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

Hong Kong mediation centre aims to end Lehman minibonds investor pain

Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah of the Financial Dispute Resolution Centre says mediation can solve investor-broker disputes. Photo: David Wong

Although the taxpayer-funded Financial Dispute Resolution Centre has handled far fewer cases than expected in its first 10 months of operation, industry players say it has made banks and brokers handle client complaints more seriously.

20 May 2013 - 4:18am

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

Mediation wins favour as a way to resolve disputes

Annie Chan

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.

The number of mediation and arbitration matters heard in Hong Kong last year jumped 56 per cent to 500 from 2002, according to data from the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.

17 Sep 2012 - 8:46am

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

Lawyers falling short as mediators

Seven out of 10 lawyers seeking to become mediators fail to get accredited due to an approach to court cases that is 'too adversarial'.

Mediators, whose task is to help resolve legal disputes in civil cases before the parties have to resort to litigation, come from all walks of life. But, ironically, it is lawyers who fare worst when trying to get accredited.

16 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

Value of contracts in dispute falls

The average value of contracts in dispute in Asia's construction industry fell by 17.7 per cent to US$53.1 million last year, from US$64.5 million in 2010, consultancy EC Harris says.

Worldwide, the average value of construction contracts in dispute fell to US$32.2 million, from US$35.1 million in 2010, the company said in a report.

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

Daily conflict common

Most secondary school students do not want to talk to their parents when conflicts arise, a study says.

16 May 2012 - 12:00am

Wong speaks up for mediation law

Secretary for Justice Wong Yan-lung hopes Legco can still pass a bill to create a statutory framework for mediation - an alternative to court action to settle disputes - despite delays caused by lawmakers' filibuster of a contentious bill on by-elections.

12 May 2012 - 12:00am

Legal eagles soar with the best

Winning the prestigious Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition not only helps prepare City University of Hong Kong (CityU) law students to enter the legal profession. It also consolidates the reputation of CityU as the best mooting school in Hong Kong and the region.

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Mediation fails to resolve rowson forced sales

Mediation was touted as a quick, cheap way to resolve disputes arising from a controversial law making it easier for developers to buy old buildings, but only two deals have been reached in the past year.

And one homeowner who tried the process described it as little more than a formality.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:33pm

Beyond the great divide

Ideally divorcing couples can part as friends. In real life, though, the process can get very ugly, with drawn-out disputes over issues like division of assets and alimony payments. Fights can get particularly nasty when children are used to get back at an estranged spouse, as former nurse Doris Chong Lai-man knows only too well.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

New Resolution centre on target for take-off

Hong Kong's planned financial dispute resolution centre, which will allow clients to use mediation to seek claims of up to HK$500,000 against their banks or brokers, is on target to open by the end of June, according to the government.

12 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Giving peace a fighting chance

Being brought up in a solid middle-class family, Louise Chan soon learned about the importance of integrity. To this day, it's a code by which she lives, in both her career and personal life. But as we all know, life is far from simple, disrupted at times by misunderstandings and disputes, which need to be resolved. Otherwise, they threaten the balance and development of society.

23 Sep 2011 - 12:00am