Dato’ Benny is one of the founding partners of Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP. He began the Firm’s shipping and admiralty practice as well as its global network of offices. As a reputable litigation lawyer and arbitrator, Dato’ Benny is consistently awarded personal accolades in legal circles.
In 2005 Chambers Global described Jude Benny as “An old hand in the game, he knows every rule in the book, and may have written a few himself” and again, “..impressive and quick off the mark”. Who’s Who Legal 2008 entry for the world’s leading maritime lawyers says : “Jude Benny’s involvement in ship collision trials led to high levels of recognition, and he is regarded as a “legend in this field”.
Dato’ Benny has argued the following cases before the Singapore court that are authorities on landmark or novel points and/or have become leading authorities:
He also appeared on behalf of the Malaysian Government in a series of civil cases involving railway land ownership in Singapore; and the Jacques Cousteau Foundation with respect to the sinking of the famous vessel the “Calypso”. In addition, he represented Bethlehem Shipyard in a highly-contentious matter concerning the delivery of the “John Brewer”, the world’s first floating hotel, to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Conducted the two ship collision trials to go to Court in Singapore in the last 40 years, involving the vessels “Ming Galaxy” / “Hercei Novi” and “Tai He”/Nordic Explorer.
Over his 30 years of practice, Dato’ Benny has acquired extensive experience as both arbitration counsel and arbitrator in a wide area of commercial law including construction, infrastructure, off-shore, shipbuilding and corporate conflicts. Dato’ Benny conducted the very first international arbitration at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) for United Engineers Berhad against a Norwegian company. where the dispute involved the defective sign of an oil rig for use by Petronas and Esso. The hearing lasted a record 105 days (SIAC Arbitration No.1/90). Dato’ Benny also led the Singapore Maritime Foundation, Maritime Arbitration Work Group, which led to the establishment of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime, and which was instrumental in growing the maritime arbitration scene in Singapore.
Dato’ Benny sits as arbitrator in International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitrations, and is a Panel / Accredited Arbitrator at the following Institutions:
Dato’ Benny is a contributing author to three international publications:
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The first ever Admirlty Practice chapter XLVII of the Singapore version of the Atkins Court Forms will be launched in September 2007. This is the