LL.B. (Hons) (Warwick)
Barrister-at-Law, Middle Temple, England
Advocate and Solicitor, Singapore
Snr. Acc. Spec. (Maritime & Shipping), SAL
Called to the Singapore Bar: 1997
Murali has extensive experience and expertise in commercial and shipping matters. He has advised and acted in a wide range cases.
Civil and Commercial
Company insolvency and judicial management, commercial contracts, joint ventures, distributorship and agency agreements, shareholders agreements, oppression of minority shareholders, breaches of fiduciary duty and fraud, tenancy agreements, employment contracts and professional negligence.
Charterparties, cargo claims, marine insurance, collisions, shipyard claims (including claims relating to repairs costs, injury to workers), casualty claims, laytime and demurrage claims and the arrest of vessels.
Some Notable Cases
- Acted for an international bank in a claim against a shipowner for wrongful release of the cargo. The case is reported (BNP Paribas v Bandung Shipping Pte Ltd (Shweta International Pte Ltd and another, third parties)  3 SLR(R) 611;  SGHC 111).
- Acted for the former Area President of an international shipping company in a claim by the company for breaches of fiduciary duty and/or his employment contract. The case went to the Court of Appeal and is reported (Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd and others v Dafni Igal and others  SGCA 45).
- Acted for a minority shareholder of joint venture vessel owing company in a claim against the company and other parties for fraud and oppression.
- Acted for a major sugar exporter/importer in Pakistan to set aside an international arbitration award against it in the region of USD15 million.
- Acted for a director and minority shareholder in a Singapore investment holding company in an oppression claim and a statutory derivative action against the company. The case went to the Court of Appeal and is reported (International Connex Holdings Pte Ltd v Chan Shing On and others  1 SLR(R) 925;  SGHC 228).
- Acted for a shipowner in a claim against a shipyard for the constructive total loss of its vessel due to the negligence of the yard. The case is reported (The “Rainbow Star”  3 SLR 1;  SGHC 35).
- Acted for a former director of a ship agency and brokerage company in a claim by the company for breaches of duty and fiduciary duty. The case went to the Court of Appeal and is reported (Chin Siew Seng v Quah Hun Kok Francis and another appeal  SGCA 44).
- Acted for a major international oilfield service company in a claim by a shipowner for damage caused to its vessel during the loading of clients’ cargo. The case went to the Court of Appeal and is reported (Subiaco (S) Pte Ltd v Baker Hughes Singapore Pte (trading as Baker Hughes Inteq)  1 SLR 129).
- Acted for a shipping company in a claim against a slot charterer for failing to load cargo on the vessel. The case went to the Court of Appeal where the client succeeded substantially. The case is reported (Freight Connect (S) Pte Ltd v Paragon Shipping Pte Ltd  SGCA 37).
- Acted for one of the largest Greek banks in the enforcement of a fleet mortgage with a claim value of approximately US$20 million where interveners applied to alter priorities. The case is reported (The “Posidon”  SGHC 138).
- Acted for an international recycling company against a local affiliate and its directors for breaches of contracts, enforcement of personal guarantees and injunctive relief. The cases are reported (RGA Holdings International Inc v Loh Choon Ping Robin and Others  SGCA 55 and Forest Fibers Inc v KK Asia Environmental Pte Ltd  SGHC 195).
- Acted for a major German engine manufacturer and repairer in a claim by a shipowner for faulty engine repair. The case involved complex engineering concepts and principles.
- Acted for a major Indian energy company in a claim against a US company in relation to a port and general services agreement.
- Acted for a major international coal trading company in a claim by an operator of floating cranes in Indonesia.
- Acted for charterers in a claim by shipowners for exceeding the charter duration. The case involved the concept of good faith where the charter period was given without guarantee.
- Acted for a Korean construction firm in a claim against its Korean employers under a contract for the supply and installation of a SPM Calm Buoy.
