Ushan Premaratne

Partner, Withers KhattarWong* | Singapore

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

Ushan is a partner in the litigation and arbitration team.

Ushan enjoys a broad-based international arbitration and litigation practice. Ushan regularly appears in commercial arbitrations relating to private equity investments, software contracts and commodities. He is frequently instructed to act in arbitration-related litigation before the Singapore Court and advises international clients from India, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam as well as domestic clients regarding the arbitral process and enforcement of arbitral awards.

As a seasoned advocate, Ushan is adept at handling both trial and appellate litigation in relation to complex, high-value, cross-border commercial disputes especially in the areas of joint ventures, software contracts, private equity investments, trust, commodities, banking and securities. He recently successfully acted as lead counsel before the Singapore Court of Appeal (CA/CA 19/2018) in a contentious trust dispute relating to rights of discretionary beneficiaries, breach of fiduciary duties and failure to account for trust assets.

Ushan’s expertise has been recognised by several publications. He has been praised by clients in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 publication for being a lawyer who impresses with ‘his very quick grasp of the financial figures’ and ‘his sharp observations, insight, and succinct summaries’ .

Ushan graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Double Degree with Honours in Law and Business Administration (Finance) in 2010 and was called to the Singapore Bar in 2011. He was placed on the Dean’s List during the course of his studies.

Secretary Kirin Azhar

Track record




[2019] SGHC 113: Lilyana Alwi v. John Arifin – Successfully acted in the High Court on behalf of an elderly client in relation to disputes involving the misappropriation of funds maintained in joint bank accounts with the defendant

[2019] SGHCR 03: United Overseas Bank Ltd v Homely Bath Services & Trading Pte Ltd and another – Successfully acted in the High Court on behalf of United Overseas Bank in relation to a dispute involving a mortgagee’s right to take possession of a commercial property subject to a tenancy

[2018] SGCA 27 / [2018] SGHC 38 / [2019] SGHC 21: JTrust Asia Pte Ltd v Group Lease Holdings Pte Ltd and another – Acting in the High Court on behalf of Cypriot companies in relation to a claim in excess of USD180 million in damages for unlawful conspiracy to cause harm by way of alleged multi-jurisdictional fraud and misappropriation

Advocate & Solicitors of the Supreme Court of Singapore, 2011

Contributor, "_Civil Litigation in Singapore_" (Sweet & Maxwell: Singapore, 2016)

Co-Author, “Creditor Control Rights, Loan Enforcement and Bankruptcy Regimes”, 2010, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies

Author, "_What to do if you are a victim of online harassment_", 2017, The New Paper

Chairperson, Social & Welfare Committee, Singapore Law Society

Member, Community Legal Clinics, Singapore Law Society

Member, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators



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