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LL.B. (Hons)
Executive Director

Ian is a Director in TSMP's Dispute Resolution department and heads its Employment & Labour team. His practice in civil litigation and international arbitration encompasses a wide range of corporate and commercial disputes. For employment & labour, Ian is the expert, go-to practitioner. “Well versed in employment-related disputes” (The Legal 500 Asia Pacific), Ian has fought high profile cases and advised extensively in the areas of confidentiality, restraint of trade, redundancy, industrial relations and data protection. He is the lead author for the Singapore chapters of annual international publications ‘The Employment Law Review’ and ‘Getting the Deal Through – Labour & Employment’, and is active in pro bono and charitable work, with a focus on migrant worker welfare.

Ian never slows down, not even on Sundays, which are spent on a football pitch slugging it out with opponents often half his age. He takes his holidays, though infrequent, as chances to plunge off-piste down steep wintry slopes on a snowboard with the same full-on commitment he throws into his practice. Thankfully, this approach sits better with his clients than it does with the terrified skiers he leaves in his wake.

Recent Notable Briefs

  • Successfully represented technology and engineering multinational Emerson in obtaining High Court non-compete and confidentiality injunctions and damages against its former director who had joined a major Chinese multinational competitor in the datacentre network power industry

  • Represented an oil major in its redundancy and retrenchment exercise arising from its US$600 million share sale and exit from a regional refinery and the consequent cessation of its Asian refining operations

  • Successfully represented a shipyard in a dispute with its former resident contractors with regard to the employment of foreign workers and allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation

  • Advising multinationals like Citibank, DHL, IBM and Phillips 66 on Singapore and foreign employment & labour law issues


  • Ad-Hoc Referee, Small Claims Tribunal, Subordinate Courts of Singapore

  • Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (FSIArb)

  • Vice Chairman, Civil Practice Committee, Law Society of Singapore

"commercially minded'...Ian Lim is 'very knowledgeable' and 'provides sound advice"

— The Legal 500 Asia Pacific

"Thio Shen Yi SC... and Ian Lim... 'distinguish themselves not only by being excellent lawyers but also by taking an interest in their clients"

— The Legal 500 Asia Pacific