SIArb Newsletter Issue 44 (10 May 2023)

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May 2023 (Issue No.44)
the president's column


Two weeks ago, I had a nice opportunity to catch up in person with our New York-based Council Member, Meera Rajah, who arranged a visit for SIArb to the NYIAC. This is but one of several recent examples in which SIArb has been invited by arbitral organisations in and beyond Asia to explore collaboration in a variety of ways.  In many respects, this is highly encouraging as it reflects our Institute’s growing reputation beyond its local roots and beyond Asia.  Your Council will continue to work hard to add value to the SIArb brand so that our members can be proud of association. There will be a few upcoming events that afford opportunity for our members who are interested in networking beyond Singapore to participate. Details to come in due course.


Meanwhile, I thought I would highlight on this occasion the commendable work that our Young Practitioners Network (YPN) co-chairs Meera and Cathryn Neo, with June Tan of our Secretariat, have been doing in relation to recent YPN events. Distinct from other arbitral ‘young’ groups, SIArb made a conscious choice to have our YPN be open to members who (i) are professionals under 40 years of age, or (ii) have less than 10 years of arbitration experience.
According to the most recent ICC statistics available on the subject, in 2020, the average age of arbitrators confirmed or appointed by the ICC Court was approximately 56 years old and about 37% of individuals confirmed or appointed as arbitrators were under the age of 50.  There is room therefore for us to have a more inclusive conception of...
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Tay Yu-Jin
SIArb 2021-2023

CASE DIGEST (May 2023)

By Tham Wei Chern and Ling Yuanrong, Fullerton Law Chambers LLC; Duncan Turner, Johannesburg Bar/Arbitration Foundation of South Africa; Sanjay Anand; Khoo Jing Ling

  1. CKH V CKG [2022] SGCA (I) 6
  2. Bagadiya Brothers (Singapore) Pte Ltd V Ghanashyam Misra & Sons Pte Ltd [2022] SGHC
  3. CFJ V CFL 2023 SGHC (I) 1
  4. Anupam Mittal V Westbridge [2023] SGCA 1
  5. CVG v CVH [2022] SGHC 249


Arbitrations – How Flexible is too Flexible?

By Owain Stone - KordaMentha

One of the key benefits that is often cited for arbitration, compared to litigation, is flexibility. Flexibility in the choice of arbitrator(s), in process and in approach. However, a recent Singapore Court of Appeal decision has highlighted...


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. Lee Wai Pong.

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SIArb YPN Networking & Drinks Event 2023: How To Get Your First Arbitrator Appointment (2 March 2023)

SIArb hosted its inaugural SIArb YPN Networking & Drinks event in 2023. This is organised in conjunction with other young practitioners network - namely, the Young SIAC (YSIAC), the Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Young & International (Y&I). The event was aimed at young practitioners in the arbitration field and provided them with the opportunity to network with fellow peers, learn more about SIAC's work, and gain valuable insights on how to secure their first arbitrator appointment.

The forum was moderated by Ms Cathryn Neo – Co-Chair of Young Practitioners Network, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators; Partner, PDLegal LLC, and comprised 3 experienced panelists...

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WEBINAR: Developments in Singapore Arbitration (16 February 2023)

SIArb’s annual lecture, “Developments in Arbitration in Singapore” for the year 2022, which provided an overview of the decisions made by the Singapore courts in 2022, was held on 16 February 2022 (Thurs), from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, in a webinar format.

The chairperson for the lecture was Mr Matthew Shaw, who is a Council member and the Chair for the Continuing Professional Development Committee of the SIArb while the speakers were Prof. Lawrence Boo and Ms Delphine Ho.  Prof Boo is an independent arbitrator and...

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 New Members

The Institute extends a warm welcome to the following members:

  • Andrzej Jasionowski
  • Tricia Sheu
  • Gary Sheils
  • Sudharsanan Thillainathan
  • Vinod Haritwal
  • Winotia Ratna
  • Song Yu
  • Foong Han Ng
View our Member Listing HERE.
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             Council (2022-2023)       Publications Committee (2022 & 2023)
Tay Yu-Jin
Vice President
Andrew Pullen
Honorary Secretary
Ramesh Selvaraj
Honorary Treasurer
Tan Weiyi
Immediate Past President
Dinesh Dhillon
Council Members
Chia Chor Leong
Delphine Ho
Meera Rajah
Matthew Charles Shaw
‚ÄčToh Chen Han
Yeo Boon Tat


Toh Chen Han 
Committee Members
Luis Enrique Ames Peralta
Sanjay Anand
Khoo Jing Ling
Lau Chin Huat
Bernard Lim
Ong Pei Ching
Adolf Peter
Ananya Pratap Singh
Meera Rajah
Tham Wei Chern
Duncan Turner
Yeo Boon Tat

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