“Market sources praise Philip Jeyaretnam SC as a pre-eminent disputes practitioner.” – Chambers Asia Pacific
"Philip Jeyaretnam is praised by clients for being 'very quick on the uptake' and for 'knowing everything there is to know about arbitrations and arbitration-related litigation'." – Chambers Asia Pacific
"Philip Jeyaretnam is 'a star' and 'a master tactician'." – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Philip is the global vice-chair and ASEAN CEO at Dentons. A leading commercial litigator and international arbitration counsel in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution and the Arbitration groups, Philip was appointed as Senior Counsel in 2003 at the early age of 38 and is named in all the major legal publications as an expert in arbitration, construction law and litigation.
Philip's active international arbitration practice as counsel spans investments and projects across Asia, and he has represented clients in arbitration proceedings in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, London, Zurich and Brunei. He is particularly experienced in disputes of two kinds, namely disputes involving difficult technical issues and disputes involving complex financial structuring.
Philip has also had numerous appointments as arbitrator, particularly under SIAC and ICC Rules.
In his court practice, Philip successfully defended PNG Sustainability Development Program (PNGSDP) in a Singapore High Court matter against the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, which involved assets worth about US$1.4 billion, one of the highest value matters to have been heard in the Singapore High Court. Other recent significant High Court trial wins were Cheong Soh Chin and others v. Eng Chiet Shoong and others  SGHC 131, Millenia Pte Ltd (formerly known as Pontiac Marina Pte Ltd) v Dragages Singapore Pte Ltd (formerly known as Dragages et Travaux Publics (Singapore)Pte Ltd) and others (Arup Singapore Pte Ltd, third party)  SGHC 193, Crescendas Bionics Pte Ltd v Jurong Primewide Pte Ltd  SGHC 4.
Recent notable successes in the Court of Appeal on novel and important legal issues include BNX v BOE and another matter  SGCA 29, Marty Limited v Hualon Corporation (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Receiver and Manager appointed)  SGCA 63 and Pathfinder Strategic Credit LP and another v Empire Capital Resources Pte Ltd  SGCA 29.
Philip was president of The Law Society of Singapore from January 2004 to December 2007, and was the founding chairman of the Society of Construction Law, Singapore. He is currently Chairman of Maxwell Chambers, the world's first integrated dispute resolution venue.
Philip is on the Public Service Commission, the constitutional body that oversees the civil service in Singapore. He is also on the Presidential Council for Minority Rights, which advises the President of Singapore under the equality provisions of the Constitution.