First Singapore lawyer to helm CIArb wraps up 2020 term


Francis Xavier is first Singapore lawyer to have lead the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)

About three months after Senior Counsel Francis Xavier became the first Singapore lawyer to helm the London-headquartered Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Singapore entered the circuit breaker period amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Despite the challenges last year, the international centre of excellence for the practice and profession of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) grew on several fronts.

In a message to conclude his one-year term as president last month, SC Xavier said: “We started the year with 15,589 members and end it with 16,520 members heading into 2021. A year during which we have been masked, grounded, largely contained in our homes and kept away from many of our loved ones and colleagues.

“Despite that, we have made significant progress and have forged ahead on many fronts. The leadership and membership of CIArb admirably rose to the occasion.”

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Source: K.C. Vijayan – The Straits Times