Melvin See is a partner in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Arbitration practice teams.
Melvin's main areas of practice encompass:
- medical malpractice matters where he defends against claims brought against doctors, hospitals and clinics. He also advises on regulatory issues encountered by these health care providers;
- building and construction disputes where he acts for developers, contractors and consultants to advance their interests;
- insolvency cases where he advises and supports liquidators and judicial managers in discharging their duties; and
- corporate and shareholder disputes.
- Dr A: Representing doctor in coroner’s inquiry in relation to first liposuction death case in Singapore and civil suit before the Singapore High Court & Court of Appeal for claim by deceased’s estate for damages in excess of S$12 million. This was the first case in Singapore dealing with a claim for loss of inheritance by dependants of a high net worth deceased
- Dr B: Representing doctor in civil suit before Singapore High Court for claim by deceased’s estate for damages arising from alleged negligent paediatric chemotherapy protocol
- Dr C: Representing doctor before Singapore Medical Council Disciplinary Inquiry. This was the first case in Singapore dealing with a doctor holding himself out as an accredited specialist
- Dr D: Advising doctor on response to queries by Singapore Medical Council Complaints Committee concerning interpretation of Guidelines for Aesthetic Practices for Doctors
- Hospital X: Advising hospital on civil suit brought by foreign patient before New South Wales Supreme Court
- Healthcare Group Y: Representing healthcare group in civil suit before Singapore High Court for claim by deceased’s estate for damages arising from alleged negligent failure to ensure an adequate system was put in place for proper and reasonable medical consultation in government facility
- Meinhardt International Group entities in Singapore: Acting in the Singapore High Court in a claim by the developers/owners of a prominent building in Singapore for defects in the granite external facade of the building worth an estimated S$23 million.
- A specialist steel contractor: Acting for client, who was concerned about the financial standing of a subcontractor seeking to enforce a judgment based upon a Security of Payment Act adjudication determination, by obtaining a conditional stay of execution from the High Court. This protected against the risk of the subcontractor's insolvency and consequent inability to return the judgment sum as it was paid to the Court instead of the subcontractor pending the resolution of disputes between the contractor and subcontractor in an arbitration.
- Bovis Lend Lease Pte Ltd: Acting in seeking declaratory relief in the High Court on the validity of a Notice of Arbitration issued by a subcontractor and the correct appointing authority for the arbitrator on a proper construction of the arbitration agreement. Notably, the Court observed that the then SIAC Domestic Rules was an unwarranted limitation on party autonomy.
- Confidential client: Acting forsubsidiary proprietors of MCST No. 2719, who requisitioned an EGM, in the High Court for declaratory relief that notices of EGM issued by the incumbent council were void. The Court ordered that its order that the notices of EGM were void be posted as the front/home page of the MCST's website.
- Confidential client: Advising a liquidator on the first application of its kind to seek leave of court to resign as liquidator of a group of 24 companies without calling the requisite statutory meetings.
- Confidential client: Advising foreign provisional liquidators on another ground breaking application for the High Court's recognition of the status and powers of such provisional liquidators under the common law.
- Woodcliff Assets Ltd: Acting in the High Court in disputes involving the directors and other shareholders of the My Foot group of companies. The applicability of the Rules of Court to winding up proceedings converted into writ actions was considered for the first time.
- Aquagen International Pte Ltd: Acting in the High Court against an attempt by a minority shareholder seeking leave to intervene in an arbitration in the name of the company. The ambit of a provision found in the companies legislation in both Singapore and Canada was considered for the first time.
- The independent committee: Advising on an after market services provider listed on the SGX in relation to a corporate fraud investigation by the Commercial Affairs Department into overstatement of revenues.
- The Singapore branch of a global bank: Advising in relation to alleged fraud and money laundering involving a Singapore subsidiary and its Malaysia listed holding company.
- A fund management company: Advising in connection with resisting a claim in the High Court for civil penalties by a regulatory authority for alleged market manipulation.
- A construction company listed on the SGX: Advising on the irregular conduct of 2 directors and claims by those directors after they were relieved from duties and liaising with the SGX and the press on the same.
- Author, "Construction Sub-Contracts: Untangling The Web", Construction Updates, December 2015
- Author, "Setting Aside An Adjudication Determination: Overly Technical Objections Brushed Aside", Construction Updates, December 2015
- Author, "Construction & Arbitration Update", Construction & Arbitration Update, February 2015
- Author, "Appointment Of Administrative Secretaries In SIAC Administered Cases", Construction & Arbitration Update, February 2015
- Author, Co-Author, Construction and Infrastructure Disputes: A Global Handbook, Singapore chapter, ed. Roberto Hernandez, 2013
- Co-author, "Recognition Of Foreign Liquidators Of Unregistered Foreign Companies In Singapore", Corporate Rescue and Insolvency June 2011 issue , 2011
- Co-author, "Foreign Liquidators Of Unregistered Foreign Companies", Rodyk Reporter - Litigation Brief, March 2011
- Author, "Recent Developments in Liability of Certified Public Accountants for Pure Economic Losses Arising out of Negligence" (Singapore: 2006)
- Co-author, Singapore Precedents of Pleadings (2006), ed. by Jeffery Pinsler, 2006
Activities and Affiliations
- Managing Risk, Time And Costs In The Construction Industry, July 14, 2015
- Tort Law In Property Development And Construction - Duties Imposed Versus Duties Assumed, April 18, 2015
- Duty of Care for Advice: Focus on Practice or Patient?, March 20, 2015
- Personal Data Protection Act & Protection from Harassment Act: Impact on the Healthcare Sector, March 2, 2015
- Latest Developments In SOP Act Adjudications And Other Recent Developments In Construction Law, July 23, 2011
- The Right To Payment And Variations In Construction Disputes, The Basics Of Extension Of Time, EOT Variations - A Commentary, December 4, 2008
- Risk Management of Construction Project/ Contract, October 16, 2008
- Safe Construction & Unsafe Insurance, May 22, 2007
- Workshop On Effective Contractual Drafting, November 10, 2006
- Conducting Fraud Litigation, March 14, 2006
- Associate Mediator, Singapore Mediation Centre and State Courts
- Member, Electronic Litigation Systems Committee, Singapore Academy of Law
- Member, Advisory Committee, Professional Conduct Council
- Chairman, Tanjong Katong Neighbourhood Committee, People's Association
- Member, School Advisory Committee, Tanjong Katong Girls' School, 2007-2016
- Member, Ethics Committee, The Law Society of Singapore, 2013-2015
- Member, Publications Committee, The Law Society of Singapore, 2002-2012
- Teaching Fellow, Singapore Institute of Legal Education, 2011-2012
Prior and Present Employment
- Partner - Dentons Rodyk (formerly Rodyk & Davidson LLP) (2007 - present)
- Wong Partnership (2002 - 2007)