Chooi Jing Yen

Advocate & Solicitor English and Mandarin

Chooi Jing Yen graduated cum laude from the Singapore Management University (SMU) in 2015 and was placed on the final year Dean’s List.

He has successfully argued cases as lead counsel in both the State Courts and the High Court in addition to having acted as assisting counsel in the Court of Appeal. His keen eye for detail and ability to juggle competing perspectives gives him a particular strength in civil litigation matters. He also has extensive experience in criminal matters and often accepts assignments to act pro bono from the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS) and the Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offences (LASCO).

When he is not litigating, Jing Yen indulges in real-time strategy games and reading philosophy. Outside of legal practice, Jing Yen is an accomplished musician and holds a Diploma in Instrumental Teaching (Violin) from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London.

Notable cases

Hiroshi Morimoto (As Trustee in Bankruptcy of Masahiko Nishiyama pursuant to the Order of the Kyoto District Court) v Masahiko Nishiyama & 4 Others [HC/OS 210/2017]

Persuaded the High Court to grant an order recognising that one Masahiko Nishiyama had been adjudicated bankrupt in Japan, and appointing one Hiroshi Morimoto as his Trustee in Bankruptcy. This allowed the Trustee to proceed to seize SGD 124 million worth of assets that Nishiyama had hidden in various Singapore bank accounts in the names of his wife, son and other offshore corporate entities for the express purpose of evading his creditors. This groundbreaking case marks the first time that the Singapore Court has recognised a foreign trustee in the bankruptcy of an individual by a foreign court.

PP v Chan Siew Yin, Jeffrey [2018] SGMC 20

Obtained an acquittal of a condo resident charged with assaulting another. The Court found that he was acting in self-defence and even if he was not, the harm caused was so minor as to brook no offence. The prosecution’s appeal was withdrawn.

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