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7 July 2020

LHAG Partner Speaks on Virtual Hearings in Arbitration

Last Thursday (2 July 2020), Crystal Wong Wai Chin, a partner with the Energy, Infrastructure & Projects and International Arbitration Practice of Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill, spoke in a webinar on Virtual Hearings in Arbitration jointly hosted by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Malaysia, Singapore and East Asia Branches.

In the webinar, Crystal spoke on the preliminary checklist in CIArb’s Guidance Note on Remote Dispute Resolution Proceedings. By sharing her and her teammates’ experience of a virtual hearing in French involving arbitrators, counsel and parties in France, Singapore, Malaysia and Algeria, Crystal illustrated ways in which practitioners can best prepare practically and technologically for virtual hearings. She also highlighted three guidance notes published by other organisations useful for virtual dispute resolution proceedings:

  1. Delos Checklist on Holding Arbitration and Mediation hearing in Times of COVID-19, Version 2, 20 March 2020 (Text for Discussion);
  2. ICC Guidance Note on Possible Measures Aimed at Mitigating the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic, 9 April 2020; and
  3. Protocol for Online Case Management in International Arbitration, July 2020, by the Working Group on LegalTech Adoption in International Arbitration (Consultation Draft).

Crystal’s primary area of practice is international arbitration, with a focus on energy, oil and gas, power and infrastructure projects in Malaysia, Singapore and the Southeast Asia region. She is one of the ambassadors of the ICC Belt and Road Commission and a Committee Member of the Belt & Road Committee for the Young Practitioners Group of the Asian International Arbitration Centre. Crystal is also a Director of the CIArb, Malaysia Branch.

In May 2020, the International Arbitration Practice hosted a webinar on Law Powered by Technology, in which associates Lim Chee Yong and Teh Wai Fung, as part of an international panel, shared their views, experience and tips on virtual hearings and the wider use of technology to maximise efficiency in legal practice.

For more information, please contact Crystal Wong Wai Chin (wwc@lh-ag.com) or Teh Wai Fung (twf@lh-ag.com).

7 July 2020