Barrister Ng Jern-Fei is the only English King’s Counsel to have triple affiliation in London, Hong Kong and Singapore following his move to the city state after his formal admittance to its bar.
The London barrister is also the fourth English King’s Counsel to be admitted to the Singapore bar after having spent a year in Hong Kong. He is also admitted to the British Virgin Islands bar and has experience appearing in the courts of the Cayman Islands.
Ng will undertake counsel work across Asia while continuing to build his growing practice in Hong Kong as an arbitrator from Temple Chambers and his practice from 7BR in London, where he had previously lived for more than 25 years.
The Malaysia-born barrister saw his relocation to Singapore with his family representing a homecoming to Asia, although he has yet to make a final decision on what law firm to join.
During his 18 years of experience, Ng has acted as counsel in around 350 cases and as an arbitrator in some 30 cases as presiding, sole and co-arbitrator.
He was one of the youngest Queen’s Counsel to be appointed in 2018 and specialises in a broad range of sectors in the commercial spectrum, especially in energy, commodities, shareholder, shipping and insolvency-related disputes.
He is a member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre’s proceedings committee, the board of directors of Maxwell Chambers in Singapore, and the Singapore Academy of Law’s professional affairs committee.
On 6 September, Ng was awarded the Singapore Academy of Law Merit Award by the Chief Justice of Singapore, Sundaresh Menon, for his contributions in helping to raise the profile of foreign lawyers in the city state and in his initiatives in promoting access to the English bar for Singaporean law students, and to applicants from underrepresented groups generally.