Magdalene was called to the Singapore Bar in May 1996. She joined the corporate litigation department of M/s Khattar Wong & Partners in 1996 and moved to the shipping department of the firm in March 1997. In September 1999, she joined M/s Joseph Tan Jude Benny where she was made a Senior Associate from June 2000. She left in November 2002 to set up M/s AsiaLegal LLC as a Director.
In her years of practice, Magdalene has accumulated experience in both contentious as well as non-contentious work.
In 2012, she jointly presented a paper, “Singapore – Arrest Procedure, Peculiarities and Pitfalls” at the annual conference of the Maritime Law Association of South Africa in Cape Town. Also in 2012, she was appointed and appeared in a London arbitration as an expert witness on the registration of ships under Singapore law. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, she was nominated for the Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards under the Shipping practice area. In 2015, she was elected as President for the Singapore chapter of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association.
Appointments / Professional Memberships
Contentious / Litigation Experience
Magdalene’s litigation experience covers general commercial litigation as well as more specific areas of litigation practice such as insolvency, shipping and admiralty.
As far as her litigation experience in shipping and admiralty, she has handled and advised on cargo claims, demurrage claims, claims for charterhire/freight, crew claims, detention of cargo disputes, charterparty disputes, collision claims, Mare del Nord orders and general average claims. The cases she is involved in or has handled/ assisted in are:
Magdalene also has experience in dealing with and advising on claims relating to air cargo and the Carriage of Goods By Air Act. In particular, she handled a dispute relating to the applicability of the Amended Warsaw Convention (Powermatic-Apcom Systems Pte Ltd v. Concord Express (S) Pte Ltd  3 SLR 513) where the Court of Appeal decided that the Amended Warsaw Convention did not apply to freight forwarders.
Magdalene’s insolvency litigation experience includes acting for a company in liquidation and the liquidator against former directors in relation to claims for breaches of directors’ duties, undue preference and fraudulent trading. In particular, she assisted at the trial in an action commenced by liquidators against the former directors of the company in liquidation in Liquidator of W&P Piling Pte Ltd v Chew Yin What  4 SLR 218 and also in the application filed pursuant to Section 285 of the Companies Act to examine the former directors of the company viva voce in relation to the company’s “missing assets” and related transactions Liquidator of W&P Piling Pte Ltd v Chew Yin What  3 SLR 164. She also acted for the liquidator in Yap Jeffery Henry and Another v Ho Mun-Tuke Don  3 SLR 427, where the creditors of the company in liquidation applied to court to have the liquidator of company removed. She has also acted for a receiver and manager against the liquidator in a dispute over priority of distribution of liquidation assets; and for a receiver and manager against directors of a subsidiary company.
Magdalene also assisted in a dispute involving an application for a stay of court proceedings in favour or arbitration under s.6 of the International Arbitration Act (Cap143A): Dalian Hualiang Enterprise Group Co Ltd and Another v Louis Dreyfus Asia Pte Ltd  4 SLR 646.
Magdalene has also acted for and advised hospitals and doctors on medical negligence claims and related general matters, drafted and advised on consent forms, cooperation agreements etc. (Eg. Tan Yang Chai v Kandang Kerbau Hospital Pte Ltd  3 SLR 399 where the court considered the issue of limitation in medical negligence cases.)
Magdalene has handled numerous Ship Financing and Sale and Purchase transactions at M/s AsiaLegal LLC as well as at M/s KhattarWong and M/s Joseph Tan Jude Benny.
She has independently advised on and attended to the closure and/or completion of many sale & purchase and ship financing transactions, both local and international. She has also drafted and advised on a shipbuilding contract for The Private Office of His Royal Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
In 2012, Magdalene was appointed and appeared in a London arbitration as an expert witness on the registration of ships under Singapore law.
Most recently, in M/s AsiaLegal LLC, Magdalene has handled the following transactions:-
Sale and Purchase Transactions
Magdalene has advised on and attended to closure and/or completion of sale & purchase and ship financing transactions, both local and international. She has drafted sale and purchase documentation including Memoranda of Agreement, Sale and Purchase Agreements, deeds of variation, resolutions, letters of undertaking, powers of attorney.
In particular, she acted in the following transactions:-
Sale of assets (including fleet of 22 vessels) from Maritime Holdings Ltd to PSA Marine Pte Ltd, including conduct of negotiations on S&P terms, review and advice on existing charterparties, mortgages/charges over the fleet and employment contracts;
Review and advice on Time Charter Contract
Magdalene, together with fellow director, Timothy Tan, has been actively involved in representing and advising clients in relation to all aspects of oil & gas exploitation activities and related contract documentation, including financing and insurance requirements. In particular, she has rendered extensive advice on an oil & gas project involving the conversion and provision of a LPG-FSO and other operational and management services by a Indonesian-Singaporean consortium in Indonesia.