SIArb Newsletter Issue 31 ( 23 September 2019)

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23 September 2019 (Issue No. 31)
the president's column

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - September 2019

7 August 2019 will be a day etched in the memories of the Singapore legal community for years to come. The Singapore Mediation Convention progressed from a dream to a reality. 46 countries signed the Convention in Singapore on this historic day. Credit must go to all involved, particularly the Ministry of Law. I had the privilege of serving as a host to delegates and they were full of praise for Singapore.
Singapore now has a tripartite solution for international disputes. International Arbitration, International Mediation and International Litigation (through the SICC). End users have the benefit of choice and flexibility to utilise the most appropriate dispute resolution mechanism. Any “competition” between the tripartite offering can only be a good thing as standards and processes are constantly improved. Singapore has adopted a transnational approach for the various rules and processes, wherein best practices from both civil and common law traditions are reflected.

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Dinesh Dhillon
SIArb 2017-2019


BXS V BXT, [2019] SGHC(I) 10

By Lee Mei Yong, Debbie & Wong Qiao Ling Sharon – Millennium Law LLC
1. In BXS v BXT , the Singapore International Commercial Court (“SICC” or the “Court”) issued its first decision on the issue of setting aside an arbitral award.


By Lee Mei Yong, Debbie & Wong Qiao Ling Sharon – Millennium Law LLC
1. This decision concerned an application commenced in the High Court, requesting inter alia that a Tribunal’s dismissal of an application to strike out a party “be reversed ”, pursuant to s 10(3) of the International Arbitration Act (“IAA”) and/or ...

Interpretation of Arbitration Agreements: View from Downunder

By Albert Monichino QC
1. In Rinehart v Hancock Pty Ltd (‘Hancock’) Australia’s apex court, the High Court of Australia, recently considered the proper approach to the interpretation of arbitration agreements. Whilst the ‘liberal presumptive approach’ articulated by Lord Hoffmann in Fiona Trust is followed in the UK and Singapore, this approach has received a cooler reception in Australia. Indeed, Australian intermediate appellate courts have adopted ...
in the hot seat!

In each issue of our newsletter, we interview an SIArb member to get their views on the alternative dispute resolution scene in Singapore, and to obtain some insight into what makes them tick. In this issue, we interview Mr. Naresh Mahtani.

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Recent Events
The Members' Nite (28 August 2019)

On 28 August 2019, SIArb hosted its annual Members’ Nite at Rookery @ Capital Tower. The bar provided a central location within the CBD for members and friends to gather for lively night of catching up with old friends and making new ones.
SIArb’s Vice President, Tay Yu-Jin, took the opportunity to thank existing members for their continued support of the Institute and to give a snapshot of the events and publications currently in the pipeline.

The Discretion to Enforce (27 August 2019)

Members attended a scintillating seminar on “The Discretion to Enforce” on 27 August 2019, which was jointly presented by Ms Amanda Lees and Ms Christine Artero.
In this seminar, Ms Artero first brought the audience through a comparison of the approaches taken in various jurisdictions across the globe. This was followed by a presentation by Ms Lees on the recent case law in Singapore and Hong Kong, and explored...

Upcoming Events
30 September 2019
30 September 2019
SIArb Annual General Meeting
10, 11, 18, 19 & 21 October 2019
26 November 2019  
26 November 2019  
27 November 2019
05 December 2019
SIArb Annual Debate 2019
   View our Past & Upcoming Events HERE
New Members
The Institute extends a warm welcome to the following members:
  • Mihiro Koeda
  • Dr. Yuan Eng Chan
  • Luke Lee Wen Loong
  • Trudie Moeller
  • Xiaoyin Shen
  • Kevin Lai Keong Hal
  • Chia Chiang Chua
  • Siew Jiuan Lim
  • Ritesh Vaman
  • Daniel Hofileña
  • Joanna Seetoh
  • Divyesh Menon
  • Vivek Gambhir
  • Deepika Madan
  • Palash Ranjan Gupta
  • Ng Siew Hoong
  • Edric Yoke Loong Cheang
  • Arvind Mohan
View our Member Listing HERE.
Call for Contribution of Articles
The SIArb Newsletter is a publication of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators aimed to be an educational resource for members and associated organisations and institutions of higher learning. Readers of the newsletter are welcome to submit to the Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. well-researched manuscripts of merit relating to the subject matter of arbitration and dispute resolution. Submissions should be unpublished works between 1,500 to 2,500 words and are subject to the review of the editorial team.
    Council (2018 - 2019) Publications Committee
Dinesh Dhillon
Vice President
Tay Yu-Jin
Honorary Secretary
Francis Goh
Honorary Treasurer
Mohan R Pillay
Immediate Past President
Chan Leng Sun S.C.
Council Members
Chia Chor Leong
(co-opted wef 5 Oct 2017)
Chia Ho Choon
Andrew Pullen
Ramesh Selvaraj
Rebecca Tai Andersen
Yeo Boon Tat
Yeo Boon Tat
Committee Members
Dr. Chung Kah Keat, David
Justin Gan
Gan Kam Yuin
Fayth Kuah
Lim Hseng Iu
Dr. Adolf Peter
Ananya Pratap Singh
Christopher Tan Teow Hin
Tan Beng Hui, Carolyn
Tham Wei Chern
Dr. Gunawan Widjaja
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