Jern-Fei Ng KC is an experienced counsel specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration, with extensive experience appearing before courts and arbitral tribunals and sitting as arbitrator in different jurisdictions, including England, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and Luxembourg.
Jern-Fei has acted as counsel in some 350 cases and as arbitrator in some 30 cases (as presiding, sole and co-arbitrator) pursuant to, amongst others, ICC, HKIAC, LCIA, LMAA, SIAC, PCA and UNCITRAL Rules. He is also the fourth English King’s Counsel to be admitted to the Singapore Bar and is the only English King’s Counsel to have triple affiliation in London, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Described in the legal directories as “an absolute superstar of the Bar”, “simply the best”, “one of the biggest names for Asia-related arbitration” and an “absolutely brilliant advocate!”
He is also described as a “highly skilled strategist and terrific advocate” with “first-class advocacy skills” that is both “smooth and persuasive”; “one of the most talented counsel I have worked with on issues of strategy, where he is always several steps ahead of the current state of proceedings”. He is “a very talented silk” who is “already in the zone of a leader in international arbitration” and who has an ability to “present practical legal solutions that not only win you the battles, but also the war.”
“Extremely intelligent and tactically astute, he is one of a kind and is highly sought after.” “He shows tenacity in fighting his client’s corner and has the ability to swiftly produce forceful oral rebuttals”; “will fight like a gladiator to win the case”; “very proactive and, once instructed, takes control of a case and pushes it forward to the advantage of the client”; “super intelligent, very knowledgeable”.
Described as having a “blue-chip practice”; litigation experience that is “top-class”, with “an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law”; “superb lawyer and strategist” who “can master complex facts quickly” and who “provides impeccable oral and written advocacy”. He “can eat documents for breakfast” and has a “formidable reputation in Asia Pacific as an arbitrator and counsel”.
English, Chinese Mandarin, Chinese Cantonese, Malay, Indonesian
Currently acting in international arbitrations where in excess of US$2.5bn is at stake. Instructed in 23 international arbitrations since taking silk covering disputes as diverse as share sales, joint ventures and biopharma. Cases instructed as counsel include:
Instructed in some of the largest civil fraud actions heard in England in recent years, including the US$1 billion Fiona Trust litigation and CNA Insurance Company Ltd v Willis Ltd (both of which are referred to in greater detail in the Commercial Litigation section below). Has also acted extensively in international arbitrations involving allegations of dishonesty.
Acts in an broad range of commercial and civil fraud disputes, the highlights of which include the following:
Frequently instructed in energy and commodity disputes, particularly those involving a cross-border element. Experience ranges from claims arising from the sale of coal to the construction of offshore oil platforms to disputes revolving around alternative energy sources, such as those related to the supply of PV solar modules. Recommended by Legal 500 UK (2023) and Chambers UK (2014) for Commodities and Energy. For further details, please see the Arbitration section above.
Advised and acted in a number of indirect tax cases, including:
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