SIArb Newsletter Issue 34 (14 July 2020)

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14 July 2020 (Issue No. 34)
the president's column


Covid-19 has caused the landscape for international arbitration to change completely.  We have all had to step up to the challenge of virtual hearings.  On one level, I have been pleasantly surprised by the options modern technology provide us.  Virtual hearings may well remain the preferred option for directions hearings and applications that do not require witnesses. 

However, the challenge for all of us relates to issues involving multiple days of hearing across time zones.  Throw in the need for translation and/or transcription and we run the risk of compromising due process unless sufficient safeguards are first put in place.  As Counsel, we have a duty to be proactive in taking preparatory steps to ensure the quality and reliability of the video-conferencing facilities and document management tools that are employed so as to achieve a fair hearing.  I urge members to read the decisions in..

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Dinesh Dhillon
SIArb 2017-2021

CASE DIGEST (July 2020)

By Wong Siew Hong, Eldan Law LLP &
Deepika Madan

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

Ms Sapna Jhangiani QC

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WEBINAR: Developments in Singapore Arbitration (19 May 2020)

On 19 May 2020, Professor Lawrence Boo and Ms Christine Artero (The Arbitration Chambers, Singapore) delivered what has now become a traditional feature in the SIArb calendar: their talk on “Developments in Singapore Arbitration 2019”. This annual round up, which focuses in detail on the arbitration cases considered by the Singapore courts in the last calendar year, is a must for arbitration practitioners seeking to stay abreast of the latest developments in Singapore arbitration law. This was reflected in the 155 attendees for this year’s event.

The big difference this year, however, was that those 155 people attended virtually, as the talk was delivered in webinar format - a first for SIArb’s CPD programme.

Following the Singapore Government’s advice to avoid physical gatherings in order to control Covid-19, SIArb postponed this year’s talk from February, when it was originally scheduled. However, we were determined to ensure that Lawrence and Christine could deliver their talk on the rescheduled date in May, despite the Circuit-Breaker. Extreme situations often prompt innovation, as human beings find ways to adapt, and so it has been with Covid-19. The webinar format...

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SIArb Committees 2020

We thank all members who have volunteered their time and services in our recent Call for Volunteers
The Committee Chairpersons have finalised their respective Committees.
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New Members
The Institute extends a warm welcome to the following members:

  • Colonel Dinesh Kumar Bishnoi
  • Jenna Lim
  • Jiawen Gary Chiam
  • Ashane Joseph Waas Jayasekara
  • Donna Ross
  • Linda Lee
  • Daniel Chia
  • Farooq Ahmad Mann
  • Wei Lim Ho
  • Florian Mueller
  • Kai Yun Wong
  • Karen Ng Gek Suan
  • Daniel Marug

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Dinesh Dhillon
Vice President
Tay Yu-Jin
Honorary Secretary
Francis Goh
Honorary Treasurer
Yeo Boon Tat
Immediate Past President
Chan Leng Sun S.C.
Council Members
Chia Chor Leong
Chia Ho Choon
Andrew Pullen
Ramesh Selvaraj
Rebecca Tai Andersen
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Justin Gan
Fayth Kuah
Lim Hseng Iu
Deepika Madan
Adolf Peter
Mahesh Rai
Daniel Seligman
Ananya Pratap Singh
Carolyn Tan
Tham Wei Chern
Christopher Tan
Andrew White
Wong Siew Hong

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