Delegate Profile

Magdalene Chew

Job TitleDirector & President, Singapore

Company NameAsia Legal LLC & Women International Shipping and Trading Association Singapore


Magdalene was called to the Singapore Bar in May 1996. She joined M/s Khattar Wong & Partners in 1996, and moved to M/s Joseph Tan Jude Benny in September 1999. In November 2002 she set up M/s AsiaLegal LLC with 3 others as a Director. In July 2015, AsiaLegal LLC entered into a Formal Law Alliance with Holman Fenwick Willan Singapore known as “HFW AsiaLegal”.


In her years of practice, Magdalene has accumulated experience in both contentious as well as non-contentious work.


Magdalene’s litigation experience covers general commercial litigation as well as more specific areas of litigation practice such as insolvency, shipping and admiralty. She has handled and advised on cargo claims, demurrage claims, claims for charterhire/freight, crew claims, detention of cargo disputes, charterparty disputes, collision claims, Mare del Nord orders and general average claims. In 2013, Magdalene was lead counsel in the trial and subsequent appeal to the Court of Appeal in the landmark decision of See Toh Siew Kee v Ho Ah Lam Ferrocement (Pte) Ltd and others [2013] 3 SLR 284; [2013] SGCA 29 in which the Court of Appeal abolished the law of occupiers’ liability in Singapore and held that the same should be subsumed under the tort of negligence. In 2017, Magdalene was lead counsel in a collision trial before Justice Belinda Ang.


Magdalene has also independently advised on and attended to the closure and/or completion of many sale and purchase and ship financing transactions, both local and international. In 2012, she was appointed and appeared in a London arbitration as an expert witness on the registration of ship mortgages under Singapore law.


In 2013, 2014 and 2015, Magdalene was nominated for the Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards under the Shipping practice area. In August 2015 she was elected as President for the Singapore chapter of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association.

Conference Sessions

  • APM Conference: Women at the Helm

    14 Mar 2018, 16:00 - 16:50, Hall A, Level 1, APM Conference Theatre

    Bridging the gap Gender diversity is correlated with both profitability and value creation, says McKinsey & Company. For example,  top-quartile companies on ex...

    • Language: English

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