#10QuestionswithMaxwell Interview Series: George Lim SC
Following the launch of our #10QuestionsWithMaxwell interview series, our next guest plays a large role in Asia’s mediation scene.
The second guest is none other than George Lim SC, Chairman of Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC). George shared with us some of the highlights throughout his career as a mediator, his advice to young lawyers trying to get into the field of mediation, what he likes to do during his past time and more.
Read his full interview with the team below:
Q: What do you think makes a successful mediator?
A: For me, apart from having people and problem solving skills, a successful mediator is one who cares and does his or her best for the parties. It’s about mediating from the head and the heart.
Q: How has mediation changed over the years you’ve been in practice?
A: 27 years ago, when mediation was formally introduced in Singapore, not many people knew about it, or its potential. Today, it is generally accepted to be part of the dispute resolution process. Also, the Singapore Convention on Mediation has put Singapore on the global map of dispute resolution!
Q: What current trends are you seeing in the ADR landscape?
A: More and more disputants are using mediation in cross-border disputes and trying it out in the course of litigation or arbitration proceedings.
Q: Share with us some of the highlights throughout your career as a mediator.
A: In the course of my mediations, I have sometimes had the opportunity to help disputants “heal” their relationships or reconcile. This makes the work very fulfilling. At the international level, I saw history being made when I was Singapore’s mediation consultant to UNCITRAL Working Group II on Conciliation which led to the adoption of the Singapore Convention on Mediation.
Representing Singapore at UNCITRAL Working Group 2 on Conciliation, which led to the adoption of the Singapore Convention on Mediation.
Q: How did you get your first mediator appointment and how did it go?
A: My first mediation involved a dispute between a mother and her son at the Singapore Mediation Centre. They hugged when the matter was settled. I was so happy for them!
Q: What advice would you give to a young lawyer trying to get into the field of mediation?
A: Apart from undergoing the right training, you need to be determined. In order to receive appointments, it helps if you have established yourself in your profession (legal or non-legal), or in a particular area.
Q: What do you do during the weekend? Share with us your favourite past time / hobby!
A: I have a three month old granddaughter, so she is the highlight of my weekend.
Q: What is the first thing you want to do after the pandemic?
Q: Share with us your fondest memories of Maxwell Chambers.
A: The staff at Maxwell Chambers provide impeccable service.
Q: 3 words that comes to your mind when you think of Maxwell Chambers.
A: World class facility!