Tan Ching Chern

Partner, Withers KhattarWong* | Singapore

Withers KhattarWong LLP is a Singapore law practice, affiliated with Withers LLP.

Ching Chern is a partner in the real estate team.

She represents individual and corporate purchasers and vendors, as well as developers (both licensed and unlicensed), in the sale and purchase of private residential, commercial and industrial projects. She also handles their mortgages and redemptions, as well as Central Provident Fund withdrawals and discharges.

Ching Chern acts for major developers (such as Allgreen Properties Limited, Guocoland Limited and United Engineers Limited) in the sale of the uncompleted and completed properties in their development projects, as well as for other developers in their niche development projects. She also assists her developer clients (licensed and unlicensed) in their appeals to the Inland Authority of Singapore for extensions of their deadlines to fulfil the conditions of the remissions of the Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty for developers.

In addition to acting for the Central Provident Fund Board, Ching Chern represents banks and financial institutions in housing and commercial loans, including ship financing matters.

Besides acting for statutory boards in land related matters, she also acts for landlords and tenants in various types of tenancies.

Secretary Claudine Tan


Withers KhattarWong’s expertise was fundamentally important to us in resolving negotiations with the Inland Authority of Singapore. Ching Chern’s dedication, meticulousness and practical advice saved us expense and further delays, and we’ve been glad to work closely together with her and her colleagues on a number of other projects since then, in which the service provided has been of a similarly high quality.

Asia Development PTE Ltd

Withers KhattarWong provided timely and effective advice to us in the purchase of our current office and other investment properties in Singapore, and we returned to them for assistance when we came to sell some industrial units. The team’s efficiency and meticulous attention to detail greatly helped to simplify the process for us.

CJP International

Ching Chern’s understanding of the real estate business was a great advantage when buying our desired property. She explained each stage of the process clearly and carefully and delivered a successful outcome. We can’t recommend her highly enough.

Yean Lay Lee

Ching Chern’s understanding of the real estate business was a great advantage when buying our desired property. She explained each stage of the process clearly and carefully and delivered a successful outcome. We can’t recommend her highly enough.

Yean Lay Lee

Track record




Acting for the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore in the restructuring of its land matters pursuant to its corporatisation exercise in 2009, the long term subleases of the various airport lands (such as the Project Jewel site and the Terminal 5 site) to Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd, and advising in sustained leasing matters.

Represented a wholly-owned subsidiary of Allgreen Properties Limited in the development sale of 423 units of terrace houses and 128 units of semi-detached houses at PAVILION PARK.

Acting for Sophia Residence Pte Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Guocoland Limited, in their development sales of SOPHIA RESIDENCE, their luxury condominium development (5 blocks with a total of 272 blocks) built on the site of Sophia Court, nestled within the prime residential enclave of Mount Sophia in District 9.

Singapore, 1993

The Law Society of Singapore, Conveyancing Practice Committee

‘Anchor Tenant Leases - Avoiding Potential Legal Tussles and Pitfalls’ and ‘Co-Tenancy Clauses - failures and remedies’ Tenancy Agreements & Leases 2015, organised by MagnusLink

Me in a minute

I instinctively try to look at matters from my clients' perspective

I handle real estate matters which I like to refer to with a smile as ‘happy legal work’ - where my clients are either happy to part with their money for real estate, or happy to part with their real estate for money.

A firm believer and practitioner of the ‘golden rule’, I instinctively try to look at matters from my clients’ perspective so that I advise my clients the way I would like to be advised – in perfectionistic detail and with the required practicality to make implementation of the problem solving advice as hassle-free as possible - in short, with client friendly advice in plain English.

My curious investigative streak coupled with my meticulous application of a generous dose of common sense help me to sift through lots of technical information provided by my clients, make sense of it and raise enough clarification queries to their various consultants to be able to put together either credible cases or clearly drafted contracts as my clients require.

In my spare time, I indulge my love for the English language and English literature by reading, watching plays, musicals and movies with my daughter. At work, I apply it in my drafting of painstakingly crafted impassioned correspondence to various government authorities and other parties to set out my clients’ appeals, as well as, the practical resolution of the defect complaints faced by my developer clients. Never one to take things merely at face value, I remember fondly the time where my dogged determination to find a ‘win-win’ solution for my clients and their purchaser enable me to raise numerous detailed queries which ultimately helped my developer clients’ architect to come up with a practical solution of cross-ventilation which solved a purchaser’s mold problems in her apartment and resolved her defect complaint.

When you are passionate about the work that you do, you know you are in the right profession and that always shows.



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