This is an online event organised by CIArb Policy in support of the APPG for ADR Report launch. The event will take place at 10.00am BST, please check your local time-zone.
As the global dispute resolution landscape evolves, countries are increasingly seeking ways to ensure they stand out as international dispute hubs. In August 2019, MPs from the UK APPG for ADR undertook a fact-finding visit to Singapore to understand what lessons the city-state may hold for the UK if it is to retain its position as a leading centre for arbitration and ADR. Based on meetings with leading Singaporean decision makers from business, government and the judiciary, the APPG report recommendations set out policy proposals for both the UK and Singapore, and will appeal to anyone with an interest in global best practice in dispute resolution. Specifically, the report addresses the following areas:
The role of pro-active government action in promoting a country as a disputes hub
How Conflict Avoidance mechanisms can be used more widely
The use of mediation (and the value of the Singapore Mediation Convention)
How to make ADR more responsive to the needs of business
Encouraging non-lawyers to train as disputes practitioners
CIArb is secretariat to the APPG for ADR and provided assistance in making this report possible.
10.00: Introduction and report summary from Lewis Johnston ACIArb, Head of Policy and External Affairs, CIArb
10.10: Statement from Kara Owen CMG, British High Commissioner to Singapore
10.20: Recorded message of support from The Honourable The Chief Justice of The Supreme Court of Singapore Sundaresh Menon FCIArb, former CIArb Patron
10.25: Opening remarks from John Howell MP ACIArb, John Spellar MP and Francis Xavier SC PBM C.Arb FCIArb; President, CIArb
10.40: Q&A and panel discussion chaired by Camilla Godman FCIArb, Director of Membership, CIArb
11.20: Closing remarks from Catherine Dixon, Director General, CIArb
Cost(s): Attendance to this event is free of charge but pre-registration is a must.
Catherine joined CIArb as Director General in May 2020 having just completed a world-record breaking circumnavigation of the world on a tandem. Prior to her expedition Catherine spent time in chief executive roles at the Law Society of England and Wales, Askham Bryan College and NHS Resolution. Catherine has also held senior leadership roles at the NSPCC and BUPA. Catherine has served as a trustee and non-executive director on a number of boards, including the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution and she is currently a trustee of Stonewall. Catherine is a non-practicing solicitor and accredited mediator and has a MBA.
Francis Xavier SC PBM C.Arb FCIArb (2020 CIArb President) was appointed Senior Counsel in January 2009 and practices international commercial and treaty arbitration and litigation. He is actively involved in cross-border commercial disputes in the areas of corporate banking, property, financial and investment related claims. He also specialises in aviation law and advised in the class-action suit resulting from the crash of the SilkAir flight (Indonesia) and the SIA crash (Taiwan).
He is the Chairman of the Listings Appeals Committee, Singapore Stock Exchange and Chairman of the Inquiry Panel of the Law Society of Singapore. He is a member of the Rules Committee, Singapore Academy of Law.
He is the President of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and current President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). He is a Chartered Arbitrator and also a Past Chairman of CIArb's Singapore Branch.
Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on 6 November 2012. Chief Justice Menon graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore in 1986 and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1991. He was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore in 1987, and as an attorney and counsellor-at-law in New York in 1992. After he was called to the Bar in Singapore, he practised with major local and international law firms, primarily as an advocate, in the fields of commercial litigation and arbitration, construction law and insolvency law. From 2006 to 2007, he served as a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2008. In 2010, he was appointed the 6th Attorney-General of Singapore, a post he relinquished in 2012 shortly before his appointment as a Judge of Appeal. He was appointed to the Presidential Council for Minority Rights upon his appointment as Attorney-General in 2010 and was later appointed as its Chairman in 2012, upon his appointment as Chief Justice. He is also the President of the Singapore Academy of Law.