Joel QUEK is a Partner in the Commercial & Corporate Disputes Practice.

His main areas of practice are in litigation and arbitration, involving commercial, corporate, shareholder and employment disputes across a range of sectors including energy, commodities, finance, transport, construction and healthcare.

Prior to entering private practice, Joel served as a Justices' Law Clerk to the Chief Justice and Judges of the Singapore Supreme Court. His experience also includes a placement with Fountain Court Chambers in London where he worked with a number of barristers and Queen's Counsel on a variety of matters in the English commercial courts. In 2019, Joel was appointed amicus curiae to assist the High Court on issues concerning the imposition of penalties under s 94A of the Income Tax Act in Allswell Marketing Pte Ltd v Public Prosecutor [2019] 5 SLR 684.

Joel is currently a tutor for trial advocacy in the National University of Singapore and previously taught commercial conflict of laws in the Singapore Management University. He is also a facilitator with the Singapore Institute of Legal Education for the Preparatory Course leading to Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations.

Joel graduated with First Class Honours from University College London in 2011. He holds a Master of Law from the University of Cambridge, and is a member of Wolfson College. Joel is admitted to the Singapore Bar.

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

  • The Independent State of Papua New Guinea in Singapore Court proceedings concerning the management of US$1.5 billion of assets.
  • The former CEO of Noble Group Limited in Singapore Court proceedings for unpaid benefits in excess of S$48 million, which gave rise to novel and complex issues on penalties and the exercise of contractually agreed decision-making powers by employers.
  • The founder of Mustafa Centre, an iconic retail and tourist landmark in Singapore, in multiple minority oppression suits in relation to the operation and management of the business' holding company, Mohamed Mustafa & Samsuddin Co. Pte Ltd.
  • Acting in various arbitration-related court proceedings, including for a NASDAQ-listed travel company to set aside and resist enforcement of multimillion-dollar SIAC arbitral awards, and an Uzbekistan oil and gas company to set aside a multimillion-dollar ICC arbitral award.
  • A listed Korean engineering and construction company in an SIAC arbitration against a Korean engineering conglomerate in a dispute concerning the construction of gas turbine power plants in Iraq.
  • A petrochemical wholesale company which acted as an intermediary in credit sleeve arrangements, which gave rise to novel and complex issues on the enforceability of circular chain transactions, sham contracts, as well as the prospective granting of priority to funding creditors in insolvency.

Related Practices

  • Commercial & Corporate Disputes
  • Atkin's Court Forms (Singapore), Defamation