Senior Fellow – Singapore

Tat Lim is a dispute resolution practitioner, and the managing partner of a boutique law firm based in Singapore.

About Tat Lim

Tat Lim is a dispute resolution practitioner, and the managing partner of a boutique law firm based in Singapore. For close to three decades of practice, he has appeared as counsel in trials and appeals at all levels of the Singapore courts, in negotiations, neutral evaluations and mediations, and in domestic and international arbitrations.

Mr. Lim has been appointed as arbitrator in institutional arbitrations, and as mediator in over 150 institutional and ad hoc mediations. He also mediates public interest disputes as a mediator / regional consultant of the Compliance Advisory Ombudsman (CAO), World Bank Group.

He has been appointed as chair and member of numerous inquiry and disciplinary panels, committees, and tribunals, including the National Anti-Doping Disciplinary Committee (appointed by Minister of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), Singapore), Inquiry Panel (appointed by Law Society of Singapore), Disciplinary Tribunal (appointed by the Chief Justice of Singapore), and Singapore Medical Council’s Complaints Panel (appointed by the President, Singapore Medical Council).

Mr. Lim has been appointed as an expert in Singapore law in Hong Kong court proceedings and in Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) arbitration proceedings.

Litigation Practice

Mr. Lim has extensive experience in litigation, having acted as lead or instructing counsel in numerous hearings, trials and appeals at Strata Titles Boards, State Courts, High Court, and the Court of Appeal of Singapore in a wide range of matters, including: banking, construction, intellectual property, family, shareholders, joint venture and commercial disputes.

He currently heads the dispute resolution team in the law firm that he founded in 2008.

The Legal 500 (2016) described Mr. Lim as “knowledgeable and sharp,” leading a team that “punches above its weight in heavyweight commercial litigation.”

Mediation Practice

In 2007, Mr. Lim received his first mediation accreditation from the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC).

Since then, he has received certifications and accreditations from many distinguished institutions, including: the International Mediation Institute (IMI), SMC, Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC), Family Justice Courts (FJC), Ministry of Health Holdings (MOHH), Regent’s University London (School of Psychotherapy & Psychology), Dispute Resolution and Compensation Panel (Mediation Panel), National Electricity Market of Singapore (NEMS), KLRCA (Malaysia), NMAS (Australia), CEDR (UK), HKMAAL (Hong Kong), and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) (USA). He is also a mediator / regional consultant of the CAO.

Mr. Lim has successfully mediated a broad spectrum of disputes, including: commercial, construction, intellectual property, real estate, shareholder and joint venture, healthcare, family, public interest, and cross border matters. In commercial and construction disputes, he has mediated claims exceeding $50 million. He has also mediated disputes with social and ecological issues in public interest mediations.

Who’s Who Legal: Mediation (2016) described Mr. Lim as “always prepared for the unexpected,” a quality that makes him “a true asset to any mediation.” Who’s Who Legal: Mediation (2017) described Mr. Lim as an “outstanding” mediator and “a distinguished figure in Singapore mediation.”

ADR Achievements and Training

ADR Achievements

  • Mr. Lim was awarded the Outstanding Court Volunteer (Advocate & Solicitor Category) Award by the State Courts for his contribution to mediation in the State Courts Dispute Resolution Centre (2013).
  • Received awards for his contribution to the work of the Singapore Mediation Centre (2013, 2015 and 2017)
  • Awarded the Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship (2017)
  • He is Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) (since 2001), Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (since 2001), Fellow of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand Inc. (AMINZ) (since 2016) and Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators (since 2017). He is also a member of the panel of arbitrators in SIAC, LSS, and KLRCA.
  • He is Co-Chair of the Mediation Committee, International Bar Association (IBA), and Chair of the Society of Mediation Professionals (Singapore).

ADR Training

  • Mr. Lim has received extensive and advanced arbitration training from the National University of Singapore, King’s College London (University of London), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy.
  • He has also received extensive and advanced negotiation and mediation training from SMC, IMI, CEDR (UK), LEADR (Australia), Regent’s University London (School of Psychotherapy & Psychology), CAO, UC Hastings College of the Law (Center for Negotiation & Dispute Resolution), Harvard Negotiation Institute (Harvard Law School) and Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (Pepperdine University School of Law).

ADR Teaching and Mentoring

  • Mr. Lim is a Teaching Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (SILE), Principal Trainer, Adjunct Training Faculty of the SMC, and Adjunct Teaching Staff of the Singapore Institute of Technology.
  • He is an assessor in the accreditation of mediators to the panels of SMC, MOHH, and FJC.
  • Since 2015, he has been involved as Judge / Expert Assessor in ICC International Mediation Competition and IBA-VIAC Mediation and Negotiation Competition CDRC. In 2016, he was a judge in the final round of both competitions.
  • He has delivered lectures, seminars, and workshops to judges, lawyers, local and international mediators, business executives, and professionals for or in conjunction with SMC, SIMC, SIMI, IBA, ICC, Singapore Judicial College, State Courts, FJC and numerous universities.

Publications and Education


Contributor: Singapore Civil Procedure (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018) (Thomson Reuters Sweet & Maxwell)

Contributor: Mediation in Singapore: A Practical Guide (2015, 2018) (Thomson Reuters Sweet & Maxwell)

Contributor: Mediation Practice – 8 Cultures, 16 Cases, 128 Creative Solutions (2016) (ICC)

Contributor: Stories Mediators Tell: World Edition (2017) (American Bar Association)

Author: Arbitration Global Guide – Singapore (Practical Law, Thomson Reuters)

Author: Litigation and enforcement in Singapore: overview (Practical Law, Thomson Reuters)

Author: Lexis Practical Guidance – Dispute Resolution (LexisNexis)

Educational Qualifications

  • LL.B (Hons), National University of Singapore (1988)
  • LL. M / MBA, National University of Singapore (2002)
  • MSc, Construction Law & Arbitration, (With Merit), King’s College London, (2009), Davis Langdon & Seah (Singapore) Medal (2008/2009)
  • Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA), Singapore Workforce Development Agency (2014)

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