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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.


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


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.

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Singa­pore In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion Blog


11 June 2021
The 2021 ACI­CA Rules and the 2020 Aus­trali­an Ar­bit­ra­tion Re­port
On 1 April 2021 the 2021 ACI­CA Ar­bit­ra­tion Rules (2021 ACI­CA Rules) and Ex­ped­ited Ar­bit­ra­tion Rules (2021 ACI­CA Ex­ped­ited Rules) came in­to ef­fect; up­dat­ing the pre­vi­ous ACI­CA rules and bet­ter re­flect­ing...
02 June 2021
Singa­pore Court of Ap­peal de­clines to fol­low Rock Ad­vert­ising: en­dorses...
A re­cent de­cision of a five-judge Court of Ap­peal in Singa­pore has con­sidered the leg­al ef­fect of no or­al modi­fic­a­tion clauses (“NOM clauses”) un­der Singa­por­ean law. In a break with the po­s­i­tion in...
01 June 2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...
02 June 2021
CMS Dis­putes We­bin­ar: Vir­tu­al Hear­ings - What lies ahead?
Over the past year, vir­tu­al hear­ings have be­come part of the “new nor­mal” for in­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion. This we­bin­ar moves away from the (now well-trod­den) ap­proach of ex­tolling the vir­tues (or not)...
11 May 2021
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 April 2021
Chal­len­ging bond calls on in­ter­na­tion­al pro­jects: Eng­lish courts vs Emer­gency...
A re­cent de­cision of the Eng­lish Com­mer­cial Court has re­fused an ap­plic­a­tion for an in­junc­tion re­quir­ing a be­ne­fi­ciary un­der an on-de­mand bond to with­draw its de­mand and re­frain from mak­ing fur­ther de­mands...
27 April 2021
Join­der of third-parties to ar­bit­ra­tion pro­ceed­ings: High Court of Singa­pore...
In a re­cent de­cision, the High Court of Singa­pore has held that a third-party par­ent com­pany of one the parties to a Singa­pore-seated LCIA ar­bit­ra­tion had not con­sen­ted to be­ing joined to the ar­bit­ra­tion...
21 April 2021
The SI­AC An­nu­al Re­port 2020: High­lights and Takeaways
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a Form­al Law Al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. The Singa­pore In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion Centre (“SI­AC”) pub­lished its An­nu­al Re­port 2020...
19 April 2021
Can an ad­ju­dic­at­or con­sider li­quid­ated dam­ages un­der the new SOP re­gime?
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a Form­al Law Al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. In Range Con­struc­tion Pte Ltd v Gold­bell En­gin­eer­ing Pte Ltd [2021] SGCA 34, the Court of...
22 March 2021
The ap­plic­ab­il­ity of the stat­utory defin­i­tion of "day" in the SOP Act in...
The word “day” is defined in the Build­ing and Con­struc­tion In­dustry Se­cur­ity of Pay­ment Act (Cap 30B) (“SOP Act”) as “any day oth­er than a pub­lic hol­i­day with­in the mean­ing of the Hol­i­days Act...
12 March 2021
ICC re­port on the Ac­cur­acy of Fact Wit­ness Memory in In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion
In Novem­ber 2020, the ICC’s Task Force on Max­im­ising the Pro­bat­ive Value of Wit­ness Evid­ence (the “Task Force”) pub­lished a re­port on the Ac­cur­acy of Fact Wit­ness Memory in In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion...
14 January 2021
The rise of the glob­al ex­pert ser­vices prac­tice: Court of Ap­peal guid­ance...
A Court of Ap­peal de­cision earli­er this week has up­held an in­junc­tion gran­ted by the TCC pre­vent­ing an in­ter­na­tion­al ex­pert ser­vices firm from act­ing for more than one party to an in­ter­na­tion­al con­struc­tion...