Carol Yuen

Senior Associate

Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore

LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore (2019)

Carol Yuen is Senior Associate of RCL Chambers Law Corporation who has a strong record of assisting lead counsel in commercial, criminal, and public interest litigation at every level of the Singapore Courts. Prior to joining our firm, Carol commenced her practice training under the tutelage of a highly regarded litigator and was later part of a team of top-ranked litigators co-led by Remy Choo.

Carol has notable experience in resolving high value commercial disputes, investor-state arbitration, shareholder litigation, trust and estate disputes, and white-collar criminal defence work. Carol has also assisted with the defence and appeals of disciplinary proceedings instituted against professionals in the legal, dental and estate agent industries.

Carol has significant experience in disposing of criminal matters where the accused are charged with or being investigated for Penal Code offences including criminal defamation, rioting, drug consumption and possession, commercial sex with a minor, penetrative sexual assault, theft, and traffic offences; and other offences under the Employment Act and Protection from Harassment Act. She regularly acts for indigent persons by actively volunteering with the Law Society’s Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS) and has been enrolled as Junior Assisting Counsel with the Supreme Court’s Legal Aid Scheme for Capital Offences (LASCO).

Carol is also a passionate advocate of migrant workers and refugee rights who has spent her undergraduate summers with a number of non-governmental organisations including Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (“HOME”), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (“UNHCR”) in Kuala Lumpur, and The Law and Policy of Sustainable Development Research Center in Hanoi. In school, Carol won the subject prize for the Best Directed Research on combatting human trafficking in ASEAN and was the first Runner-Up in the Jean-Pictet Moot on international humanitarian law.

Representative Portfolio

  • Acted for the majority members of a family-owned property development company of an estimated value of S$450 million against the minority shareholder seeking relief for minority oppression under section 216 of the Companies Act, with the matter successfully settled mid-trial (2022).
  • Acted as counsel in an investor-state arbitration administered by International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) between a Singaporean-Chinese businessman and the People’s Republic of China for the expropriation of investment properties estimated at US$1.5 billion (2021).
  • Acted for a political party in the High Court against its former member in a dispute involving the interpretation of the disciplinary provisions contained in the party constitution, with the matter amicably settled at mediation (2022).
  • Acted for a Malaysian businessman in the High Court and successfully renegotiated payment terms for a US$300,000 debt (2022).
  • Acted for the wife in the Family Court to resist the husband’s application to amend the statement of claim in the divorce proceedings: reported in VQZ v VRA [2021] SGFC 69.
  • Acting for a religious charitable organisation against the trustees of a temple in the High Court concerning the construction of the trust deed (present). 
  • Appeared as instructed counsel before the Court of Appeal in a landmark case definitively interpreting whether or not a common intention constructive trust can arise in favour of individuals entitled to HDB shophouse property: reported in Ong Chai Soon v Ong Chai Koon and others [2022] SGCA 36.
  • Successfully acted for an individual in the High Court to specifically enforce a settlement agreement for the transfer of two residential properties valued at S$2 million (2021).
  • Acted for a star freight trader of Shell Eastern Trading (Pte) Ltd in a claim involving constructive dismissal and the torts of unlawful means conspiracy, inducing breach of contract and malicious falsehood at the General Division and the Appellate Division of the High Court: reported in Dong Wei v Shell Eastern Trading (Pte) Ltd and another [2022] SGHC(A) 8; Dong Wei v Shell Eastern Trading (Pte) Ltd and another [2021] SGHC 123.
  • Defended an individual in the District Court who was charged with contravening the Computer Misuse Act, theft of his ex-girlfriend’s credit card under section 378 and giving false information under section 203 of the Penal Code and made final closing submissions at the end of the trial (2022).
  • Defended a male nurse in the District Court who was charged with outrage of modesty under section 354 of the Penal Code and conducted a one-day examination-in-chief of the defence’s main witness (2022).
  • Appeared before the Court of Appeal as junior counsel to an accused in the ancillary application under section 251 of the Criminal Procedure Code for the appropriate committal orders to be made, following his acquittal of the murder charge on the ground of unsoundness of mind: reported in Tan Kok Meng v Public Prosecutor [2021] 2 SLR 403.
  • Defended a fireproofing cladding supplier and its director in the District Court who was charged with cheating under section 420 of the Penal Code (2021).
  • Defended a director in the District Court who was charged under section 420 of the Penal Code and section 6 of the Prevention of Corruption Act for taking kickbacks during the procurement process of various subsidiary companies of a local university and conducted a three-day cross-examination of two of the prosecution’s witnesses (2021).
  • Acted for the complainant against two Deputy Public Prosecutors in disciplinary proceedings commenced under section 82A of the Legal Profession Act: reported in The Law Society of Singapore v Tan Yanying and another [2022] SGDT 6.
  • External counsel for an opposition-held Town Council in Singapore.