10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 10:40
10:40 - 11:40
Plenary Session 1: Drafting to avoid disputes
Are boilerplate provisions useful in avoiding litigation? Does economy of words create open-ended liabilities? Do water-tight contracts really exist? Many disputes in court originate from a contract that is not fit for purpose and the failure to define the material terms of the bargain.
In this session, we will review the provisions on the "watch list" for being highly contentious, and share our insights into how commercial contracts may be drafted to minimise the potential for disputes.
Sandra Seah, Partner, Bird & Bird ATMD
Tony Quek, Associate, Bird & Bird ATMD
11:40 - 12:00
12:00 - 12:45
Breakout Session 1 - Choose from one of the following:
Option 1: The Power of Mediation in Employment Disputes
Mediation features heavily in the dispute resolution framework under the new Employment Claims Tribunal (ECT). In this highly interactive session, we will walk you through the main ECT processes and demonstrate how employment mediation works in practice through a live demonstration.
Goh Seow Hui, Partner, Bird & Bird ATMD
Rachel Lim, Senior Associate, Bird & Bird ATMD
Option 2: Managing your Arbitration - Top Tips for In-House Counsel
There will always be uncertainties involved in any arbitration or dispute, but there are also simple and effective steps that you can take to achieve the right result at the lowest cost. Recent developments to arbitration rules offer parties the opportunity for efficient and cost-effective arbitrations. Parties in Singapore can also now seek assistance from third-party funders to pursue their claims. In this session, we give our top tips for effectively managing your arbitration.
Jonathan Choo, Partner, Bird & Bird ATMD
Garreth Wong, Partner, Bird & Bird London
12:45 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:00
Plenary Session 2: The Psychology behind Fruitful Mediations and Negotiations
With the emergence of mediation or negotiation clauses in commercial contracts, our panel of speakers will examine the potential pitfalls and obstacles encountered by parties in settlement and negotiation processes and will provide handy tips to prepare yourself psychologically before and during such processes. The panel will also explore ways to overcome impasse when the parties are unwilling to budge from their entrenched positions. We hope that this interactive session will be of assistance in turning the next mediation or negotiation into a successful one for your organisation.
Lim Lei Theng, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore.
Joel Lee, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Lin Yuankai, Senior Associate, Bird & Bird ATMD
15:00 - 15:45
Breakout Session 2 - Choose from one of the following:
Option 1: What you think is privileged may not be!
Due to difficulties caused by the courts’ decision to narrow the scope of legal advice privilege, this session will look at what advice is privileged and what isn't, current best practice on privilege.
Navin Joseph Lobo, Partner, Bird & Bird ATMD
Option 2: Considerations for commencing Intellectual Property litigation in the region
This session will outline some of the legal and practical issues that should be considered before commencing IP litigation in the region. Topics covered will include letters before action, risks of groundless threats, pre-action investigations, confusion surveys, takeaways from decided cases.
Alban Kang, Partner, Bird & Bird ATMD
Anan Sivananthan, Partner, Bird & Bird ATMD
15:45 - 16:05
16:05 - 17:05
Plenary Session 3: Principles of contractual interpretation
This session will outline the developments in case law pertaining to the principles of contractual interpretation in Singapore, in particular, when extrinsic evidence may be used to ascertain the intentions of the contracting parties and the circumstances in which implied terms may arise in the interpretation of a contract.
Boey Swee Siang, Partner, Bird & Bird ATMD
Alexander Shepherd, Partner, Bird & Bird Singapore
17:05 - 17:15