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Bankside Singapore is proud to be a bronze sponsor of 2023 Hong Kong Arbitration Week and the first New Zealand barristers’ chambers to host a session during Hong Kong Arbitration Week.

Several of our Singapore members are in Hong Kong with some taking part in prestigious sessions taking place this week, 16th–20th October, alongside internationally renowned speakers, who will explore the latest trends and developments in international arbitration.

"We are thrilled to be sponsoring and participating in this year’s Hong Kong Arbitration Week. It’s the first time a New Zealand barristers’ chambers has had the opportunity to present during this flagship event. The interplay between insolvency issues and arbitration has long been a challenge for many practitioners but with the recent high-profile judicial attention, it is important to explore it in more depth.” – Bankside Singapore member, Lauren Lindsay.

Hong Kong Arbitration Week is an important event in the APAC international disputes calendar. It is organised by the HKIAC, one of the foremost venues for alternative dispute resolution in Asia, specialising in arbitration, mediation, adjudication and domain name dispute resolution. HKIAC maintains one of the largest commercial caseloads in the Asia-Pacific region and is ranked amongst the top four arbitral institutions globally. 

Bankside Singapore members Hon Paul Heath KC, Dr Anna Kirk, Lauren Lindsay and Singapore-based Rina See, will present on insolvency and arbitration: how to navigate disputes with an insolvent party, at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC).

Following a Technical Paper published by INSOL in 2020 by Hon Paul Heath KC and Dr Anna Kirk, the Bankside panel will consider the arbitrability of insolvency-related disputes in the light of recent case law, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, and discuss the practical issues facing tribunals and counsel when insolvency issues arise and explore the options available to parties to take full advantage of the benefits offered by the arbitral process. 

Hon Paul Heath KC is a former Judge of the High Court of New Zealand, as well as a judge of Cook Islands (and several other Pacific island nations), Paul now sits as an international arbitrator and mediator. He is an insolvency specialist and is currently Co Chair of INSOL International’s ADR Colloquium, which is considering how private dispute resolution can complement the role of courts in dealing with cross border insolvency disputes under legislation based (primarily) on the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross Border Insolvency.

Dr Anna Kirk is an experienced international arbitrator and counsel, involved in over 50 arbitrations over the past 15 years as counsel, arbitrator or tribunal secretary. She is now New Zealand’s Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. 

Lauren Lindsay has practised as counsel in international dispute resolution for over 15 years. Lauren now also sits as an arbitrator with experience in SIAC, ICC and LCIA arbitrations. As a qualified scientist, she regularly acts on disputes with a strong scientific or technical component. Lauren is appointed by New Zealand to the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR.  

A Singaporean citizen who has lived and practised in both New Zealand and London, Rina See specialises in international dispute resolution, and has experience in a wide range of industries, including in financial services, technology, energy and mining. 

The first and only New Zealand barristers’ chambers committed to a permanent presence in Singapore, Bankside Chambers Singapore formally launched its Singapore practice on 24th November 2022, at Maxwell Chambers Suites. Eleven members of chambers are part of Bankside Chambers Singapore, including two Singapore-based members, Rina See and Karen Chow.

Bankside’s Singapore members are highly experienced international dispute resolution lawyers with expertise across Asia and the Pacific. They have acted on complex cross-border litigation, international arbitrations, and several members also sit as arbitrators and mediators. 

They have particular expertise in the Pacific, with experience practising or judging in Vanuatu, Samoa, The Cook Islands, Tonga and Kiribati. They also have a deep understanding of the need to adapt their skills to meet the requirements of differing cultures – whether that be in Asia or the Pacific. Our Singapore members hope to bring some New Zealand ingenuity, common sense and “can-do” attitude to international disputes.

Learn more about Bankside Singapore.