Kimarie Cheang Director and Head of China Practice, Singapore; Partner, Hong Kong
Covid-19: How has this impacted Singapore as a dispute resolution forum?
The outbreak of Covid-19 has had a significant impact on how parties are able to commence and continue the conduct of dispute resolution proceedings, especially at the transnational level.
The challenges faced by all involved in litigation and arbitration are unprecedented. Legal practitioners, in-house counsel, arbitrators and judges alike are no longer able to rely on traditional procedural and administrative practices. Social distancing measures have resulted in court closures globally (save for urgent matters). Telecommuting has become a way of life. We have witnessed the inevitable increase in use of virtual platforms to support remote court and arbitration hearings. Electronic exchange and service of documents have become the new normal.
We consider in this article the main draws for litigants, and how Singapore continues to attract litigants in the region and globally, amidst the outbreak of Covid-19.
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This article was co-authored by Associate at Incisive Law LLC, Adrian Koh.