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Soh Lip San

Head, Construction and Projects
Partner, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Practice Area:

Construction & Projects
Energy & Resources
International Arbitration

LLB (Hons), National University of Singapore
Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
Accredited Adjudicator (under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (Cap 30B)

T +65 6232 0228
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Lip San graduated from the National University of Singapore and is admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore. Lip San is a Partner in the International Arbitration and Construction Projects Practice Group.

Lip San heads the construction practice and this group has been recognized as the ALB Construction Law Firm for not less than four occasions. In the increasingly important area of international dispute resolution, we’re not just a leader in Singapore, the team is consistently ranked among the top international arbitration practices in Singapore.

Lip San has significant experience in non-contentious work for the building and engineering sector and stands out for his ability in resolving complex issues. He has been recognised in The International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers for a number of years and is also a ranked lawyer in the area of construction law by Chambers.

Client feedback includes:

“Lip San is an outstanding lawyer and a trusted advisor,” says a client in the infrastructure sector.

“He is a safe pair of hands whose counsel is sought often and valued by both our in house lawyers and executives alike.”

“A lawyer of the top order, one whose dedication to his work and his clients is exemplary.”


Lip San has advised on and acted as counsel in various disputes. Lip San’s expertise in dispute resolution ranges from matters that are subject to:

  • litigation in court;
  • both domestic and international arbitration (be it ad-hoc or under institutional rules such as SIAC, ICC, UNCITRAL, CIETAC);
  • adjudication, expert determination and mediation.
Notable Cases & Transactions
  • Represented a leading water solutions company in a CIETAC arbitration over a joint venture dispute in relation to a cutting edge plant project in China.
  • Drafting and advising on various concession agreements for a regional government on development of a port, logistics hub and resort facilities.
  • Advising clients in various issues related to PPP projects in Singapore including the iconic Sportshub as well as ITE College East.
  • Advising a Chinese provincial government on laws and regulations required for infrastructure projects initiated under public private partnership models.
  • Representing a state owned Chinese entity in an ICC arbitration regarding the development of an Indonesian project. The dispute was governed by French law and involved sums in dispute exceeding US$50 million.
  • Representing a major Japanese trading house in two ICC arbitrations regarding engineering and construction issues over a railway project. The dispute was governed by Taiwanese law and involved sums in dispute exceeding US$75 million. 
  • Advising clients on multi-million dollar energy project disputes (in excess of US100 million) in Indonesia ranging from coal mines to geothermal power plants that are subject to arbitration under UNCITRAL rules.
  • Drafting and advising on contract documentation and specific clauses during tender and tender negotiation of three power stations, including a combined cycle power plant (2 units x 370 MW) with a contract sum of over S$800 million.
  • Drafting and advising on contract documents and specific clauses during tender and tender negotiation of a light rail system, contract sum, in excess of S$500 million.
  • Advised an Australian aviation company in drafting, reviewing, advising and negotiation of a design, build and lease agreement with an international contractor in relation to the development of its multi-million integrated private jet sales and maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Seletar Aerospace Park.
  • Involved in the provision of S$525 million (US$316 million) financing for a 500MW cogeneration project.
  • Acting for a statutory undertaker in a dispute with their contractor over the design and build construction of a fully automated sewerage treatment plant and water reclamation facility (value – over $180 million).
  • Acting and advising various main contractors on tunneling works in relation to projects as varied as the development of a deep tunnel sewerage and underground train networks;
  • Arbitration and litigation in relation to specialised manufacturing projects such as multi-cell / duo-cell cement silo and the clean room for a wafer fabrication plant.
  • Advising a major Malaysian contractor on an oil and gas project in Sudan where the claims exceed US$200 million.
Reported Judgments
  • Chip Hup Hup Kee Construction Pte Ltd v Ssangyong Engineering & Construction Co Ltd [2009] SGHC 269
  • Chip Hup Hup Kee Construction Pte Ltd v Ssangyong Engineering & Construction Co Ltd [2009] SGHC 237
  • Jurong Town Corp v Sembcorp Engineers and Constructors Pte Ltd [2009] SGHC 93
Memberships / Directorships
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Contributor, Hudson’s Building & Engineering Contracts, 12th Edition 
  • “Workplace Safety and Health – A Practical Guide”
  • GAR Construction Arbitration know-how – Singapore chapter