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:
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
Best Lawyers International: Singapore (2021 edition)
Arbitration & Mediation
Jimmy Yim, SC for 11 consecutive years
Cavinder Bull, SC
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 Straits Times – Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2021
Rated full marks (5 stars) for Civil Dispute Resolution (Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation) in the inaugural Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2021 survey by Singapore’s largest circulating broadsheet, The Straits Times, and international research company, Statista.