Hong Kong: Third party funding for mediation delayed

Hong Kong has published its long-awaited Code of Practice for third party funders and announced that amendments to the Arbitration Ordinance, which permit funding of Hong Kong arbitrations, will come fully into force on 1 February 2019.   However, proposed amendments to… Read more

Belt and Road: Supporting the resolution of disputes

We have previously commented on how the sheer complexity and scale of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative is prompting a welcome review of dispute resolution processes including efforts, led and supported by the Chinese government, to encourage mediation clauses in Belt and… Read more

Global Pound Conference Hong Kong – a mandate for change

Hong Kong's status as a leading international dispute resolution hub is well-known. It enjoys a strong, independent judiciary as well as world class international arbitration services. Mediation and other forms of ADR are heavily supported by a myriad of institutions.… Read more

ADR in Asia Pacific: Spotlight on Indonesia

The third edition of our ADR in Asia Pacific Guide spotlights alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in Indonesia.  We summarise the state of play in relation to ADR in Indonesia and its interplay with adversarial processes like litigation and arbitration. We… Read more

ADR in Asia Pacific – Part 3

Further to our earlier posts (here and here) highlighting material from our recently updated Guide to Dispute Resolution in Asia Pacific, we now feature in part 3 the responses from New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam to the question whether parties to litigation or arbitration… Read more

Singapore: proposed new legislation to encourage mediation

A Mediation Bill has recently been put before the Singapore Parliament with a view to encouraging the growth of mediation in the jurisdiction.  The three key proposals in the Bill (which echo similar provisions in the EU Mediation Directive and various other mediation laws… Read more

ADR in Asia Pacific – Part 2

Further to our earlier post highlighting material from our recently updated Guide to Dispute Resolution in Asia Pacific, we now feature in part 2 the responses from Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia and Myanmar to the question whether parties to litigation or arbitration in that jurisdiction are… Read more

Singapore publishes draft Mediation Bill

The Singapore Ministry of Law is seeking public feedback on a draft Mediation Bill. The Bill will give effect to one of the key recommendations of the International Commercial Mediation Working Group (ICMWG) in 2013, being the enactment of a… Read more

Enforcing dispute adjudication board decisions

We reported earlier this year on a spate of recent court decisions in different jurisdictions giving support for the use of dispute adjudication boards (DABs). DABs can provide an effective means for parties to obtain interim binding decisions on disputes pending… Read more

ADR in Asia – overview of key ADR processes

We previously reported the publication of our ADR in Asia Guide.  As well as distilling the results of our client survey on the use of mediation in Hong Kong, the Guide contains a summary of the main ADR processes used… Read more

Herbert Smith Freehills publishes ADR in Asia Guide

Herbert Smith Freehills' Hong Kong dispute resolution team has launched its first ADR in Asia Guide, featuring a spotlight on mediation in Hong Kong. In particular, the Guide includes the results of our recent client research on how international corporates use… Read more

Judicial support for dispute adjudication boards

Three separate court decisions in different jurisdictions in recent months have given support to dispute adjudication boards (DABs) as a form of dispute resolution and, more generally, the enforcability of contractual dispute resolution clauses. DABs, which often comprise a panel of three members, provide… Read more

Mediation within arbitration – a new Med-Arb-Med protocol in Singapore

We recently reported (here) on the official launch of the Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI) on 5 November 2014.   One particularly interesting feature of the launch was the announcement of a new arbitration-mediation-arbitration (‘Arb-Med-Arb’) protocol (“AMA Protocol“), under which the SIMI will work closely… Read more

New Singapore mediation institute launched

On 5 November,  the Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI) was officially launched by Singapore's Senior Minister for Law and Education, who described mediation as the “third jewel” in the crown of Singapore’s legal services landscape, alongside arbitration and international litigation. SIMI, which has… Read more

Selling Mediation in the East

It is generally accepted that, while the use of mediation is on the rise globally, this trend is significantly more pronounced in the West than in Asia.   While the modern concept of formal mediation has of course been around for longer in the… Read more

Our new Asia disputes blog

We have today launched Herbert Smith Freehills’ new Asia disputes blog, Asia Disputes Notes, where you will find the latest updates on disputes related topics from across the Asian jurisdictions in which we operate (Hong Kong and Greater China, Southeast… Read more

Hong Kong: first case on new Mediation Ordinance

The Hong Kong Court of First Instance has in Lincoln Air Conditioning & Engineering Co Ltd and another v Chan Ping Fai Ricky and others invoked the new Mediation Ordinance which came into effect on 1 January 2013. For background on the Mediation… Read more

The rise of ADR in Japan

A number of alternative dispute resolution procedures are available and recognised in Japan – including expert determination, mediation, conciliation, and multi-track dispute resolution processes (ie a combination of different dispute resolution mechanisms such as arbitration and expert determination). Peter Godwin,… Read more

Update on ADR in Japan’s financial services sector

Our previous post reported on the "Law Concerning the Promotion of the Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures” (the “ADR Promotion Law”), which came into effect on 1 April 2007. Under the ADR Promotion Law, 116  institutions from multiple sectors… Read more

India: mediation successful in 60% of Delhi court actions

A wide reaching study, spanning 2005-2012 has concluded that 60% of disputes heard in the mediation centres affiliated to the four Dehli courts (Tis Hazari, Karkardooma, Rohini and Dwarka) were resolved.  The statistics for Tis Hazari show that of the 26,608 cases lodged… Read more