Rules of Online Litigation of the People’s Court of China launched

The Supreme People’s Court of China (SPC) has recently released Rules of Online Litigation of the People’s Court of China (Rules). The Rules are judicial interpretations formulated by the SPC binding on courts in Mainland China and will come into effect on 1 August 2021. Background As the digital economy in China continues to grow, … Read more

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

From 28 June 2021, Singapore will permit third-party funding of proceedings in the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC), domestic arbitration proceedings 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

KEY JUDGMENT ON ARBITRATION CLAUSES AFFECTING THOUSANDS OF COMMERCIAL CONTRACTS

Herbert Smith Freehills has secured an important victory in Hong Kong proceedings with far-reaching consequences for arbitration disputes around the world. Many commercial contracts contain “escalation clauses” requiring parties to take certain steps before formal arbitration begins – such as a requirement to “negotiate in good faith” before starting arbitration. Previously, failure to comply with … Read more

Launch of our new Malaysia Notes Blog

Herbert Smith Freehills has launched a new Malaysia blog, which you can find at https://hsfnotes.com/malaysia/ or via the “More blogs” link above. “Malaysia Notes” is where you’ll find news on the latest legal developments in Malaysia. You can subscribe to the blog by entering your e-mail address on the site in order to receive updates by … Read more

LATEST EDITION OF ASIA PACIFIC DISPUTE RESOLUTION GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE

Disruption, downturn and recovery tend to generate more disputes – and in Asia Pacific cross-jurisdiction operations and investments increase that risk. Our 2021 Guide to Dispute Resolution in Asia Pacific is your roadmap to potential problems in these fast-changing times, especially for those new to the region’s complex legal landscape. From the basics of each … Read more

LATEST EDITION ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN ASIA PACIFIC LAUNCHES

Our market-leading practice is launching the 11th edition of its Guide to Dispute Resolution in Asia Pacific next week. Join us for two webinars where our dispute resolution lawyers across the region will share the latest stories from the frontline. Date: 26 January 2021 Focus: Greater China region (including Hong Kong) Click here to register. … Read more

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS UPDATES ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO DISPUTES CLAUSES IN CHINA CONTRACTS

Herbert Smith Freehills has launched the 8th edition of its guide, “Dispute resolution and governing law clauses for China-related commercial contracts‎”. Better known as “The Dragon Book“, this practical guide explains how Mainland Chinese law affects parties’ choice of law and dispute resolution in China-related contracts.‎ Join us for a launch webinar on Wednesday 9 … Read more

PAPERLESS HONG KONG – BILL FACILITATING ELECTRONIC COURT FILING PASSED

On Friday 17 July 2020, the Court Proceedings (Electronic Technology) Bill (Bill) was passed after a second and third reading shortly before the current Legislative Council term ended that night.  The Bill was gazetted on 27 December 2019 and passed through the First Reading stage on 8 January 2020. No information is yet available as … Read more