In recent years, mediation has developed to be an integral part of Singapore’s justice system, in private commercial disputes and family or community disputes. The launch of the UN treaty “Singapore Convention on Mediation” in August 2019 further encourages the use of mediation as an alternative form of dispute resolution.

At Drew & Napier, we have developed an expertise in mediation and the specialised field of mediation advocacy.

As mediators, our lawyers act as neutrals in a dispute to facilitate meaningful negotiations between parties. We are skilled in shifting emphasis to an appreciation of mutual interests and joint problem solving in order to obtain the most favourable outcome for the parties.

We are on the list of Mediation Advocacy: Power List 2018 maintained by the Singapore Mediation Centre. As advocates, we advise and engage you in a process that focuses on problem-solving without attribution of fault, whether within or outside the confines of your legal case.

The team includes accredited experienced mediators who have assisted parties in negotiating and reaching settlements in a broad spectrum of disputes, ranging from complex cross-border commercial claims to community and family disputes. They have been appointed to various panels and accredited by independent organisations, including:

  • Panel Arbitrator & Mediator, Asian International Arbitration Centre

  • Member, Panel of Mediators, Financial Industry Disputes Resolution Centre (FIDReC), The Association of Banks in Singapore

  • Certified Mediator, International Mediation Institute

  • Certified Mediator, Singapore International Mediation Institute

  • International Mediator, Singapore International Mediation Centre

  • Principal Mediator, Singapore Mediation Centre

  • Healthcare Mediation Scheme, Ministry of Health Holdings


We specialise in mediating complex multi-jurisdictional/cross-border disputes. Areas of practice include:

  • competition

  • construction and infrastructure

  • contract and negligence

  • family, trust, succession, relational disputes

  • financial services and banking

  • healthcare and pharma

  • insurance and reinsurance

  • joint venture and shareholders disputes

  • oil and gas

  • professional malpractice and negligence

  • shipping and international trade

Recognition/ Accolades

Best Lawyers International: Singapore (2023 edition)
Recommended Individuals:

Arbitration & Mediation
Jimmy Yim, SC
Cavinder Bull, SC
Randolph Khoo
Siraj Omar, SC
Kelvin Tan
Chia Voon Jiet

According to feedback gathered by the Singapore International Mediation Institute about its Mediators, Chern Yang has been praised by parties as:

 “an excellent mediator who is cited for …making a decisive difference in the mediation”

Chern Yang is also valued by parties for:

“his ability to quickly grasp and appreciate complex factual and legal issues, including the dynamics of any relationship between the parties”

“his proficient utilization of his legal background and experience to maintain a balanced approach in assisting the parties to properly review the merits and feasibility of any proposed solution, while competently maintaining his impartiality at all times”

“his enthusiasm and perseverance” and “earnestness and passion in helping [parties] not just during, but also before and after the mediation session, have been instrumental in persuading [parties] to resolve matters”

The Asia Pacific Legal 500
Recommended Lawyer 2019:

Dispute Resolution
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Sources say that Chern Yang is “a good team player” and a “strategic thinker” 

The Straits Times – Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2023
Rated full marks (5 stars) for Arbitration, Mediation & Dispute Resolution in the Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2023 survey by Singapore’s largest circulating broadsheet, The Straits Times, and international research company, Statista for 3 consecutive years.

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