Alfred Lim Director

Alfred Lim

Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore
LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore
B.Eng, Civil (Hons), National University of Singapore

Alfred Lim is a founding Director of Fullerton Law Chambers LLC. His practice is primarily in commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on construction and engineering disputes.

Alfred has acted in matters at all levels of the Singapore courts as well as in ad-hoc and institutional arbitrations. He also performs various front-end non-contentious work including drafting, reviewing and advising on various standard forms and general commercial contracts.

Alfred obtained his Bachelor of Engineering, Civil (Honours) from the National University of Singapore before obtaining his LL.B. (Honours) on its accelerated Graduate LL.B. Programme. Prior to commencing private practice, Alfred was a former prosecutor with the Ministry of Manpower and the Attorney-General's Chambers.

Recent cases in which Alfred has been involved include matters relating to breaches of construction contracts, adjudications under the Security Of Payments Act (“SOPA”), product defamation, tenancy disputes, employment disputes, breaches of shareholders' agreements and High Court personal injury claims.

He also sits as an Arbitrator under the auspices of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.

Alfred acted in the case of PP v GS Engineering & Construction Corp in both the State Courts as well the Prosecution’s appeal to the High Court. In PP v GS Engineering & Construction Corp, the High Court laid down the sentencing framework for all workplace, safety and health offences. The case is now followed for all similar offences before the State Courts.

Alfred is often invited to speak at various seminars on a variety of topics ranging from employment law to the use of social media.

In September 2015, Alfred attended Harvard Law School where he was trained in negotiation.

In June 2016, Alfred completed the STEP Certificate for Financial Services (Trusts and Estate Planning) where he obtained a credible Distinction and was placed second in his class.

In March 2017, Alfred participated in the SAL-Insead Law Firm Leadership Programme at the Insead Asia campus.

Outside of legal practice, Alfred sits on the Review Board of the Children and Young Persons Homes, Ministry of Social and Family Development.

Commercial Litigation Cases

  • Acted for a mainboard-listed company in its claim for breach of shareholders’ agreement and breach of fiduciary duty;
  • Acted in an arbitration involving multi-million dollar claims for variations, delays and defects rectification in a high-end residential development;
  • Acted in the defence of multi-million dollar claims in relation to allegations of breaches of a shareholder agreement involving multiple plaintiffs, defendants and third parties;
  • Acted for a main contractor in the defence of a claim from a sub-contractor that the excavation contract for a family entertainment complex is on a unit rate instead of a lump sum contract basis;
  • Acted for various MCSTs in their defence from subsidiary proprietors for breach of duty and breach of the Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act;
  • Acted for various owners and tenants in commercial and residential tenancy disputes;
  • Acted for various contractors in the prosecution and defence of claims under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act;
  • Acted for employees in the defence of a High Court claim for breach of non-competition and non-solicitation clauses and breach of fiduciary duty;
  • Acted for a common law employer in the defence of an employee’s workplace injury claim that was filed in the High Court;
  • Acted for the Plaintiffs in a High Court trial and subsequent appeal and cross-appeal to the Court of Appeal in relation to a defamation suit;
  • Acted for a company and director who were served with a domestic Mareva Injunction;
  • Acted for a minor who suffered quadriplegia in a road traffic accident in a High Court claim against the negligent driver;
  • Acted for an owner in defending a claim against a contractor for retention sums in relation to addition and alteration works in a residential project.

Workplace Safety, Employment and Regulatory Cases

As Prosecutor

  • Led a team of prosecutors in the enforcement of the Factories Act (now Workplace Safety and Health Act) and Employment of Foreign Workers Act (now Employment of Foreign Manpower Act);
  • Represented the Manpower Ministry in the enforcement of various statutes, ranging from employment offences to workplace safety offences;
  • One of two lead prosecutors in the prosecution of a steel-latticework collapse which resulted in two fatalities and injuries to 29 others;
  • Prosecuted a multi-national process engineering company where a safety lapse in the issuance of appropriate fire-rated apparel resulted in two fatalities;
  • Prosecuted a multi-national construction company where a safety lapse in the maintenance of the lifting equipment resulted in one fatality.

As Defence Counsel

  • Represented various companies and individuals in their defence for offences under the Workplace Safety and Health Act and Employment of Foreign Manpower Act;
  • Represented an established local construction company and its director in their defence against breaches of work pass conditions;
  • Represented various contractors who were charged as Occupiers under Section 11 of the Workplace Safety and Health Act;
  • Represented various contractors who were charged as Employers under Section 12 of the Workplace Safety and Health Act;
  • Represented a construction manager who was charged as an officer of a body corporate under Section 48(1)(b) of the Workplace Safety and Health Act;
  • Advised various companies facing investigation and stop work orders issued by the Ministry of Manpower Occupational Safety and Health Division;
  • Advised various companies and individuals facing investigation for potential breaches under the Immigration Act and Employment of Foreign Manpower Act;
  • Represented professional engineers in their defence for offences under the Building Control Act as well as in disciplinary hearings before the Professional Engineers Board;
  • Represented the director of a company in relation to 14 employment-related charges;
  • Represented a sole-proprietor who was charged for failing to provide a safe workplace which led to a fatal accident;
  • Represented a director of a company who faced investigation for possible offences under the Employment Agencies Act.
Alfred Lim

Practice Areas

  • Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate & Commercial Disputes/ Investigations
  • Infrastructure, Engineering & Construction
  • Real Estate & MCST Related Disputes
  • Estate and Wealth Planning & Family Law
  • Regulatory Offences

Memberships & Associations

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Member, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
  • Member, Review Board of Children and Young Persons Homes, MSF

Other Information

  • Adjunct Lecturer for legal modules in Murdoch University’s Bachelor of Commerce programme
  • Adjunct Lecturer for Law of Contract in Birmingham City University’s Bachelor of Laws programme
  • Tutor for Project Dispute Management at the National University of Singapore, Department of Building

Publications

  • Workplace Safety and Health Act (Act 7 of 2006) – Assisted in drafting the Act and its subsidiary legislation.
  • 4th Edition of “You and the Law” (2011) – Authored the chapter on Contract Law.