Keynote Speech

Sir Bernard Rix

Arbitrator and Mediator,
20 Essex Street Chambers


Bernard Rix is a recently retired Lord Justice of Appeal with twenty years experience in the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal, who now accepts appointments as an arbitrator and mediator. He is a member of the HKIAC Panel of Arbitrators, a member of the MOOGAS Panel of International Arbitrators and Mediators, has been appointed to the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal, and is an ADR Group accredited mediator. In addition, he has recently been appointed as Professor of International Commercial Law at Queen Mary, University of London. His university education was at New College, Oxford and Harvard Law School.

 Session 1

Danny Chua
Senior Partner,
Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP


Danny’s areas of practice include shipping disputes on charterparties, offshore oil & gas, casualties at sea, bunker disputes and contamination of liquid cargo, as well as shipping transactional work such as shipbuilding, ship financing, sale & purchase and registration of vessels. He acted for bunker suppliers in Precious Shipping Public Co Ltd and others v. OW Bunker Far East (Singapore) Pte Ltd [2015] 4 SLR 1229, and more recently also successfully set aside an arrest in The “MIN RUI” [2016] SGHC 183. He has been ranked as a Leading Individual in the 2017 editions of Chambers Asia-Pacific and Legal500.

Elizabeth Blackburn QC
Joint head Of London,
St Philips Stone


Elizabeth Blackburn QC of St Philips Stone (London) has been in practice at the Admiralty/Commercial Bar since 1980 and took silk in 1998. She is one of the most experienced QCs in the field of maritime casualty/collision work, and is recommended as a leading silk in the Chambers & Partners Global Guide.


She is a Lloyds Form Salvage Arbitrator, a Member of the Baltic Exchange, a panel member of the SCMA, SIAC, the Pacific International Arbitration Centre, and the International Malaysian Society of Maritime Lawyers. She is also regularly appointed as an ICC Arbitrator.


Elizabeth is a Bencher of the Middle Temple.

Peter McQueen

Arbitrator, Mediator, Lecturer


Peter acts as an arbitrator in respect of cross-border commercial disputes, including those relating to trade and transport.


He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has acted in arbitrations conducted under the auspices of Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA), the Singapore International Arbitration Commission (SIAC) and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.


Peter is a member of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Board Chambers, London.


He is admitted as a lawyer in Australia and in England and Wales and has practised dispute resolution for over 35 years and lectures in international commercial arbitration and maritime law at universities in Australia and France.

Philip Yang

Independent Arbitrator


Mr. Philip Yang has been a full-time arbitrator for over 30 years, mainly arbitrating international trade, shipping and commercial disputes. He has published/issued more than 550 arbitration awards both as a sole arbitrator or a co-arbitrator. Mr. Yang is the Deputy Chairman of the BIMCO Documentary Committee and the Chairman of the Arbitration Working Group, Member of the General Committee of Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA), Member of the Advisory Board of KLRCA, Committee Member of International Arbitration Committee of KCAB. He is also the Honorary Chairman of the HKIAC, the past President of the APRAG, and the past Hong Kong Representative of ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Prem Gurbani

Gurbani & Co LLC


Prem Gurbani has been in continuous practice at the Singapore Bar since January 1978. He is highly regarded as a leading commercial insurance and maritime arbitrator. He “has an immense reputation in the field and continues to be considered as a go to arbitrator” (Chambers Asia). He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and an accredited arbitrator of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration, and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He is regularly appointed as arbitrator in both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations.

 Session 2

Gerald Yee

Clyde & Co


Gerald’s practice focuses on contentious and non-contentious shipping work. His portfolio of contentious shipping work includes oil and gas disputes for well-known oil majors , admiralty enforcement, cargo claims, contracts of affreightment, marine insurance and P&I matters.


He has experience in handling and conducting arbitration proceedings in London and Singapore in institutional and non-institutional arbitrations, as well as instructed local counsel in the conduct of proceedings in China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand.


On the non-contentious front, Gerald handles ship finance, ship sales and purchases, registration and change of flag matters, review and advice of charterparties, ship management and manning agreements.


