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Dispute Resolution

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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.

Litigation

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

Arbitration

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
  • HKIAC
  • KCAB 
  • ICC 
  • LCIA
  • CIETAC
  • ICSID
  • 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.

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6 May 2019
CIArb launches guidelines for wit­ness con­fer­en­cing in in­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion
5 April 2019
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 Em­ploy­ers Fed­er­a­tion (col­lect­ively known as the Tri­part­ite
1 March 2019
“A stitch in time saves nine” – Singa­pore em­phas­ises the im­port­ance of...
“A stitch in time saves nine” – Singa­pore em­phas­ises the im­port­ance of seek­ing timely anti-suit re­lief
28 February 2019
Ar­bit­rat­ing fin­an­cial dis­putes – Are there tan­gible be­ne­fits?
Ar­bit­rat­ing fin­an­cial dis­putes – Are there tan­gible be­ne­fits?
20 February 2019
Elec­tric Vehicles: in­fra­struc­ture for our con­nec­ted fu­ture
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20 February 2019
Between a rock and a hard place: Singa­pore High Court lifts stay of court...
Between a rock and a hard place: Singa­pore High Court lifts stay of court pro­ceed­ings on non-com­mence­ment of ar­bit­ra­tion
31 January 2019
Com­mis­sion­ing a scrub­ber sys­tem by 31 Decem­ber 2019 is not suf­fi­cient to...
Com­mis­sion­ing a scrub­ber sys­tem by 31 Decem­ber 2019 is not suf­fi­cient to com­ply with the up­com­ing sul­phur cap
14 January 2019
Singa­pore High Court con­siders ap­plic­a­tion of “le­git­im­ate in­terest” test...
Singa­pore High Court con­siders ap­plic­a­tion of “le­git­im­ate in­terest” test to li­quid­ated dam­age clauses
2 November 2018
Party autonomy pre­vails: Singa­pore Court of Ap­peal re­states law gov­ern­ing...
On 31 Au­gust 2018, the Su­preme People’s Court of the People’s Re­pub­lic of China (“PRC”) and the Su­preme Court of Singa­pore entered in­to a Memor­andum of Guid­ance on the Re­cog­ni­tion and En­force­ment of Money Judg­ments in Com­mer­cial Cases (“MOG”). En­dorsed by
17 October 2018
Memor­andum of Guid­ance to pro­mote great­er re­cog­ni­tion and en­force­ment of...
On 31 Au­gust 2018, the Su­preme People’s Court of the People’s Re­pub­lic of China (“PRC”) and the Su­preme Court of Singa­pore entered in­to a Memor­andum of Guid­ance on the Re­cog­ni­tion and En­force­ment of Money Judg­ments in Com­mer­cial Cases (“MOG”). En­dorsed by
2 August 2018
Singa­pore High Court re­jects ap­plic­a­tion to ad­journ en­force­ment of for­eign...
In the re­cent de­cision of Man Dies­el & Turbo SE v I.M. Skau­gen Mar­ine Ser­vices Pte Ltd [2018] SGHC 132, the Singa­pore High Court (“HC”) re­jec­ted an ap­plic­a­tion to ad­journ the en­force­ment of an ar­bit­ral award that was also the sub­ject of a set­ting aside ap
4 April 2018
The Singa­pore Me­di­ation Con­ven­tion: Plug­ging the gap in cross-bor­der en­force­ab­il­ity...
On 26 June 2018, the fi­nal drafts for a con­ven­tion on the en­force­ment of in­ter­na­tion­al set­tle­ment agree­ments res­ult­ing from me­di­ation and the cor­res­pond­ing mod­el law were ap­proved at the 51st Ses­sion of the United Na­tions Com­mis­sion on In­ter­na­tion­al Trade