Civil Litigation

Experienced litigation lawyers

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. The list of areas that sits under the practice of civil litigation is, therefore, extremely broad.

Should you start a civil suit?

Before starting legal proceedings, in most cases, you should issue a letter of demand. The letter would set out:

  • the prospective plaintiff’s demands;
  • the legal grounds for the demand;
  • a deadline for the other party to take action and comply with the demands; and
  • notification that legal proceedings will begin should there be non-compliance.

If the letter is complied with, the letter of demand is a way of resolving matters without the time and expense of formal legal proceedings.

However, if the letter is ignored, a civil suit can commence. A writ of summons and a statement of claim would be filed at court, plus the documents would need to be served on the defendant.

At which court will my case be heard?

  • Small Claims Tribunal for claims under S$20,000
  • Magistrates’ Court for claims between S$20,000-60,000
  • District Court for claims between S$60,000-250,000
  • High Court for claims over S$250,000

Should I sue someone?

Our lawyers would be able to advise you of the:

  • Strengths and weaknesses of your claim
  • Advise you of your strategic options for a successful outcome
  • Potential costs of the legal proceedings
  • Benefits versus the costs of starting civil litigation proceedings
  • Whether the defendant has sufficient assets to satisfy the claim

Do I need a specialist civil litigation lawyer?

Having a specialist Lawyer to deal with your dispute can significantly improve your chances of successful litigation. Our experienced team of civil litigators are well-versed in all aspects of civil law in Singapore. They are ideally positioned to help and assist you with all of your civil litigation matters. Drawing on our extensive experience with clients from various industries, we are always prepared and ready to assist you.

Please get in touch to discuss your unique situation, and we’ll be able to advise you on any potential next steps. Call us now to set your initial consultation.

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Areas including

  • Contract disputes
  • Negligence claims
  • Fraud
  • Libel and slander
  • Sale of  goods
  • Injunctions
  • Property disputes
  • Landlord and tenant disputes

Why chose us?


We are committed to resolving
your matter quickly and without
incurring unnecessary costs.

Qualified professionals

Lawyers in Singapore are regulated
by the Law Society to ensure standards
of professional conduct and qualification
are maintained.

Transparent, affordable fees

We believe legal services should
be affordable to all. We offer
transparent, affordable, and
fixed free pricing.

Some of our Civil Litigation team at IRB

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Mohamed Baiross

Founding Partner

Baiross is the managing partner of IRB Law LLP. He is an experienced lawyer with an excellent reputation across a broad selection of practice areas including divorce, insolvency, crime, probate, syariah, and civil litigation.

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Rabi Ahmad

Senior Partner - Head of Dispute Resolution

Mr. Rabi Ahmad is admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore. He is a well-regarded…

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Victoria Tay


Victoria graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours). Her practice focuses on community law,…

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Muntaz Binte Zainuddin


Muntaz is a partner in I.R.B. Law and oversees the work of associates as well as manages the firm with the Managing Partner. She holds two degrees from the National University of Singapore.