Prior to joining Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore, Gerald was at a Singapore law firm where he led the Admiralty and Shipping group.

Jonathan Prudhoe

Managing Director,
Navigant Consulting


Jon Prudhoe is a highly sought after Delay and Quantum Expert in Asia Pacific and Managing Director within Navigant’s Global Construction Practice. He specialises in the resolution of complex contract disputes and, with over 80 expert appointments, is well versed in giving oral evidence under cross-examination in litigation and arbitration proceedings including expert witness conferencing (‘hot-tubbing’). He has over 30 years of dispute resolution experience including on-offshore oil & gas fabrications, marine, ship building and conversions (eg. FPSOs), petrochemical, infrastructure, transportation, utility, building and engineering projects throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe, USA, South America and Africa. Experience also includes several appointments as Expert Determiner, Dispute Board appointments and acting as Single Joint Expert.

Lionel Persey QC
Quadrant Chambers


Lionel Persey QC (called to the Bar in 1981, appointed QC in 1997) is a leading commercial barrister specialising in Energy and Shipping law.


He has a particular focus on upstream issues and has acted in many off and on shore disputes involving: oil and gas exploration; the construction, repair and sale of fixed platforms, semi-subs, jack-up rigs, FPSOs, tankers and LNG carriers, offshore vessels, power plants and pipelines; drilling contracts; joint ventures and joint operating agreements; and contracts for the supply and carriage of oil and gas.


In addition to his representative practice, Lionel is regularly appointed as an Arbitrator and also sits as a Deputy High Court Judge. Lionel was the first recipient of The Legal 500 Award for “Energy and Projects Silk of the Year” in 2014 and is consistently listed by the legal directories in Tier 1 for Energy and Shipping.

Chanaka Kumarasinghe

Holman Fenwick Willan


Chanaka has more than 10 years experience in Asia representing various clients in international arbitrations. He handles large, complex multi-jurisdictional international arbitrations primarily in the offshore oil and gas sector. He has recently managed disputes in Brazil, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, UAE, Iraq, India, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Korea and China. Chanaka regularly advises on and represents parties in international arbitrations administered by the SIAC and the ICC (as well as in ad hoc arbitrations and mediations).


Chanaka is a Fellow (FCIArb) of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has been appointed to the SIAC’s Reserve List of Arbitrators. He sits on the SIAC Users Council National Committee for Singapore. Chanaka has also been appointed to the KLRCA panel both as an arbitrator and a mediator.

Mike Pollen

Ang & Partners


Mike has been a shipping lawyer for over 40 years. He is qualified in England, Hong Kong and Singapore (Commercial Law) and is FCIArb.


Initially dealing with wet and dry shipping cases, Mike’s focus later included shipbuilding and offshore oil and gas, mostly dispute resolution and mostly international arbitration worldwide for Asian clients.


Mike spent over 30 years at Ince & Co. in London and Hong Kong. He has been based in Singapore for the last 10 years and is a consultant with Ang & Partners.


He is an active arbitrator and is on the SIAC, SCMA, HKIAC and KLRCA panels.

Marcus Gordon

Watson Farley & Williams LLP


Marcus specialises in heavy engineering disputes with a focus on oil & gas disputes, including in particular FPSO disputes (charters, conversion, construction & operation), oil rig operation and construction disputes, liquidated damages claims, delay & disruption claims, cost overrun claims, oilfield development disputes, heavy equipment failures and shipbuilding disputes. Marcus has also advised on numerous charterparty disputes.


In the past five years alone, Marcus has acted in relation to 27 FPSO-related disputes representing an oil major, numerous oil companies, FPSO owners, contractors and subcontractors with some claims in excess of US$1bn.


Marcus is on various international arbitration panels as is the co-author of the “Oil & Gas Arbitration” chapter in Arbitration in Singapore: A Practical Guide, Sweet & Maxwell, 2014.

 Session 3

Andrew Chan
Allen & Gledhill LLP


Andrew’s practice encompasses commercial work, and he specialises in dispute resolution (especially arbitration), trusts, and insolvency. In arbitration, he has acted as counsel, arbitrator and expert on Singapore law. Andrew is a Fellow of several arbitral institutes, and sits on several arbitral panels. Andrew has been consistently noted as a leading restructuring and insolvency lawyer in various leading publications. He started practice as a shipping lawyer, and his initial involvement in the maritime area together with his continued involvement in the arbitration and insolvency fields places him in a somewhat unique position to deal with the topic at hand.

