NEWS & UPDATES
Bumper number of mediation matters for Singapore Mediation Centre in 2016
SMC handled 499 matters in 2016 — that’s a 72% increase over 2015 and the highest number of cases filed in its 20-year history.
The total quantum of disputed sums also reached a record high of $775 million in 2016, with construction, and company and shareholder fall-outs being the most common.
Mediation subsidy for media freelancers
Demand for visual effects and original content from global companies in Singapore means opportunities for home-grown freelancers. Often, however, freelancers do not have watertight contracts, leading to disputes. SMC has partnered IMDA to mediate at subsidised rates between such parties to iron out issues like non-payment.
Parliament passes the Mediation Bill
Two bills passed in Parliament in January 2017 take dispute resolution work to the next level. They also strengthen Singapore’s position as an international dispute resolution hub.
Court Practice Directions (Mediation)
The Supreme Court Practice Directions (Amendment No 1 of 2016) came into effect on 2 January 2016.
Advocates and solicitors: note the changes to paragraph 35B on “Overview of Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) for civil cases” — that it is the professional duty of advocates and solicitors to advise their clients about the different ways their disputes may be resolved using an appropriate form of ADR. The guidelines on advising clients are attached in Appendix I of the Practice Directions.