Jonathan Thio

Senior Associate

Tel: +65 6305 6960

Jonathan was admitted to the Singapore bar as an advocate and solicitor in 2014. His main area of practice is admiralty and shipping dispute resolution. He regularly advises and represents clients in charterparty disputes, ship management disputes, cargo and misdelivery claims, international trade disputes, collisions, shipbuilding disputes and the arrest of vessels.

Jonathan also advises and represents clients in a variety of general civil and commercial matters including corporate and individual insolvency, employment, general insurance matters, and has experience in transactional work.


  • Represented a ship owner in the recognition and enforcement of an arbitration award in the Singapore High Court, and successfully resisted an application brought by a shipper to set aside the order for the enforcement of the foreign arbitral award in Singapore under the International Arbitration Act (Cap. 143A) on grounds of fraud and public policy.
  • Represented the owners of two VLGC vessels in an SCMA arbitration against their former ship managers.
  • Represented creditors in the insolvency proceedings and in enforcement proceedings against Hanjin Shipping, including a vessel arrest.
  • Represented and obtained injunctive relief for Charterers in a multi-party cargo mis-delivery claim in the Singapore High Court involving the discharge of a cargo of palm oil against letters of indemnity without presentation of original bills of lading.
  • Represented and advised shipyard and shipbuilders against the vessel owners in a dispute relating to the conversion works of an oilrig into a semi-submersible accommodation platform with a contract value in excess of USD 80 million.
  • Represented claimants in arrest proceedings of a bulk carrier, including an application for the discharge and transfer of bauxite cargo laden on the vessel. The claims were in respect of an amended Shelltime 4 Charterparty and exceeded the sum of USD 3,000,000. Judgment for the full sum was issued in the claimants’ favour.

Education (University):

University of Southampton

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Law Society of Singapore
Singapore Academy of Law