SIAC-CIArb Debate (8 June 2017)

The SIAC-CIArb Debate was held on 8 June 2017 in a packed ballroom of 256 delegates at The Westin Singapore. Opening remarks were delivered by Mr Gary Born (President, SIAC Court of Arbitration) and Mr Chou Sean Yu (Chairman, Board of CIArb Singapore), and the Debate featured Mr Toby Landau QC, Mr Darius J Khambata SC, Mr Emmanuel Gaillard and Ms Judith Gill QC, titans of international arbitration. - Monica Chong Wan Yee, Senior Associate, WongPartnership

5th ALA(S)-CIArb-SCCA Friendly Triangular Golf Game (1 June 2017)

Over the last four years, this friendly annual triangular golf challenge tournament has helped to forge stronger ties among the ASEAN Law Association (Singapore), the CIArb Singapore Branch and the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association and to provide a platform for members of these associations to interact with one another. The 5th ALA(S)-CIArb-SCCA Friendly Triangular Golf Game was held on 1 June 2017 at Raffles Country Club.

Introduction to International Arbitration (BIAC) - (19 - 20 January 2017)

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Singapore Branch was delighted to receive a delegation from the Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre (BIAC) to attend the Introduction to International Arbitration course in Singapore on 19-20 January 2017. This 2-day training was successfully organised and well attended by 47 delegates from the public and private sectors of Bangladesh. The course provided an understanding of the general principles of international (i.e. non-domestic) arbitration and its relationship to other dispute resolution processes, as well as an introduction to the legal framework of, and good practice and procedure in, international arbitration in their jurisdiction. Led by Mr. Francis Xavier (Chairman, CIArb Singapore) & Mr. Chou Sean Yu (Vice-Chairman, CIArb Singapore), the teaching team included Ms. Sapna Jhangiani, Ms. Amanda Lees and Mr Paul Sandosham as well as two guest speakers Ms. Delphine Ho from SIAC and Mr. Abhinav Bhushan from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Mr. Shahidul Haque, Secretary to the Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs division of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary affairs of Bangladesh, graced the inaugural ceremony together with distinguished guests Ms Lim Seok Hui, Chief Executive of Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Mr. Muhammad A. (Rumee) Ali, CEO of BIAC and Mr Ataur Rahman, Secretary General of ICC Bangladesh. The ceremony also witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between BIAC and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) to foster closer alliance and partnership. Besides being a learning platform, there were ample opportunities for delegates, speakers and guests to meet and network, which was a great takeaway from the event.

CIArb Talk - "Promises to Arbitrate and their Enforcement" by David Bailey QC (16 Nov 2016)

We were delighted to have Mr David Bailey QC, a commercial law specialist from 7 King’s Bench Walk, London, to give a talk at Maxwell Chambers. He has a substantial international arbitration practice and has been involved in some of the most significant cases dealing with anti-suit injunctions. Crescendo Maritime v Bank of Communications [2016] 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 414 is the latest decision to address the problem of direct and collateral attacks on arbitration agreements and awards. The case concerned an arbitration claim by a buyer on a refund guarantee issued in connection with a ship building contract. Having lost the arbitration, the refund guarantor commenced proceedings in China against the buyer and a third party alleging fraud. The question for the court was whether those proceedings amounted to a 'collateral attack' upon the arbitration and the award and, if so, what remedies should be granted to the buyer and the third party. These were discussed by Mr Bailey during the talk.

MANAGING THE UNCOOPERATIVE PARTY BY MICHAEL LEE (19 JULY 2016)

One of the perceived disadvantages of arbitration as against Court litigation is that the party which chooses to be uncooperative can delay an arbitration to a greater extent than would be possible in Court litigation. Non-cooperation can manifest itself across a broad spectrum from merely playing hard ball to what are often described as guerrilla tactics, that is extreme behaviour which can sometimes amount to criminal behaviour. The speaker will look at some of the ways this non- cooperation can manifest itself and how arbitral tribunals can deal with it.

A YMG SUPPER CLUB EVENT (29 JUNE 2016)

We were delighted to welcome honorary guest, and leading international arbitrator, Professor Doug Jones AO to the first ever Singapore YMG Supper Club. This exclusive event was held in a private room at the prestigious Tower Club in the Republic Plaza building, Raffles Place. Professor Jones introduced the topic for the evening, “the role of the tribunal secretary” before inviting discussion over supper. The debate was lively and covered a range of angles and opinions. A delicious supper, great views and good company rounded off a fantastic evening. By popular demand the YMG will be holding further Supper Clubs, with notable speakers at great locations.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT IN INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION BY BEN GIARETTA (10 MAY 2016)

Project management skills have become an essential requirement for arbitrators. In this seminar, Ben Giaretta will discuss the project management tools and techniques that can be used by arbitrators in order to ensure that arbitration proceedings are conducted expeditiously and economically.

