Clement Tan



Clement Tan is a dispute resolution lawyer with extensive experience in a wide range of corporate commercial disputes, and has represented clients at all levels of the Singapore judicial system and arbitrations. He has previously acted in matters involving white collar crime, employment disputes, minority oppression cases, contractual disputes, defamation claims and construction cases.

Prior to joining the firm, Clement enjoyed a 6 year stint as a District Judge in the State Courts of Singapore. There, he had the opportunity to preside over both civil and criminal cases and has, over the years, penned numerous written judgments. Clement is able to offer clients a unique perspective, from his prior experiences as a practitioner and judge. Clement also served as a judge in the Subordinate Military Courts from 2018 to 2021.

Clement is the contributing editor for the Practitioner’s Guide on Damages Awarded for Defamation Cases in Singapore (2019, Academy Publishing). He is also an editor of various chapters of the Singapore Civil Procedure.

Clement is a 2006 LL.B. (Hons) degree graduate from the University of Exeter. He is admitted to the Singapore Bar as an Advocate and Solicitor.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • White Collar and Investigations
  • Criminal litigation


  • Singapore


  • University of Exeter (LLB) (Hons), 2006
  • University of Exeter (LLM), International Business Law, 2007


  • Selvam LLC
    - Director, 2021-present

  • State Courts of Singapore
    - District Judge, 2015-2021

  • Allen & Gledhill
    - Senior Associate, 2011-2015

  • Wong Partnership
    - Associate, 2008-2011

Professional Activities

  • Singapore Academy of Lawyers
  • The Law Society of Singapore

Civic and Charitable Activities

    - President of the General Court Marshal, 2018-2021


Selected Publications

  • Co-author, "A Litigation Vehicle for More Than 1,000 Plaintiffs: The Implications of POA Recovery Pte Ltd v Yau Kwok Seng on Representative Actions and the Doctrine of Maintenance in Singapore", Duane Morris & Selvam Alert, February 17, 2022
  • Editorial Committee Member, Practitioners’ Library, Assessment of Damages: Personal Injuries and Fatal Accidents (3rd Edn, 2017, LexisNexis)
  • Editor, Singapore Civil Procedure (Latest update - 2020), Chapters 10, 55D and 62
  • Contributing Editor, Practitioner’s Guide on Damages Awarded for Defamation Cases in Singapore (2019, Academy Publishing)

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Beating Crypto Fraud: Can Your Digital Assets Be Recovered?” Webinar, co-organized by Duane Morris & Selvam and EY, Singapore, August 18, 2022

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