Areas of Practice
Civil Litigation in Singapore
Leading Civil Litigation Law Firm in Singapore
Are you currently caught up in a civil dispute?
Civil litigation refers to legal disputes in which one party is accused of having committed a wrong, but not a crime. Such disputes are often remedied by compensation to the wronged person or by an injunction that prevents the wrongdoer from violating your rights again.
Our experienced team of civil litigators are well-versed in all aspects of civil law in Singapore and are ideally positioned to help and assist you with all of your civil litigation matters. Drawing on our extensive experience with clients from a range of industries, we are always prepared and ready to assist you with your civil litigation matter at hand.
At I.R.B Law, our Singapore civil lawyers offer a range of civil litigation services to suit your needs, including:
(a) Banking disputes between clients and banks;
(b) Building and construction law disputes;
(c) Companies: disputes between shareholders, directors, minority rights, oppression
(d) Contract: provision of services, sale of goods and services, sale of property;
(e) Employment: disputes between employer and employee;
(f) Financial and securities: sale & purchase of shares;
(g) Insurance contracts;
(h) Intellectual property disputes: copyright and designs, law of confidence, passing off, patents, trademarks, service marks, trade names;
(i) Judicial management;
(j) Land: landlord tenant, property law;
(k) Money lending transactions;
(l) Mortgagee claims;
(m) Partnership disputes;
(n) Restitution claims;
(o) Societies and other associations;
(p) Sports law;
(q) Taxation; and
(r) Tort: defamation, negligence (industrial accidents with death) (industrial accidents with injury) (motor accidents with death) (motor accidents with injury) (medical negligence) (professional negligence)
This of course is not an exhaustive list. Civil litigation disputes are complicated in nature as there are a host of laws and procedural rules that can potentially affect a case.
Our lawyers at I.R.B. Law will make sure that you stand a better chance of coming out on the other side. They are well informed in all aspects of civil litigation and their knowledge in multitudes of legal and factual issues means we will be able to advise you appropriately and assist in executing your case to the best of our abilities.
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What is the difference between a civil and criminal case?
Civil litigation cases in Singapore are usually private disputes, whereas criminal cases deal with offenses against the state or society. Civil litigation cases can involve bankruptcy/insolvency matters, company and partnership disputes, property damage claims; and contractual disputes. Basically, civil litigation encompasses a wide net of matters. These are all matters which parties will take one another to Court to fight for redress. In criminal cases, an individual is brought to Court for violating the law.
What should I consider before initiating a lawsuit?
The first thing you should consider is whether you have a valid claim. In a valid claim, your grievance can be resolved through legal action.
You must also have a legitimate standing when initiating a lawsuit. Standing refers to whether you as the plaintiff, are sufficiently affected by the matter at hand, or something bad having had an adverse effect, directly or indirectly, upon you.
You should also be asking yourself these questions. Do I have a good chance of winning? How much will the proceedings cost? Should I seek alternative dispute resolution? Understanding where you stand before a civil litigation begins can make the process much clearer.
What is an alternative dispute resolution?
There exist various ways by which you can settle your case without undergoing civil itigation. One is mediation, which is essentially a type of negotiation in which each party presents their case and attempts to arrive at a mutual agreement with the assistance of an impartial mediator. Another kind is arbitration, whereby either party presents witnesses and evidence to an arbitrator, who, in the end, reaches a final decision.
How do I know if I have an appropriate claim for a lawsuit?
The simplest way to determine whether you have a relevant claim is to consult an experienced Singaporean civil lawyer. He or she will be in a good position to evaluate your situation and determine the validity of your claim. If you have an inquiry, you can reach us via phone, email, or regular mail.
What are breaches of contract?
A breach of contract is the most common form of dispute in civil litigation and occurs when a contracting party fails to perform their obligations in a valid and legally binding agreement. When one party does not fulfill his legally binding agreements to another party, a breach of contract can be filed against the non-performing party. Failure to perform can take the form of non-performance, late performance, defective performance or preventing oneself from fulfilling the performance. An anticipatory breach can also be filed if one party believes that the other contractually obliged party does not plan on following through with what has been legally agreed upon.
What we can do
Civil litigation is complex and difficult for someone unfamiliar with the law. Navigating its complicated procedural aspects is also a tedious process. Our team of civil litigators will be able to help you identify the issues of your claim, advice you on its merits, and prepare and file all the necessary court documents to initiate your claim. Should your claim proceed to trial, our team of lawyers will get your case ready for trial, correspond with the other party’s lawyers and eventually present your case in court.
Personal Injury Cases
If you have suffered personal injury due to the negligence of another party, and if it has occurred within the previous three years of the accident, you can make a personal injury claim. These claims can be validated if you believe that the action (or inaction) of another party has caused you some form of damage. Our dedicated personal injury lawyers have vast experience dealing with cases spanning across automobile accidents, medical malpractice, defective products, and unsafe property. If you are seeking compensation from a personal injury incident, our lawyers at I.R.B. Law will give you sound advice on the merits of your claim, provide you with estimates on the compensation you might receive, apply for compensation with the relevant insurance companies, and/or litigate the matter in court. We will protect your interests and you can rely on us to give the best possible outcomes.
Property related problems can take many forms. Co-owners of a property may seek to divide it up between themselves to each get a share. Problems can also arise between landlords and their tenants. The duties of both landlords and tenants are typically found in the tenancy agreements and a breach of these terms may lead to eviction. For example, if a tenant is unable to pay rent regularly, a landlord may choose to forfeit the tenancy and evict his tenants. Alternatively, tenants may want to end their tenancy early due to the landlord’s breach of tenancy agreements.
If you are facing a problem with your landlord or tenant, our lawyers are trained in identifying civil laws that can help you achieve a positive outcome in your landlord-tenant relationship. Some areas we can provide support in are reviewing terms of a lease, dealing with defects at premises, and solving problematic tenant evictions. With our collective experience in property-related cases, we will be sure to offer you your best chance at a successful outcome.
Breach of Contract
If you have been sued for a r breach of contract or if someone has breached an agreement that they’re signed with you, our team of lawyers at I.R.B. Law are trained to identify the issues of contention, and able to advise you on your chances of succeeding at a claim or defending it. Our responsibility towards our clients does not stop at the point when judgment has been granted; we will go the extra mile to ensure that you have explored the relevant avenues to enforce your judgment.
At I.R.B. Law, we are experienced in civil litigation and business-related proceedings. We understand that going through such events can be stressful. Rest assured that we will be able to guide you through and explain to you throughout each and every stage of your proceedings clearly.
So contact us to receive advice on how your business matters can best be handled so that you can focus on your life and not on your anxiety. Our first consultation is usually free as we wish to focus on you and not on your wallet. Please do not hesitate to contact us.