Koh, Peter



LLB (Hons)(S’pore) LLM (London) FCIArb
Arbitrator, CMAC and CIETAC

Certificate in Advanced Mediation (Harvard)
Certificate in Advanced ADR (Windsor)

Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore
Barrister & Solicitor, British Columbia/Canada
Solicitor, England & Wales
Cellular Tel numbers: 65 91511997 (Singapore)
                                       1 604 3701997 (Canada)
                                       86 13918841997 (China)
Email:  peter.koh@rhtlawtaylorwessing.com


Commercial Litigation & Arbitration, including Mediation and Tribunals.

Corporate & Securities Regulation: Transnational Mergers and Acquisitions and Joint Ventures, Representations before banking and securities regulatory authorities.

Peter  has represented clients in arbitral, tribunal  and court proceedings in Shipping and Commercial law cases in Singapore, England and British Columbia/Canada.  He appeared in the Federal Courts of Canada, Supreme Courts of British Columbia, High Courts of Singapore and assisted London Silks in the Commercial Courts  and the Privy Council in London.

He was a former pupil of Lord Justice Anthony Evans at then 4 Essex Court, Middle Temple, England.  For many years, he acted for major protection and indemnity clubs and was the Legal Correspondent for Japan P & I and China P & I, ship-owners, shipyards and other marine-related industries.

Lord Phillips of Worth, President of the UK Supreme Court said of Peter in a matter arising from Keppel Shipyard in Singapore 1.10.2011:

Peter and I go back a long time as we were both involved on opposite sides, in an appeal to the Privy Council about a ship’s propeller

Peter was the Chief Representative of an international law firm for five years in Beijing and is currently an accredited arbitrator with both China Maritime Arbitration Commission and China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission.  He was a former director of Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association.   For 5 successive years, he was also the Secretary-General of the Singapore Maritime Law Association.

For more than 20 years, he has acted mainly as Counsel (and occasionally as Arbitrator in Shipping and Commercial Arbitrations in London, Vancouver and Singapore as well as before securities and banking regulatory tribunals at these jurisdictions.  Legal issues usually involve charter-parties and bills of ladings.  Court matters include such issues plus towage in the Canadian Federal Courts and Maritime law in Singapore High Courts.

Currently, he is a visiting professor at 9 Chinese universities, including China University of Political Science & Law, Xiamen University, Renmin University and Wuhan University. He is also a permanent Visiting Professor at China’s two premier maritime universities:  Dalian Maritime University and Shanghai Maritime University.

In 2008, he was appointed an adjunct professor at the University of Western Ontario and the National University of Singapore.  He was instrumental in introducing International

Shipping Law at both universities.  From 2008 to 2012, he taught one of the modules leading to the LLM double degrees from New York University and National University of Singapore.

He had lectured on subjects relating to English Marine Insurance law and English Admiralty law for courses organized for British and European lawyers by Lloyd’s of London Press some time ago.  He also conducted courses for BIMCO, Japan Shipping Exchange, Singapore Shipping Association and China P & I Club.


His publications include the following:

Author, Major Issues in Shipping Law (with PRC and English Comparative Notes) (1st Edition) (Published by Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters)

Author, Major Issues in Company Law (with PRC and English Comparative Notes) (1st to 4th Editions) (Published by Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters)

Co-editor of Mergers and Acquisitions in China  (1st and 2nd Editions) (Published by Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters)

Author, Marine Insurance & the New Institute Cargo Clauses (Published by Longman’s in London)

Author, Law of Partnership in Singapore and Malaysia (Published by Professional Publications in Singapore)

Editor, Carriage of Goods by Sea (Published by Butterworth in London)

Author of national chapter, Tetley’s International Conflict of Law, Common, Civil & Maritime


Lord Bingham, then Senior Law Lord said of Peter’s latest publication Major Issues in Company Law (with PRC and English Comparative Notes) on 10.3.2010:

An understanding of the rules applicable in another country may be very important where two countries such as the People’s Republic of China and the United Kingdom are important trading partners and are – particularly in the case of China  of major economic strength.  Here lies the value of this book, explaining and comparing the rules applicable in our two countries in a structured and informative way.