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MANAGING BUSINESS CONFLICT

In today's dynamic business environment, organisations, their people and business associates inevitably butt heads. Be prepared to deal with negotiations and difficult issues. As the nation’s flagship mediation body, Singapore Mediation Centre can empower you with the capacity to control the outcomes in disputes. 

ADVANCING BUSINESS MEDIATION

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Since 1997, SMC has set the standard for excellence in mediation services both in Singapore and in the region. As the nation’s flagship mediation centre, SMC’s track record shows that we deliver successful results. SMC also trains individuals to become the best professional mediators in their field.

MEDIATION: FIRST STEPS

Feeling aggrieved as a result of a disagreement? Choose mediation as your first option to righting wrongs instead of heading straight to court. Understand the first steps of the process. Learn from the best mediation minds at Singapore Mediation Centre. 

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POWER LIST

Mediation Advocacy: Power List 2016 

Law firms that have most advanced the use of mediation as a dispute resolution tool are listed here.

Law Firms with Adjudication Expertise (Sponsored)

Law firms that handle adjudication cases under the Security of Payment regime are listed here.

NEWS & UPDATES

Bumper number of mediation matters for Singapore Mediation Centre in 2016

SMC handled 499 matters in 2016 — that’s a 72% increase over 2015 and the highest number of cases filed in its 20-year history.

The total quantum of disputed sums also reached a record high of $775 million in 2016, with construction, and company and shareholder fall-outs being the most common.

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Mediation subsidy for media freelancers

Demand for visual effects and original content from global companies in Singapore means opportunities for home-grown freelancers. Often, however, freelancers do not have watertight contracts, leading to disputes. SMC has partnered IMDA to mediate at subsidised rates between such parties to iron out issues like non-payment.

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Parliament passes the Mediation Bill

Two bills passed in Parliament in January 2017 take dispute resolution work to the next level. They also strengthen Singapore’s position as an international dispute resolution hub.

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PRACTICE DIRECTIONS

Court Practice Directions (Mediation)

The Supreme Court Practice Directions (Amendment No 1 of 2016) came into effect on 2 January 2016.

Advocates and solicitors: note the changes to paragraph 35B on “Overview of Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) for civil cases” — that it is the professional duty of advocates and solicitors to advise their clients about the different ways their disputes may be resolved using an appropriate form of ADR. The guidelines on advising clients are attached in Appendix I of the Practice Directions.

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