First for Disputes Conference - Singapore

26 October 2017

10:00 - 17:15

Suntec Singapore, International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Level 3, Meeting Room 330, 1 Raffles Boulevard Suntec City, Singapore 039593

Bird & Bird is delighted to invite you to the 'First for Disputes' Conference on 26 October 2017 in Singapore.

Following the successful First for Disputes conference last year, we are pleased to announce this year's First for Disputes conference in Singapore, taking place at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.

We will be running a range of focused workshops covering arbitration, employment mediation, privilege and IP disputes that you can choose between sessions on, as well as plenary sessions on contract drafting to avoid disputes, contractual interpretation and the psychology behind mediations and negotiations.

This conference has been designed with flexibility in mind: we hope you can attend the whole day. However, if you are unable to attend the sessions in the morning, we would be delighted to welcome you for lunch and the afternoon sessions, or vice versa.

View the full programme below.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Please register in advance by clicking here. Registration deadline is 19 October 2017.

For any enquiries, please contact the events team.   

The programme

10:00 - 10:30


10:30 -  10:40

Opening address 

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

Coffee break

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

Networking lunch

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

Coffee break

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

Closing address