Ling Tien Wah is a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk's Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. He is a barrister-at-law from Lincoln's Inn and was admitted to the Bar of Malaysia in 1993.
Tien Wah handles civil and commercial litigation and advice, including construction, real estate and property-related disputes, landlord and tenant disputes, employment disputes, contractual disputes, corporate disputes and insurance cases. He has acted for developer clients, owners and individuals in property-related disputes, including construction litigation and arbitration, adverse possession and encroachment matters, and claims brought by management corporations of strata title plans (MCSTs) and subsidiary proprietors. He has advised and acted in numerous landlord and tenant matters. Tien Wah's other civil and commercial litigation experience includes directors and shareholders' disputes, disputes over estates and wills, disputes arising from franchise agreements, motor insurance and general insurance claims, matrimonial litigation, contract claims and sale of goods claims.
- Grange Properties Pte Ltd: Acting for the defendant, the developer of Grange Infinite. The plaintiff, a private real estate fund linked to ARA Asset Management Limited, has sued Grange Properties Pte Ltd for alleged misrepresentation and breach of contract for damages amounting to S$50 million.
- Pacific Rover Pte Ltd: Successfully acting in this landmark case on easements. For the first time, the Singapore Court of Appeal has decided that a land owner may realign a right of way under certain circumstances (reported at  4 SLR(R) 951). The Court of Appeal affirmed the decision by the High Court to grant an anti-suit declaration sought by the land owner, Pacific Rover (reported at  2 SLR(R) 1148). In this case, the land owner wanted to realign a right of way so as to maximise its development. The dominant tenement refused to agree or consent to the realignment. Both the High Court and the Court of Appeal declared that the dominant tenement had no right to injunctive relief against the land owner over the proposed realignment of the right of way under the circumstances of the case and the land owner was allowed to proceed to realign the right of way despite the dominant tenement's objections.
- Cove Development Pte Ltd (the Landlord): Successfully acting in a highly publicized case against Ideal Accommodation (Singapore) Pte Ltd (the tenant). The landlord had leased 171 units in the development known as the Grangeford to the tenant. the tenant then unlawfully sub-partitioned and sub-leased these units out to various other individual sub-tenants. The landlord terminated the lease on the grounds of the tenant's breach of contract but the tenant failed to deliver vacant possession of the premises to the landlord. In a landmark ruling, the court allowed the landlord's application for possession of the demised premises on basis that the tenant had implicitly admitted that it was not entitled to possession of the demised premises ( SGHC 167). The landlord subsequently obtained final judgment against the tenant for more than S$9 million.
- HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Singapore) Limited: Acting in claim against its tenant for breach of contract. Successfully recovered possession of the whole building known as LabOne, 13 International Business Park, from the tenant.
- majority owners of Oakswood Heights: Successfully acting in the collective sale of the development for S$132 million to UOL Development Ptd Ltd. The Strata Titles Board has granted its approval for the collective sale of Oakswood Heights after a three-day hearing. In a landmark ruling, the Strata Titles Board ordered the minority objecting owners to pay the majority owners costs of the proceedings fixed at S$49,000 ( SGSTB 6).
- Confidential client: Acting for an individual client who was appointed the sole executor and beneficiary of his late father's will. The patriarch had died leaving behind his widow and eight children. The case involved the doctrine of secret trusts and the trial lasted for 40 days. The case is reported at  SGHC 200 and  3 SLR(R) 1079.
- Majority owners of Flamingo Valley: Successfully acting in the collective sale of the development for S$194 million to FCL Estates Pte Ltd. The Strata Titles Board has granted its approval for the collective sale of Flamingo Valley after a five-day hearing ( SGSTB 5).
- Confidential client: Acting for a UK franchisor in an action against its Singaporean franchisee in a dispute relating to the termination of the franchise agreement. Successfully obtained an injunction closing down all of the franchisee's business outlets in Singapore.
- Confidential client: Acting for a developer in an arbitration commenced by a main contractor for damages for breach of contract (main contractor claimed that the developer had unlawfully terminated their employment). The developer counterclaimed against the main contractor for damages suffered as a result of the main contractor's failure to complete the development on time. The case was document intensive and involved the issue of whether the main contractor was entitled to extensions of time to complete the construction works, as well as which party was responsible for causing the delay. The arbitration went on for 44 days and lasted more than 14 months.
- Confidential client: Acting for an ex-CEO of a company in a claim brought by the company against the ex-CEO for breach of fiduciary duties, breach of employment contract, conspiracy to injure and unlawful interference. The case also involved the question of the validity of restrictive covenants in the employment contract and the High Court trial lasted 12 days.
- Confidential client: Acting for an individual client in a case where the client's son claimed that the natural father had sexually abused him.
- Confidential client: Successfully acting for an individual tenant in a claim brought by the landlord to recover rental in arrears. The tenant held back the rent in view of the landlord's failure to rectify defects at the rented premises. Successfully defended the claim in the High Court (reported at  2 SLR(R) 292) and in the Court of Appeal (reported at  3 SLR(R) 563). This is a landmark case where the Court of Appeal held despite the tenant's express covenant to pay rent without deduction, the tenant was nevertheless entitled in equity to set off rentals due and owing to a landlord against the tenant's claim for breach of contract by the landlord, including a claim for un-liquidated damages suffered by the tenant.
- Author, "Easing The Law Of Easements In Singapore," Rodyk Reporter - Litigation Brief, March 2014
- Co-author, "Revisiting The 'Best Endeavours' And The 'All Reasonable Endeavours' Clauses," Rodyk Reporter - Litigation Brief, June 2013
- Co-author, "Of Showflat And Property Advertisements," Rodyk Reporter - Litigation Brief, March 2012
- Co-author, "Landmark Court Of Appeal Decision On Right Of Way," Rodyk Reporter - Litigation Brief, September 2009
- Co-author, "The Role And Duties Of En Bloc Sale Committees," Rodyk Reporter - Property Notes, June 2009
Activities and Affiliations
- Building, Construction and Engineering, Rodyk [now Dentons Rodyk] 150th Anniversary Celebrations Client Seminars, April 1, 2011
- Leasing - What You Need To Know, April 13, 2010
- Highlights Of Developments In Construction And Property Law in 2009 - It Affects Everyone, January 30, 2010
- Leasing - What You Need To Know, August 21, 2009
- Understanding Your Employment Contract, June 24, 2009
- Leasing - What You Need To Know, May 26, 2009
- The Mortgagee's Rights Against The Mortgagors' Real Property Assets, March 18, 2009
- REDAS Members Networking Session, November 3, 2008
Prior and Present Employment
- Senior partner, Dentons Rodyk (formerly Rodyk & Davidson LLP), 2002–present
- HelenYeo & Partners, 1995–2002
- David Lim & Partner, 1993–1994
- Robert W H Wang & Woo, 1992–1993