Guest of Honor
Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on 6 November 2012. He is the first Singapore-born Chief Justice.

Chief Justice Menon graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore in 1986 and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1991. He was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore in 1987, and as an attorney and counsellor-at-law in New York in 1992.

After he was called to the Bar in Singapore, he practised with major local and international law firms, primarily as an advocate, in the fields of commercial litigation and arbitration, construction law and insolvency law. From 2006 to 2007, he served as a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2008. In 2010, he was appointed the 6th Attorney-General of Singapore, a post he relinquished in 2012 shortly before his appointment as a Judge of Appeal. He was appointed to the Presidential Council for Minority Rights upon his appointment as Attorney-General in 2010 and was later appointed as its Chairman in 2012, upon his appointment as Chief Justice.

He is also the President of the Singapore Academy of Law.

Arthur Bowring
Advisor, Consultant, Arbitrator, Mediator
Bowring Advisory Ltd

Arthur Bowring MH is presently a Maritime and Commercial Advisor and Consultant and is a Maritime and Commercial Arbitrator and Mediator.
Arthur has a broad shipping and commercial background, which includes several years at sea as a deck officer, working as a ship surveyor for Lloyds Register, acting as an oil and dry cargo chartering and owning broker and freight trader for a major international trading house, handling marine insurance placing and claims and working as a consultant, handling investigative work, and claims and project management. He was the Managing Director of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association for almost 20 years.

Arthur is Council Member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Chairman of the Hong Kong Maritime Arbitration Group, and Fellow of several professional institutions.

Arthur has been honoured by several industry awards. In addition, he has been awarded the Medal of Honour by the Hong Kong SAR Government and conferred an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Vocational Training Council.

Chong Ik Wei
Partner / Managing Director

Chong Ik Wei is part of Clyde & Co’s shipping, insurance and dispute resolution practice. He also spearheads the development of the firm’s business across Asia.

Ik Wei’s main areas of practice are in shipping, insurance, natural resources and energy, with a particular focus on disputes connected with China and the ASEAN region.

He has extensive experience in advising and representing clients in international and regional arbitration, including at the ICC, LCIA, LMAA, SCMA, SIAC, HKIAC, CMAC and CIETAC.

In addition to England and Wales, Ik Wei is also admitted to practise in Hong Kong and Singapore. He is fluent in English, Mandarin, Chinese dialects and Bahasa Malaysia.

He is recommended and recognised by various legal directories including Asia Pacific Legal 500, Chambers Asia Pacific as one of the leading individuals for shipping work.

Craig Johnston
Senior Manager
Singapore Defence/ Charterers & Traders Claims Asia

Craig is a qualified lawyer in South Africa, Hong Kong and England. He has a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Natal Durban. A former naval officer, Craig subsequently worked with South African and English law firms and another IG Club in London. Immediately prior to joining Gard, he worked with Holman Fenwick Willan in Hong Kong. Craig is based in our Singapore office. He heads up Gard’s Defence / Charterers & Traders Claims Asia team working with Gard’s Charterers & Traders clients across Asia. In addition, Craig handles claims for our Charterer & Trader Clients South East Asia, India and Australia. He has a special interest in ADR and is an accredited mediator.

Dato’ Jude Benny
Consultant & Arbitrator
Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP

Dato’ Benny is a Consultant & Arbitrator in Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP. He founded the firm in 1988, and has since been the architect of the firm’s growth.

As a reputable litigation lawyer, Dato’ Benny is constantly awarded personal accolades in legal circles. Dato’ Benny has an extensive litigation practice, with principal practice areas in civil and commercial litigation, shipping and admiralty litigation, insolvency law and insurance law. Dato’ Benny is also on the Panel of Arbitrators in various jurisdictions worldwide.

Dato’ Benny served as a Director of The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore for 9 years, and as a Director of the Singapore Maritime Foundation for 7 years.

Dato’ Benny is also on the Industry Advisory Panel of the Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA).

David Martin-Clark
Full Member
LMAA Committee

After obtaining a degree in law and qualifying as a barrister, David had a commercial career with Thomas Miller in the City of London, where he was engaged, in particular, in the management of the UK P&I and Defence Clubs and the TT Club. He served as Chief Executive and then as Chairman of the Miller group and was a Director of its regional subsidiaries. He was resident in Hong Kong for some years.

