Clifford Chance Singapore ally attracts litigation star

The appointment reflects the firm’s dedication to growing its practice in APAC

Clifford Chance Singapore ally attracts litigation star
Paul Tan

Clifford Chance’s Formal Law Alliance partner, Cavenagh Law, has attracted commercial litigation and international arbitration star Paul Tan.

Tan was previously with Singapore firm Rajah & Tann, and has long been providing advice on complex issues of public and private international law to multinational companies, global insurers, financial institutions and governments in Asia. He has also handled disputes in jurisdictions throughout Southeast Asia.

He has acted for a government on a multi-billion claim and has appeared before the Singapore International Commercial Court. Moreover, he recently advised on the setting aside of a treaty award for the Lesotho government.

“We are delighted to welcome such a well-regarded litigator to our team. Paul's skills as lead counsel on high profile trials, appeals and arbitration-related litigation, will complement our talented team and bolster our support for clients on contentious matters in Singapore and the region,” said Paul Sandosham, Cavenagh Law’s managing partner.

Tan will be part of the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice, where he will assist in cross-border transactions. Sandosham said that Tan’s appointment “reflects the commitment Cavenagh Law and Clifford Chance have to the development of our Formal Law Alliance and our practice in Singapore and the region.”

In addition to his legal work, Tan champions the implementation of best practices against workplace bullying and harassment. He is a member of many government advisory bodies and committees, including the committee to review the Singapore legal services sector and the working group of the Singapore Institute of Legal Education.

As a member of the economic action council for the Law Society of Singapore, he works to beef up the business of law firms. He is also part of the professional affairs committee at the Singapore Academy of Law.

Tan will officially be part of Cavenagh Law’s team on 1 September.

“I'm thrilled to be joining Cavenagh Law and working closely with our Formal Law Alliance colleagues at Clifford Chance. I look forward to building on their successful platform of cross-border and international disputes,” he said.

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