Paul LOY is a Partner in the Specialist & Private Client Disputes Practice and the White Collar & Enforcement Practice.

Paul has an active dispute resolution practice involving both court litigation and international arbitration. His main areas of practice include civil matters, with a focus on commercial and corporate disputes, including shareholder and partnership disputes, as well as matters concerning defamation and fraud.

Paul also engages in criminal defense work, particularly in the area of white collar crime. As part of his criminal practice, Paul has also conducted prosecution matters on behalf of various government agencies via fiat from the Public Prosecutor.

Paul regularly advises private and corporate clients, including multinational companies and government bodies, on a broad range of legal issues, including corporate governance, intellectual property, criminal, regulatory and employment matters.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Paul was appointed by the Ministry of Law as an Assessor under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act (“Act”). Paul currently serves on various Standing Committees of the Law Society of Singapore, including the Civil Practice Committee and the Criminal Practice Law Committee

Paul graduated from the University of Nottingham and is admitted to the Singapore Bar. He is fluent in both English and Mandarin, and has represented PRC clients in both criminal proceedings in Singapore as well as international commercial civil claims. Paul is a Contributing Editor to Singapore Civil Procedure (also known as the White Book), the leading title on the civil Rules of Court in Singapore. He is also an advocacy trainer for the Part B Advocacy Course, conducted as part of the Bar course in Singapore, and engages in pro bono work as an Assigned Solicitor with the Legal Aid Bureau.

Some of the commercial disputes in which Paul has been involved in include acting for the following:

  • A committee of noteholders and members of Laguna National Golf and Country Club in respect of their ongoing claim against the club for unpaid debentures totalling in excess of S$20 million, as well as a landmark representative action on behalf of over 200 successful appellants in a Court of Appeal case, in which the Court of Appeal allowed the tort and contract claims brought by the appellants to proceed as a representative action.
  • A medical services company listed on the Singapore Exchange against allegations by a minority shareholder of a breach of director’s duties against its Chief Executive Officer, and successfully resisting the minority shareholder’s claims before both the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
  • An oil and gas company in the successful defence of commercial claims brought in an arbitration held before a tribunal in England against a Swiss counterparty, which dispute also involved the successful defence of a concurrent application for a freezing injunction brought by the counterparty in the High Court of Singapore.

Where criminal issues are involved, some examples of the more significant matters that Paul acted in include the following:

  • A top police officer who was at the time the Director of the Central Narcotics Bureau, Singapore in defence of charges of corruption involving allegations of accepting sexual favours in exchange for furthering the business interests of two information technology companies, and securing a rare acquittal; and successfully defending a CEO charged with engaging in commercial sex with a minor in relation to an online vice ring case.
  • A high-profile businessman on against drug trafficking charges and obtaining an acquittal on the same.
  • Representing the Singapore Land Authority in a civil claim in the High Court for recovery of over S$12 million against multiple defendants arising from what is believed to be the largest fraud committed against a governmental authority in Singapore since 1995.

Related Practices

  •  Specialist & Private Client Disputes
  •  White Collar & Enforcement