Singapore Court Dismisses Stay Applications Due to Repudiatory Breach Of Med-Arb Agreements

Singapore High Court dismisses stay applications on basis of repudiatory breach of med-arb agreements

Herbert Smith Freehills review the Singapore High Court’s decision in Heartronics Corporation v EPI Life Pte Ltd and Others [2017] SGHCR 17, where the Court considered applications to stay proceedings pursuant to arb-med-arb clauses in the relevant agreements. The defendant had argued that even if attempts at mediation had failed, the arbitration agreement nevertheless remained separate and enforceable. The authors observe that this decision – which rejected the stay application after finding a repudiatory breach of an integrated med-arb procedure – highlights the unitary nature of certain multi-tiered dispute resolution clauses, and provides helpful guidance on the circumstances in which an arbitration agreement may be rendered inoperative or incapable of being performed.

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About Phillip Rompotis

Phillip practices as a barrister and arbitrator in Hong Kong. He has over 25 years’ litigation and arbitration experience in commercial disputes relating to construction & engineering, financial services, joint venture & shareholders agreements, technology, trusts, property and landlord & tenant. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators, and a member of various lists/panels of arbitrators.

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