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 shareholder and joint venture disputes. He is frequently instructed to act in arbitration-related litigation before the Singapore Court and advises clients from numerous jurisdictions regarding the arbitral process and enforcement of arbitral awards in Singapore.

As a seasoned advocate, Ushan is adept at handling both trial and appellate litigation in relation to high-value, cross-border commercial disputes especially in the areas of joint ventures, software contracts, private equity / venture capital investments, trust, commodities, banking and securities.

He is often instructed by both local and foreign law firms to act as instructed counsel in relation to a myriad of complex and novel disputes before the High Court and the Court of Appeal. He was recently engaged as an expert to opine on matters of Singapore law in relation to ongoing court proceedings in Hong Kong. He was also recently involved in two matters before the Singapore Court of Appeal which raised novel and important questions of law: Anil Singh Gurm v J S Yeh & Co [2020] SGCA 05 and VDZ v VEA [2020] SGCA 75.

Ushan’s expertise has been recognised by several publications. He has been praised by clients for being a lawyer who impresses with ‘his very quick grasp of the financial figures’ and ‘his sharp observations, insight, and succinct summaries’. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific recommends Ushan for Dispute Resolution (Local Firms) (2020 edition).

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.

Track record

Admissions

Publications

Memberships

Talks

[2020] SGCA 95 / [2020] SGHC 29 / [2020] SGCA 54 / [2019] SGHC 21 / [2018] SGCA 27 / [2018] SGHC 38: JTrust Asia Pte Ltd v Group Lease Holdings Pte Ltd and another – Acting in the High Court and the Court of Appeal on behalf of Cypriot companies in relation to a claim in excess of USD 200 million in damages for unlawful conspiracy to cause harm by way of alleged multi-jurisdictional fraud and misappropriation

[2020] SGCA 75: VDZ v VEA – Acted in the Court of Appeal in relation to contempt proceedings where the Court exercised, in the context of a matrimonial dispute, its exceptional jurisdiction to grant judicial mercy to temper the punishment to be imposed

[2020] SGHC 217: The Management Corporation Strata Title Plan No. 0827 v Aikyu Trading Co (Pte) Ltd – Acted in the High Court in an appeal from the State Courts relating to a dispute which raised matters of public importance for the first time, including the proper interpretation and ambit of s 47(1) of the Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act (Cap 30C, 2008 Rev Ed)

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

Speaker, "Coping with COVID-19: Resilience and Managing Mental Health", 2020, Skrine

Education


Languages


  • English
  • Sinhalese

Dates


Joined

2011
Partner

2017

Singapore

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