“THE GOLDEN AGE OF ARBITRATION OR HAS THE GOLDEN GOOSE BEEN SLAIN?” BY DAVID BATESON (26 APRIL 2016)

“There is a great deal to think about as the sun rises over this glorious golden age of arbitration. But the time has come to reflect on what we must do to ensure the arbitration industry remains sustainable for the next generation.” - Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon ICCA 2012. Singapore-based arbitrator, David Bateson gives a critical review of the current state of international arbitration, covering areas of both growth and improvement, concern and complaints. What does the future hold?

ACCELERATED ROUTE TO FELLOWSHIP WORKSHOP, SINGAPORE (21-22 MARCH 2016)

The Accelerated Route to Fellowship (ARF) course was conducted on 21 and 22 March 2013. The ARF offers successful candidates a fast track route to obtaining Fellowship status. This 2-day workshop was attended by 15 candidates.

INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION (20 NOV 2015)

The one-day course was conducted on 20 November 2015. Attended by 22 candidates, the course provided an understanding of the general principles of international (i.e. non-domestic) arbitration and its relationship to other dispute resolution processes. The course also provide candidates with an introduction to the legal framework of, and good practice and procedure in, international arbitration in their jurisdiction.

CIARB SINGAPORE CENTENARY CONFERENCE (3-4 SEPTEMBER 2015)

The CIArb Singapore Centenary Celebration Conference held on 3 & 4 September 2015 at Marina Bay Sands was a resounding success, with over 320 delegates, comprising of senior judges and judicial officers, international arbitration counsel, representatives of arbitral institutions, in-house legal counsel, arbitrators, industry professionals and law students attending the Conference. The highlight of the Conference was the keynote address entitled "Standards in need of bearers: Encouraging reform from within" by the Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, Chief Justice of Singapore and Patron of CIArb. The Conference also saw the global launch of the CIArb Guidelines with three panel sessions dedicated to discussing some of the more widely used guidelines.

CIARB MEMBERS’ EVENING (30 JULY 2014)

This is an annual mid-year gathering and cocktail reception for members, supporters and colleagues in the arbitration community. The winners of the Asia-wide CIArb Singapore 2014 Essay Competition jointly organized by the CIArb Singapore Branch and Thirty Nine Essex Street Chambers on the topic “Asia’s diversity: the strength of Asia’s arbitration centres lies in their differences not in their similarities” will be announced during the gathering. We are honoured to have Justice Quentin Loh as our Guest of Honour for the evening, who has also very kindly agreed to present the prizes to the winners of the 2014 Essay Competition.

ALA(S)-CIARB-SCCA TRIANGULAR GOLF GAME (31 MAY 2013)

CIArb Singapore Golf Day cum Triangular Golf Friendly with Asean Law Association (S) and Singapore Corporate Counsel Association, Friday, 31 May 2013 at the Singapore Island Country Club 31 May 2013 saw the inaugural friendly triangular golf game between the ASEAN Law Association (Singapore), the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Singapore) and the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association being played at the Island Course in the Singapore Island Country Club. Save for the interruption by adverse weather towards the end, the event proved to be most enjoyable and memorable for the 45 participants who sweated and put in their best efforts for the associations they were representing in vying for the challenge trophy. In the end, Team CIArb won the challenge trophy but just by one Stableford point ahead of Team ALA. All the same, hip-hip-hooray Team CIArb! The CIArb golf tournament that took place concurrently with the friendly triangular saw keen competition amongst CIArb members. This tournament was won by Lee Ah Teng. Yong Eng Wah took the second placing and the third placing went to Carl Wong. Congratulations to the winners! The sumptuous buffet dinner with its generous spread after the golf game was equally enjoyable. The evening presented a splendid opportunity for participants to mingle and get to know each other. Speeches in the form of golf jokes by Justice Lee Seiu Kin, Richard Tan and Chua Lee Ming provided the laughter that made the event completely memorable. We would like to express our thanks and gratitude to the main sponsor – Thirty Nine Essex Street Chambers, and to the subsidiary sponsors – Rajah & Tann and Merrill Corporation, for their generous contributions. Last but not least, special thanks to Justice Lee Seiu Kin, Richard Tan and Chua Lee Ming for donating the challenge trophy for the triangular golf game.

ACCELERATED ROUTE TO FELLOWSHIP WORKSHOP, SINGAPORE (22-23 MAY 2013)

The Accelerated Route to Fellowship (ARF) course was conducted on 22 and 23 May 2013. The ARF offers successful candidates a fast track route to obtaining Fellowship status. This 2-day workshop was attended by 15 candidates.