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LL.B. (Hons) (NUS)

Ian is a Partner 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 non-competition, dismissal, industrial relations and data privacy and confidentiality. He is the lead author for the Singapore chapters of annual international publications ‘The Employment Law Review’ and ‘Getting the Deal Through – Labour & Employment’, as well as the Employment Contracts chapter of 'Law Relating to Specific Contracts in Singapore', 2nd Ed. He is also 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.

Recent Notable Briefs

  • Acted for a group of shareholders in obtaining a High Court SGD 3.1 million buyout order in a minority oppression suit in the clean energy industry, involving novel issues of share valuation and expert evidence (Poh Fu Tek & ors v Lee Shung Guan & ors [2017] SGHC 212)

  • Acted for technology and engineering multinational Emerson in obtaining High Court non-compete and confidentiality injunctions and damages against its former director who had joined Chinese multinational Huawei in the datacentre network power industry

  • Acted for a Rio Tinto linked individual in a High Court Suit involving novel and controversial issues of restitution, which resulted in a landmark unjust enrichment ruling (Cavenagh Investment Pte Ltd v Kaushik Rajiv [2013] 2 SLR 543)

  • Represented an Indonesian listed group in a USD 11.5 million ICC International Arbitration against a major healthcare multinational concerning breaches of Indonesian statutory duties in relation to an exclusive distributorship agreement for pharmaceutical products

  • Represented Eternal Pure Land and Lifecorp, an ASX listed company, in negotiatons with the Attorney-General's Chambers on behalf of the Ministry of National Development in respect of the termination of the state lease and refund of monies for the columbarium at Fernvale Link, Singapore

  • Advises multinationals like Chevron, Citibank, DHL, Emerson and IBM, and C-Suite level individuals, on Singapore and foreign employment and labour law issues.


  • Appointed Referee, Small Claims Tribunal, State Courts of Singapore

  • Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (FSIArb)

  • 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