Jason Kardachi

Managing Director,
Borrelli Walsh (Singapore)


Jason leads the Firm’s restructuring and insolvency work in Singapore and South East Asia.


Jason manages complex debt restructurings and liquidations and provides practical and commercial solutions to stakeholders.


Jason was previously a Managing Partner of Teak Capital Partners, an advisory and investment firm focused on special situation and distressed investments across Asia Pacific.


Jason has 20 years of corporate advisory and restructuring experience in Asia Pacific, 14 of which have been in Hong Kong and Singapore, initially at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Business Recovery Services and then as Head of Special Situations Asia at HSBC.


Jason is President of the Turnaround Management Association, Singapore and South East Asia Chapter.

Smitha Menon
WongPartnership LLP


Smitha MENON is a Partner in the Restructuring & Insolvency and the Banking & Financial Disputes Practices.


She has extensive experience in acting for financial institutions and companies on a broad range of restructuring and insolvency mandates. She has also represented financial institutions and judicial managers, scheme managers, receivers and liquidators in insolvency-related court proceedings and restructurings (both in Singapore and in the region).


Smitha was cited in Global Restructuring Review‘s 40 under 40 list (2016) of the world’s leading restructuring lawyers and serves as the treasurer of the Singapore network of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC).

Winston Kwek
Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP


Winston is active in dispute resolution work in the Singapore courts and international arbitrations across a wide variety of disputes ranging from marine insurance, ship sale and purchase, ship finance, casualty work, ship construction and repair, structured finance, commodities and charterparty disputes to shipping fraud cases.


Of late, he is the preferred counsel for banks and financial institutions, both local and international, when it comes to ‘work-outs’ (insolvency, re-structuring and mortgage enforcement), especially in the offshore marine sector.

 Session 4

Aloysius Goh

Deputy Chief Executive Officer,
Singapore International Mediation Centre


Mr Aloysius Goh is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore International Mediation Centre and a Certified International Mediator.


As a mediator, Aloysius has mediated more than 100 cases of various complexities and values including medical negligence, shipping, commodities trading, insurance, employment, and construction disputes.


Aloysius is a member of the International Mediation Institute (IMI)’s Qualifying Approval Committee and was a member of the Taskforces set up by the IMI to propose International Mediation Advocacy Standards and Multi-Cultural dispute resolution.

Kenneth Tan SC

Kenneth Tan Partnership


Kenneth Tan runs a niche dispute resolution firm. He graduated with an LLB, First Class Honours from the National University of Singapore. He was appointed Senior Counsel in January 1997, the youngest Senior Counsel when the first batch of Senior Counsel was named. His areas of practice are Civil and Commercial Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation. He has acted as an expert witness in Malaysia and Hong Kong on Singapore Law in respect of civil and commercial matters. His publications include the Chapter on Pleadings in “Modern Advocacy-Perspectives from Singapore (2008)

Loong Seng Onn
Executive Director,
Singapore Mediation Centre


Seng Onn has been with the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) since its inception and currently holds the appointment of Executive Director. He oversees its strategic development and day to day operations.


Seng Onn is an International Mediation Institute accredited mediator and sits on the panel of mediators of SMC and Singapore International Mediation Centre. He has mediated and resolved a great diversity of disputes. In addition, he is an experienced trainer, having conducted many conflict management workshops around the world as the lead instructor.


Seng Onn was called to the Singapore Bar in 1989 and was a practising lawyer before his involvement in mediation.

