On 3 December 2020, SIArb held its Annual Debate as a joint event with the SCCA.
The collaboration brought about a lot of synergy, and allowed the two organisations, each representing arbitration practitioners and corporate in-house lawyers, to know and understand each other’s work requirements as well as an opportunity for networking (albeit virtual) amongst members.
The Annual Debate saw a brilliant line-up of participants. First and foremost, the event was chaired by Tan Weiyi (Partner, Harry Elias) who skilfully moderated and put the debate in good order. The Proposition Team featured Benjamin Hughes (Independent Arbitrator, Hughes Arbitration) and Iain Potter (Partner, MDD Forensic Accountants) whereas the Opposition Team featured Lim Wei Lee (Partner, Wong Partnership LLP) and Greg Tanner (Group General Counsel, International SOS).
The panel of Judges comprised distinguished individuals with extensive knowledge and experience in arbitration and law, featuring Ben Giaretta (Partner, Fox Williams LLP), Rebecca Andersen (General Manager, Legal & Compliance, Hengyi) and Chia Ho Choon (Council Member, SIArb).
The motion for the evening was: “The House Believes that Virtual Meetings and Hearings will be the Norm Post Pandemic”.
Following a rigorous debate, the Judges, by a vote of majority, decided in favour of the Opposition Team. They agreed it was a very difficult decision to make in view of the excellent oratory skills and deep knowledge demonstrated by both Teams.
Despite the virtual nature of the event, the Annual Debate was a huge success as SIArb received very positive feedback and encouraging responses from both communities of arbitration practitioners and corporate in-house lawyers.
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Rebecca Andersen - Hengyi Industries International Pte. Ltd