I trust that those who attended this year's Members' Nite in April were pleased with the venue at VLV Singapore. Our Vice-President Dinesh Dhillon held court and welcomed new and existing members. The stylish and newly renovated heritage building at Clarke Quay was a perfect place to unwind and renew acquaintances
Singapore's Third Party Funding regime is now firmly in place. The Civil Law (Amendment) Act (CLA) and the Civil Law (Third-Party Funding) Regulations 2017 are supplemented by the Law Society's Guidance Note 10.1.1 on Third Party Funding, the SIAC Practice Note on Arbitrator Conduct in Cases Involving External Funding and the SIArb Guidelines for Third Party Funders which were launched 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 some leading Third Party Funders have already come on board. I thank Dinesh Dhillon, Tay Yu-Jin and Sapna Jhangiani who worked with me on the SIArb Guidelines.
In April 2017, our dedicated faculty led by Course Director Naresh Mahtani completed training another group of candidates for our International Entry Course. Our Fellowship Assessment Course will take place in October.
In May 2017, we were fortunate to have Mr Lok Vi Ming, SC share his take on Arbitration and Mediation, which he called the "Siamese Twins for Dispute Resolution". The seminar was chaired by our Treasurer, Mr Chia Ho Choon.
Looking ahead, I invite all members to mark your calendar for our Annual General Meeting on 28 September 2017 and our Annual Dinner on 1 November 2017. We still have other important and informative events lined up, such as CPD seminars delivered by leading lights and our perennial favourite, the SIArb Symposium. You will receive details on these events in due course.