Jane Rebecca Ong and Others
v Ong Siauw Ping  EWHC 1742 (Ch)
The complex litigation spanning over 24
years in Courts both in Singapore and in London, between Ms Jane Rebecca Ong (“Ms Ong”) and her estranged mother-in-law
the late Madam Lim Lie Hoa (“Madam Lim”),
resulted in numerous landmark decisions on various areas of the law including the
Singapore High Court endorsing the definition of
‘disbursements’ (see  3 SLR (R)
189;  3 SLR 189;  SGHC 44).
Pursuant to an Anton Pillar Order by
the Singapore High Court, voluminous documents comprising over 72,000 pages were
seized from Madam Lim. Engelin Teh Practice LLC were instructed by Ms Ong to
conduct the legal proceedings in Singapore. The said documents were meticulously
studied and reviewed. On 29 June 2010, Mr Andrew Ho (senior consultant at ETP
LLC) discovered three pages of a trust deed executed by Madam Lim on 14
December 1985 and he alerted Ms Ong.
Following the digitalisation of all the
Anton Pillar documents in 2011 and further digital searches, references to the
trust deed were discovered in correspondence by Madam Lim’s UK solicitors.
Pursuant to an application by Ms Ong in the London Court, it was Ordered on 17
August 2012 that the original executed trust deed be disclosed to Ms Ong. Ms
Ong and her children subsequently obtained disclosure of the trust deed in its
The significance of the trust deed is
that the same was executed by Madam Lim before any of the legal proceedings
were commenced in either London or in Singapore, and Madam Lim had repeatedly
denied the existence of the said trust deed.
In a 78-page judgment released on 17
June 2015, the Honourable Justice Paul Morgan found that the trust deed was
duly executed by Madam Lim. In determining that Madam Lim’s evidence in
Singapore Court proceedings was a ‘deliberate lie’ and that she obtained
several London Court orders against Ms Ong by ‘knowingly repeating her untruthful
evidence’, the said London Court orders were either set aside or stayed.
Justice Paul Morgan noted that “The
Anton Pillar documents did not contain a full copy of the trust deed and the
three pages from the trust deed (found by Mr Andrew Ho) were confusingly beside
a different agreement so that it was not obvious that those three pages related
to the trust deed.”
When asked by a reporter from the Straits
Times newspaper as to how he managed to find the three pages, Mr Andrew Ho
replied that “It’s just part of the job.”
The Straits Times report on the
decision was published on 9 July 2015.
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