Commercial Litigation in Singapore
1 Coleman Street, #05-10 The Adelphi, Singapore, 179803
ENGELIN TEH PRACTICE LLC (ETP) was first registered in February 2002 as a successor to its predecessor, Engelin Teh & Partners. ETP provides comprehensive domestic legal services as well as regional and international services through its established network of law firms internationally.
The firm has remained highly sought after for complex cases despite the decision to keep the firm’s size to an average of 15 fee-earners. At clients’ requests, cases are still being monitored and guided by Engelin personally.
ETP builds a strong partnership between our clients and our lawyers. Our key aspiration is to provide effective and efficient service while maintaining high ethical standards. Our corporation's ethos of "Service with a Heart" mandates a calibre of service that carries impeccable professionalism with empathy for the emotional and mental welfare of our clients. This has led us to provide exceptional legal representation to our clients, many of whom have become our friends.
Our clients, ranging from multinational corporations and SMEs to individuals, are equally important to us. Their goals and visions are pivotal to how we structure our advice and representation. The passion and tenacity of our lawyers ensure that every client's case is carefully considered in the context of its strengths and weaknesses, and various solutions examined with a view to a sensible and cost effective outcome.
While ETP provides a full range of legal services, its forte is in litigation and arbitration. ETP's litigation team is well versed in various fields of expertise and has been involved in several high profile cases in the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
ETP remains committed to strengthening the level and depth of its service to our clients and to maintaining a class of its own.Show more +
Senior lawyer specialized in contentious civil and commercial litigation, with particular emphasis on intellectual property (IP) and employment work
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Building & Construction
Employment & Immigration
Thomas is a Director in the Litigation Department.
In the course of his employment practice, he has advised corporate organizations extensively on employment-related matters and has broad experience in handling contentious employment disputes. He has provided expertise in advising on issues relating to termination of employees, enforcing non-compete clauses, protecting employer’s confidential information and taking remedial action in relation to employment fraud. Thomas has also worked closely with companies to provide support in relation to non-contentious employment matters such as advice on employment policies, drafting and reviewing employment contracts and issues arising from restructuring, reorganisation and retrenchment.
On the area of IP, Thomas manages an active regional trade mark portfolio, and regularly advises clients on the suitability of marks for registration, the prospects of obtaining registration of marks, the selection and use of trademarks, and oppositions to pending trademark applications. He files and prosecutes domestic as well as international trade mark applications (under the Madrid Protocol), and advises on the documentation required for the assignment and licensing of trade mark rights.
Thomas also handles contentious IP disputes and has been involved in civil litigation for trademark infringement, misuse of trade secrets and passing off. He has worked with private investigators to secure evidence of infringement, and to institute civil and criminal proceedings against infringers. He has recently appeared before the Singapore Court of Appeal to successfully defend a Singapore website against allegations of passing off and trademark infringement by a magazine publisher.
Thomas has been involved in several notable reported cases in the High Court and the Court of Appeal in Singapore, including:
· Yeo Cheng Hay Andrew v Yo Mie Yoen Theresa and Another  SGHC 279
· MP-Bilt Pte Ltd v Oey Widarto  1 SLR(R) 908
· Zulkifli Baharudin v Koh Lam Son  2 SLR(R) 369
· Chuang Uming (Pte) Ltd v Setron Ltd and another appeal  3 SLR(R) 771
· Tan Tiang Hin Jerry v Singapore Medical Council  1 SLR(R) 553
· De Souza Tay & Goh v Singapore Press Holdings Ltd  2 SLR(R) 201
· Thomson Plaza (Pte) Ltd v Liquidators of Yaohan Department Store Singapore Pte Ltd (in liquidation)  2 SLR(R) 483
· Subbiah Pillai v Wong Meng Meng and others  2 SLR(R) 556
· Yee Hong Pte Ltd v Tan Chye Hee Andrew (Ho Bee Development Pte Ltd, third party)  4 SLR(R) 398
· XP v Public Prosecutor  4 SLR(R) 686
· Doctor's Associates Inc v Lim Eng Wah (trading as SUBWAY NICHE)  3 SLR 193
· Motherhood Pte Ltd v Lau Elaine and others  1 SLR 1008
Thomas graduated in 1997 from the National University of Singapore with an LL.B (Hons.) and was admitted to the Singapore bar in 1998. He has also been admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales.