JTJB - Key Persons
- Senior Partner
- Senior Partner / Shipping & Admiralty / Commercial & Dispute Resolution
Dato' Benny is one of the founding partners of Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP. He founded the firm in 1988, and has since been the architect of the firm's growth.
The firm's success is largely attributed to Dato' Benny's leadership. Over the years, he has developed the Firm's shipping and admiralty practice into one of the largest in Singapore, and the first to have a global network covering Greece, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Taiwan and he has also guided the firm to the award of Best Shipping Practice in the first Asian Law Awards.
As a reputable litigation lawyer, Dato' Benny is consistently awarded personal accolades in legal circles. In 2005 Chambers Global described Jude Benny as "An old hand in the game, he knows every rule in the book, and may have written a few himself" and again, "..impressive and quick off the mark". Who's Who Legal 2008 entry for the world's leading maritime lawyers says : "Jude Benny's involvement in ship collision trials led to high levels of recognition, and he is regarded as a "legend in this field". Dato' Benny has also been named a Leading Individual in Legal 500's Asia Pacific 2016 rankings
Dato' Benny has argued the following cases before the Singapore court that are landmark authorities and/or have become leading authorities:
Possessory Liens ("The Alpha 601" - Civil Appeal No.237 of 1998) reported in  3 SLR 249;
Retrenchment Benefits (Bethlehem Singapore Pte Ltd v. Ler Hock Seng and Ors - Civil Appeal No.27 of 1994) reported in  1 SLR 1;
Law of fixtures (People's Park Chinatown Development Ltd (in liquidation) v. Schindler Lifts (Singapore) Pte Ltd - Civil Appeal No.44 of 1989) reported in  1 SLR 591;
Priority payments in liquidations (Joo Yee Construction Pte Ltd (in liquidation) v. Diethelm Industries Pte Ltd - Originating Summons No. 958 of 1989) reported in  SLR 278;
What is a "live issue"? (Attorney - General v. Joo Yee Construction Pte Ltd (in liquidation) - Civil Appeal No. 30 of 1990) reported in  1 SLR 272; and
Avoidance of transactions in liquidations (Centaurea International Pte Ltd (in liquidation) v. Citus Trading Pte Ltd) reported in  SGHC 264.
He also appeared on behalf of the Malaysian Government in a series of civil cases involving railway land ownership in Singapore; and the Jacques Cousteau Foundation with respect to the sinking of the famous vessel the "Calypso". In addition, he represented Bethlehem Shipyard in a highly-contentious matter concerning the delivery of the "John Brewer", the world's first floating hotel, to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Conducted the two ship collision trials to go to Court in Singapore in the last 40 years, involving the vessels "Ming Galaxy" / "Hercei Novi" and "Tai He"/Nordic Explorer.
Over his 30 years of practice, Dato' Benny has acquired extensive experience as both arbitration counsel and arbitrator in a wide area of commercial law including construction, infrastructure, off-shore, shipbuilding and corporate conflicts. Dato' Benny conducted the very first international arbitration at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) for United Engineers Berhad against a Norwegian company. where the dispute involved the defective sign of an oil rig for use by Petronas and Esso. The hearing lasted a record 105 days (SIAC Arbitration No.1/90). Dato' Benny also led the Singapore Maritime Foundation, Maritime Arbitration Work Group, which led to the establishment of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime, and which was instrumental in growing the maritime arbitration scene in Singapore.
Dato' Benny sits as arbitrator in International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitrations, and is a Panel / Accredited Arbitrator at the following Institutions:
- Consultant / Commercial & Dispute Resolution
Dato' Peter Madhavan formed the firm that evolved into Madhavan Partnership with two others 27 years ago, in 1983. His firm merged with Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP in 2010. Dato' Peter's practice focuses on civil, commercial, insurance litigation and corporate law. As managing partner of Madhavan Partnership he had an overview of the firm's entire practice which included banking and finance, insurance, corporate, conveyancing and general administration.
Erin read law at Singapore Management University and joined the firm as a Practice Trainee in January 2014. After being called to the Singapore Bar in August 2014, she was subsequently retained in the firm as an Associate.
