Expert knowledge and truly global experience

The Singapore boutique firm for international arbitration

About

We are advisors, advocates, and arbitrators specialising in international arbitration.

Dunbar & Lim Chambers is a leading international arbitration firm founded by Simon Dunbar and Kevin Lim.

Combined, Simon and Kevin have spent 25 years in top-tier global law firms exclusively practising international arbitration. They count among their clients some of the world’s largest multinationals, governments, and high-net worth individuals.

Major legal directories describe the firm as a “world-class arbitration practice in a boutique structure”, and the founding partners as “advocates and arbitration specialists of the highest calibre” with “vast experience in joint venture, energy, tech, and infrastructure disputes”.

Simon is recognised as “a brilliant lawyer” who “goes the extra mile for clients” and “shows a mastery of international arbitration procedures”. Kevin is described as “a formidable cross-examiner”, whose knowledge of arbitration is “second to none”, and who “cannot be recommended highly enough” for high-value disputes.

Simon Dunbar & Kevin Lim, directors of Dunbar&Lim Chambers LLC

Philosophy

We offer boutique firm independence and flexibility, with dedicated partner attention throughout a case, and at all times, world-class service and an unwavering commitment to quality.

Large and complex cases are our forte. We have successfully argued bet-the-company cases against the world’s largest firms and the best lawyers in the business. We handle all aspects of our cases, including advocacy at trial.

Each of our matters benefits from dedicated, senior-level partner input –  right from the very beginning and throughout a case. 

Employing this approach, we are not only more efficient, but also able to provide strategic guidance at every stage of a case and maximise the full potential of our clients’ cases.

Our lawyers are admitted in multiple jurisdictions, covering some of the most widely-used laws in cross-border commercial disputes – English, Singapore, and New York law. 

We have also represented clients in arbitrations governed by a  range of other applicable laws, subject to all of the major institutional rules, and seated in all of the leading arbitral jurisdictions.

We know from experience that seemingly obscure facts can make or break a case. No detail is too small for us to investigate and master.

Quality drafting is also an important tenet of our approach. Each sentence matters. We believe that half the battle can be won through persuasive written submissions.

We understand how interim measures can play a decisive role in  resolving even the most intractable disputes.

We have successfully obtained or defended against freezing injunctions, anti-suit injunctions, security for costs, security for claims, strike-out of claims, and bifurcation of proceedings. These were instrumental in resolving matters with millions or billions at stake.

Alongside their counsel practice, Simon and Kevin sit regularly as arbitrator, bringing to bear their wealth of experience, regional knowledge, and attention to detail. 

They are Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and have issued multiple awards in commercial cases. They are included on arbitrator lists and panels of major arbitral institutions, including the SIAC, HKIAC, KCAB, AIAC, and THAC. 

Recognition

A “world-class arbitration practice” led by “arbitration specialists of the highest calibre”

The firm is ranked as one of the leading international arbitration practices in Singapore. It is described as a “world-class arbitration practice in a boutique structure” with a team that is “technically excellent and thinks strategically, to achieve great outcomes in an efficient and commercial manner”.

Collectively, Simon and Kevin have been recognised as “advocates and arbitration specialists of the highest calibre”, “with strong strategic approach combining a big picture view and attention to detail”.

In addition, they are each ranked individually in the major directories.

People

Simon Dunbar

Joint Managing Director

Simon Dunbar is a founder and Joint Managing Director of the firm. He is an experienced international dispute resolution lawyer, who specialises in international arbitration and acts as both advocate and arbitrator.

Based in Singapore for more than 17 years, Simon has been involved in more than 50 international arbitrations, including some of Asia’s most complex and high-value disputes. A graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Michigan, Simon is admitted to practice in Singapore, England & Wales and New York, and has experience of both common law and civil law systems. In addition to his work as counsel, Simon regularly sits as arbitrator, and has served as sole or presiding arbitrator in ICC, SIAC and ad hoc arbitrations. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and is listed as an arbitrator with, among others, SIAC, HKIAC, KCAB and AIAC.

Kevin Lim

Joint Managing Director

Kevin Lim is a founder and Joint Managing Director of the firm. He is an experienced advocate and arbitrator who specialises in international arbitration. A graduate of the National University of Singapore, he is dual-qualified in Singapore and England & Wales.

In more than 12 years of practice, he has been involved in over 50 international arbitrations, including some of Asia’s most complex and high-value disputes. In addition to his work as counsel, Kevin regularly sits as arbitrator, and has rendered multiple awards over the last 8 years. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and is listed as an arbitrator with the SIAC, HKIAC, KCAB, AIAC, and THAC. He previously served as State Counsel to the Singapore Government on international law matters, including investor-state disputes, and has represented Singapore in investment treaty negotiations.

Kenneth Tan

Counsel

Kenneth Tan  graduated summa cum laude from Singapore Management University. 

He is dual-qualified in Singapore and England & Wales, and  previously practised at several large international firms.

In nearly a decade of practice, focused exclusively on international arbitration, Kenneth has advised and represented state-owned entities, multinational corporations and business families in numerous disputes, with a focus on the energy, commodities, infrastructure and fast-moving consumer goods sectors.

Feng Chong We

Senior Associate

Chong We graduated from the National University of Singapore and is a Singapore-qualified lawyer.

Chong We trained at one of the largest law firms in Singapore and specialises in international arbitration and commercial litigation.

He has represented clients at all levels of the Singapore courts.

Chong We is fluent in both English and Mandarin.

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