This is the second episode of the fourth series of The Fountain Court Podcast. The episode is moderated by Darius Chan, a door tenant at Fountain Court and is a recording of a virtual panel discussion hosted in September 2023, marking the annual Christopher Bathurst Prizegiving.

The episode features an internationally focused discussion on the topic of ‘Arbitrability: Can Jurisdictions Police the Public Policy of Other Jurisdictions?’. This was the topic that this year’s applicants for the Christopher Bathurst Prize were asked to write about. The Panel discussed the Court of Appeal case of Anupam Mittal v Westbridge Ventures II Investment Holdings [2023] SGCA 1 and explored to what extent there was or could be a harmonised approach between different jurisdictions on the issue of arbitrability. 

Adopting a comparative law approach, our panel included:

  • Yuet Min Foo: Based in Singapore, Yuet Min is a director at Drew & Napier. She advises clients on civil disputes relating to a wide range of commercial contracts. Many of Yuet Min’s matters involve SIAC and ICC arbitrations as well as arbitration-related Court proceedings.
  • Gaurav Pachnanda SA: A Senior Advocate in India and a Barrister in England and Wales. Gaurav is an experienced commercial lawyer, whose practice includes a wide range of commercial litigation, arbitration and advisory work, with a significant multi-jurisdictional component. He is based in New Delhi but practices as a Door Tenant at Fountain Court.
  • Professor Luca G Radicati di Brozolo: A door tenant at Fountain Court and the founding partner of Arblit, an arbitration and litigation boutique in Milan. Luca’s current practice focuses on international arbitration and litigation. He has vast experience in commercial and investor-State arbitrations across many different sectors and seats and under a variety of rules and governing laws.
  • Nik Yeo: An experienced trial and appellate advocate at Fountain Court. Nik has a diverse practice including fraud, fintech and finance. He is regularly consulted on questions of legal professional privilege, conflict of laws and jurisdiction. Described as a “powerful and persuasive advocate”, Nik was awarded the “Technology, Data & Crypto Junior of the Year” at The Legal 500‘s Bar Awards 2023.

For more information on Fountain Court’s international experience, please see here.