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A Stepping Stone Without Overstepping The Mark – English Commercial Court Outlines What Constitutes Inappropriate Delegation Within Arbitration Tribunals

In the recent anonymised judgment of P v Q and others[2017] EWHC 194 (Comm), the England & Wales Commercial Court gave some important guidance on delegation within Tribunals and the appropriate role of a Tribunal Secretary. An appointment as a Tribunal Secretary is often seen as a stepping stone for arbitration practitioners looking for their first arbitral appointment. This judgment will be of interest to current and aspiring Tribunal Secretaries, as well as to Tribunals themselves.

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Three takeaways on how digital technologies are transforming arbitration

New technologies and developments are transforming the future of dispute resolution though challenges remain, according to a recent ICC conference. From 12-13 June 2017, an ICC conference entitled ‘Equal Access to Information & Justice: Online Dispute Resolution’ brought together 170 lawyers, magistrates, academics, researchers, dispute resolution organisations and providers from over 30 countries on every continent. The goal: to discuss the huge and largely unexplored potential of online dispute resolution (ODR).

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SIAC Opens its Second Representative Office in India in GIFT

The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce that it has opened a second representative office in India (after its Mumbai representative office which was established in 2013), in the International Financial Services Centre in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT IFSC), Gujarat. This is pursuant to the Memorandum of Agreement entered into last year between SIAC, the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City Company Limited (GIFTCL) and GIFT SEZ Limited (GIFT SEZ).

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Apology Legislation Passed In Hong Kong – What Does It Mean For You

On 13 July, Hong Kong’s Legislative Council passed a law (the Apology Law) intended to facilitate the resolution of civil disputes in the territory. The Apology Law, which is expected to be gazetted and come into force shortly, reforms the legal consequences of making any sort of apology (written, oral or by conduct). An apology will not constitute an admission of fault or liability (even if it includes such an admission), nor may it be admissible in evidence to the detriment of the apology maker. This is the case unless the maker of the apology wishes it to be admitted or it falls to be admitted in the usual way through discovery, oral evidence or an equivalent tribunal processes.

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UAE to introduce new arbitration law before the end of 2017: Lawyer

The United Arab Emirates is expected to pass a new federal arbitration law this year that could facilitate attracting more foreign investment and establish the Gulf state as an international arbitration hub, according to one of the country’s top lawyers.

There is no formal dedicated arbitration legislation in the UAE at present and arbitration is governed by articles within the UAE Civil Procedure Code.

The key difference between applying the new law over current arbitration articles would be the time saved for ratification and enforcement of arbitration awards.

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Be wise people, not just smart lawyers: former Attorney-General V. K. Rajah tells NUS law graduates

Be yourselves. Embrace competition. Seek a larger purpose.Former Attorney-General V. K. Rajah dispensed these advice to law graduates from the National University of Singapore (NUS) on Saturday morning (July 8), as he urged them to be not just smart lawyers but more importantly, wise people.

“Try and be lawyers with good heads and good hearts. Be wise lawyers. In Singapore, we have many clever people but not enough wise ones,” said Mr Rajah, who stepped down as the AG this January following a career as a Judge of Appeal, a High Court judge and the managing partner of law firm Rajah & Tann.

Speaking at a commencement ceremony that also marked the NUS Faculty of Law’s 60th anniversary, Mr Rajah noted that many young lawyers would want to emulate apparently successful lawyers and feel the need to assume some of their traits.

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2 S’poreans lauded as leaders in arbitration

Two Singaporean lawyers – Drew & Napier’s Senior Counsel Cavinder Bull and WongPartnership’s SC Alvin Yeo – have been recognised as worldwide thought leaders in arbitration.

They made it to an inaugural list of 33, drawn up by London-based international legal publication, Who’s Who Legal.

Like others listed in the Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Arbitration 2017, the duo were picked through thousands of votes and nominations from market research, as “among the very best in the world in the arbitration field, without exception”.

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Strong take-up drives expansion at Maxwell Chambers

The Ministry of Law (MinLaw) on Thursday announced that 65 per cent of the new office space at 28 Maxwell Road has already been taken up even before refurbishment works begin. To meet the strong leasing demand, the ministry will build a second annexe block to add 3,500 square feet (sq ft) of office space, on top of the 120,000 sq ft expansion that was originally planned. The whole development has also been renamed Maxwell Chambers Suites to reflect its new role as an integral part of Singapore’s dispute resolution ecosystem, Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State for Law and Finance, said in her keynote address at the groundbreaking ceremony.

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HK passes bill allowing third-party arbitration funding

Hong Kong’s Legislative Council on Wednesday passed a bill allowing third-party funding in arbitration, which is expected to come into effect later this year. Singapore, Asia’s other leading arbitration seat, passed a similar bill in January, so this move is “a welcome development, which will help Hong Kong maintain its status as one of the world’s leading dispute resolution centres,” said Justin D’Agostino, global head of disputes at Herbert Smith Freehills, in a statement.

