Darius Chan

Of Counsel
Norton Rose Fulbright (Asia) LLP

Singapore
Singapore
T:+65 6309 5335

Biography

Darius Chan is a dispute resolution lawyer based in Singapore. Darius advises clients on disputes, arbitration and internal or regulatory investigations. Darius also has experience of handling regulatory and compliance issues, including: breaches of fiduciary duties; fraud; corruption; due diligence; sanctions; money-laundering; terrorist-financing; and cybersecurity matters.

Darius is consistently ranked as a 'Most Highly Regarded Individual' by Who's Who LegalFuture Leader, Arbitration. International legal rankings describe him as follows:

  • Darius Chan has "a great future ahead of him", is "excellent with clients", "hard working", "bright" and "very articulate", Legal 500, 2019
  • Darius Chan stands out as "a very bright, hardworking and articulate lawyer" who "always knows how to fight and keep calm when facing complex cases"... he "is meticulous about every detail and demonstrates dedication throughout", Who's Who Legal, 2019
  • "Darius Chan impresses peers with 'his sharp legal insight, client-friendly manner and consistently high work ethic" Who's Who Legal, 2018
  • "A very, very smart guy and a great all-round lawyer who is building a strong reputation in the market", Who's Who Legal, 2017
  • "Very clever" with "collaborative, clear communication on sensitive arbitration mandates", Chambers Legal Global and Asia-Pacific, 2017

Clients have also commented that Darius is "always available, responsive and clear", "practical, proactive and conscientious", adding that "his knowledge, demeanor and promptness are all reasons why I would not hesitate to call him on future matters".

Darius receives arbitrator and expert witness appointments. He teaches the international arbitration course at Singapore Management University. Darius' writing on arbitration has been cited by the Singapore Court of Appeal. He is also ‎appointed to the Journal of International Arbitration's international editorial board and acted as special editor for an issue dedicated to arbitration in Asia.

Formerly appointed in a judicial capacity as an Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court of Singapore, Darius is also experienced in court litigation. He was appointed amicus curiae in an appeal before the Singapore courts, where his contribution was described by the Chief Justice as being "careful", "excellent and invaluable".

Darius is qualified in Singapore, England, Wales and New York and was named by Singapore Business Review as one of the most influential lawyers under 40. 

Darius is bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese, and currently holds a JLPT Level 4 certification in Japanese. 


