Dispute Resolution - Singapore

Outcome-driven problem-solving commercial approach

As Singapore continues on its path to cementing its position as the leading international dispute resolution centre in the region, our team in Singapore works together with our dedicated arbitration specialists across the globe to advise clients and help them find effective and commercial solutions to their cross-border disputes.  Whether it involves court proceedings, arbitration, mediation, conciliation, neutral evaluation, including drafting complex dispute resolution clauses, locating assets or enforcing arbitral awards, we will guide you through the most appropriate process for you.  We will help you reduce your risk.  If it concerns a commercial or trading dispute, a project, a regulatory or criminal investigation, or if you are simply keen to protect your business and ensure full compliance, we can help you.

This applies all the more so in the current uncertain times, where it is essential for clients to have their commercial disputes resolved as effectively as possible and where more creative solutions providing speed and flexibility may be crucial.

Supported by a global dispute resolution team of 140 partners, our lawyers work seamlessly across the network to provide clients with an integrated dispute resolution legal advice covering Asia (including South East Asia), Australia, Europe, the US, the Middle East and North Africa.

A versatile and nimble practice

Whether you are a financial institution, a multinational, a government or state-owned entity, we combine in-depth legal and sector knowledge with a proven track record of successfully acting in complex disputes, working alongside local counsel where appropriate.

We act in joint venture and M&A disputes, compliance and investigations, investment protection arbitration and have a wide range of commercial clients with our experience spanning multiple sectors, including manufacturing & industrials, international trade & commodities, mining, pharmaceuticals and telecoms, insurance & reinsurance, banking & finance, construction & engineering, energy & natural resources, infrastructure and transport.

The areas our Singapore office focuses on include:

  • International arbitration
  • Mediation and conciliation
  • Expert determination and adjudication
  • Early neutral evaluation

Whatever the situation, our top priority is always to get the most satisfactory and business efficient outcome for our clients.

Our experience also extends to all aspects of oral and written advocacy in international arbitration and mediation.  Many of our practitioners conduct their own advocacy as part of a fully integrated service.  Doing this means that our skilled advocates play a critical role in the strategy of the case from the outset.  By sharing facilities, case papers, culture and training with other team members working on the case, they gain a shared and detailed understanding of the dispute from day one and can help shape the strategy from the outset.

As a result, briefing is quick and informal with simpler, more effective lines of communication and case preparation.  This minimises the costs and time involved for our clients in instructing external counsel.  We are therefore able to operate on hourly rates or alternative fee arrangements, dispensing with brief and refresher fees. This means our clock stops when the case settles, often leading to significant costs savings.

Singapore, a key neutral venue for the resolution of cross-border disputes

Recognising that Singapore is internationally acknowledged as a reliable and neutral venue for hearing disputes, we understand the importance of an on-the-ground presence to serve our clients efficiently and seamlessly when disputes arise.  Our Singapore team includes cross-border disputes specialists and, collectively, the team has a strong track record of handling cross-border disputes in Singapore and in the region.

Our international arbitration team is GAR ranked and has a wealth of experience acting in arbitrations as counsel, co-counsel and lead counsel in disputes before various international arbitral institutions such as SIAC, ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, CIETAC, SCC, DIAC, ADCCAC, TAI, BANI and VIAC, in 'ad-hoc' non-institutional arbitrations adopting the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and in industry-specific arbitration rules such as LMAA, GAFTA and FOSFA.

Our experience covers a wide range of jurisdictions including Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt, Afghanistan, the EU and the UK.

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