- Member of the Firm’s Exco since 2006 where he was closely involved in the administration and management of the Firm including HR, strategic planning, business development, client development and marketing, knowledge management, IT, continuing education programme for lawyers, staff performance, salary reviews and discipline.
- Appointed Deputy Managing Partner on 1 January 2013. Appointed Managing Partner on 1 July 2013.
- Appointed Director, JTJB Myanmar Co Ltd in 2013.
- Marine, Offshore, Oil and Gas Association of Singapore – Committee member (2008), Honorary Treasurer (2009)
- Singapore Indian Association – Chairman, Board of Games (2007 – 2013)
- Law Society of Singapore – Member of the Inquiry Panel (Current)
- Appointed by Tuvalu Ship Registry to practice Tuvalu law (February 2015)
- Draftsman Beware – Distributorship and Agency Agreements (Ahrals Centre for Business Forums)
- Ship Arrests – The Right of Arrest, Sistership Arrest and Damages for Wrongful Arrest (Lexis-Nexis 2nd Annual Maritime Law & Practice Conference)
- Common problems relating to Notices of Readiness and Laytime (Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers)
- Ship Arrests in Singapore (2ndGeneva Trade & Shipping Forum)
- EMPLOYER BEaWARE – Employment & HR Masterclass (Crown Leadership International Group)
- Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Business (JTJB Seminar Series)
- Duty of Disclosure in Insurance Contracts (JTJB Insurance Seminar)
- Common Areas of dispute in the Palm Oil Trade (Malaysian Palm Oil Council Pointers Seminar)
- Restraint of Trade – Employment & HR Masterclass (Crown Leadership International Group)
- Interim Relief in Litigation: The Mareva Injunction (International Business Law Conference, Bali)
- Walking the Plank: Practical and Legal Implications of Piracy (ADVOC 2nd Maritime Conference, Singapore)
- Maritime Arbitration – Dispute handling & solutions (Asia Pacific Maritime & Offshore Conference)
- Doing Business in Myanmar – Succeeding in Myanmar (SBF-WDA Internationalisation Series)
- Laycan, Laytime, Demurrage and Despatch (JTJB Eastern Maritime Seminar 2015)
- Restraint of Trade: Effectively Protecting your Trade Secrets, Confidential Information and Business Goodwill (SCCA Lunchtime Seminar)
- International Sanctions (3rd ADVOC Maritime Conference 2015)
- Enforcement of Arbitration Awards in Singapore (The 13th Annual ShipArrested.com Conference, 2016)
- Challenges in Enforcement of Arbitration Awards (Asia Pacific Marine Conference, 2016)
- Practical and Legal Implications of Piracy (SNI 6th Forum on STS Best Practices, 2016)
- Ship-to-Ship Transfers: Potential Legal Issues & Risk Management (SNI-IKMAL Joint Forum on STS Best Practices, 2016, Kuala Lumpur)
- Restructuring in the Offshore Marine Sector (Offshore Marine Breakfast, SeaAsia 2017, Singapore)
- STS Operations Involving Oil Tankers: The Law and Potential Liabilities (SNI-IKMAL 8th Joint Forum on STS Best Practices, 2017, Singapore)
- Leaders’ Forum – Attention on Deck (15th Edition Asia Pacific Maritime Conference & Exhibition, 2018, Singapore)
- Ship-to-Ship Transfers: A Series of Unfortunate Events – Potential Liabilities and Due Diligence (SNI-IKMAL Joint Forum on STS Best Practices, 2018, Singapore)
- Ship Collisions – Recovery of Repair Costs, Expenses & Damages (JTJB Seminar, 2018)
- Voyage Charterparties and Notices of Readiness (JTJB Seminar,2018)
- Ship-to-Ship Transfer Operations- LNG Bunkering: The Liability Gap (SNI- IKMAL 11th Joint Forum on STS Best Practices, 2018, Melaka)