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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

2018 has been a significant year for Arbitration in Singapore and for the SIArb. It is an opportune time to take stock and look ahead to 2019.

SIArb celebrated its 37th Anniversary with a fabulous dinner on 14th November at Aura, National Gallery. We thank our Guest of Honour, Senior Minister of State for Law and Health, Mr Edwin Tong SC, for his insights on Singapore’s role in an ever changing global economic landscape. I encourage members who missed the dinner to read his full speech HERE.

We also just concluded the 10th SIArb Symposium on 15th November which has now become synonymous with the iconic Old Parliament House. It was a lively house filled with much discussion, enthusiasm and passion for cutting edge issues in international arbitration. The Symposium has developed into a key platform for showcasing thought leadership and kudos must go to Vice President Tay Yu-Jin and his committee on the excellent event.

Singapore continues to climb the league ladder in the International Arbitration “Champions League”. The latest Queen Mary University of London Survey released on 9 May 2018 reported that Singapore is the third most preferred seat worldwide, after London and Paris, and ahead of Hong Kong, Geneva, New York and Stockholm. This is a significant achievement but we certainly cannot afford to rest on our laurels. With such a position, expectations will increase and Singapore must step up to play its part in terms of thought leadership in the global international arbitration space. SIArb will continue to play its role through our training programs. We recently worked with the Singapore Academy of Law (“SAL”) on a training program for budding arbitrators in Qatar. We are also particularly excited about the Singapore Arbitration Journal which will be launched in 2019.

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Dinesh Dhillon
President,
SIArb 2017-2019

18 October 2018

Dear Fellows, Members and Associate Members of Singapore Institute of Arbitrators,

1.  COUNCIL AND OFFICE-BEARERS:

Following the elections at the Annual General Meeting on 25 September 2018, the following is a listing of the Office-Bearers and Council Members till the next AGM in 2019.

President
Mr Dinesh Dhillon
(2017 – 2019) – Elected at AGM 2017
Vice President
Mr Tay Yu-Jin
(2018 – 2020) – Elected at AGM 2018
Honorary Secretary
Mr Francis Goh
(2018 – 2020) – Elected at AGM 2018
Honorary Treasurer
Mr Mohan R Pillay 
(2017 –  2019) – Elected at AGM 2017
Immediate Past President
Mr Chan Leng Sun S.C.
(2017 – 2019) (Imm. Past President) – under
Art. 7.1.3
Council Members
Mr Chia Chor Leong
(2017 – 2019) – appointed under Art. 7.8.6.2
w.e.f.  5 October 2017
Mr Chia Ho Choon
(2017 – 2019) – Elected at AGM 2017
Mr Andrew Pullen
(2017 – 2019) – Elected at AGM 2017
Mr Ramesh Selvaraj
(2018 – 2020) – Elected at AGM 2018
Ms Rebecca Tai Andersen
(2018 – 2020) – Elected at AGM 2018
Mr Yeo Boon Tat
(2018 – 2020) – Elected at AGM 2018


2.   COMMITTEES: 

The Council invites all Fellows and Members to volunteer to serve on Committees of the Institute. The Committees and their respective Chairs are as follows; and if you are interested in joining any of the Committees, please respond using the REPLY SLIP and email to the Secretariat by 1 November 2018. (You may select up to 3 Committees only).

For your information, please refer HERE for the Terms of Reference of these Committees and a list of the Committees for 2017-2018.

Committee
Chair
Activities
Mr Andrew Pullen
Arbitration Bar
Mr Tay Yu-Jin
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Mr Francis Goh
Education & Training
Mr Chia Chor Leong
Publications & Website
Mr Yeo Boon Tat
Scheme Arbitration
Mr Chia Chor Leong

 


 1 October 2018

Our 37th AGM was held on 25 September 2018. Congratulations to the 3 new Council members who were elected: Rebecca Tai Andersen, Ramesh Selvaraj and Yeo Boon Tat.


 25 September 2018

The following are the nominations for the positions of office bearers and Council.

President
Nominee
Proposer
Seconder
Vice President       
Tay Yu-Jin
Dinesh Dhillon
Naresh Mahtani
Hon. Secretary
Francis Goh
Dinesh Dhillon
Mohan Pillay
Council Member
Shourav Lahiri 
Naresh Mahtani
Francis Goh
Council Member
Ramesh Selvaraj
Dinesh Dhillon
William Ong
Council Member
Rebecca Tai Andersen   
Dinesh Dhillon
Johnny Tan
Council Member
Arthur Yap
Chia Chor Leong  
Naresh Mahtani  
Council Member
Yeo Boon Tat
Mohan Pillay
Dinesh Dhillon

The positions of Vice-President and Honorary Secretary are uncontested. Elections for 3 Council Member positions out of the 5 candidates (stated in alphabetical order by surname) will be held at the upcoming AGM.


PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

SEPTEMBER 2017

I am coming to the end of my second term as President of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. So much has happened in these four years. I will take this opportunity to take stock.

Some of you will remember that Intellitrain took over the running of our Secretariat at the end of 2013. It did a sterling job helping us to tidy up our internal records. Actual paid-up membership at that time was estimated to be about 665. We are now more than 900 members. I am fairly confident that we will hit the 1000 mark within a year. That will surely be a milestone to remember.

SIArb hosted the Regional Arbitral Institutes Forum (RAIF) Conference for the second time in August 2014, after the Conference had made its rounds to the homes of our fellow RAIF members. It was a tremendous success, attended by 120 lawyers from more than 10 countries.

In December 2014, SIArb signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Singapore Institute of Architects and in January 2016, with the Japan Association of Arbitrators. We are forging friendships with the aim of harmonizing good practices across sectors and borders.

In September 2016, we launched the upgraded and completely redesigned SIArb website, with new features offering convenient functionalities for members. The website now carries an integrated event calendar for SIArb and relevant third party events. Members can register and pay for events online. The integrated membership management system offers a one-stop location for membership matters, including a members' area where members can access members' only resources and update their personal profiles.

Those who have been following developments on Third Party Funding regulations will know that SIArb has launched its Guidelines for Third Party Funders on 18 May 2017. We have taken on board suggestions that SIArb should offer third party funders an opportunity to declare their support for the Guidelines. Those who do will be acknowledged on the SIArb website as being a supporter of the Guidelines. I am pleased that we already have six leading Third Party Funders on board.

A second product is on the way.  A SIArb Working Group has completed its draft on the SIArb Guidelines on Party-Representative Ethics. The difficulty in harmonising this area is matched by the importance of doing so, for the integrity and success of the arbitral process. There will be public consultation on the draft before it is finalized. I thank my fellow Working Group members, Mr Mohan Pillay, Mr Rian Matthews and Ms Adriana Uson for their hard work on these guidelines.

On 6 September 2017, an appreciative audience followed with interest the observations of Ms Judith Gill QC on the topic "Arbitrator Conflicts of Interest: Are the Modern Safeguards Sufficient?" The seminar was chaired by Mr Dinesh Dhillon.

The complementary topics of Arbitrator's ethics and Party-Representative's ethics will be rounded-up in a seminar on 10 October 2017. Mr Gary Born will present his lecture on Arbitrator's ethics, after which he and the SIArb Working Group will discuss issues raised in the draft SIArb Guidelines on Party-Representative Ethics.

Before our Annual General Meeting starts on 28 September 2017, we will have a pre-AGM talk by Mr Alvin Yeo, SC with his retrospective review of Singapore Arbitration from Birth to Boomtown - The Past 25 Years.

Our flagship Fellowship Assessment Course will be conducted on 27, 28 and 30 October 2017. Non-legally trained candidates are required to attend Module 1 on 19 & 20 October 2017, which covers Contract, Tort and Evidence.

Please do attend our Annual Dinner on 1 November 2017. It will be repeated at the lovely Aura Restaurant, where we had it last year. We are excited to have as our Guest-of-Honour, the former Attorney-General of Singapore, Mr VK Rajah, SC. I can promise you will enjoy this special event.

Given the packed schedules of our members, one can never have too much advance notice. The ever popular SIArb Commercial Arbitration Symposium 2017 returns for its 8th year on 16 November 2017. As usual, the hallowed Old Parliament House will provide a distinguished setting for the lively debates.

Finally, the observant among you might have noticed that the SIArb logo now sports a slogan "Asian Sensibilities, Global Standards". This reflects a theme that I touched on at the SIArb Gala Dinner in 2016. SIArb has its roots in Asia and understands Asian cultural nuances and practices. However, we have a duty to promote the best practices globally and the highest standards in international arbitration. The SIArb Council agrees that this phrase captures the defining characteristic of SIArb as a leading Asian Arbitral Institute.

Our membership now spans the entire breadth of the globe, from US, Europe, Middle East to Asia. The diversity helps to enrich our understanding of the myriad of ways in which arbitration is practised. At the same time, it encourages us to abandon parochialism in favour of harmony. After all, one of our Objectives is the improvement of the standards of skill and expertise of arbitrators and those involved in ADR. Our collective knowledge and perspectives are a formidable asset as SIArb continues to be a focal point for thought leadership in arbitration in the coming years.

It has been a real privilege to be entrusted with the helm and a joy to serve with such congenial and diligent Council members. I am also grateful to members who turn up regularly at our events, whose words of encouragement provide such comfort to the Council. I will, of course, remain a part of the SIArb, but insofar as my last column as President is concerned, "So long, and thanks for all the fish."

Chan Leng Sun S.C.
President,
SIArb 2013-2017

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