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Prof Tang Hang Wu has a resume that’s near impossible to summarise. He studied law in Singapore and Cambridge, winning prizes for academic excellence, as well as topping his Cambridge LLM class. Today, he is a Professor at Singapore Management University’s School of Law, focusing on the law of property, equity, trusts and restitution. Published widely, Hang Wu has been cited numerous times in leading works. In addition, his work on equity and trusts has been relied on internationally. Hang Wu is also a co-editor of the 3rd edition of Tan Sook Yee's Principles of Singapore Land Law, and as if that wasn’t enough, was recently made an overseas member of the Chancery Bar Association of England and Wales in recognition of his expertise in Chancery work. That was a mouthful.

Hang Wu co-heads TSMP's Private Wealth and Trust Advisory practice with Jennifer Chia. Hang Wu has advised members of Singapore's legal profession and relevant government ministries on complex legal issues pertaining to restitution, land, equity, trusts and charities. He has also given expert evidence on fiduciary law and trustee’s duties. In collaboration with TSMP, he advises and acts as Counsel on contentious matters involving property, trusts, equity, restitution as well as private wealth and trusts transactions. He is often instructed by lawyers from other firms to bolster their legal team and to craft a strategic direction for their cases. Hang Wu is also in demand as an expert having provided expert evidence in disputes in Singapore, Florida and Indonesia.

Notable Transactions

  • Co-counsel in Alwie Handoyo v Tjong Very Sumito [2013] 4 SLR 308 which is the leading Singapore case on unjust enrichment

  • Advised Counsel on a contentious trust dispute involving a trustee's power of sale which led to a successful appeal in the Singapore Court of Appeal

  • Co-counsel in Yong Kheng Leong and another v Panweld Trading Pte Ltd and another [2013] 1 SLR 173 which involves time bar and a constructive trust claim

  • Advised the legal team on a contentious trust file involving the validity of a trust resulting in successful High court decision

  • Advised Counsel on an appeal to the Federal Court of Malaysia in a case involving unjust enrichment


  • Outside his legal work, Hang Wu actively gives back to the community by being a member of the Strata Titles Board, a director of the non-profit Special Needs Trust Company, a Volunteer Assistant Director at the Legal Aid Bureau, a member of the Licensing and Practice Committee of the Council of Estate Agencies and a member of a subcommittee under the Office of the Public Guardian. Recently, he has developed expertise in advising on property rights of special needs persons and is currently working pro bono with the Law Society on the possibility of setting up a panel of deputies.