Edgar Chin

Ascendant Legal

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T:+65 63095418
Edgar Chin

Edgar Chin


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Edgar Chin is a dispute resolution lawyer at Ascendant Legal, a Singapore law firm in Formal Law Alliance with Norton Rose Fulbright.

Edgar has broad and in-depth experience in the shipping/admiralty, international trade and commercial sectors, with a strong focus on contentious matters. He regularly appears as lead counsel before all levels of courts in Singapore, as well as in arbitrations both ad-hoc and institutional, including under the SIAC, LCIA, and ICDR.

Edgar also has extensive and practical experience in the Protection and Indemnity (P&l) industry, having been a Claims Director at an International Group (IG) P&l Club, where he spent five years working closely with owners/operators, brokers and underwriters globally with a focus on Asia.

His legal capabilities, combined with his significant experience at the IG P&l Club, ensures that Edgar has a fine-tuned understanding of the practical and commercial issues that clients face, and is therefore able to deliver solutions which are in the clients' best interests. In relation to non-contentious matters, Edgar regularly assists clients in drafting or advising on general contracts, charterparties, bills of lading, as well as advising on environmental, licensing, regulatory and employment issues.

Professional experience

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National University of Singapore

  • Advocate & Solicitor (Supreme Court of Singapore) 2004


  • A client in the Singapore High Court in its claim as jetty operator against owners of the vessel .
  • As shipping specialists for the Judicial Managers of a marine transportation services company in the investigations into the practices of the company, taking statements from the relevant parties in relation to alleged claims arising out of contracts of carriages.
  • The insurers/shipowners in respect of various major casualties and pollution incidents, including the collision involving the US Naval ship John S. McCain.
  • The terminal owners in various significant berth damage claims
  • A major Chinese oil and gas company and successfully defending claim by sellers under a contract for the sale of coal in an SIAC arbitration in Singapore.
  • The client to defend a claim by buyers under a contract for the sale of steel scrap in a VIAC arbitration in Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • Several shareholders of a shipping company holding a public towage license in a multi­million dollar shareholder dispute.
  • A major global container shipping company in a misdelivery claim.
  • A shipowner in setting aside an arrest and successfully obtaining damages for wrongful arrest.
  • The client, obtaining a mandatory injunction for the enforcement of an LOI issued for delivery of cargo without presentation of original bills of lading.
  • The client, obtaining and maintaining a Mareva injunction in circumstances where forged documents were produced by the respondent to deny liability.
  • The liquidators to claw-back unauthorised payments made to third parties.
  • A shipowner against managers where significant expenses were incurred in excess of the budget.
  • The insurer on cover issues arising from a piracy hijacking of an insured vessel.

Senior Accredited Specialist (Maritime & Shipping Law), SAL

  • Law Society of Singapore
  • The Maritime Law Association of Singapore
  • English
  • Mandarin Chinese