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HK passes bill allowing third-party arbitration funding

Hong Kong’s Legislative Council on Wednesday passed a bill allowing third-party funding in arbitration, which is expected to come into effect later this year. Singapore, Asia’s other leading arbitration seat, passed a similar bill in January, so this move is “a welcome development, which will help Hong Kong maintain its status as one of the world’s leading dispute resolution centres,” said Justin D’Agostino, global head of disputes at Herbert Smith Freehills, in a statement.

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2017
Arbitration on the rise in Asian trade
The International Arbitration Bill: South Africa as a preferred Arbitration Venue on the Horizon?
CIETAC launches first public-private partnership arbitration centre in China
Japan to open center for international business arbitration
Singapore Court of Appeal confirms the validity of “unilateral option to arbitrate” clauses
ICC launches new online research tool: ICC Digital Library
Lawyers must raise their game to stay ahead of the times: Shanmugam
Arbitration pioneer Alvin Yeo offers tip to young lawyers
SMU is Champion at the 10th Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot and the Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Law Moot
SIAC Announces All-Time Record Numbers for 2016
Supreme Court of India Upholds Validity of Appellate Arbitration Clauses
First Time PRC Court Recognizes a Foreign Judgment Based on Principle of Reciprocity
The 2017 ICAC International Arbitration Rules Released
Towards the Uncertainties of a Hard Brexit: An Opportunity for International Arbitration
PM Lee Thanks Outgoing Attorney-General V K Rajah For Outstanding Contributions
Two Bills Passed to Boost Singapore’s Position as Dispute Resolution Hub
Singapore’s Arbitration Hub Status to Receive Boost with Maxwell Chambers Expansion
Enforceability of One-Sided Optional Arbitration Clauses in Singapore
What Law Governs the Separability of an Arbitration Agreement?
SIAC Announces Official Release of the SIAC Investment Arbitration Rules
Singapore International Arbitration Centre appoints Davinder Singh as new chairman
2016
ICC Announces a New Expedited Procedure To Come Into Force March 2017
The New SCC 2017 Arbitration Rules Now Public
Legislative Changes to Enhance Singapore as an International Hub for Commercial Dispute Resolution
CIArb Presidential Elections Result
First International Arbitration Centre Comes Up in Mumbai
Indorsee of Promissory Notes Not Bound by Arbitration Agreement in Underlying Contract
Announcement of Office Bearers Following 2016 AGM: Francis Xavier SC Re-elected as Chairman of Singapore Branch
Court May Order Closed-Door Hearing in Proceedings Linked to Arbitration
Suitability of Ad Hoc Admissions: Singapore Court Admits English QC for Arbitration Appeal
SIAC Releases Costs and Duration Study
American Arbitration Association Launches AAA À La Carte Services Resource
ICC Begins Publishing Arbitrator Information in Drive for Improved Transparency
Note to Parties and Arbitral Tribunals on the Conduct of the Arbitration Under the ICC Rules of Arbitration
CIArb Publishes New Arbitration Guidelines
Singapore High Court Orders Stay of Two Different but Related Court Proceedings Where One Claim Should Have Been Commenced by Way of Arbitration
SIAC Signs Memorandum of Agreement with GIFT
Singapore Arbitration Rules – All Change?
Arbitration Training to Boost Dispute Resolution in Asia Pacific
SIAC Announces Appointment of New Registrar and Promotion of Deputy Registrar
Arbitration Training to Boost Dispute Resolution in Asia Pacific
Yukos – The Saga Continues: Arbitral Awards Against Russian Federation Annulled by Court in The Hague
Venezuela Ordered to Pay Crystallex US$1.386 Billion in Arbitration Ruling
International Arbitration Guidelines: Safe Ports for Arbitral Storms
Singapore Court of Appeal: Prima Facie Standard for Stay in Favour of Arbitration and Arbitrability of Minority Oppression Claims
SIAC Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Oe-Cusse Administration
ASEAN Judges Training Held at Singapore Supreme Court
SIAC Announces Record Case Numbers for 2015
LCIA Adopts a Changed Approach to Indian Arbitration Market
Singapore Academy of Law: Study on Governing Law & Jurisdiction Choices in Cross-border Transaction
ICC Court Announces New Policies to Foster Transparency and Ensure Greater Efficiency
Amendments to India’s Arbitration Act: An Analysis
New Year, New Practice Note: HKIAC Issues Practice Note on Consolidation of Arbitrations
Public Consultation on Draft SIAC Arbitration Rules
Hong Kong Court Considers Its Power to Grant Injunctions in Support of Foreign Arbitrations; Says Hybrid Clause Enforceable
Sundra Rajoo Calls for Caribbean Uptake of Model Law
Philippines Official Confident in South China Sea Arbitration Case
SIAC Announces the Formation of the SIAC Users Council Regional and National Committees
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