We are pleased to announce that partner, Joseph Chung, has been granted admission to appear in the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC). The SICC was established in 2015 to complement Singapore’s arbitration landscape and to provide an additional option for commercial dispute resolution in the region. It is a division of the Singapore High Court and part of the Singapore Supreme Court. Its panel of judges comprise both Singapore High Court and Court of Appeal judges and eminent international judges including the Rt Hon Madam Justice Beverly McLachlin, the Rt Hon Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury (both of whom are Non-Permanent Judges of Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal) and former Hong Kong High Court Judge, Professor Anselmo Reyes, who was for periods in charge of the Construction and Arbitration, Admiralty and Commercial Lists, respectively.
The SICC has jurisdiction to hear actions that are “international and commercial in nature”, where the parties have submitted to the SICC’s jurisdiction under a written jurisdiction agreement. It may also hear cases transferred to it from the Singapore High Court.
Joseph has been granted full registration, which means that he can represent a party in proceedings before the SICC and any appeal from such proceedings to the Singapore Court of Appeal and can advise, prepare documents and provide any other assistance in relation to such proceedings or appeals.
Joseph’s admission to the SICC is recognition of Joseph as an established advocate. Last year, Joseph became a Solicitor Advocate. His admission to the SICC will further enhance Deacons’ cross-border dispute resolution capabilities.