Notes from the Bar – Arbitration, rules of natural justice and gating of witnesses

One advantage of international arbitration in Singapore is that the Final Award is final and not subject to any appeals.  Parties know that once the Final Award is issued, the Final Award will not be subject to the uncertainties normally associated with appeals to an appellate court.  But what happens when the manner in which the arbitration was conducted was unfair to one party?  This is where the national court of the seat of the arbitration steps in and exercise its supervisory function as shown in the recent Singapore High Court decision of CBP v. CBS [2020] SGHC 23 Read More

Notes from the Bar – COVID-19, commodities and charterparties

The COVID-19 epidemic is by now well known to all around the world and has caused significant disruption to our everyday lives.  To a commodities trader, apart from inconveniences to his daily routine, COVID-19 may have also caused disruptions to his commercial operations.  In this edition of Notes from the Bar, we examine some of… Read More