TAN Chee Meng, Senior Counsel, is Deputy Chairman of WongPartnership. His main areas of practice are general civil litigation, construction and engineering dispute resolution, criminal law, insurance, professional indemnity and disciplinary proceedings.

Prior to reading law, Chee Meng was a civil engineer and has extensive experience as an arbitrator, a mediator as well as counsel in construction law.

Appointed Senior Counsel in 2006, he is the first Specialist Judge appointed in Singapore in 2006 for a period of two years under a scheme where senior lawyers were invited to lend their expertise to the Subordinate Courts.

Before joining private practice in 1993, Chee Meng spent six years in the Singapore Legal Service where he served as Deputy Public Prosecutor, Deputy Senior State Counsel and Deputy Director of the Commercial Affairs Department.

Chee Meng is a member of numerous arbitration panels in Singapore and overseas. He is a Chairman of the Criminal Law Advisory Committee, member of the Criminal Assistance Steering Committee and the Singapore Academy of Law's Council of Law Reporting. He is also on the Panel of Presidents for Law Society's Disciplinary Tribunal, and the Ethics & Research Subcommittee of Thomson Medical Centre. He is an accredited Adjudicator appointed under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (Cap 30B).

Chee Meng is currently a Board member of Ausnet Services Ltd. He is a member of the School Management Committee of the Assumption English School. He has previously served as a Board member of Urban Redevelopment Authority.

Chee Meng graduated from University of Canterbury of New Zealand with First Class Honours in Engineering under a Colombo Plan scholarship in 1979. He was subsequently awarded a Singapore Government Legal Scholarship to read law at National University of Singapore and University of Cambridge, where he was also awarded a First Class Honours for his LL.M.

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

  • Mr Ng Boon Gay, a senior officer from the Central Narcotics Bureau, Singapore, in relation to charges of corruption. Mr Ng was acquitted of all charges.
  • The owners of Grange Heights against numerous claims by Lee Tat Development. The dispute between the parties spanned over 40 years, and made its way to the Court of Appeal on no less than six occasions. The final saga saw the Court of Appeal finding in favour of Grange Heights on novel points of law on the torts of abuse of process and malicious prosecution, in the process departing from the English position.
  • Mr Edmund Ng in a dispute with Suying Metropolitan Studio Pte Ltd and Ms Patty Mak. Mr Ng succeeded in a minority oppression claim, which resulted in a court order for the company to be wound up.
  • Trans Eurokars in a claim by Mr James Koh Wee Meng over alleged defects in a Rolls Royce Phantom. Mr Koh's S$1.4 million claim was wholly dismissed with costs.
  • PH Hydraulics & Engineering Pte Ltd before the Court of Appeal, which held conclusively for the first time in Singapore that punitive damages are not payable for breach of contract.
  • Boustead Singapore Limited, in successfully obtaining a permanent injunction restraining a Libyan bank from calling on a US$20 million performance bond.

Related Practices

  • Corporate & Regulatory Investigations
  • Senior Counsel
  • White Collar & Enforcement
  • Halsbury's Law of Singapore – Volume 18 (2012 Reissue): Tort chapter
  • Atkin's Court Forms – Singapore: Defamation chapter
  • Modern Advocacy: Perspectives from Singapore
  • One of the consultants for the 2006 edition of the Singapore Court Practice

Chee Meng is recognised as a leading practitioner in numerous legal publications including, The Benchmark Asia Pacific – The Definitive Guide to the Leading Disputes Firms and Lawyers in the Region; The Chambers Asia-Pacific – Asia-Pacific's Leading Lawyers for Business; The Legal 500: Asia Pacific – The Client's Guide to the Asia Pacific Legal; Expert Guides' Guide to the World's Leading Construction Lawyers; Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers; Best Lawyers; Asialaw Leading Lawyers; and Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers.