Augustine Liew Kah Inn


LLB (Hons) University of Wales (UWIST)
Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
Barrister-At-Law (Inner Temple)

Commissioner for Oaths
Notary Public
Senior Accredited Specialist (Maritime & Shipping Law), Singapore Academy of Law

T: 65 6230 1173

Practice Areas
Arbitration & MediationShipping & Admiralty Law
Commercial & Corporate Litigation
International Trade & Commodities

Gus graduated with an LL.B (Hons.) from the University of Wales (UWIST) in 1983. He was called to the English Bar in 1985 and was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 1986.

As a member of the team from Haridass Ho & Partners who assisted the Temasek Polytechnic to introduce subject of admiralty to their diploma course for para-legals, he organised the course in Admiralty, delivered lectures, conducted tutorials, and set the examination papers and marking schemes for the course from 1996 to 1997. In 2004, Gus lectured at the Nanyang Executive Program on Shipping Management organised by the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) on the subjects of maritime liens, salvage, general average, ship arrest, limitation of liability and liability regimes for cargo claims.  Gus was a Guest Lecturer in the National Technological University MS/c Degree Course for the Shipping Management Modules I and II in the years 2004 and 2005 and lectured on the subjects of Admiralty Jurisdiction and Sovereign Immunity, Ship Registration, Limitation of Liability, Marine Insurance and Oil Pollution. He was also a trainer at the Wavelink Academy which is founded by the NTUC and SMOU. He has delivered papers at various MARTECH events,  the Asia Business Law Forum Conferences, Thai Shipping Association Conferences and various in-house seminars for various shipowners. Until year 2015, he tutored the Admiralty subject in the Practice Law Course of the Singapore Institute of Legal Education.  In 2018 he taught the marine insurance subject of the Shipping Specialist Accreditation Course organised by the Singapore Academy of Law and together with a co-tutor set the examination paper and marked the exam paper. 

Gus is primarily a litigator concentrating his practice mainly in admiralty including ship arrests, casualties, fires, groundings, collisions, salvage, general average, towage, cargo claims, personal injury claims, crew and wages disputes, shipmanagement disputes and bunker disputes. He has handled oil shortage and contamination disputes as well and generally disputes in the oil and gas sector. In addition, he handles some non-marine insurance matters.

Notable Cases

    The first case in Singapore on oil pollution where the Owners of ship carrying oil in bulk had successfully invoked limitation under the Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollution) Act, 1985 Edition (now repealed).
    Sinking of the vessel at a waterfront in Singapore. The matter was resolved in Singapore.
    Huge case of oil pollution, and of major public interest where, at the conclusion of the matter, the local newspaper disclosed the workings of sophisticated tracking systems of the MPA.
    (Cargo claims value about USD23,000,000.00) Represented shipowners and the P&I Club in a case of serious grounding of the vessel off Horsburgh Lighthouse, involving claims from holders of more than 50 bills of lading, claims of tonnage limitation of liability and claims in relation to general average. Issues of competence of the officer on watch relating to navigation and issues of many other maritime matters were raised. This matter went through more than 100 interlocutory applications enroute to trial.
    An arbitration in Singapore representing shipowner involving disputes over loss and damage to 52 containers off Cape Town and novel points in relation to the NYPE Inter-Club Agreement 1996.
  • MARINA IRIS [2007] 1 Lloyds Rep. 66.
    Represented shipowner in a marine hull and machinery insurance matter in which a tug sank during her voyage from Kobe to Singapore. The case went to the Court of Appeal and involved issues of:

    • Mixed policy vs. time policy
    • Express warranties and warranty surveyor
    • Routeing
    • Unseaworthiness and privity
    • Perils of the sea
    A litigation in Malaysia representing the bunker supplier, involving a fixed price bunker contract of value about USD 26,000,000.00.
    Representing the shipowner and P&I Club in an explosion and fire case for limitation action in Singapore of limitation fund value about SGD6,000,000.00 and obtained an order for the first time in Singapore to constitute the LLC 1976 Limitation Fund by providing a P&I Club letter of undertaking .
    Explosion and fire at a waste disposal plant in Singapore. Represented the Assured in a Claim for indemnity under insurance policy. Value about SGD8,000,000.00.
    Representing the Seller of a newbuilding (ship) in a sale and purchase dispute of about USD34,000,000.00.

Awards, Memberships or Publications 

  • Received the Cecil Fifoot Common Law Prize from UWIST
  • Authored the chapter on the subject of “Arrest of Ships in Singapore” in the IBA Maritime Law Handbook
  • Authored the chapter on the subject of limitation of liability under Singapore laws in the book “Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims” by Patrick Griggs, Richard Williams and Jeremy Farr (LLP, 4th Edition 2005)
  • Contributor to the practitioners’ publication, “Singapore Precedents of Pleadings” (Sweet & Maxwell Asia, 2006)
  • Contributor to Halsbury’s Laws of Singapore Vol. 40 (Carriers) 2016 Reissue