Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore
Registered Foreign Lawyer, Hong Kong
Solicitor, England and Wales
Commissioner for Oaths
LL.B (Hons), University College London, University of London
MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS
- Board Member, Singapore Olympic Foundation
- Member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
- Member, Law Society of Singapore
- Member, Singapore Academy of Law
Michael Palmer has close to 20 years of experience in civil and commercial law. He graduated from University College London, University of London in 1992 and was called to the Bar in England and Wales in 1994. He was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1995.
Michael’s main areas of practice are corporate & commercial litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution, employment law, defamation law and the law relating to clubs and associations. In addition, Michael has acted for various professionals and professional firms that have been involved in potential negligence actions and disciplinary proceedings.
He also currently advises various clubs and associations in Singapore, a role that requires him to provide counsel on their constitution, rules and regulations and internal dispute resolution procedures.
Over the last two decades, Michael has acted in several high profile cases, examples of which include:
- A landmark decision of the Singapore Court of Appeal where an action in the High Court brought on the grounds of oppression of a minority shareholder in a company was held to be arbitrable and was stayed in favour of arbitration even though not all the parties in the action were parties to the arbitration agreement: Tomolugen Holdings Ltd and another v Silica Investors Ltd and other appeals  1 SLR 373;
- A case where the purchaser of an HDB managed commercial property sued the owner for the recovery of his deposit after failure to obtain consent from the HDB for the sale of the property: The One Suites Pte Ltd v Pacific Motor Credit (Pte) Ltd  3 SLR 695;
- Various cases involving the founding shareholders of the Raffles Town Club: (1) Lim Eng Hock Peter v Ang Yee Lim Lawrence & Others Suit No. 742 of 2000/W – Unreported; (2) Nganthavee Teriya alias Gan Hui Poo v Ang Yee Lim Lawrence and Others (Lim Eng Hock Peter and Another, Third Parties)  2 SLR(R) 361;  SGHC 86; and (3) Raffles Town Club v Lim Eng Hock Peter and Others (Lin Jian Wei and Another, Third Parties)  1 SLR 374;  SGCA 62;  SGHC 163;  1 SLR 582;  SGHC 291;
- A case involving the Philippines Government and the escrow agent of the Philippines Government and various other parties concerning the recovery of money appropriated by the former President Marcos and his family - WestLB AG v Philippine National Bank & Others  1 SLR(R) 967;  SGHC 234;  2 SLR(R) 857;  SGCA 14;  4 SLR 894;  SGHC 162;
- Two international commercial arbitrations involving cross border telecommunications joint venture partners;
- A case involving various senior members of the Cabinet and senior members of Parliament in the prosecution of their defamation actions - Tang Liang Hong v Lee Kuan Yew and Others  3 SLR(R) 576;  SGCA 52;  2 SLR(R) 81;  SGHC 138;  1 SLR(R) 538;  SGHC 67;  1 SLR(R) 328;  SGHC 38;  SGHC 68;
- A case involving the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and various representatives of the BSA in their defence of a defamation action - SM Summit Holdings Ltd & anor v Microsoft Corporation & ors and other actions  SGHC 149;  SGHC 294;  1 SLR(R) 819;  SGCA 23;  SGHC 94;
- A case involving a major Thai borrower in the restructuring of their various syndicated loans necessitated by the 1997 Asian financial crisis. This included opposing various actions commenced against them in respect of their loans - Petch Palace Co Ltd & Ors v Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft (Singapore Branch)  SGHC 80;  SGHC 156;
- A case involving a major group of Indonesian chemical companies in the restructuring of one of their syndicated loans necessitated by the 1997 Asian financial crisis. This included opposing various actions commenced against them in respect of their loans;
- Advising a subsidiary of a public listed Australian power and infrastructure company in a sale and purchase of a local engineering consultancy;
- Advising a subsidiary of a public listed Australian power and infrastructure company in its negotiations with IRAS over GST;
- Advised one of the big four accounting firms on various issues ranging from advice on fraud risk management, to auditing issues, to interpretation of legislation and potential liability; and
- Acting for the company and various parties in minority oppression actions.