Hong Kong one step closer to arbitration success fees

Amendments to the Arbitration Ordinance, gazetted today, are the latest stage in the process to allow lawyers to charge based on success in an arbitration. The amendments, long-awaited by clients, passed Hong Kong’s legislative review quickly and without substantive amendment, demonstrating the strong support in the territory for these long-awaited changes. Hong Kong has enacted … Read more

CONDITIONAL FEE AGREEMENTS NOW PERMITTED IN SINGAPORE

Lawyers in Singapore are now able to enter into Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs) in selected proceedings, including arbitration and certain Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) proceedings. In January 2022, Singapore passed a bill to permit CFAs (see our post here). This bill came into effect on 4 May 2022, with the passing of the Legal … Read more

Hong Kong gazettes success fee Bill

Hong Kong has officially published a Bill that would allow lawyers to agree outcome-based fees for arbitration work in the territory. If, as expected, the Bill passes into law later this year, it will allow lawyers in and outside Hong Kong to agree fees based on their clients’ success in the arbitration. This is a … Read more

SINGAPORE TO ALLOW CONDITIONAL FEE ARRANGEMENTS

On 1 November 2021, a bill to permit Conditional Fee Arrangements (CFA) had its first reading in the Singapore Parliament. If the bill is passed, it will permit law firms and lawyers in Singapore to enter into CFAs with their clients in respect of certain types of disputes (whether relating to proceedings in Singapore or … Read more

Update: Singapore extends third-party funding framework to domestic arbitrations and SICC proceedings

From 28 June 2021, Singapore will permit third-party funding of domestic arbitration proceedings, proceedings in the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) and related mediation proceedings. Before this, Singapore permitted third-party funding for international arbitration proceedings and related court and mediation proceedings only (as reported in our blog post of January 2017). In making these changes, … Read more

CROSS POST: UNCITRAL PUBLISHES INITIAL DRAFT ON THE REGULATION OF THIRD-PARTY FUNDING IN INVESTOR-STATE DISPUTE SETTLEMENT

In a recent post on our Public International Law Notes blog, Christian Leathley, Amal Bouchenaki, Florencia Villaggi and Louis Thivierge consider the UNCITRAL Secretariat’s initial draft provisions on the regulation of third-party funding in Investor-State Dispute Settlement, which presents various potential models that the Working Group on Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform may adopt for regulating … Read more

PODCAST: ICC RULES 2021 – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Following the release of the ICC’s new 2021 Arbitration Rules in draft on 9 October 2020, Craig Tevendale (Partner and UK Head of International Arbitration), Thierry Tomasi (Partner) and Vanessa Naish (Professional Support Consultant) have recorded a podcast discussing the top 5 changes to be aware of in the new Rules, being: Amendments to the … Read more