Tel: +65 6336 7727
Fax: +65 6336 0110
Contact: R Govin
Number of partners: 2
Number of lawyers: 11
Languages: English, Chinese (Mandarin), Bahasa, Tamil
Practice Areas: the firm's practice areas includes shipping and maritime (contentious and non-contentious); insurance (general insurance and marine insurance); international trade; commodities; insolvency; international arbitration and dispute resolution; corporate and commercial ventures (including cross-border investments); enforcement of awards / judgments and debt recovery.
In its 32 years of business, Gurbani & Co has established itself as one of the leading firms of excellence in Singapore in its main areas of practice, involving all aspects of shipping, all forms of marine and general insurance, reinsurance, international and domestic commercial arbitration, and litigation. The leading partners of this niche practice have won the support of a solid international and local commercial client base, constantly engaging it as the firm of ultimate choice.
Gurbani & Co's partners have acted as arbitrators and counsel in large-scale domestic and international institutional and ad-hoc arbitrations.
Our firm has strong networks in the insurance, maritime and international trade sectors, as well as within the international arbitral community, which enables it to service the needs of its expanding client base in an increasingly global community.
Our firm also works closely with associates in ASEAN countries, China, India, UK and the USA in various crossborder legal matters and is well-placed to deal with issues in the region.
Gurbani & Co represents multinationals, listed and private companies, banks, finance houses, shipping companies, shipowners, operators, charterers, cargo owners, freight forwarders, international commodity traders, flagstates and government owned carriers, marine cargo, insurers, hull and machinery, and war risks insurers, reinsurers, P&I insurers, FD&D associations, shipping agencies, ship repairers, bunker suppliers and others from the whole spectrum of the maritime industry.
The firm’s main areas of practice encompass, but are not limited to shipping/air/land carriage and multimodal transport and freight forwarding – it advises and represents clients in disputes arising out of bills of lading, charterparties, airway bills, freight forwarding and logistics agreements including arbitration, mediation and litigation of disputes. International and domestic trade, and commercial arbitration, mediation and litigation – cross-border enforcement of foreign and domestic arbitration awards and judgments.
The firm has acted in relation to ICC, FOSFA, GAFTA, PORAM, SIAC and SCMA arbitrations, amongst others. We act in all forms of marine and general insurance.
We also handle matters concerning negotiating/drafting/formation of commercial contracts for sale and purchase of goods, commodities, corporate joint ventures, business acquisitions and start-up of companies. Our lawyers advise and represent clients in multi-jurisdictional joint ventures and acquisitions, including assisting foreign clients in the setting up of businesses in Singapore.
Gurbani & Co is consistently ranked in various international legal directories, including Chambers, Legal 500, Asialaw Profiles where our lawyers are ranked and recommended.
Gurbani & Co
Since its inception in 1992, Gurbani & Co provides dedicated legal services across shipping and maritime and international trade. The firm offers a full range of services related to its sector strengths including conveyancing, ship finance, insurance, commercial litigation and arbitration. R Govintharasah and Tan Hui Tsing are key contacts.
Aviation and shipping
Advised Wilmar Trading on a claim against the defendant Heroic Warrior concerning contract and tort for losses arising from an incident including cargo damage, cargo shortage and the loss of use of a vessel.
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, Britannia P&I Club, ERGO Insurance, Great American Insurance, X-Press Container Line
“Very practical, street smart and easy to work with.” – Dispute resolution
“Closely follows up with clients; very reasonable in its charges; strong technical knowledge and experience on disputes in the shipping and logistics segment.” – Insurance
“Good associates and senior partners that revert timely and very efficient and sound advice. Cost-effective and valued advice provided. It understands the insurance sector and reporting requirements well.” – Insurance
“Friendly and helpful lawyers not always talking about charges. Its legal opinions are easy to read and understand, very comprehensive and direct and honest.” – Insurance
“Quality advice provided and positive results on the suits carried out.” – Insurance
“Gurbani was extremely prompt in its actions and was able to swiftly provide in-depth information about the vessel details, trading route, P&I club and owners info within short time.” – Insurance
“Sharp, excellent understanding” – Shipping
“The firm offers a sophisticated commercial legal practice complemented by a dedicated team of skilled lawyers. It provided outstanding legal services, particularly in the marine and insurance industry, and works at the cutting edge of legal developments. The firm solves matters of corporate, commercial and legal issues with combined rigorous analysis and astute judgement to ensure that its clients' positions and rights are both commercially and legally protected.” – Shipping
“It is very professional, especially Mr Govin who gives very practical and relevant advice to make the best of a bad situation.” – Shipping
“The firm approached each case with a positive attitude and with a team that worked well together.” – Shipping
“Quick turnaround. Very familiar with local admiralty law and procedures. Direct advice. Extremely cost-effective.” – Shipping
“Gave proper legal advice and helped us to proceed with a claim against the counterparty.” – Shipping
Yong Tong Ang
“Very professional and successfully resolved the dispute.”
“Has closely followed up with our cases and able to update our queries very promptly.”
“Very responsive and sound advice provided.”
“Good knowledge of the law, shipping industry and practical in approach.”
“Knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.”
“Very senior and seasoned marine and liability lawyer in the market. Has the capability to handle highly complex suits and the quality of his work is our assurance.”
“Great client interaction, acknowledging good and bad feedback and willingness to improve, prompt in service and willing to go that extra mile to get work done. The fee is also very reasonable.”
“Good at listening to the issue and working out a solution.”
“Very communicative, very good knowledge about his field, particularly in shipping and international arbitration.”
“He is a dedicated skilled lawyer who combines rigorous analysis with astute judgement to ensure our clients' positions and rights are both commercially and legally protected. He also communicates well and keeps us updated with the developments of the case.”
“He listens to all the concerns and gives relevant advice.”
Hui Tsing Tan
“Hard-working, good value for money and knowledgeable.”
“Positive approach and willingness to fully understand the case and problem.”
“Her familiarity with admiralty law and procedures. Good rapport with fellow lawyers and bench. Very cost-effective.”
“Giving prompt legal advice for our query.”
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