Event Recap: Maxwell Chambers Suites officially opens

The conserved building at 28 Maxwell Road has undergone many changes since it was first built in 1928 as a Police Barracks by the British colonial government. In 2005, the Red Dot Design Museum Singapore moved into the building and gave it a coat of red paint.

After two years of restoration and refurbishment works, it officially opened as Maxwell Chambers Suites on 8 August 2019.

The Grand Opening of Maxwell Chambers Suites was one of the highlights of the momentous Singapore Convention Week, which marked the signing of the United Nations Singapore Convention on Mediation, the first United Nations treaty named after Singapore.

The new premises were launched by Law Minister Mr K Shanmugam, SC as well as our Chairman, Mr Philip Jeyaretnam, SC.

They were joined by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Finance and Education Ms Indranee Rajah and Senior Minister of State for Law and Health Mr Edwin Tong, as well as ministers and senior officials from 12 countries, and more than 350 guests from the government, judiciary, law firms, dispute resolution institutions, law associations, businesses and academia.

Maxwell Chambers Suites now houses at least 11 international institutions and 20 disputes chambers and practices from 11 countries. It is also home to the Asia hubs of the American Arbitration Association, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA-ICDR) and INSOL International (also INSOL’s first overseas office).

In his opening remarks, Mr Philip Jeyaretnam, SC stated that he is terrifically proud that Maxwell Chambers has expanded to three times its current size less than ten years after it was first set up.

He went on to elaborate on how Maxwell Chambers embodies four things – heritage, place (the complex’s strategic location in the Central Business District), community (the ADR ecosystem), and partnership (with the many parties who played a role in the development of Maxwell Chambers over the years).

Mr K Shanmugam, SC, in his keynote speech, recapped the new developments in Singapore’s dispute resolution scene, which “together underline the fact that Singapore is an extremely important, if not the best legal jurisdiction in Asia.”

He also stated: “We intend to push on, do more on litigation, arbitration, mediation, and insolvency. The expansion of Maxwell Chambers is part of this plan.”

Following the launch video, the doors to Maxwell Chambers parted to reveal a rousing lion dance performance. The two lions led our VIPs into the building for a first look.

In the building’s four courtyards, guests were treated to performances representing Singapore’s melting pot of cultures. This included dikir barat, Chinese fan calligraphy, henna art, and more.

In the main tent, local Singapore fare was served at the various food carts and stalls. Our international guests were given the opportunity to sample favourites such as chicken rice, nasi lemak, laksa, roti prata, and more.

Maxwell Chambers is today one of the most preferred hearing centres in the world.With the expanded Maxwell Chambers, Singapore strengthens its position as an internationally acclaimed dispute resolution hub.  To view the photo gallery for the event, click here.

Maxwell Chambers Suites

28 Maxwell Road, #03-13/14

Singapore 069120

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