3.1 million buyout order in a minority oppression suit in the clean energy industry, involving novel issues of share valuation and expert evidence (Poh Fu Tek & ors v Lee Shung Guan & ors [2017] SGHC 212)

Acted for technology and engineering multinational Emerson in obtaining High Court non-compete and confidentiality injunctions and damages against its former director who had joined Chinese multinational Huawei in the datacentre network power industry

Acted for a Rio Tinto linked individual in a High Court Suit involving novel and controversial issues of restitution, which resulted in a landmark unjust enrichment ruling (Cavenagh Investment Pte Ltd v Kaushik Rajiv [2013] 2 SLR 543)

Represented an Indonesian listed group in a US$11.5 million ICC International Arbitration against a major healthcare multinational concerning breaches of Indonesian statutory duties in relation to an exclusive distributorship agreement for pharmaceutical products

Represented Eternal Pure Land and Lifecorp, an ASX listed company, in negotiatons with the Attorney-General's Chambers on behalf of the Ministry of National Development in respect of the termination of the state lease and refund of monies for the columbarium at Fernvale Link, Singapore

Advises multinationals like Chevron, Citibank, DHL, Emerson and IBM, and C-Suite level individuals, on Singapore and foreign employment and labour law issues.

Professional Associations

    Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators

Getting Way’Mo Than He Bargained For
TSMP Law Corporation, September 2020

Should employees be at liberty to remove trade secrets they created when they leave their employers? Think carefully, physical liberty might just be at stake. In his junior year at UC Berkeley, he built a prize-winning robot out of Legos to sort Monopoly money. Later, he entered the first ever two-wheeler in the DARPA Grand Challenge, an American autonomous vehicle competition funded by the US Department of Defense...

Reading the Tea Leaves for 2020
TSMP Law Corporation, January 2020

Oh what a year it has been. 2019 has been a rollercoaster ride: Trump accelerates and then suddenly slams on the brakes on his tit-for-tat trade war with China. Hong Kong, hitherto the paradigm of pragmatism, lies smouldering as months of pro-democracy protests see no end. A Swedish girl (celebrating her 17th birthday just last Friday) becomes the unlikely face of environmentalism, shaming Boomers for doing nothing about climate change in front of the UN...

Doggone It!
TSMP Law Corporation, February 2019

Pet owners do not get damages at law for the wrongful death of their pets, even when caused by fraudulent and unscrupulous profiteers. Should they? For many affluent “parents” of “furkids”, it is a familiar routine come Christmas or any other holiday season: stopping by at an expensive boarding facility on the way to the airport to drop off their precious pets, rather than leaving the cute critters home alone...

Additional Articles

1. Law Relating to Specific Contracts in Singapore, 2nd Ed. (Employment Contracts Chapter)

2. The Employment Law Review, 3rd to 5th Editions (Singapore chapters)

3. Getting the Deal Through - Labour & Employment 2012 to 2016

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