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The Dispute Resolution team offers the full range of integrated support, sector and commercial experience and a world-class service to respond quickly to you - a true 360° approach, from long-term planning and deployment of case strategy to emergency response, injunctions and applications and expedited procedures.

In Singapore, we operate as CMS Holborn Asia, a Formal Law Alliance between Singapore law practice, Holborn Law LLC, and CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang (Singapore) LLP (“CMS”), the 5th largest law firm in the world. The Formal Law Alliance allows the two firms to provide the broadest range of Singapore and international legal services from one platform, with Singapore law expertise and litigation representation provided by Holborn Law LLC. 

We can handle all your risk and dispute interactions from regulators to reporters, on issues from data breaches to disputes, in arenas from cyberspace to the c-suite. Whatever your risks, you need to deal with them in ways that build your resilience and protect your reputation. We will be there around the clock and around the world, whenever and wherever you need us.

Our team is experienced in all forms of dispute resolution, including commercial litigation, corporate crime, regulatory and internal investigations; international arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution, judicial review and reputation management.

Members of our team regularly appear as advocates in courts and arbitration.


At CMS Holborn Asia, we have thought more about Your World. You do not want to litigate. You want to avoid disputes and when they do arise, be with the right team to resolve them.

Working in alliance with one of the world’s largest law firms, CMS, our Litigation practice is global and is one of the largest disputes practices in the world. We work with our clients to navigate the most complex matters and embrace a range of technologies, project management expertise and resource to deliver value for them.

Where your dispute cannot be resolved in any other way, we will deploy our expertise and resources to fight your corner to the end.

We are proud that since our merger on 1 May 2017 we have been recognised as follows:

  • Highest number of cases profiled, The Lawyer Top 20 Cases to Watch, 2019
  • Top 50 Global Litigation Firm, The Lawyer Global Litigation Top 50, 2018
  • Top 3 London Litigation Firm, The Lawyer Global Litigation Top 50, 2018
  • Highest year on year growth in Litigation Lawyers, The Lawyer Global Top 50, 2018
  • Highest number of Disputes clients, The Lawyer FTSE 250 Report 2018
  • Highest number of Disputes clients, The Lawyer FTSE 100 Report 2017
  • Firm of the Year Reputation Management The Legal 500 Awards 2018
  • UK Firm of the Year for Dispute Resolution The Legal 500 Awards 2017


Recognised as one of the world’s leading arbitration practices by Global Arbitration Review (GAR 30), our International Arbitration team is one of the largest of any law firm and spans the globe. It is made up of a diverse range of specialists, and our sector-led approach carries with it a huge depth of experience especially in construction, energy, insurance, technology, media and telecommunications sectors.

Our cross-jurisdictional practice comprises over 100 partners and 400 fee-earners conducting multi-billion dollar commercial and investor-state arbitrations. Other than Singapore, a major centre for international dispute resolution, we have offices operating from all the major venues for international arbitration including London, Paris, Madrid, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai as well as across Central and Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America, and we represent clients under the rules of the world’s leading arbitral institutions including:

  • SIAC
  • KCAB 
  • ICC 
  • LCIA
  • WIPO

Many of our partners are regularly appointed as arbitrators and we speak and write regularly on matters of interest in the arbitration world. In the majority of cases, we will conduct advocacy in arbitrations ourselves.

Singa­pore In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion Blog


CIArb launches guidelines for wit­ness con­fer­en­cing in in­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion
The Chartered In­sti­tute of Ar­bit­rat­ors (“CIArb”) has re­cently launched its Guidelines for Wit­ness Con­fer­en­cing in In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion (“Guidelines”) in Singa­pore. The Guidelines aim to as­sist...
New guidelines on wrong­ful dis­missal in Singa­pore
On 1 April 2019, the Tri­part­ite Guidelines on Wrong­ful Dis­missal (the “Guidelines”) were re­leased by the Min­istry of Man­power (“MOM”), the Na­tion­al Trades Uni­on Con­gress and the Singa­pore Na­tion­al...
“A stitch in time saves nine” – Singa­pore em­phas­ises the im­port­ance of...
Singa­pore’s Court of Ap­peal has held in Sun Travels & Tours v. Hilton In­ter­na­tion­al [2019] SGCA 10 that un­due delay in seek­ing anti-suit re­lief is po­ten­tially fatal, par­tic­u­larly when a for­eign court...
Ar­bit­rat­ing fin­an­cial dis­putes – Are there tan­gible be­ne­fits?
In the past dec­ade, sev­er­al at­tempts have been un­der­taken to pro­mote in­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion in the fin­an­cial in­dustry. In­deed, vari­ous fea­tures of in­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion ap­pear to be par­tic­u­larly...
Between a rock and a hard place: Singa­pore High Court lifts stay of court...
In­tro­duc­tion Is a court en­titled to lift a stay of pro­ceed­ings in fa­vour of ar­bit­ra­tion if the con­di­tions for lift­ing the stay have not been met? This is what the Singa­pore High Court (the “Court”)...
Elec­tric Vehicles: in­fra­struc­ture for our con­nec­ted fu­ture
The up­take of elec­tric vehicles (EVs) has soared in re­cent years (al­beit from a very low base), with jur­is­dic­tions such as Nor­way and The Neth­er­lands cur­rently lead­ing the pack. However, in or­der for...
Com­mis­sion­ing a scrub­ber sys­tem by 31 Decem­ber 2019 is not suf­fi­cient to...
Ship own­ers, ship op­er­at­ors and ship man­agers who are busy pre­par­ing for the up­com­ing high sul­phur fuel oil (“HSFO”) ban which enters in­to force on 1 Janu­ary 2020 will be fa­mil­i­ar with the op­tion...
Singa­pore High Court con­siders ap­plic­a­tion of “le­git­im­ate in­terest” test...
Over­view In Seraya En­ergy Pte Ltd v Den­ka Ad­vantech Pte Ltd and an­oth­er suit (YTL PowerSeraya Pte Ltd, third party) [2019] SGHC 2 (“Den­ka Ad­vantech”), the Singa­pore High Court con­sidered the “le­git­im­ate...
Party autonomy pre­vails: Singa­pore Court of Ap­peal re­states law gov­ern­ing...
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a form­al law al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC.In Vin­mar Over­seas (Singa­pore) Pte Ltd v PTT In­ter­na­tion­al Trad­ing Pte Ltd [2018] SGCA 65...
Memor­andum of Guid­ance to pro­mote great­er re­cog­ni­tion and en­force­ment of...
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a form­al law al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC.On 31 Au­gust 2018, the Su­preme People’s Court of the People’s Re­pub­lic of China (“PRC”)...
Singa­pore High Court re­jects ap­plic­a­tion to ad­journ en­force­ment of for­eign...
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a form­al law al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. In­tro­duc­tion In the re­cent de­cision of Man Dies­el & Turbo SE v I.M. Skau­gen Mar­ine Ser­vices...
SI­AC re­ports an­oth­er re­cord-break­ing year
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a form­al law al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC.On 7 March 2018, the Singa­pore In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion Centre (“SI­AC”) an­nounced the...