Home / Asia-Pacific / Singapore / Dispute Resolution

Dispute Resolution

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 CMS and Singapore law practice, Holborn Law LLC. 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, 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.

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.

Singa­pore In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion Blog

Feed

07/12/2022
NFTs as prop­erty – Singa­pore and the UK
Janesh s/o Ra­jku­mar v Un­known Per­son (“CHEFPI­ERRE”) [2022] SGHC 264 was a land­mark case where the Singa­pore High Court gran­ted a world­wide freez­ing in­junc­tion pre­vent­ing the sale or trans­fer of a...
07/12/2022
NFTs as prop­erty – Singa­pore and the UK
Janesh s/o Ra­jku­mar v Un­known Per­son (“CHEFPI­ERRE”) [2022] SGHC 264 was a land­mark case where the Singa­pore High Court gran­ted a world­wide freez­ing in­junc­tion pre­vent­ing the sale or trans­fer of a...
22/11/2022
Glob­al Life Sci­ences & Health­care For­um 2022: Life Sci­ences are reap­ing...
Di­git­al trans­form­a­tion in life sci­ences is cre­at­ing op­por­tun­it­ies to counter health­care’s most in­tract­able prob­lems from treat­ing rare dis­eases to ac­cel­er­at­ing dia­gnostics and re­du­cing treat­ment back­logs...
08/11/2022
Tech­no­logy Trans­form­a­tion – Me­dia
The me­dia sec­tor is known to be highly com­pet­it­ive, with that com­pet­i­tion driv­ing in­nov­a­tion. Older me­dia busi­nesses have had to grapple with dis­rupt­ive new entrants. And those new entrants are con­stantly work­ing to de­liv­er bet­ter and more en­ga­ging con­tent and user ex­per­i­ences to main­tain their ad­vant­age. Di­git­isa­tion has changed how me­dia com­pan­ies in­ter­act with their audi­ence in ways we could not have ima­gined just a few years ago, but this comes with risk.This re­port is a deep dive in­to the data first pro­duced for the re­port Tech­no­logy Trans­form­a­tion: Man­aging Risks in a Chan­ging Land­scape. This saw over 500 cor­por­ate coun­sel and risk man­agers sur­veyed from mul­tiple in­dus­tries across the world. Here we look in de­tail at the 75 re­spond­ents from the me­dia sec­tor, and their per­spect­ives on the risks as­so­ci­ated with busi­ness-crit­ic­al tech­no­lo­gies, in­clud­ing emer­ging tech­no­lo­gies. What did we find? Me­dia is a dy­nam­ic sec­tor and can be an early ad­op­ter of many nov­el tech­no­lo­gies as com­pan­ies push for com­pet­it­ive ad­vant­ages to cre­ate and sat­is­fy cus­tom­er de­mand. As we look to the fu­ture, the sec­tor does seem un­der­prepared in some areas, which is a po­ten­tial cause for con­cern.Down­load the Tech­no­logy Trans­form­a­tion me­dia sec­tor re­port now to read aboutThe prin­cip­al drivers in the ad­op­tion of busi­ness-crit­ic­al tech­no­logy in the me­dia sec­tor­Con­fid­ence in man­aging tech-re­lated risks among seni­or me­dia ex­ec­ut­ivesFu­ture threats from new tech­no­lo­gies like AI and block­chain­Which plans and pro­cesses me­dia com­pan­ies are put­ting in place to pro­tect tech in­fra­struc­ture­Cul­tur­al bar­ri­ers to man­aging tech risks in the me­dia sec­tor­Preferred ap­proaches to dis­pute res­ol­u­tion in the me­dia sec­tor
11/10/2022
Singa­pore Court of Ap­peal cla­ri­fies scope of private right to claim loss...
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a Form­al Law Al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. In Reed, Mi­chael v Belling­ham, Alex (At­tor­ney-Gen­er­al, In­ter­vener) [2022] SGCA 60, the Singa­pore...
20/09/2022
Singa­pore Court of Ap­peal af­firms strict ad­her­ence to defined scope of...
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a Form­al Law Al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. Ar­bit­ra­tion Ana­lys­is: The Singa­pore Court of Ap­peal de­cision of CKH v CKG [2022] SGCA(I)...
04/08/2022
In­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion law and rules in Singa­pore
In 2020 the Singa­pore In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion Centre (SI­AC) set a new re­cord with 1080 new case fil­ings, more than doub­ling its case load from the pre­vi­ous year. This is the first time in his­tory that...
28/07/2022
Eng­lish High Court per­mits ser­vice of court pro­ceed­ings by NFT
For the first time out­side the United States and for only the second time world­wide,[1] a court has al­lowed the ser­vice of pro­ceed­ings via non-fun­gible token (NFT).  The judg­ment of Trow­ers J in the...
04/07/2022
Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals and Re­act­ive Leg­al Lim­it­a­tions Per­vade the...
On 24 June 2022, the 53 Con­tract­ing Parties of the En­ergy Charter Treaty (ECT), a key mul­ti­lat­er­al treaty pro­tect­ing cross-bor­der en­ergy in­vest­ments that was ori­gin­ally con­cluded in 1991, reached a tent­at­ive...
28/06/2022
Tech­no­logy Trans­form­a­tion: Man­aging Risks in a Chan­ging Land­scape
Chan­ging tech, chan­ging risks
24/06/2022
Stock­holm Ar­bit­ra­tion Tribunal Denies Jur­is­dic­tion over In­tra-EU In­vest­ment...
In a ground­break­ing award, dated 16 June 2022, made in Green Power Part­ners K/S and SCE Sol­ar Don Benito APS v The King­dom of Spain, a tribunal con­sti­tuted un­der the Ar­bit­ra­tion Rules of the Ar­bit­ra­tion...
20/06/2022
The United States Su­preme Court Re­stricts Dis­cov­ery for In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tions
In a land­mark de­cision is­sued on 13 June 2022,[1] the US Su­preme Court (“SCOTUS”), Amer­ica’s highest court, ruled that the scope of Sec­tion 1782 of the United States Code (“U.S.C.”) does not...