Mary Thomson

St Philips Stone


Mary qualified as a barrister and solicitor, worked in shipping and insurance (including as underwriter) in London. She moved to Hong Kong in 1992 and continued practice as a solicitor, including as partner at international law firms, last being SNR Dentons. In 2013, she joined/rejoined the Hong Kong and English Bar to focus on her Arbitrator and Mediator practice. Mary practices in all areas of commercial dispute resolution. She has been appointed arbitrator since 1996 including pursuant to “commercial man” clauses. She has sat as arbitrator in Hong Kong, Singapore, London and Manila and is on the panel of a number of regional and international arbitration institutions including aspiring full member of LMAA. She has mediated commercial disputes in London, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Prof Lawrence Boo

Head of Chambers,
The Arbitration Chambers


Professor Lawrence Boo heads The Arbitration Chambers since its founding in 1996. Formerly the Deputy Chairman (2004-2009) and first Chief Executive Officer and Registrar (1991-1996) of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Prof Boo is well recognised as Singapore’s leading international arbitrator, having sat as arbitrator in more than 200 cases and written numerous awards. His cases included those administered by the ICC, CIETAC, SIAC, LCIA, HKIAC and ad hoc arbitrations. He has mediated over 75 disputes.


He is on the Panel of International Arbitrators and Mediators of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) New York, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC), Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC), Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB), the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC).

 Session 5

Amitava Majumdar (Raja)

Managing Partner,
Bose & Mitra & Co


Amitava Majumdar (Raja) is the Managing Partner of Bose & Mitra & Co. which is consistently rated as a band 1 law firm in the category of Shipping by both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.


He is the legal advisor to the Government of India, representing India at the Legal Committee Meetings held by the IMO and a Trustee of the Maritime Training Trust, chaired by the Director General of Shipping. He is a part of the Maritime Committee of the Indian Council of Arbitration and a member of the SCMA General Committee. He is also involved in a number of International Commercial Arbitrations in London, Singapore and India and various international ship sales and purchases.

Dr Ken Grant
Minton, Treharne & Davies (s) Pte Ltd


Ken Grant has a PhD in Chemistry and undertaken postdoctoral research into coal combustion. In 1995 he joined the UK’s Ministry of Defense, developing novel fire extinguishers for submarines, before undertaking a career investigating marine incidents for Minton Treharne & Davies in 1999. He became Director of the Singapore office in 2001, where his work has included fires and explosions, and dry bulk cargoes quality issues. He has been recognized for his work on cargo liquefaction, undertaking research work, advising the International Maritime Organization, and acting as an expert witness.

Leong Kah Wah
Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP


Leong Kah Wah is the Head of Disputes’ Practices, and a Partner of the Shipping & International Trade Practice Group, of Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP. He has extensive experience dealing with a wide range of admiralty and shipping work. He has appeared as lead counsel in numerous cases, including 2 landmark admiralty cases, The STX Mumbai [2015] (an arrest based on anticipatory breach of an executed contract) and The Bunga Melati 5 [2012] (merits threshold for an arrest). He is acknowledged as a leading individual for shipping in Chambers (2004 to 2016); Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2004 – 2016); Asia Law Profiles; and Who’s Who Legal.

Michael Collett QC

20 Essex Street Chambers


Michael Collett Q.C. is a barrister and arbitrator specialising in international commercial disputes. He has acted as arbitrator in SCMA, LMAA, ICC and LCIA references and as counsel in many arbitrations concerning shipping and international trade. He is Arbitration Secretary of the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association and co-author of the forthcoming fourth edition of London Maritime Arbitration (with Clare Ambrose and Karen Maxwell).

Simon Davidson

Independent Arbitrator


In his 30 odd year career as a solicitor with Holman Fenwick Willan Simon specialised in shipping and commodity disputes. He acted on a wide variety of arbitrations in at least ten different jurisdictions including London, Singapore and Hong Kong. He retired from Holman Fenwick Willan in 2013 to focus on his practice as an arbitrator.


Simon is a qualified solicitor in England and Hong Kong and Singapore and is a Chartered Arbitrator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Sumeet Malhotra

Legal Counsel,
Noble Group


Sumeet Malhotra is qualified as an Advocate at the Bar in India, and as a Solicitor in England & Wales. During the course of his career, Sumeet has dealt with a broad of array of shipping, commodity trading and trade finance matters, at the offices of leading shipowners and commodity trading principals.


Currently, at Noble Group, Sumeet acts as the the Global Lead Lawyer for Nobles Structured Trade Finance business.