After leaving Millers, David became an Associate Member of Stone Chambers in Gray’s Inn, London, and developed there an arbitration and mediation practice. He left Stone Chambers in March 2016 and now conduct his practice from his home address in Wallington, Surrey

David is a Chartered Arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. In addition to arbitrating in London, he arbitrates in Hamburg, as a member of the German Maritime Arbitrators Association and in Singapore, as a panellist of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration. David is also a panellist at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and a member of the CMAC in Shanghai.

David works also as a mediator, specializing in commercial disputes. He is accredited by CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, UK)

His fields of practice include disputes under charterparties, bills of lading, terminal operating contracts, sale and purchase and ship-building contracts, commodity contracts, container leasing contracts and policies of insurance and reinsurance.

He is a member of The Baltic Exchange.

In addition to his arbitration and mediation practice, David works as a consultant in the shipping and insurance industries. He has had experience as a director of a shipowner’s captive hull insurance company and of bolero.net

Esben Poulsson
Executive Chairman

Esben Poulsson is Executive Chairman of ENESEL PTE. LTD., a Singapore based ship owning entity, of a fleet of large container vessels all under the Singapore Flag. He has worked in the maritime industry for over 45 years and has held a variety of senior management positions in Hong Kong, London, Copenhagen and Singapore.

He is a Non-Executive Director of X-Press Feeders Ltd., Hafnia Tankers Pte. Ltd., Nordic Shipholding A/S, Batchfire Resources Pty. Ltd. and Epic Gas Ltd. He is non-executive Chairman of Cambiaso Risso Asia Pte. Ltd. and of Tamar Shipmanagement Ltd. and serves on the Board of the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

He is President of the Singapore Shipping Association and an Advisory Panel Member of the Singapore Maritime Foundation, and serves as Chairman of the London-based International Chamber of Shipping, which represents about 80% of the world fleet.

Stephen Hofmeyr QC

Stephen Hofmeyr QC is a leading commercial barrister, arbitrator and judge with an acknowledged international practice – with particular emphasis on contractual disputes of all kinds, energy and natural resources, shipping, insurance and reinsurance, commercial fraud, share valuations and professional negligence. In recent years, Stephen has received more than 200 appointments as arbitrator (ICC, LCIA, LMAA and ad hoc). Stephen has acted for and against numerous shipyards and shipping companies and dealt with a range of disputes relating to shipbuilding, ship repair, charterparties, bills of lading, contracts of affreightment, ship finance and marine insurance. He also has extensive energy experience dealing with disputes concerning pipelines, rigs, supply vessels, FPSOs and power plants. Although operating primarily out of London, he has an acknowledged international practice, having appeared and given evidence in Singapore, the Bahamas, the Eastern Caribbean, France, Switzerland, Holland and the USA. He is the editor of the chapter on bareboat charters in Carver on Charterparties.

Toh Kian Sing
Senior Partner & Head of Shipping & International Trade Practice Group
Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Toh Kian Sing LLB (Hons)(NUS), BCL (Oxon) is a Senior Partner and Head of the Shipping & International Trade Practice Group of Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP. Author of the book, Admiralty Law and Practice (3rd edition, 2017), he handles a variety of contentious shipping and commodity work, ranging from charterparty, bills of lading, international sales, letters of credit to shipbuilding claims. Kian Sing also regularly sits as arbitrator in shipping and commodity disputes. Proficient in Chinese, he has developed a practice as counsel and arbitrator in joint venture disputes involving Chinese parties and holds a Visiting Professorship at Dalian Maritime University.

Vivek Kumar
Managing Director
Western Bulk

Vivek is Managing Director at Western Bulk, based in Singapore. Apart from his administrative role, he is also responsible for company’s business in Asia, West Coast South America and New projects. Vivek has started and managed multiple businesses both in bulk and break-bulk in India/Middle East/Africa and Australia. He joined WBC as operations Manager and has been with them for 11 years, rising progressively through various ranks to now as Managing Director. Previous experiences include dry bulk broker with Braemar Seascope and engineer with NYK on board their ships.