Ho May Kim



Ho May Kim has an active commercial litigation and arbitration practice in complex corporate, commercial and fraud cases. She also has a keen interest in mediation and has successfully mediated a considerable number of matters. She appears regularly before the High Court of Singapore.

May Kim is listed in Singapore Business Review as one of Singapore's Most Promising Legal Luminaries Aged 40 and Under. May Kim's clients say that she "does not beat around the bush." A client also commended her written brief for being "highly persuasive, thoroughly researched and goes to the heart of the dispute." She is a highly regarded lawyer who is "invaluable in securing a win for a complex international arbitration matter."

Another client also states: “I strongly recommend Ms. Ho May Kim to others. She advised me on various legal suits in the High Court and Court of Appeal of Singapore over the past few years relating to commercial disputes. She is tenacious with a lot of attention to detail, fair minded and gives her honest and balanced opinion to clients. When the need arises, she is highly effective in securing a settlement for the parties.”

May Kim read law at the University of Cambridge where she earned a B.A. (First Class Honours) and an LL.M (First Class, with a Commercial law specialisation). She also ranked in the top 5 percent of her cohort for the Singapore Practical Law Course. Before joining private practice, May Kim was a Justices’ Law Clerk to the Chief Justice, appellate judges and judges of the Supreme Court of Singapore. She also served as a judicial officer pursuant to her appointments as a Magistrate and Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court of Singapore. May Kim was handpicked to represent NUS at the Phillip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C, USA, where the team reached the quarterfinals out of 500 teams from 80 countries.


  • Singapore
  • England and Wales
  • New York


  • University of Cambridge, B.A. (Hons) Law (First Class)
  • University of Cambridge, LL.M. Law (First Class with a specialization in Commercial Law)


  • Selvam LLC, Singapore
  • Tan Kok Quan Partnership, Singapore
  • Clifford Chance, Singapore
  • Supreme Court of Singapore


Representative Matters

  • International Arbitration Awards: Resisting the application to set aside of an international arbitration award in Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Ltd v Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pte) Ltd [2018] SGHC 78, the leading Singapore case deciding that parties cannot set aside an international arbitration award on the basis of the Tribunal’s purported lack of jurisdiction 30 days after the interim award on jurisdiction.
  • Settlement: Advising a client on achieving settlement in a divorce.
  • Settlement: Obtained a settlement for a major Korean commodity trading company.
  • International Arbitration: Appearing before The Honourable Justice Vinodh Coomaraswamy in the High Court of Singapore to successfully resist an application to set aside an arbitration award.
  • Probate and Estate Administration: Obtaining directions from the Family Court of Singapore for administrators of a deceased’s estate to invest money held on trust for an infant after the deceased died suddenly in an AirAsia air crash. This involved an analysis of the interplay between the Trustees Act and the Guardianship of Infants Act which is a novel point in Singapore.
  • Breach of Director’s Duties: Successfully defending a breach of director’s duties claim in the Singapore High Court case of Prima Bulkship Pte Ltd (in creditors’ voluntary liquidation) and another v Lim Say Wan and another [2016] SGHC 283 as well as in the Court of Appeal of Singapore (the highest Court in Singapore).
  • Illegal Money Lending: Successfully defending a multi-million dollar claim in the Singapore High Court case of Ochroid Trading Ltd and another v Chua Siok Lui (trading as VIE Import & Export) and another [2017] SGHC 56 on the basis that the loans were illegal money lending transactions. Successfully defending the case in the Court of Appeal where the Court of five judges handed down the leading judgment on illegality (Ochroid Trading Ltd and another v Chua Siok Liu (trading as VIE Import & Export) and another [2018] SGCA 5).
  • International Arbitration: Assisted and/or advised on arbitrations under the SIAC, ICC, UNCITRAL and LCIA rules relating to a wide range of disputes, including disputes relating to oil and gas drilling work, private banking claims, a construction project in Myanmar, claim for damages to an offshore oil rig, claims for demurrage and other shipping related claims, shareholders' dispute over a healthcare group, and mining related disputes.
  • Contract: Lead counsel in a High Court and Court of Appeal case on contract formation, restitution and failure of consideration.
  • Construction: Handed down the decision of the High Court in Chip Hup Hup Kee Construction Pte Ltd v Ssangyong Engineering & Construction Co Ltd [2009] SGHC 269 on the validity of an adjudication decision.
  • Employment: dvising one of the largest manpower providers to the restaurant industry in Singapore on a claim against its former employee.
  • Freezing Injunction: Successfully obtaining a worldwide freezing injunction of around $9.5 million.
  • Trust: Lead counsel in the High Court case of Cost Engineers (SEA) Pte Ltd v Chan Siew Lun [2015] SGHC 262 on a taking of account for shares held on trust.
  • Insurance: Obtaining full recovery for insurers in relation to an accident causing property damage at a prominent and historical site in Singapore.
  • Employment: Representing an employer in successfully requiring a former employee to stop publishing negative comments about the company and its personnel on social media.
  • Winding up: Representing clients in terminating the winding up of an Indian shipping conglomerate.
  • International Arbitration: Representing an Indonesian listed company on a contractual dispute relating to oil and gas.
  • Contract: Advising an Indonesian state-owned oil and natural gas corporation on its multi-million dollar contractual disputes with its suppliers.
  • Employment: Advising an Australian company in the technology industry on the termination of its CEO's employment.
  • Property: Representing family members of a prominent Singaporean family and establishing their beneficial interests in their family home.
  • Company: Successfully obtaining an order from the court to carry out a shareholder's meeting to remove a director.

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