Author Archives: Wei Ming Tan

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International Disputes Lawyer

Singapore – standard costs to be awarded by default for failed award set-aside applications (BTN v BTP)

Arbitration analysis: A recent Singapore High Court case (BTN and Anor v BTP and Anor [2021] SGHC 38) confirmed the default position under Singapore law that unsuccessful applications to set aside an arbitral award will be awarded costs on a … Continue reading

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Amendments to Singapore’s International Arbitration Act to Enhance Statutory Regime

In September 2020, Singapore’s Ministry of Law (“MinLaw”) proposed the International Arbitration (Amendment) Bill (the “Bill”) to introduce two new features to the International Arbitration Act (Cap. 143A) (“IAA”). The Bill was passed on 5 October 2020 and the amendments … Continue reading

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Singapore – Court of Appeal considers doctrine of res judicata in clarification of public policy ground for setting aside awards (BTN v BTP)

Arbitration Analysis: This decision clarifies the scope of the public policy ground for setting aside of arbitral awards. In dismissing the appellants’ application to set aside a partial award, the court makes it clear that arbitral decisions invoking the doctrine … Continue reading

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The SIAC Annual Report 2019: Findings and Takeaways in the light of COVID-19

In its recently released Annual Report 2019 (the “Report”), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“SIAC”) continues to report strong growth and positive numbers. We provide a summary of the Report’s findings and a few key takeaways, particularly in light of … Continue reading

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‘Creative’ attempts to challenge an award given short shrift – BTN v BTP [2019] SGHC 212

Introduction We consider why a recent decision of the Singapore High Court – BTN and another v BTP and another [2019] SGHC 212 – should be seen as further proof of Singapore’s commitment to respecting the binding nature of international … Continue reading

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Singapore’s MinLaw launches Public Consultation on Amendments to International Arbitration Act

In June 2019, Singapore’s Ministry of Law (“MinLaw”) announced that it will be holding a public consultation on certain proposed amendments to the International Arbitration Act (Cap. 143A) (the “IAA”). This follows a written response provided on 1 April 2019 … Continue reading

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Between a rock and a hard place: Singapore High Court lifts stay of court proceedings on non-commencement of arbitration

Introduction Is a court entitled to lift a stay of proceedings in favour of arbitration if the conditions for lifting the stay have not been met? This is what the Singapore High Court (the “Court”) had to consider in Gulf … Continue reading

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The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre reveals its new rules for 2018

by Nicolas Wiegand, Mariel Dimsey and Sherlin Tung* On 1 November 2018, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre’s (hereafter, “HKIAC”) new arbitration rules (hereafter, “2018 Rules”) came into effect. The 2018 Rules apply to all arbitrations in which: (i) a … Continue reading

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Singapore High Court rejects application to adjourn enforcement of foreign arbitral award

by Wei Ming Tan, Aaron Yoong and Chen Lixin* Introduction In the recent decision of Man Diesel & Turbo SE v I.M. Skaugen Marine Services Pte Ltd [2018] SGHC 132, the Singapore High Court (“HC”) rejected an application to adjourn … Continue reading

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Costs and Duration: A Comparison of the HKIAC, LCIA, SCC and SIAC Studies

by Wei Ming Tan,  Shriram Jayakumar and Jolyn Khoo* Introduction As cross-border contracts involving multi-jurisdictional parties become the norm, more players have entered the arena to offer legal services for parties opting to resolve their disputes by way of international … Continue reading

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