SIAC (2016)—early dismissal of claims and defences
Produced in partnership with Mr Alvin Yeo, Senior Counsel, Chairman & Senior Partner of Wong Partnership LLP, Singapore

The following Arbitration practice note produced in partnership with Mr Alvin Yeo, Senior Counsel, Chairman & Senior Partner of Wong Partnership LLP, Singapore provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • SIAC (2016)—early dismissal of claims and defences
  • Early dismissal under the 2016 SIAC Rules, r 29
  • The early dismissal procedure
  • How is the rule intended to operate?

SIAC (2016)—early dismissal of claims and defences

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This Practice Note considers the early dismissal of claims and defences under the Arbitration Rules of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) (6th edition) 2016 (2016 SIAC Rules).

The 2016 SIAC Rules apply to arbitrations commenced on or after 1 August 2016, unless the parties have agreed otherwise.

For guidance on the 2013 SIAC Rules, see: SIAC arbitration—overview.

Early dismissal under the 2016 SIAC Rules, r 29

SIAC was one of the first major international commercial arbitration institutions to introduce a procedure for the early dismissal of claims and defences. The aim of the rule introduced in SIAC Rules 2016 is to reduce time and costs in cases where the claims or defences are manifestly without legal merit or manifestly outside the tribunal's jurisdiction.

The summary dismissal of claims and defences is a feature, for example, of English civil litigation (see: Summary judgment and strike out—overview), but procedures for early or summary disposition of claims and defences were not, historically, a common feature in international commercial arbitration. It is generally

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