Singapore's planned international commercial court to take legal business away from London and Hong Kong

Singapore hopes to turn itself into Asia's one-stop legal city. Photo: Reuters

Singapore’s ambitious plans for an international commercial court are set to expand upon the city state’s success in arbitration, helping it siphon away more legal business from rivals like London and Hong Kong.

Wednesday, 12 February, 2014, 2:49pm

China should agree to arbitration

Disputed islets, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. Photo: Reuters

I refer to your editorial ("A good place for friends to meet", May 27), referring to the imminent meeting between presidents Xi Jinping and Barack Obama in California.

6 Jun 2013 - 2:10am

Arbitration players across the border in row of their own

The dispute between, on the one hand, CIETAC (China's oldest and best known institutional arbitration body) and, on the other, SHIAC (the new Shanghai International Arbitration Centre) and SCIA (the new Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration), has recently come to a head.

15 May 2013 - 4:01am

Where flexibility meets cost efficiency in settling disputes

What should you expect from arbitration?

24 Apr 2013 - 5:16am

Hong Kong and Macau's arbitration agreement

The arrangement will provide an effective method of enforcing any Hong Kong arbitral awards in Macau, and vice versa. Photo: Bloomberg

Hong Kong and Macau agreed in January to an arrangement for the reciprocal enforcement of arbitral awards, bringing to a successful conclusion discussions which had been in progress for over a year.

20 Mar 2013 - 5:31am

Hong Kong's reputation as a neutral arbitration centre grows

Figures from the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre show that in 2007, of the 448 arbitrations the centre handled, two in every five involved construction. By 2011, the number had dropped to 275, of which just one in seven was a construction arbitration.

20 Feb 2013 - 5:46am

Arbitration hearing in Hong Kong in row over US$500m railway contract

Arbitration centre chairman Wong Kwai-huen. Photo: May Tse

A dispute over a US$500 million railway contract between the Philippine government and a large Chinese state-owned company will be heard at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre - a move hailed as a vote of confidence in the city's judicial independence.

30 Jan 2013 - 4:40am

Effective arbitral habit now spares litigious blushes later

What must an arbitration agreement include to be enforceable?

12 Dec 2012 - 2:58am

Mediation wins favour as way to solve disputes

Annie Chan says the key to mediation is ensuring the mediator clearly understands both parties' concerns. Photo: Jonathan Wong

A growing number of Hong Kong and Asian companies and individuals are turning to mediation to resolve their disputes rather than pursuing costly litigation through the courts.

17 Sep 2012 - 3:16am

New body will uphold mediation standards

A new regulatory body will be set up early next year to standardise the accreditation of mediators.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Dispute centre set for launch

The government-funded Financial Dispute Resolution Centre will start operation from Tuesday, using mediation and arbitration for customers seeking claims of up to HK$500,000 against their banks or brokers.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

CityU victorious in global battle of legal minds

City University law students have triumphed over 91 other teams at an international commercial arbitration competition held in the city.

They crossed swords with representatives of the universities of Harvard, Houston, Fordham and La Trobe to come out top in a four-day Willem C. Vis (East) moot last month.

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Rise in arbitrators' power queried

Local commercial arbitrators will soon have judge-like emergency powers to freeze assets and preserve evidence, a move that has alarmed some lawmakers.

But Albert Wong Kwai-huen, the chairman of the city's arbitration centre, sought to assuage such fears, saying it would be a useful extension of existing, but rarely used, powers.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

HK's status as arbitration hub safe, experts say

Leading members of Hong Kong's arbitration community have sought to dispel fears that the city will lose its competitiveness as Asia's premier arbitration hub to Singapore, by clarifying the implications of a Court of Final Appeal ruling on what became known as the Congo case.

5 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Political weasels run for the cover of what's 'reasonable'

But this time the government believes it will be able to argue what a reasonable return is, as it says the situation has changed.

'At the time of the last ruling, they [Eastern Harbour Tunnel] hadn't made much of a profit. Now they have made billions of dollars ... how much more is reasonable?' said a person familiar with the situation.

SCMP, June 22

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am