Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore
Solicitor, England and Wales
Tel: +65 6589 8118
Doris Chia is a strategic advisor and skilled litigator with expertise in civil & commercial litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution, defamation law, contract law, insurance law, company law and property law and other areas of law. She has appeared before the Singapore Court of Appeal, the High Court and the State Court for a wide variety of cases, some of which were landmark legal decisions (click here to see the cases). Doris was formerly a partner in Harry Elias Partnership (now known as Eversheds Harry Elias) and David Lim & Partners LLP.
With more than 25 years of experience in civil and commercial litigation work, Doris’ strength is in providing strategic legal advice to a diverse range of clients to help them achieve their goals. Doris has given legal advice to and acted for multinational corporations (MNCs), small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and individuals. She has clients from Singapore, India, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia, Australia, France and the USA.
Doris is widely recognised as a leading litigator and authority on defamation law in Singapore. In 2016, Doris’ book titled “Defamation: Principles and Procedure in Singapore and Malaysia” was published by LexisNexis. This is the latest legal textbook on defamation law for legal practitioners and law students for Singapore and Malaysia. Doris co-authored the 3rd edition of, “Evans on Defamation in Singapore and Malaysia” (2008 Ed) which has been cited in various court judgments in Singapore and Malaysia. (click here to see the 2 books under Resource and For a list of cases where Singapore Judges referred to the defamation textbook(s) written by Doris, see here). Her views on defamation are regularly sought by the media and she has been quoted by The Straits Times, Today, The New Paper and Channel News Asia. Doris is always in demand as a speaker for talks and regularly conducts classes for journalists on defamation and media law.
Doris is passionate about giving back to society, especially in the area of legal education as she believes that knowledge empowers. She gives pro bono talks on many different legal issues. Doris is also sought after for her views on various legal issues: on 24 September 2017, she was interviewed for and appeared in a Channel News Asia story on the dangers of illegal Multi-Level Marketing and Pyramid Schemes; on 7 December 2018, she was interviewed by Channel News Asia for her views on the sale of fake currency by money changers in Singapore; and 0n 27 January 2019, she appeared on Channel 8 News (Mandarin), providing her views on the changes to the law in respect of the sale of illegal set top boxes.
She is the Editor of the 4th Edition of “You & the Law” (2011). The book is a community project by the Singapore Association of Women Lawyers (SAWL) to simplify important areas of law for the layman. Proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Tan Ah Tah-SAWL Fund for the physically disabled and needy students.
In 2013, Doris co-authored a chapter on “Product Liability” for the Law Society’s Law Awareness campaign which aims to provide a “Social Enterprise Legal Toolkit” to young entrepreneurs aged 20-30 years by explaining in simple terms, the legal issues in the setting up and running of social enterprises.