Bar Council holds second joint seminar with the Singapore International Arbitration (SIAC)

As a follow-up to a successful seminar that was run jointly with SIAC in Singapore in March this year, the Bar Council was delighted to welcome SIAC to London on 28 September for a second seminar that focussed on current issues in international arbitration. The Hon. Justice Sundaresh Menon, Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Singapore, gave an opening address at which he outlined the influence of English law in Singapore and the new legislation which permits English counsel to appear in Singaporean courts.

The panel of Singaporean and English Counsel included Francis Xavier SC (Rajah and Tann), Lawrence Teh (Rodyk and Davidson), Harpreet Singh Nehal SC (Wong Partnership), Geraldine Andrews QC (Essex Court Chambers), Philip Shepherd QC (XXIV Old Buildings) and Sean Brannigan QC (4 Pump Court). They covered a diverse range of topics including arbitration financial disputes under ISDA master agreements, the fast track remedies available in Singapore and London and how to best address the lack of a universal ethics system in international arbitrations. The International Committee Chairman, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, chaired the seminar which stimulated very interesting discussion with the assembled audience of barristers, solicitors and Singaporean lawyers. The event was kindly sponsored by COMBAR. The Bar Council is pleased with the growing engagement of the Bar with this increasingly important dispute resolution centre, which will soon receive a delegation from the Chancery Bar Association.