Successfully represented Sumifru Singapore in a high court action concerning an employee’s breach of fiduciary duties

When a company uncovers schemes perpetrated by one of its employees, what is the recourse available against the employee? Can the company also seek recourse against the employee’s collaborators?

This was the situation faced by the Singapore High Court where Sumifru Singapore (the “Plaintiff”) was successfully represented by Partners Winston Kwek, Dedi Affandi Ahmad, and senior associates Kun Hang Li and Dharini Ravi of Rajah & Tann Singapore.

The Court found that the 1st Defendant employee, in his role as shipping director owed fiduciary duties to the Plaintiff employer, and had breached these duties by perpetrating various schemes against the interests of the Plaintiff. The Court further found the 2nd and 3rd Defendants, companies owned and controlled by the 1st Defendant, to be jointly and severally liable on the basis of dishonest assistance.

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