Shape the future of dispute resolution: Global Pound Conference in Hong Kong

Hosting more than 5,000 corporate and disputes professionals in a series spanning 40 cities across 31 countries, the Global Pound Conference aims to improve the resolution of commercial disputes in the 21st century. Using a unique interactive format, which has been dubbed the blueprint for future conferences, delegates from key stakeholder groups vote anonymously on standardised questions … Read more

Updated 2017 CEDR model mediation documents and rules

At a launch on 24 November 2016, the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) headquartered in London released updates for all of its main model mediation documents and rules. The updated documents are available on the CEDR website here (requiring free registration), including: ADR contract clauses ADR Notice Mediation Procedure Mediation Agreement Settlement Agreement / Tomlin Order Code of … Read more

Singapore update: litigation funding moves a step closer and new legislation proposed to give force to settlement agreements made through mediation

Last week saw two important and novel pieces of legislation related to dispute resolution put before the Singapore Parliament.  The first is a bill to amend current legislation to permit third party funding in international arbitration and related litigation.  The second is a bill to encourage mediation through, amongst other things, giving binding force to … 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 Mediation Act (Act) to strengthen the framework for mediation in Singapore. The other three recommendations … Read more

World Bank report endorses ADR and applauds the efficiency of the Singapore courts

As we look forward to convening in Singapore on 17/18 March at the inaugural Global Pound Conference, the World Bank Group's flagship report Doing Business 2016 has found Singapore to be the best jurisdiction worldwide on its quality of judicial processes index. The report cites Singapore as having the shortest time recorded worldwide for resolving a commercial dispute through the … Read more

Global Pound Conference series – an opportunity for corporations to benchmark themselves

We have previously reported on the ambitious Global Pound Conference (GPC) series of events being sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills throughout 2016 and 2017.  Currently planned for at least 36 cities across 26 countries, the GPC series will gather actionable data on what users of dispute resolution mechanisms need in the 21st century and whether those needs are … Read more

Singapore office hosts client event on mediation to launch latest ADR guide

On 16 February 2016, our Singapore office is holding an interactive session with in-house counsel on how to use mediation effectively. Alastair Henderson, managing partner of South East Asia, and Emmanuel Chua, senior associate, will be joined by Eunice Chua, deputy CEO of the Singapore International Mediation Centre, to discuss: Read more