Season's Greetings

As the year comes to a close, it is customary to take stock of what one has done and to articulate wishes for the New Year.

At SMC, 2015 started with a bang, recording our largest growth in matters mediated at SMC in 17 years. It signaled an increasing acceptance of mediation by business users as well as individuals to resolve their disputes. Building on this momentum, we strengthened our partnerships with trade associations and chambers of commerce to educate and to help businesses fully appreciate the value of mediation as a strategic risk-management tool that they can count on in commercial dealings. Of significance, the Rental Practices Working Group of the Singapore Business Federation-led Small Medium Enterprises Committee launched the Fair Tenancy Framework which aims to establish a set of clear leasing guidelines for small businesses. It incorporates mediation at SMC, as a preferred way to resolve issues between tenants and landlords.

SMC’s Singapore Mediation Charter, a pledge by businesses to consider mediation as the first resort in dispute resolution, also grew from strength to strength, welcoming close to 40 new signatories. Rounding up our activities for the year was the annual Singapore Mediation Lecture at which we were privileged to host Dr iur Hans Peter Frick, former Group General Counsel of Nestlé SA whose address to business users wrapped up the strategies to make mediation an integral part of a business.

2015 was also a great year for SMC’s training arm locally and abroad. Overseas, SMC was invited to train in Fiji, Vietnam, Brunei, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia.

The stars shine bright for mediation as it heralds a new dawn where speedy, cost-effective and creative solutions make sense for business disputes.

We thank you for your support and from all of us to you, here are our wishes for the New Year …

That more businesses and individuals will make peace and arrive at better solutions through mediation! ~ Seng Onn

Celebrating friendships, and working together to live in a better world. ~ Sabiha

May the mediation force be with you! Here’s to more collaborations in 2016. ~ Clara, Nafisah & Rebecca

Happy mediating for a brighter tomorrow, a brighter 2016! ~ Aishah

Ring in the new year with an aim to having more disputes resolved amicably by the end of 2016. Merry Christmas and happy 2016! ~ Lay Cheng, Alyssa, Cindy, Madeline & Lydiana

All of us join in wishing you a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year! ~ Darrell, Melissa & Nur

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Global Pound Conference

17-18 March 2016: Join us at the Global Pound Conference ("GPC") series which will be launched in Singapore, the first of 36 global locations in 26 countries. The GPC series aims to engage debate on shaping the future of dispute resolution and improving access to justice.

Mediation Workshops

Strategic Conflict Management for Professionals (Module 1):
25 to 26 January 2016
22 to 23 February 2016

Strategic Conflict Management for Professionals (Module 2):
24 to 26 February 2016
25 to 27 May 2016

International Conference on Asian Legal Convergence

21-22 January 2016: The Singapore Academy of Law is organising an international conference on Asian Legal Convergence. Titled “Doing business across Asia: Legal Convergence in an Asian Century’, the Conference will bring together policy makers, regulators, members of the judiciary, and top leaders from the business and legal communities in the region and beyond to debate and to provide critical insight to these discussions.

Sign up to the Charter today!

Join other companies that have pledged their commitment to resolving disputes amicably. We welcome our new charter signatories AStar Success Pte Ltd, Craftech Printing Services Pte Ltd, Raffles Medical Group and IQKidz Pte Ltd.
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