CHANG Man Phing is a Partner in the Specialist & Private Client Disputes Practice.

Her main area of practice is civil and commercial litigation that includes disputes relating to companies, social and recreational clubs, shareholders and directors, insurance, contracts and employment contracts. She regularly advises companies on potentially litigious matters, involving breach of fiduciary duties, breach of confidentiality obligations, breach of non-competition and non-solicitation clauses. She also advises companies, social and recreational clubs and other committees on compliance with rules and bye-laws, disciplinary processes, whistle-blowing processes and other internal operating processes. She also represents clients in disputes involving intellectual property rights.

As part of her litigation practice, she has obtained injunctions and search orders in the High Court of Singapore to protect her client’s interests in these commercial and intellectual property disputes.

Man Phing specialises in medical and healthcare matters. She regularly acts for patients seeking redress against hospitals and medical practitioners through medical negligence claims and has successfully obtained compensation for many clients through the court process and through private settlement.

Man Phing is a prosecuting counsel for various professional boards including the Singapore Medical Council, Singapore Dental Council, Allied Health Professions Council and Singapore Nursing Board, in disciplinary proceedings against errant practitioners and regularly appears before the Disciplinary Tribunal as well as the Court of Three Judges. She also acts for the Council for Estate Agencies in various disciplinary proceedings and legal advice on enforcement matters against errant estate agents and salespersons.

Man Phing graduated from the National University of Singapore and is admitted to the Singapore Bar.

Matters of significance in which Man Phing has been involved in include acting for the following:

  • Singapore Swimming Club in various proceedings in the High Court and Court of Appeal against the President of the Club involving claims on restitution, breach of fiduciary duties and breach of natural justice, and separate proceedings involving a claim against an architectural firm for negligence and breach of contract in carrying out the works under the Club's S$20 million upgrading project.
  • The executors of the estate of the deceased, who sued AIA Singapore Pte. Ltd., an insurance company for benefits under two personal accident policies for the death of the deceased, and succeeded on appeal to the Court of Appeal. The issues relating to the interpretation of the policies are novel and first of its kind in Singapore.
  • A private trustee in bankruptcy and successfully obtained, in the first case of its kind, an order for the forced sale of a co-owned private property under section 18(2) of the Supreme Court of Judicature Act. The order was confirmed by the Court of Appeal.
  • Cordlife Group Limited, a major player in Singapore's cord blood banking services industry, in a High Court claim for passing off, trademark and copyright infringement against a rival, where an interim injunction was obtained on an urgent basis to compel their rival to take down their website and obtained damages. Also advised Cordlife Group Limited on the licensing and regulatory requirements, and potential liabilities of its proposal to offer genetic testing to its clients.
  • MSD, a pharmaceutical company known as “Merck” in US and Canada, in a Singapore lawsuit that was related to the worldwide class actions involving the recall of a pharmaceutical drug, and in the Singapore proceedings of a worldwide litigation against another pharmaceutical group involving claims of breach of contract, trademark infringement and passing off.
  • Dubai Healthcare City ("DHCC") in its review of their statutory framework governing healthcare operators and professionals, and to draft a comprehensive set of regulations to govern and regulate healthcare and research practices within DHCC.

Related Practices

  • Specialist & Private Client Disputes
  • White Collar & Enforcement
  • Health Sciences & Biotechnology