This episode is the first of two hosted by Andrew Pullen, looking at the dispute resolution landscape in Singapore.

Singapore is well-established amongst the leading centres for international arbitration globally, but this is not the whole story; each of the four conversations across these two episodes focuses on a different part of the disputes picture.

This part starts with a conversation with Smitha Menon who is a Partner and Deputy Head of Restructuring & Insolvency at Wong Partnership. She practices in international arbitration and holds several positions with the International Chambers of Commerce. Andrew and Smitha speak about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on disputes in the region and how the Singapore courts are developing a distinctive jurisprudence in commercial matters.

The second conversation focuses on international arbitration. 2020 saw the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)’s caseload top 1000 new matters. Andrew looks behind this statistic and discusses what is feeding the growth of arbitration in the region, and the perception of Singapore as an arbitration centre. For this discussion he is joined by Delphine Ho, Registrar of the SIAC and a Singapore and English-qualified lawyer who has headed up the SIAC’s secretariat since 2016, and Professor Benjamin Hughes, a door tenant at Fountain Court and resident at The Arbitration Chambers in Singapore who is one of the best-known arbitrators in Asia.

Episode 9, the second part of our analysis of the Singapore disputes landscape, will be released in June 2021 and looks at the Singapore International Commercial Court and the third-party funding regime across Asia.

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We hope you enjoy the episode.