Category Archives: Arbitration

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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SGHC sets aside arbitral award for breach of fair hearing rule and natural justice

In BZV v BZW and another [2021] SGHC 60, the Singapore High Court (the “Court”) allowed a party’s application to set aside an arbitral award on the basis that the tribunal had failed entirely to appreciate the correct questions it had to … Continue reading

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The SIAC Annual Report 2020: Highlights and Takeaways

The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“SIAC”) published its Annual Report 2020 recently, reporting another year of record growth in case load and expansion of its offices beyond Asia. In this article, we summarise some of the Report’s key highlights and … 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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Rights of representation in international arbitration: are you being heard?

A recent decision of the Singapore High Court declined to set aside a Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“SIAC”) award where the applicant asserted that the Tribunal had improperly excluded its General Manager from acting as co-counsel. This decision contains important … Continue reading

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Arbitration Clause in Settlement Agreement Triggers a Stay of Court Proceedings on Case Management Grounds

In the case of PUBG Corp v Garena International I Pte Ltd and others [2020] SGCA 51 (“PUBG”), the Singapore Court of Appeal had to decide whether or not to grant a stay of the parties’ ongoing court proceedings (“Court Proceedings”) in … Continue reading

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