11 July 2014
Ms Lucy Reed, global head of the international arbitration group and co-head of public international law group, gave a lunchtime talk on Friday, 11 July 2014 to an audience of around 70 delegates. Ms Reed’s presentation titled “US-Style Discovery: Not What You Think”, focused on debunking the myths and misconceptions about the actual practice and scope of discovery in the US legal system by describing the origins and purposes of US discovery, and flagging which US discovery techniques do add value in international arbitration. SIAC would like to thank Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for hosting the event.
The SIAC Training Video roadshow is well underway with events held in Shanghai on Thursday, 26 June 2014, Hangzhou on Friday, 27 June 2014 and Seoul on Tuesday, 1 July 2014.
The workshops use a combination of SIAC's innovative arbitration training video and panel discussions to provide a practical guide to all the key aspects of an SIAC international arbitration.
SIAC and SHIAC co-hosted the Shanghai International Arbitration Forum workshop - a practical guide to international arbitration at the Mandarin Oriental, Pudong. Moderators and panel members discussed and explained to the audience, the various stages of an arbitral procedure, as shown in the SIAC Training Video. Over 130 attendees joined the workshop. Half of the delegates were in-house counsel from companies based in and around Shanghai and the other half were mostly lawyers in private practice. The feedback from the delegates was that they had gained a broader and deeper understanding of the procedures and issues involved in an SIAC international arbitration.
The Hangzhou workshop, was co-organised by the Singapore Academy of Law and Zhejiang Bar Association at the Hangzhou Zhi Jiang Hotel. The President of The Law Society of Singapore, Mr Lok Vi Ming SC, gave an update on recent developments in international arbitration in Singapore. Ms Sophia Feng, Deputy Head (China) at SIAC, gave a presentation on the cost, efficiency and other advantages of using SIAC to administer international arbitrations. Delegates, who were mainly lawyers from local law firms, commented that the workshop was an unparalleled practical guide for legal practitioners.
The Seoul workshop, which was held at the Seoul International Dispute Resolution Centre, was equally well received by over 120 delegates. Over half of the delegates were in-house counsel, with the remainder comprised mainly of arbitration practitioners. One of the workshop sessions demonstrated and discussed, with personal insights from panellists who had previously acted as Emergency Arbitrators, one of the popular special procedures in the SIAC Rules of Arbitration 2013, the SIAC Emergency Arbitrator procedure. Delegates commented that the workshop gave them an interesting insight into the respective roles that may be played by the arbitral institution and tribunal in managing an arbitration efficiently.
The SIAC roadshow will continue with events in Jakarta, Bangalore, Manila and Tokyo later this year. Please see the Events page of our website for further details.
SIAC and Young SIAC events in June 2014
Mr Toby Landau QC - 3 June 2014
Mr Toby Landau QC, Barrister and Arbitrator from Essex Court Chambers, London gave a lunchtime talk on 3 June 2014 to an audience of around 100 delegates at the Supreme Court Viewing Gallery. Mr Landau’s presentation, “An Insider’s Guide to Advocacy in Arbitration”, was a candid assessment and critique of common advocacy techniques from the perspective of the arbitral tribunal. The feedback from those who attended was that it was a thought provoking and entertaining session. SIAC would like to thank Holman Fenwick Willan for sponsoring the venue and lunch.
Mr Jan Paulsson - 11 June 2014
Mr Jan Paulsson, Founding Partner of Three Crowns LLP took part in an interactive Q&A session on 11 June 2014 moderated by Mr Michael Hwang SC, Chartered Arbitrator, Michael Hwang Chambers. Delegates were invited to submit questions on current issues and developments in the field of international arbitration to Mr Paulsson which resulted in a lively and interesting evening discussion. SIAC would like to thank Allen & Gledhill for hosting the event.
Professor Julian Lew QC - 17 June 2014
On 17 June 2014, Professor Julian Lew QC, Arbitrator and Barrister and a member of 20 Essex Street Chambers, London shared his experience from being involved in international arbitration as counsel and arbitrator in different jurisdictions to explain to young lawyers the skills and personal characteristics that they need to develop to succeed in international arbitration. Delegates agreed over drinks afterwards that Professor Lew QC gave an inspiring talk. SIAC would like to thank Ashurst for hosting the event.
SIAC are grateful to all delegates who took the time to attend these recent events. Thank you for your support.