Singapore, 13 September 2022 – The Singapore Mediation Centre (“SMC”) announced today the appointment of Mr Pradeep Paul as its new Chief Executive (“CE”). Mr Paul who succeeds Mr Ban Jiun Ean will join SMC on 15 September 2022.

A veteran media and communications professional, Mr Paul was a senior member of MOH Holdings Pte Ltd management where he led branding and education campaigns to disseminate the Ministry of Health’s policy work to the public.

Mr Paul had worked closely with SMC when he headed the Healthcare Mediation Unit set up by the Ministry of Health in 2014 for medico-legal disputes in the healthcare sector. Under his guidance, more than 1,700 healthcare leaders and professionals attended workshops and training on mediation preparation and conflict de-escalation.

The Honourable Justice Belinda Ang, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of SMC said, “Pradeep’s strengths in stakeholder management, team leadership and business development will be assets as SMC continues to enlarge its footprint in the dispute resolution landscape.”

An active advocate for the use of mediation where parties can continue to preserve relationships even when they come to a dispute, Mr Paul said, “In my years with the Healthcare Mediation Unit, we notched up a high rate of amicable resolutions of medico-legal disputes. I now look forward to extending that to the wider community.”

In his speech at the opening ceremony for ‘Strategic Conflict Management for Professionals: Managing Conflicts and Resolving Disputes through Mediation with Accreditation’ programme, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office of Brunei Darussalam, Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi, said mediation has evolved to a more formalised process adopted by the courts and other bodies to settle disputes. The training programme was organised by the Brunei Darussalam Arbitration Centre (BDAC) in collaboration with Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC).

Ms Teh Hwee Hwee, has been appointed as Judicial Commissioners (JC) of the Supreme Court for a term of 18 months with effect from 1 August 2022. Ms Teh is one of SMC’s Board Member.

The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) scheme – jointly developed and administered by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) – will cover disputes over billing and unsolicited charges for all telecom and media services, such as mobile services, fibre connection services and subscription TV services.

Singapore’s Second Minister for Trade and Industry Tan See Leng told Parliament on Thursday, 3 March, mentioned that the Energy Market Authority (EMA) is reviewing the existing regulatory and licensing framework for electricity retailers, to strengthen it better to protect consumers. Consumers seeking recourse and keen to file appeals could approach the Consumers Association of Singapore, Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) or Small Claims Tribunal for advice and assistance.

AN ONLINE dispute resolution service is expected to be launched by the Singapore Mediation Centre towards the end of this quarter, which can reduce the cost of resolving lower value cases.

The Address delivered by The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon at the Opening of The Legal Year on 10 January 2022.

The Singapore Convention marks a significant development by providing for the direct, speedy and reliable enforcement of settlement agreements resulting from mediation. This enhances the value of mediation in the international commercial dispute resolution toolbox for US companies.  

A first in Singapore’s history, Singapore Courts website has been developed to provide a consolidated gateway to information on the Judiciary of Singapore. The Supreme Court, the State Courts and the Family Justice Courts have came together in their efforts to enhance access to justice. The website https://www.judiciary.gov.sg is accessible from 19 November 2021.

From 9 November 2021, a Clinical Claims Resolution Process (CCRP) will be established to resolve claim disputes of a clinical nature between private Integrated Shield Plan (IP) policyholders, IP insurers, medical practitioners and medical institutions