Professional experience

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  • Advocate & Solicitor (Supreme Court of Singapore, practising under section 36E of the Legal Profession Act)
  • Attorney at Law, admitted in New York
  • Barrister, qualified in England & Wales
  • Solicitor,Advocate, qualified in England & Wales
  • Leading textbook on Singapore arbitration law, Singapore Academy of Law, forthcoming 2019
  • Three pitfalls for the unwary: third-party funding in Singapore, Singapore Law Gazette, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 2018
  • Is article 16(3) of the model law a 'one-shot remedy' for non-participating respondents in international arbitrations?, Singapore Law Gazette, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 2018
  • Interpreting contracts under Singapore law in international arbitration - the sequel, Singapore Law Gazette, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 2018
  • How should bare arbitration clauses be enforced by the courts?, Singapore Law Gazette, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 2017
  • Have the Singapore courts faltered in the enforcement of arbitration agreements?, Singapore Law Commentary, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 2017
  • New in-roads to enhance Singapore's competitiveness as the preferred arbitration seat in Asia, Norton Rose Fulbright, 2016
  • Contractual interpretation under Singapore law in international arbitration, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 2016
  • Anti-corruption regulation, Singapore chapter: Getting The Deal Through, (with Wilson Ang & Nicholas Thio), 2016
  • Myanmar enacts Modern Arbitration Regime, Norton Rose Fulbright, 2016
  • The Singapore International Commercial Court: a challenge to arbitration?, Norton Rose Fulbright, 2015
  • Enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards in commercial matters, Thomson Reuters Global Guide (with Guy Spooner & Samuel Leong), 2015
  • The scope of 'de novo' review of an arbitral tribunal's jurisdiction, Singapore Law Gazette, October 2015
  • Singapore Law: 50 years in the making, Academy Press (with Paul Tan), August 2015
  • Probing the law on probation: suggestions for reform, Singapore Law Gazette, February 2015
  • Singapore tackles the corruption beast, Global Arbitration Review (with Wilson Ang), 2015
  • Arresting the slide: Singapore strengthens its anti-corruption stance, Norton Rose Fulbright (with Wilson Ang), 2015
  • The C-Suite challenge for directors, Norton Rose Fulbright (with Wilson Ang), 2015
  • The court of appeal decision in Astro: producing clarity or causing uncertainty?, Asian Dispute Review (with Mark Mangan), April 2014
  • Stay of proceedings on dishonoured cheques, Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, July 2013; International Arbitration Law Review, Vol. 16 Issue 6, N-46, 2013
  • SIAC releases new arbitration rules, Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, April 2013
  • Interim relief in aid of arbitration against a sovereign, Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, March 2013
  • The creation of a hybrid arbitration from a pathological arbitration clause, Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 27 February 2013
  • Enforceability of multi-tiered dispute resolution mechanisms: the Singapore judiciary's promotion of consensus as a cultural value, Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 27 November 2012
  • Follow the leader - emulating Singapore's success, Legal Week (with Lucy Reed and Mark Mangan), 2 November 2012
  • Recourse against an International Arbitration Award made in Singapore, Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 1 November 2012; Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 23 November 2012; New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre Newsletter ReSolution, Issue 5 & 6, Summer 2012/2013
  • Sundaresh Menon's first judgment, Global Arbitration Review (with Paul Tan), 23 October 2012
  • How are the chips stacked in interim relief applications?, Global Arbitration Review, 22 October 2012
  • Setting aside an award over the mis-application of a choice of law clause, Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 10 October 2012
  • Stay of proceedings in favour of arbitration under the court's inherent jurisdiction, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 15 August 2012; Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 17 August 2012
  • Waiver of review of arbitration awards, Mealey's International Arbitration Report, August 2012, Vol. 27 Issue 8; Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 13 August 2012
  • Setting aside an International Arbitration Award based on deficient pleadings revisited, International Arbitration Law Review, Vol. 15 Issue 5, October 2012; Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 18 July 2012
  • Sealing of court documents relating to an arbitration, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 27 June 2012; Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 28 June 2012
  • The high-water mark of an umbrella clause: SGS v Paraguay, International Arbitration Law Review, Vol 15 Issue 3, June 2012; Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 18 April 2012
  • Can a proceeding to enforce a foreign judgment be stayed in favour of arbitration?, Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 22 May 2012; Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 23 May 2012
  • Role of natural justice in the making of an additional award, Mealey's International Arbitration Report, Vol. 27 Issue 5, May 2012; Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 24 April 2012; cited by the Singapore Court of Appeal in L W Infrastructure Pte Ltd v Lim Chin San Contractors Pte Ltd [2012] SGCA 57
  • Singapore's International Arbitration Act 2012 vs Hong Kong's Arbitration Ordinance 2011, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 6 April 2012; Mealey's International Arbitration Report, Vol.  27 Issue 3, March 2012; Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 22 March 2012
  • Contractual and procedural effects of non-exclusive jurisdiction agreements, Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 12 March 2012
  • A trilogy of 'difficult and complex' arbitration issues in 2012, Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 16 January 2012
  • Singapore: a dallah for Southeast Asia?, Global Arbitration Review, 6 January 2012
  • Reflecting on appeals on questions of law arising out of domestic arbitration awards, Singapore Law Watch Commentary (with Paul Tan), Singapore Academy of Law, 12 December 2011
  • Setting aside an International Arbitration Award based on deficient pleadings, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 9 November 2011; Singapore Law Watch Commentary, 17 November 2011
  • Sovereign immunity in the enforcement of awards against states, Transnational Notes, NYU Transnational Center for Transnational Litigation & Commercial Law; Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, September 2011
  • Singapore court of appeal re-affirms commitment to minimal intervention of arbitral awards at the intersection of illegality and public policy, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 2 September 2011
  • Options available to an unsuccessful party in an arbitration, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 12 August 2011
  • Singapore apex court lays down clear framework for arbitrability of insolvency-related claims, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 23 May 2011
  • Reaching a settlement before the arbitration hearing, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 3 March 2011
  • Determining the parties' true choice of the seat of arbitration and lex arbitri, Between East and West: Essays in Honour of Ulf Franke (with Michael Hwang S.C. in Kaj Hobér, Annette Magnusson & Marie Öhrström) Juris Publishing, 2010; republished in Selected Essays on International Arbitration, (with Michael Hwang S.C) Singapore Academy Publishing, 2013
  • Chinese
  • English
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Japanese