SAW Matthew

Matthew is a Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution department.

Matthew graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1995, and was admitted to the English bar in 1996. He was admitted to the Singapore bar in 1997 and joined Lee & Lee as an Associate in 1998. In 2002, he was seconded for 5 months to the International Commercial Fraud and Insolvency Litigation group of Lovells, London. In 2004, Matthew was admitted to the New York State bar. In 2005, he was made a Partner.

Matthew practises civil litigation including medical, commercial, and estate litigation.

Medical litigation

Matthew studied medical law in the University of Cambridge where he developed a keen interest in the subject. He has been appointed by the MOHH MMI program, the Medical Protection Society and NTUC Income to act for doctors in claims and law suits by patients, in complaints to the Singapore Medical Council, and in Coroner’s inquiries. He has also been appointed as an Honorary Legal Advisor to the Singapore Medical Association. Some of the cases he has been involved in include:

  • defending an obstetrician and gynaecologist who was charged for carrying out a procedure not within the norms of acceptable medical practice and for not obtaining the informed consent of the patient, and who had to attend a 5 days disciplinary hearing before the Singapore Medical Council;
  • defending a general practitioner who was charged for carrying out an inappropriate treatment, and who had to attend a 5 days disciplinary hearing before the Singapore Medical Council;
  • acting for a general practitioner who pleaded guilty to a charge for not obtaining the informed consent of his patient, and acting for him in his appeal to the High Court against his sentence;
  • defending a vascular surgeon in a $4 million claim;
  • defending an ENT surgeon and an anaesthetist in a $3 million claim;
  • defending an obstetrician and gynaecologist in a $2 million High Court suit in respect of a vaginal birth after a caesarean section;
  • defending a general practitioner in a $1.4 million High Court suit in respect of an aesthetic treatment;
  • defending a surgeon in a $600,000 High Court suit in respect of an abdominal cancer surgery;
  • defending an obstetrician and gynaecologist in a $600,000 High Court suit in respect of a surgery to remove adnexal cysts;
  • defending an obstetrician and gynaecologist in a $500,000 High Court suit in respect of alleged retained products of conception;
  • defending a surgeon in a District Court suit in respect of an appendectomy; and
  • defending a surgeon in a District Court suit in respect of an endoscopic retorgrade cholangiopancreatography.

Commercial litigation

Matthew has been involved in a wide range of commercial disputes including the following cases:

  • acting for the majority owners in the $385 million collective sale of the Waterfront View in a landmark appeal to the High Court which was decided in their favour;
  • acting for the majority owners in the $297.3 million collective sale of the Futura in appeals to the High Court and to the Court of Appeal which were decided in their favour;
  • acting for a country club in a $37 million High Court suit against 10 defendants;
  • acting for the liquidators of a metal trading company in a $18 million High Court suit against 7 defendants;
  • acting for a company in a $14 million international arbitration case governed by Indonesian law;
  • acting for a bank in a $10 million High Court suit, and successfully obtaining a Mareva injunction;
  • acting for a contractor against a piling sub-contractor in a $9 million domestic arbitration;
  • acting for a global private equity company in a $7 million High Court suit;
  • acting for a global marine company in a $5 million High Court suit, and successfully obtaining interim injunctions within 48 hours of being first contacted by the clients;
  • acting for a bank claiming about $4 million in restitution; and
  • acting for a metal trading company in a $2 million High Court suit.

Estate litigation

Matthew has acted for beneficiaries and for executors/administrators in estate disputes. Some of the cases he has been involved in include:

  • acting for a beneficiary of an estate worth about S$15 million in a High Court suit to set aside a will;
  • acting for an executor of an estate worth about S$9 million who made a successful claim in the High Court against the estate’s former solicitors;
  • acting for beneficiaries of an estate in a High Court suit in their successful claim for an account of their share of the estate’s assets worth about S$7 million, as well as in a subsequent appeal to the Court of Appeal whose outcome was in their favour;
  • acting for a beneficiary of an estate worth about S$4 million in a High Court suit against its executors for breach of trust; and
  • acting for a beneficiary of an estate worth about S$2 million in a High Court suit to prove a will.

Matthew’s current appointments include being:

  • a FIDReC (the Financial Industry Disputes Resolution Centre Ltd) Adjudicator;
  • a member of the Income Tax Board of Review;
  • a member of the Legal Aid Bureau’s Panel of Solicitors;
  • a member of the Law Society’s Admissions Committee;
  • an Honorary Legal Advisor to the Singapore Medical Association;
  • a Director of SATA CommHealth;and
  • a Director of HeatlhServe.