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Arbitration & ADR Institutions

Maxwell Chambers


Maxwell Chambers is the world's first integrated dispute resolution complex, housing both best-of-class hearing facilities as well as top international Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) institutions.  Centrally positioned in the heart of Singapore's business district, Maxwell Chambers is located in the former Customs House, a refurbished four-storey conservation building with a stately neo-classical façade.

Maxwell Chambers has 23 custom-designed hearing rooms and preparation rooms, with the largest room able to accommodate some 140 people.  Maxwell Chambers offers:

  • Confidentiality - 24-hour building security, individual keycard access to acoustically-treated rooms where documents can be left overnight, and trained staff who understand ADR and the need for confidentiality.
  • Comfort - High quality and fully adjustable chairs, deep tables with built-in plug sockets, mobile shelves for files, and the exclusive Arbitrators´ Lounge with complimentary refreshments and reading materials.
  • Convenience - Fully equipped rooms and a suite of supporting services including transcription, interpretation, audio-visual capability, video-conferencing, tele-conferencing, and a Business Centre.  Catering can be provided, or users can visit a wide range of food and beverage outlets on the ground floor.

Maxwell Chambers is also home to the regional offices of some of the world´s most established ADR institutions:

  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
  • International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the international division of the American Arbitration Association (AAA)
  • Arbitration and Mediation Centre of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA)
  • Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb)

In addition, several eminent local and foreign arbitrators have set up shop in the building, including Professor Lawrence Boo, Mr Gerard Forlin QC, Professor Bernard Hanotiau, Mr Christopher Lau SC, and Mr David Williams QC, as well as barristers from top London Chambers - One Essex Court, 20 Essex Street, 39 Essex Street, and Essex Court Chambers.


 

Singapore International Arbitration Centre


The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) was established in July 1991 as a not for profit non-governmental organisation to meet the demands of the international business community for a neutral, efficient and reliable dispute resolution institution in Asia. The SIAC is committed to complete neutrality and independence in its role as an international arbitral institution.

Integrity, fair rules and procedures, efficiency and competence are key to SIAC´s success.

SIAC´s case management functions are overseen by a Court of Arbitration that comprises luminaries in the international arbitration arena. SIAC´s corporate management and other functions are overseen by a Board of Directors comprising of senior members of the legal and business communities.

With an international case management team hailing from different jurisdictions including Belgium, Canada, China, India, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and the UK who have specialised experience and knowledge of the region, SIAC is devoted to serving all its users with a complete understanding of their needs.

As an institution administering arbitrations, SIAC is committed to complete impartiality and transparency in all that it does for parties. Broadly, it helps parties in appointment of arbitrators when they cannot agree on an appointment; management of the financial and other practical aspects of arbitration; and facilitation of the smooth progress of arbitration.

SIAC carries out these responsibilities according to its published rules of arbitration and guidelines as contained in practice notes published from time to time. SIAC seeks to promote the highest standard of conduct and delivery in all arbitrations conducted under its auspices.

The SIAC has an international panel of over 380 independent arbitrators with a spread of expertise, depth of knowledge and experience from over 32 different jurisdictions. 204 of those experts are based in the Asian region.

The SIAC has a proven track record in enforcement of awards. SIAC Awards have been enforced by courts in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, the UK, USA and Vietnam amongst other New York Convention countries.

The SIAC received a record new case load of 235 cases in 2012 up by 25% from the new case filings in 2011 and currently handles an active caseload of over 550 cases.


 

Singapore International Mediation Centre


The Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) was established in March 2014 as an independent, not-for-profit company, following the recommendations of the Working Group on International Commercial Mediation appointed by the Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon and the Ministry of Law. SIMC will provide world-class mediation services and products targeted at the needs of parties in cross-border commercial disputes, particularly those based in Asia.

SIMC hosts an experienced panel of internationally-respected mediators drawn from Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe as well as North and South America, including luminaries such as the best-selling author of Getting to Yes, Dr William Ury, and Singapore’s Ambassador-At-Large, Professor Tommy Koh.

SIMC will offer, amongst other things, professional appointing authority and case management services under the SIMC Mediation Rules. Mediation at SIMC will come with the unique benefit of enforceability as settlement agreements may be made consent awards under an Arb-Med-Arb Protocol between the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and SIMC.

Arb-Med-Arb is an innovative process offered by SIAC and SIMC, where a dispute is first referred to arbitration before mediation is attempted. If parties are able to settle their dispute through mediation, their mediated settlement may be recorded as a consent award. If parties are unable to settle their dispute through mediation, they may continue with the arbitration proceedings. The SIAC-SIMC Arb-Med-Arb Protocol combines the cost-effectiveness, flexibility and party-autonomy of mediation with the finality and enforceability of arbitration in a seamless and convenient procedure for the benefit of commercial parties.


 

Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration


The Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration ("SCMA") is an independent body that provides a framework for maritime arbitration which is responsive to the needs of the maritime community. The SCMA has members from all sectors of the maritime community and from all countries.

The SCMA allows parties to choose their own arbitrators.  An application can be made to the Chairman of SCMA to appoint if the parties cannot agree on an appointment. There is also no mandatory scale of arbitrators´ fees. It is for the parties to agree the fees with the arbitrator.

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