Her main area of practice is corporate law, and some notable matters which she has assisted in/still assisting in are:
• Joint venture between an international developer and a sovereign wealth fund to invest in real estate assets in Asia, with an initial investment value of USD250 million
• Joint venture to develop and invest in a plot of land spanning up to 103 hectares and with a value of USD300 million
• Restoration and conservation of a national heritage monument in Myanmar with an initial project value of USD50 million
• Joint venture to develop and set up an Offshore Marine Centre with an initial investment value of SGD30 million
• A collaboration amongst several established insurers and a technology start-up company in respect of the implementation of a novel digital platform in Singapore and other ASEAN countries
• Acted for a technology start-up company in respect of the implementation of an online trading platform for banks in Singapore and other ASEAN countries
• Acted for the national flag carrier of Myanmar in respect of vessel acquisition
• Acted for several established property developers in respect of share acquisitions, one of which was valued at approximately SGD25 million
• Advising a group of companies in relation to their oil and gas exploration activities in Southeast Asia, and in particular on issues of internal restructuring, contracts with regulatory authorities, licensing and cross-border arrangements with their partners
• Advised, negotiated and drafted agreements in respect of private share subscriptions, private placements and fund management schemes
- Deputy Managing Partner
- Deputy Managing Partner / Shipping & Admiralty / Commercial & Dispute Resolution
- Senior Associate
Prior to joining JTJB, Jolene undertook a range of commercial and general litigation, as well as criminal work, including:
acting for a well-known social club in various membership and employment disputes;
acting for and on behalf of companies against directors for breaches of fiduciary duties;
acting for clients in a range of matters under the Protection from Harassment Act;
divorce and probate matters.
- Managing Partner
- Managing Partner / Shipping & Admiralty
- Senior Partner
Mabel joined Joseph Tan Jude Benny in February 1992. Her areas of practice include Intellectual Property, Probate, Family Law, Conveyancing and Property Law.
She is the head of the Firm's Property and Conveyancing Department and has over 20 years' experience in handling and dealing with a wide range of property transactions including:
Lease (including JTC Lease) and Tenancy Agreement.
The sale and purchase of residential properties, (condominium units and landed properties), office units, and industrial properties including JTC factories.
Acting for developers in the sale of their properties in licensed and unlicensed projects.
Privatization of HUDC properties.
Acting on behalf of various banks and individuals in mortgage financing.
She also has extensive experience in drafting leasing agreements for residential, commercial and industrial properties.
Mabel is also noted for her advocacy in divorce matters, especially in alimony and custody matters.
Mabel obtained her Masters in Law from the University of London in 1990. Besides Singapore, she is admitted to the Bars of England and Australia.
Marcus graduated from the University of Leicester with LLB (Hons) First Class in 2016 and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Singapore Bar in 2018.
Marcus's main areas of practice are commercial disputes, shipping and admiralty, insolvency, employment and building and construction (international).
Prior to joining the firm as an associate, Marcus interned in 2014 and trained at the firm in 2016, before he was retained. In his time at university, Marcus was the Master of the Moots where he headed the university's mooting team. He has also won various internal and regional mooting competitions.
- Partner / Commercial & Dispute Resolution / Shipping & Admiralty
Nicola is the head of the firm's Regulatory & Compliance Practice. She commenced her practice in the firm's Commercial Dispute Resolution and Shipping & Admiralty Practice Areas. She has been involved in a variety of multi-jurisdictional cases over the years and has represented clients in arbitrations (including GAFTA, ICC, LMAA, SCMA and SIAC), mediations and also appeared before the Singapore courts.
Her extensive background in dispute resolution has enabled her to handle both the advisory and contentious aspects of regulatory matters. She provides compliance advice, solutions for managing risk and training in areas such as anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, international sanctions and corporate governance. Nicola also has oversight of the corporate secretarial services provided by the firm's associated company, MP Corporate Secretarial Services Pte Ltd.
Nicola acts for local and overseas clients and is fluent in English and Mandarin. She is an Associate Member of the International Compliance Association (AICA), a certified individual of the Institute of Banking and Finance Singapore (IBF), a member of the Law Society's Anti-Money Laundering Committee, an Ordinary Member of the Singapore Institute of Directors as well as a member of the Singapore Academy of Law. As part of her contributions as a member of the aforesaid groups, Nicola provides comments and feedback to intergovernmental bodies such as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
Samuel graduated from the Faculty of Law at the National University of Singapore in 2019 and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Singapore Bar in 2020.
Prior to joining the firm as an associate, Samuel trained at the firm and was involved in a spectrum of commercial litigation and arbitration including shipping and admiralty disputes.
Samuel made the Dean's list in Year 3 at the National University of Singapore and took part in various moots, clinching the Best Speaker award at the ELSA World Trade Organisation Moot Court competition in 2018.
Ying Xuan was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in 2020, and trained with JTJB prior to her admission.
Ying Xuan's main areas of practice include: Commercial and Civil Litigation, Shipping and Admiralty Litigation, International Arbitration and Restructuring and Insolvency. She has assisted on a number of high-value matters including a cargo misdelivery claim valued at over US$70 million.
In university, she represented Singapore Management University at the inaugural Advocate Maximus Competition (Ratan K. Singh, Arbitration & Mediation Competition 2018), in New Delhi, India, as her team's Arbitration Counsel where her team obtained 1st runner-up after five rounds of the competition.
- Senior Associate