SIArb's Fellowship Assessment Course (FAC) focuses on teaching candidates the practical aspects of acting as an arbitrator. To benefit from FAC, candidates should already have a sound grasp of the law of arbitration.
A candidate who has successfully completed the FAC may, subject to satisfying other relevant criteria, apply for admission as a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.
The format of each FAC intake varies and may be available in online, hybrid or in-peson formats.
SYNOPSIS OF THE COURSE
This Course consists of 6 modules with a total of 9 lectures, 6 practical workshops and an Award Writing Examination:
- Module 1 will cover the basic concepts and principles on the sources of law, the law of contract, the law of tort, and the treatment of evidence. Candidates who have obtained a degree in law from a university or other tertiary institution recognised by the SIArb (or such other legal qualifications as the SIArb may in its absolute discretion accept) are exempted from Module 1. All other candidates are required to attend Module 1 and attend Practical Workshop 1.
- Module 2 relates to (i) the acceptance of an arbitral appointment, covering topics such as conducting conflict checks and making disclosures before or when accepting an appointment; (ii) dealing with jurisdictional challenges; and (iii) emergency arbitrations.
- Module 3 covers (i) case management in conducting an arbitration; (ii) techniques for controlling time and costs in an arbitration; and (iii) drafting procedural orders.
- Module 4 covers (i) dealing with interlocutory applications; (ii) drafting discovery orders; (iii) dealing with costs of interlocutory applications; (iv) dealing with extension of time applications and guerilla tactics; and (v) dealing with preliminary issues.
- Module 5 covers the conduct of the evidentiary hearing.
- Finally, Module 6 covers the practical aspects of actually writing the Final Award.
- In the Practical Workshops, lecturers and tutors will address questions from candidates and show practical examples of an arbitrator’s work product such as procedural orders, Redfern Schedules, discovery orders and interim awards. In Practical Workshop 6, the lecturer of Module 6 will dissect a sample award to see how it should, or should not, be written.
- In the Award Writing Examination, candidates will be required to write an enforceable final award.
To complete the FAC successfully, a candidate must:
(a) Achieve 100% attendance at all the Practical Workshops; and
(b) Pass the open-book Award Writing Examination.
Admission to the FAC is open to:
- Lawyers with at least 10 years involvement in litigation/dispute resolution; or who have been active arbitrators, and can provide documentary evidence of such experience; OR
- Non-lawyers who have at least 10 years of involvement in dispute resolution or who have been active arbitrators, and who can provide documentary evidence of such experience; OR
- Those who have successfully completed the International Entry Course conducted by SIArb or such other equivalent course as may be recognised by SIArb.
For more details about past and upcoming FAC intakes, search in our Event Calendar HERE (pls tick "Show Past Events" at bottom of calendar to see past intakes).
Updated as at November 2022