SIArb Newsletter Issue 35 (25 September 2020)

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September 2020  (Issue No.35)
the president's column

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - September 2020

In the blink of an eye, we find ourselves in the last quarter of 2020.  History will define us through our response to this challenging year.  The Arbitration community has certainly risen to the occasion by adapting quickly to remote hearings and webinars.  For the first time, SIArb will be conducting its entry and fellowship courses completely online this quarter. 

While we all long to see the back of Covid-19, there is no doubt we have learnt much about how to be productive with new technology.  Zoom is now the new normal for me and I confess I had grossly underestimated how effective such technology can be.  There is however no substitute for being able to meet all of you in person.  We will no doubt miss the Annual Symposium at the Old Parliament House and our Annual Dinner.  Next year, SIArb will be celebrating its 40th anniversary.  Let us keep our fingers crossed that we may all gather to celebrate together.

Nevertheless, prepare to mark your diary as we are launching an exciting new lecture series, “Beyond Arbitration – Global Perspectives”.  We are extremely privileged and honoured to have Professor Tommy Koh deliver a lecture titled “UN at 75: Quo Vadis?”.  This is certainly a milestone event that you will not want to miss.  Details can be found in our event calender.

The Ministry of Law (“Minlaw”) continues to be proactive in making legislative changes aimed at enhancing Singapore’s status as global leader in International Arbitration.  On 1 September 2020,  Minlaw proposed amendments to the International Arbitration Act in Parliament.  The Bill introduces a default mode of appointment for arbitrators in multi-party arbitrations where the agreement is silent on a mode of appointment.  Secondly, the Bill recognises that an Arbitral Tribunal and the Singapore Court has powers to enforce confidentiality obligations in an arbitration.

I look forward to meeting you in person again soon.  Meanwhile, let’s stay safe, take care of our loved ones and our neighbours.

Dinesh Dhillon
SIArb 2017-2021


CASE DIGEST (September 2020)
By Mahesh Rai, Drew & Napier LLC & Fayth Kuah

In this issue, we report on the following decisions on arbitration released by the Singapore courts between July 2020 and Sept 2020:

  1. BBA v BAZ [2020] SGCA 53
  2. Bloomsbury Resorts v Global Gaming [2020] SGHC 113
  3. CEB v CEC and another matter [2020] SGHC (1) 11 
  4. PUBG Corp v Garena International I Pte Ltd and others [2020] SGCA 51 

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. Samuel Chacko 

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WEBINAR: Non-Contractual Claims in Commercial Arbitration (20 August 2020) 

Looking Beyond the Contract: The Latest Highlight of SIArb’s CPD Programme

The bread and butter of commercial arbitration is resolving contractual disputes, but arbitrators and counsel are frequently faced with other types of claim.  SIArb’s CPD webinar on 20 August 2020 explored this by focusing on issues arising from “Non-contractual Claims in Commercial Arbitration”.

The concept of “non-contractual claims” is broad, so the first speaker, Daryl Chew (Shearman & Sterling), opened by providing... Read More

WEBINAR:  Accounting for Disputes: Getting the Most Out of Financial Statements in An Arbitration (28 July 2020) 

Two distinguished speakers, Mr James Nicholson and Mr Oliver Watts of FTI Consulting Singapore were the speakers for the evening. The webinar was moderated by Mr Ramesh Bharani Nagaratnam of RBN Chambers LLC.

The webinar on Accounting for Disputes: Getting the Most Out of Financial Statements in An Arbitration was delivered on 28 July 2020; the very first time such a session was offered by SIArb as part of... Read More



16 Nov 2020
Beyond Arbitration: Global Perspectives. "The United Nations at 75: Quo Vadis?"
18 Nov - 14 Dec
Online Fellowship Assessment Course (FAC) 2020  

     View our Past & Upcoming Events HERE.


 New Members

The Institute extends a warm welcome to the following members:

  • Premjit Singh Kolwant Singh
  • Jamal Chaykhouni
  • Foo Joon Liang 

View our Member Listing HERE.

Call for Contribution of Articles
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    Council (2019 - 2020) Publications Committee
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
Tan Weiyi (co-opted wef 9 Oct 2019)

Yeo Boon Tat
Committee Members
Gil Marie Alba
David Chung
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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