Author Archives: Wei Ming Tan

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International Disputes Lawyer

Conditional Fee Agreements Regime in Singapore – Liberalisation of Singapore’s Legal Landscape and Lessons Learned from Other Jurisdictions

In a recent development, Singapore’s Ministry of Law proposed a framework for conditional fee agreements (“CFAs”) that may be entered into between lawyers and their clients in prescribed proceedings. This liberalisation of the legal landscape in Singapore promises to strengthen … Continue reading

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Singapore High Court rejects creative arguments to seek de novo appeal on merits of arbitral award via setting aside applications (BTN v BTP)

This article was first published by Lexis®PSL on 20 December 2021. Arbitration Analysis: A recent decision of the Singapore High Court, BTN v BTP [2021] SGHC 271, reinforced the principle that it is only in exceptional circumstances that parties to … Continue reading

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Singapore Court of Appeal affirms tribunal power to decide appropriate relief by refusing to set aside remedies award (Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels Inc v Global Gaming Philippines LLC)

This article was first published by Lexis®PSL on 19 October 2021. Arbitration Analysis: In refusing to set aside a remedies award issued in a Singapore-seated ad hoc arbitration pursuant to the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, the Singapore Court of Appeal affirmed … Continue reading

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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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