SIArb Newsletter Issue 22 (22 June 2017)

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June 2017  (Issue No.22)
the president's column


I trust that those who attended this year's Members' Nite in April were pleased with the venue at VLV Singapore. Our Vice-President Dinesh Dhillon held court and welcomed new and existing members. The stylish and newly renovated heritage building at Clarke Quay was a perfect place to unwind and renew acquaintances.

Singapore's Third Party Funding regime is now firmly in place. The Civil Law (Amendment) Act (CLA) and the Civil Law (Third-Party Funding) Regulations 2017 are supplemented by the Law Society's Guidance Note 10.1.1 on Third Party Funding, the SIAC Practice Note on Arbitrator Conduct in Cases Involving External Funding and the SIArb Guidelines for Third Party Funders which were launched on 18 May 2017. We have taken on board suggestions that SIArb should offer third party funders an opportunity to declare their support for the Guidelines. Those who do will be acknowledged on the SIArb website as being a supporter of the Guidelines. I am pleased that some leading Third Party Funders have already come on board. I thank Dinesh Dhillon, Tay Yu-Jin and Sapna Jhangiani who worked with me on the SIArb Guidelines.
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Chan Leng Sun S.C.
SIArb 2013-2017

case LAW Developments

This issue looks at three recent Singapore Court decisions:

a. Josias Van Zyl and others v Kingdom of Lesotho [2017] SGHC 104 (Kannan Ramesh J) Read More
b. BMO V. BMP [2017] SGHC 127
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c. Wilson Taylor Asia Pacific Pte Ltd V. Dyna-Jet Pte Ltd [2017] SGCA 3 
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By Gan Kam Yuin - Partner, Bih Li & Lee LLP and Timothy Quek - Associate, Bih Li & Lee LLP

Anti-suit injunctions in favour of arbitration - a permanent fixture in Singapore?

By Sean Hardy - Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons MPillay & Raman Kaur - Associate, MPillay

In the recent case of BC Andaman v Xie Ning [2017] SGHC 64 the Singapore High Court confirmed its power to grant permanent anti-suit injunctions to restrain foreign court proceedings brought in breach of arbitration agreements governed by Singapore law.

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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. Lok Vi Ming SC, Managing Director of LVM Law Chambers LLC.

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Recent Events

The Members' Nite (25 April 2017)

Members and their guests braved the rain and made their way to VLV on Clarke Quay for the spring Members’ Nite on 25 April. The newly renovated, gold and marble-clad, VLV Club Lounge provided a glamorous backdrop for the well-attended and high-spirited evening.

SIArb’s Vice President, Dinesh Dhillon, took the opportunity to welcome to the Institute those soon-to-be new members who had completed the International Entry Course over the preceding weekend and to thank existing members for their continued support of the Institute.

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Arbitration and Mediation - Siamese Twins for Dispute Resolution: The Issues and Potential

At this seminar, Mr Lok Vi Ming SC shared his vast experience in mediation with the audience, specifically focusing on its advantages, its role in the Arb-Med-Arb dispute resolution mechanism and the concerns over the arbitrator also being the mediator in an Arb-Med-Arb situation.

Mr Lok was quick to draw the attention of the audience to the SIMC Arb-Med-Arb Model Clause and suggested that agreement drafters should always have this in mind when choosing an appropriate dispute resolution mechanism between parties. This suggestion came strongly on the basis that a 75-85% success rate of settlement has been achieved through this dispute resolution route.

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New Members
The Institute extends a warm welcome to the following members:
  • Dileepa Senarathna          
  • Michelle Wong 
  • Viknesh Ramanathan
  • Lim Pi Wen          
  • Lin Yuankai  
  • Syed Mustafa Mahdi                   


  • Ho June Khai
  • Low Siew Woon  
  • Linda Heng Wun Hui         
  • Lee Wei Yung      
  • Krishna R Sharma              
  • Zippora Siregar  
  • Iain Cameron Potter         
  • Ignatius Hwang  
  • Dan Chong           
  • Tai Chin Hoe
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 (2016 -2017) Publications Committee
Chan Leng Sun S.C.
Vice President
Dinesh Dhillon
Honorary Secretary
Naresh Mahtani
Honorary Treasurer
Chia Ho Choon
Immediate Past President
Mohan R Pillay
Council Members
Francis Goh Siong Pheck
Steven Lim
Johnny Tan Cheng Hye BBM
Tan Weiyi
Tay Yu-Jin (co-opted wef 8 Sept 2016)
Yang Yung Chong
Yeo Boon Tat
Yeo Boon Tat (Editor)
Committee Members
Gan Kam Yuin (Co -Editor)
David K K Chung
Eric Chew
Cameron Ford
Lim Hseng Lu
Tan Weiyi
Tham Wei Chern


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