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Padman is a consultant in the firm’s Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group. He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1990 and has been in practice since 1991.
Areas of Practice
With deep experience in general and commercial litigation, Padman’s practice covers a broad range of areas. He has been regularly involved in commercial disputes of all types, and in property-based litigation, medical malpractice and general litigation involving the sale of goods/provision of services, contractual disputes and trusts, as well as defamation.
Padman is very experienced in international commercial arbitration and regularly acts as counsel in such disputes both before the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and International Chamber of Commerce arbitrations seated in Singapore.
A selection of the reported cases in which Padman acted are :
Govintharaju v Ganasen  2 SLR (R) 226
- concerning the successful application for specific performance of a sale and purchase agreement and where the sellers asserted undue hardship
Foo Ko Hing v Foo Chee Heng  1 SLR (R) 604
- concerning the confidentiality of information held by a solicitor who acted for both parties in a non-contentioous matter.
UOB Bank Ltd v Ng Huat Foundations Pte Ltd  2 SLR (R) 425
- on whether an insolvent company who was involved in arbitration could stay a winding up application against it.
Hoban Steven Maurice Dixon v Scanlon Graeme John  2 SLR (R) 770
- in a minority oppression case, whether an order to “purchase” the minority’s shares was frustrated by a nil valuation.
Amutha Valli d/o Krishnan v Titular Superior of the Redemptorist Fathers in Singapore  2 SLR (R) 1091
acting for the Church and one of its priests against allegations of molest, false imprisonment and assault.
Ho Cheng Law v Low Yong Sen  3 SLR (R) 206
- whether there was a time limit to tax the bills of solicitors.
Yip Kok Seng v Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board  4 SLE 1990
- on whether decision by the TCMP Board to commence an investigation into the conduct of a practitioner should be set aside.
PSONS Ltd v UPF Holding Ltd  3 SLR 1
- successfully setting aside a Mareva Injunction asset freezing order on the ground that the plaintiff had participated in the underlying conduct and was not of clean hands.
Zynerygy Solar Projects & Services Pvt Ltd v Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd  SGHC 223
- whether an arbitral award could be set aside on grounds of breach of natural justice.
Quek Yen Fei Kenneth Yeo Chye Huat  2 SLR 229
- a damages claim for a young man who has his leg amputated, where important questions on the computation of damages arose.
Zero Mario Geraldo Nalpon v The Law Society of Singapore  SGHC 301
- acting for the Law Society in an application for judicial review.
Padman lectures regularly to the insurance and banking industry on relevant legal issues. He has also lectured the management of a prominent research agency on their areas on interest. Recently, he has given a lecture on "Good Faith in Insurance Contracts" at an event for legal professionals in the insurance industry.
He acts as an Adjudicator for MidRec, which is an adjudication scheme for consumers dissatisfied with cars purchased from CaseTrust-accredited car dealers.
By invitation, Padman has contributed an article to the magazine Human Resources on the subject of terminating an employment contract. Padman has also contributed chapters to leading practice text Singapore Precedents of Pleadings.
He has defended the Law Society of Singapore in matters in the High Court, as well as being a member of the Inquiry Panel of the Law Society, which looks into complaints of misconduct against lawyers.
Padman also is a trainer in the compulsory Advocacy Course run by the Law Society for fresh law graduates before they are admitted to practice.
Appointments and Memberships
Padman is a member of the Law Society of Singapore and the Singapore Academy of Law.