Bar Admissions

  • Singapore Bar (1996)
  • Solicitor, England and Wales (1999)

Martin is Head of the Maritime Practice at Farallon Law Corporation. He specialises in contentious and non-contentious shipping and offshore matters.

Martin was General Counsel at the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) for 15 years (2005 – 2020), advising its senior management and leading its legal and prosecution activities.  In the latter role he also prosecuted maritime regulatory offences in court for the MPA.  He also advised MPA’s affiliated organisations such as the Ministry of Transport (Sea Division), Singapore Maritime Foundation, Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration, Singapore Maritime Institute and ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre.  He continues to serve the Singapore Organisation of Seamen (SOS) as a Legal Consultant, as an adjunct marine practice consultant at the NUS Centre for International Law, and adjunct fellow at the MPA Academy. 

Martin represented Singapore at meetings of the Legal Committee of the International Maritime Organization, at the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund Assembly and also at the Special Tripartite Committee (STC) of the International Labour Organisation’s Maritime Labour Convention, in Geneva.  He continues to serve as a vice-chair on the STC.  

Martin commenced legal practice in 1996 at Messrs Ramdas & Wong.  Before he joined the MPA in 2005, he handled dispute resolution at Goodwins Law Corporation (Singapore). In his litigation practice, Martin acted as defence counsel in criminal cases including as assisting and lead counsel in reported capital cases assigned by the High Court under their LASCO Scheme.  Martin was also an active volunteer with the Law Society’s Criminal Legal Aid Scheme, and also appeared as counsel for the Law Society in 2 reported cases.  He also acted as prosecuting counsel for the Central Provident Fund Board prosecuting employers in court for offences committed under the CPF Act.

Before his admission to the Singapore Bar, Martin was an Administrative Service Officer in the Singapore Civil Service and served postings at the Ministry of Defence, Communications and Information, and was seconded to the Research Unit of the National Trades Union Congress.

Experience

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate and Commercial Disputes
  • Criminal Law, Financial and Transnational Crime
  • Employment Law
  • Maritime Law, Shipping and Offshore
  • Singapore Law Compliance
  • Singapore Legal Opinions

Education and Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), National University of Singapore (NUS), 1984
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business Laws, NUS, 1988

Memberships

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law

Professional Activities

  • Legal adviser (since Nov 2008) and President (since Sept 2017), Singapore Association for the Deaf
  • Management Committee Member, Treasurer (2016 to 2020), and Legal Advisory Panel (since 2008), Eurasian Association of Singapore
  • Chairman, Singapore School for the Deaf School Management Committee (2014 to 2017)
  • Member, Lighthouse School Management Committee (2015 to 2017)
  • Board Member, Treasurer (since October 2020), Restroom Association of Singapore 
  • Management Committee member, Tanjong Pagar United Football Club (since 2016) 
  • Tutor and Advocacy trainer, Postgraduate Practical Law Course conducted by the Board of Legal Education, Singapore (1998 to 2007)
  • Volunteer counsel, Law Society of Singapore’s Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS), (1996 to 2005)
  • Volunteer counsel, Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offences (LASCO), Singapore Supreme Court (1998 to 2005)
  • Volunteer assigned solicitor, Legal Aid Bureau (LAB) (1998 to 2005)
  • Grassroots organisations volunteer (1983 to 2000)

Reported Cases

  • Re Caplan Jonathan Michael QC [1997] SGHC 284
  • Public Prosecutor v Mansoor S/O Abdullah and Others [1998] SGHC 210
  • Mansoor s/o Abdullah and another v Public Prosecutor [1998] SGCA 57
  • Public Prosecutor v Mohd Halmi bin Hamid [2005] 4 SLR(R) 200
  • The Law Society of Singapore v Sivakolunthu Thirunavukarasu [2005] SGDSC 13

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“I am an attorney based in New York specializing in International Law and Commercial Law. Recently, I had retained the services of Nicolas Tang of Farallon Law in a United States court action involving a party residing in Singapore. Mr. Tang and his firm flawlessly handled the proceedings. His team was extremely efficient in the action and knowledgeable in seeing the matter through to a successful outcome. Our U.S. client is forever indebted to them, as I am, for their professionalism, kindness, and, of course, result. My colleagues and I will only retain Mr. Tang’s firm should the need for local Singapore counsel arise again in the future.”

Allen M. Lowy Attorney at Law

“We definitely recommend Mr Nicolas Tang for his professionalism, approachability and immense dedication to his work and his clients.

Mr Nicolas has guided us well through complicated legal principles and deliberates carefully every move’s outcome possibilities and probabilities before any is taken. He sees the big picture and strategises the path forward and involves us in the thought process throughout.

Mr Nicolas also gives full consideration of our thoughts and feelings which were greatly appreciated during this onerous process.

Talk to him and you too will not regret!”

Richard Koh

“We would like to thank you and your team for helping us on on this matter.

I think we are very happy with the outcome.”

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