Teo Jin Huang, Managing Director (張金煌)
- Jin Huang is the Managing Director of JinHuang Legal LLC. He obtained his LLB(Hons) from the National University of Singapore in 2008 and was called to the Singapore Bar in May 2009. He was part of several firms of varying sizes, and primarily practiced a mixture of civil / commercial litigation, family and estate law, although he was exposed to other practice areas such as shipping, insurance, personal injury, insolvency and criminal law.
- Since 2015, Jin Huang has been self-employed, handling his own portfolio and clients. For several years he had been considering whether or not to set up his own firm. After 6+ years as a partner at his previous firm, a failed partnership, and the Covid-19 pandemic, he took this as a divine sign that the time was ripe to take the next step and set-up his own firm.
- With his clients, Jin Huang values a strong lawyer-client relationship built on mutual trust and respect. He makes realistic assessments of your matter and advises on cost-effective solutions. As a default mode, he looks at the solution to your dispute / matter, with your future happiness in mind. His charges are fair and transparent. Ultimately, he is there to protect you and to advance your interests, so you can always count on a truthful view of your situation (as well as how best to resolve any issues) from Jin Huang.
- Hailing from Penang, Malaysia, Jin Huang attended Penang Free School where he had the privilege of captaining both the Under-15 and Under-18 rugby teams during his time. He also ran 100m and 4x100m for his school’s athletics team. It is no surprise that he draws much inspiration and life lessons from sports. While in university Jin Huang continued to be active in student life and has fond memories of his time as Sports Secretary, as well as acting in his batch’s play “Kopishop Rock” (proceeds from ticket sales went to charity).
- Even with a hectic schedule, Jin Huang remains an active member of society by conducting legal clinics once a month at Cheng San CC (since 2012). He was also an Adjunct Lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic from mid-2015 to December 2020. Come rain or shine, Jin Huang goes for daily walks with his dog. To keep healthy, he attends Yoga and Pilates classes, and goes swimming occasionally. During his free time, he loves watching rugby (specifically the Hurricanes and the All Blacks). When going about life, he likes to exchange experiences with the people he meets through a good ol’ conversation.
- To communicate, Jin Huang speaks and writes in English and Malay. He is also able to speak Mandarin and Hokkien. Even with different language proficiency levels, he has found that communication is generally smooth as long as there are 2 willing parties.
Reported cases / featured articles:
VLO v. VLP  SGFC 68;
VLO v. VLP  SGFC 79;
UFI v. UFG  SGFC 102;
TDX v. TDY  SGFC 95;
“Custody row: Teary-eyed twins leave for US” by K C Vijayan, Straits Times 16 March 2011; and
“Divorce Lawyers Share 5 Truths on Marriage”, Herworld 27 June 2019.
Some cases which struck a chord:
- Securing shared care and control of a child for a father who had been denied access and excluded from his child’s life by his ex-spouse and her mother.
- Obtaining a series of Orders to secure client’s child in Singapore including: (a) 2 injunctions for 2 separate abduction attempts by ex-wife; (b) application to hand over child physically for purposes of relevant immigration applications; and (c) other related orders to secure stable access for client. Eventually resisting other side’s application for relocation and securing shared care & control for client. *See: VLO v. VLP  SGFC 68; and VLO v. VLP  SGFC 79.
- Successfully appealing and overturning an ancillary matters decision ordering client to pay about S$300,000.00 more than he should have had to pay, due to an overvaluation of his shares in the court below.
- Representing mother in application to relocate back to her home country (Shanghai, China) with her son after marriage in Singapore broke down. Obtained 45% of division of matrimonial assets for wife in 7-year marriage and secured her and the son financially. [*Note: Sources reveal that the Order was so good (for us) that the client’s husband asked for a reconciliation]
- Involved in successfully applying for the return of twin boys from Singapore to the U.S. after being abducted by their mother (*Note: In 2010, before International Child Abduction Act came into force).
- Represented younger son in a sensitive suit against him by mother (*suspected instigation by elder son), for the division of a flat in joint names. Although we reached a favourable settlement at Court mediation, with my client’s blessings, I pushed for further terms in the agreement to ensure that the elderly mother would be protected against being instigated to sell her flat by the older son. We agreed that we could have just stopped there but we wanted to do the ethical thing.
- In another sensitive suit, represented parents in cross-applications for PPOs with their violent son. While the suit was ongoing, we had to concurrently manage the eviction of the son from the parents’ flat, so that the parents could sell their flat and move on with their lives.
- Representing mother who moved back to home country (India) from Singapore with daughter when marriage broke down.
- Successfully appealing an Ancillary Matters order, resulting in father getting at least 50% more access time with his son.
- Successfully defending against application by client’s ex-wife to reduce his access time with children. This was a classic cliché case of using the children as a “bargaining chip”. Not only did we get the ex-wife’s application dismissed, I also successfully persuaded the Court to grant more access to my client.
- Advised client and successfully negotiated a resolution at Private Mediation that saved my client hundreds of thousands of dollars had the matter proceeded to a hearing. In employing much “soft-skills” and targeted diplomacy, an amicable agreement was reached which avoided the need for client to sell inherited family home.
- Successfully negotiating for and obtaining sole care & control order for father of young boy. Many judgment calls had to be made and I am glad we made the right calls.
- Successfully negotiating for and obtaining an order for sole custody of child for mother where her ex-husband showed no interest in the child whatsoever.
- Successfully pleading for and securing probation for a teenage boy charged with Robbery with common intent.
- Successfully defending against enforcement of, and rescinding, an Interim Maintenance order.
- Obtaining an order for 100% liability against the other party in a contentious road traffic accident trial, after the other side refused to accept a reasonable offer.
- Securing unpaid wages for crew stranded on ship arrested in Singapore waters (and subsequently abandoned by shipowners) and arranging for their repatriation to their home countries.
- All the other matters in which just 1 letter or some advice, was all it took to stop my clients from being bullied by their landlords, tenants, employers, ex-spouses, etc.
Singapore Divorce Lawyer
Areas Of Practice
- Divorce / Annulment / Separation
- Family Violence / Personal Protection Orders (PPOs)
- Custody, Care & Control & Access / Other Children’s Issues
- Maintenance (wife / child)
- Cross-Border Issues
- Estate Planning / Probate & Letters of Administration / Mental Capacity
- Civil / Commercial Litigation / Claims
- Commissioner for Oaths
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