Litigation & Dispute Resolution
QUEK Mong Hua
Mong Hua is a Senior Partner and the Head of our Litigation and Dispute Resolution department.
Mong Hua joined Lee & Lee upon his graduation from the University of Singapore in 1979 and was admitted to the Singapore bar in 1980. In early 1984, he was admitted as a partner, making it to equity partnership in 1986.
In 1992, Mong Hua left Lee & Lee and joined the Singapore Legal Service where he served as a District Judge with the Subordinate Courts for 2 years and thereafter, as a Senior State Counsel with the Attorney-General’s Chambers where he held the appointment of Deputy Head, Civil Division. In 2000, he rejoined Lee & Lee as a Partner.
Mong Hua holds various directorships in civic and corporate organizations. He also sits as a member of the Military Court of Appeal. Mong Hua has enjoyed a versatile litigation practice that spans both civil and criminal matters at trial as well as appellate levels. Some of his more recent work includes:
- acting as lead counsel for a high net worth client claiming about S$1 billion from an international bank in respect of trading losses. The case was amicably settled before discovery;
- acting as co-counsel in an ICC arbitration concerning a foreign airport terminal in which the claim is about US$500 million;
- acting as lead counsel for the majority owners of Gillman Heights in their successful application to the Strata Titles Board to approve the en bloc sale of Gillman Heights for the price of S$548 million as well as in subseqeunt appeals to the High Court and the Court of Appeal that were decided in their favour;
- acting as lead counsel in successfully defending a CEO of a stock broking firm against a claim of about RM98 million for alleged negligence and breach of fiduciary duties;
- acting as lead counsel in an ICC arbitration concerning a foreign power plant in which the claim is about US$20 million;
- acting as co-counsel for the liquidators of a foreign company against 7 banks who were all claiming goods in a Singapore warehouse worth about US$18 million. The decision in favour of the liquidators was affirmed on appeal to the Court of Appeal;
- acting as lead counsel for a group of policy holders against an insurance company in respect of investment gains of S$18 million. The case was amicably settled;
- acting as lead counsel for the liquidators of an unregistered foreign company in their successful application to transmit funds from the Singapore liquidation estate to the principal foreign liquidation estate;
- acting as lead counsel for a bank in a case of criminal breach of trust by an employee involving about US$6 million, and taking urgent remedial actions to trace, seize and recover the embezzled assets;
- acting as lead counsel in a personal injury case and successfully claiming about S$2 million for a young accountant (one of the highest awards made by the Singapore Court for damages for personal injury). The decision in favor of the accountant was affirmed by the Court of Appeal;
- acting as lead counsel in Court of Appeal successfully setting aside a High Court decision against a doctor for alleged negligence, and for many other doctors in professional liability disputes;
- acting as lead counsel for two accountants on appeal to High Court in setting aside a decision of Public Accountants Board;
- acting as lead counsel in successfully defending a claim against a businessman for cheques issued by his authorised signatory. The decision was affirmed on appeal to the Court of Appeal;
- acting as lead counsel for a company director convicted of attempting to bribe a public servant and succeeding in having the jail term substantially reduced on appeal to the High Court;
- acting as lead counsel in successfully appealing against the conviction of an employer accused of maid abuse; and
- acting as lead counsel in setting aside a last will in a multi-million dollar estate on the grounds of mental incapacity and undue influence.