Recap: SCMA Live Webinar: Legal Commercial and Practical Perspectives on Virtual Arbitration Hearings

Watch the full webinar at: SCMA Webinar: Legal, Commercial and Practical Perspectives on Virtual Arbitration Hearings

On Friday, 29 May 2020, the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA) hosted its inaugural webinar on the topic of “Legal, Commercial and Practical Perspectives on Virtual Arbitration Hearings”. The webinar was attended by over 120 participants and many participants asked the panelists many questions relating to virtual hearings. 

The webinar was moderated by Mr Punit Oza, Executive Director, SCMA, and featured panelists such as Mr Amitabh Jha, Chief – Strategic Procurement, Tata Steel, Global Procurement, Mr Nick Fell, EVP, Corporate Services & General Counsel, BW Group, Mr Timothy Cooke, Partner, Stephenson Harwood LLP, and Ms Katherine Yap, Chief Executive, Maxwell Chambers. 

During the webinar, Ms Katherine Yap touched on the following pointers:

On the different types of hearings, she classified them into:

  1. Physical Hearing (The more conventional way that everyone is familiar with, especially at Maxwell Chambers)
  2. Hybrid Virtual Hearing (Some parties will be at Maxwell Chambers, while the rest will dial in remotely from overseas)
  3. Remote Virtual Hearing (Highlighted the importance of having the Maxwell Chambers moderator to be on stand-by during the hearing to assist parties on technical support of the video conferencing platform)

Katherine mentioned that recently, Maxwell Chambers also started an alliance with the Arbitration Place in Canada and the IDRC in London to form the International Arbitration Centre Alliance (IACA). The aim of the IACA is to assist all parties to facilitate a smooth and seamless hybrid hearing.

In light of the COVID-19 restrictions, Katherine also mentioned that there might be an increase in hybrid virtual hearings, and to accommodate the safe distancing measures, Maxwell Chambers has the extra-large rooms that can implement the safe distancing measures if a physical hearing would need to be conducted.

Thank you SCMA for inviting Maxwell Chambers to be part of this insightful webinar on virtual hearings, we look forward to participating in more of such events together.