YMG Supper Club Events - April Supper Club (17 April 2018)

The CIArb Young Members Group was delighted to welcome Ms Anneliese Day QC and Ms Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC to the April Supper Club held at the mezzanine dining area of Sabai Fine Thai on the Bay.

YMG Roundtable Event - How to Develop a Career in International Arbitration (30 January 2018)

The Young Members Group (YMG) is pleased to present the next roundtable event with a panel of international arbitration practitioners, to discuss the topic on “How to Develop a Career in International Arbitration”.

A Three-Part Workshop: "Arbitration at the SIAC: The Inside Track" (24 January 2018)

CIArb (Singapore branch) is proud to partner with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) to offer a series of three workshops on arbitration proceedings at the SIAC. For the first workshop, we were delighted that Mr. Gary Born, the President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, Mr. Kevin Nash, the Deputy Registrar & Centre Director, and counsel from the Secretariat offered a behind-the-scenes view on the workings of the Secretariat of the SIAC, and examined a wide variety of topics covering every aspect of the administration of an arbitration under the SIAC Rules.

CIArb Asia Pacific Diploma In International Arbitration (21–29 October 2017)

The 2nd CIArb Asia Pacific Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration was held in Hong Kong from 21 to 29 October 2017. The course was jointly organised by the Australia, East Asia and Singapore branches of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and its inaugural edition in Singapore was successfully launched in 2016.

CIArb Singapore Members' Evening 2017 (29 November 2017)

The CIArb Singapore branch is pleased to invite its members and guests to its annual gathering. The Members’ Evening is the perfect occasion for members and guests in the arbitration community to meet and interact. It is also an opportunity for us to welcome our new members and Fellows, as well as for the Board and Committees to express their appreciation to our members and supporters from Singapore and overseas who made this year’s events so successful.

YMG Lunchtime Talk by Professor Hilmar Raeschke-Kessler on 'IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Commercial Arbitration: The Common Law and Civil Law Approaches' (20 October 2017)

It is said that the differences between the civil law and common law legal systems become most acute during the taking of evidence. Could the IBA Rules, which are used in most international arbitration proceedings, be the bridge that joins the divide? At this event, eminent arbitrator Professor Hilmar Raeschke-Kessler discussed on the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence and in particular on the different approaches in civil law and common law jurisdictions. This event was organised by the Young Members Group of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Singapore and hosted by CMS Singapore.

Talk by David C. Rule on 'Computer Forensics' (24 October 2017)

Today’s businesses generate vast amounts of data and information; the key to managing that data for a forensic investigation and extracting meaningful information is using the right experts at the right time. In this talk, real world examples of cases and the best strategy to ensuring being data ready for proceedings, were discussed.

Talk by Iain Potter on "Accelerated Receipt, A 'Risky' Business" (4 October 2017)

In practice, differing approaches are often taken to the calculation of these losses and disagreements between experts are common. The talk included a recap of the fundamental and less contentious aspects of applying discounts for accelerated receipt and explored some of the disputed aspects, including: • What discount rates other than WACC might be applied and why; • A comparison of the ex ante and ex post approaches to loss quantification; and • How issues arising in cases from Bwllfa to Bunge v Nidera can impact on the work of financial experts and affect the instructions they require from counsel.

YMG Roundtable Event (5 September 2017)

On 5 September 2017, CIArb organised a Young Members Group (“YMG”) roundtable event at SMU School of Law on “How to Develop a Career in International Arbitration”. The event panel was made up of international arbitration practitioners with diverse backgrounds in international arbitration. It comprised of Koh Swee Yen of WongPartnership LLP, Gitta Satryani of Herbert Smith Freehills, Kevin Nash of Singapore International Arbitration Centre, and chaired by Benson Lim of Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee.

Talk by Professor Janet Walker - "PO1: The End, Or The Beginning?" (27 June 2017)

CIArb Singapore had the privilege of hosting leading international arbitrator, Professor Janet Walker, as she delivered a talk challenging the conventional approach to managing the arbitration through a comprehensive plan fixed at the outset.

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.


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.


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 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.


“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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.