Lord Mance and Lady Justice Arden Visit Singapore

The Singapore Academy of Law and the Chancery Bar of England and Wales joined hands in welcoming The Right Honourable The Lord Mance and his wife The Right Honourable Lady Justice Mary Arden DBE to Singapore as part of a conference on “Finance, Property & Business Litigation in a Changing World”, and SAL’s Distinguished Speaker Lecture series.

The conference, which ran from 25 to 26 April, featured speakers from both the Chancery Bar of England and Wales, and Singapore’s legal community. The speakers discussed legal issues, trends and developments in modern commercial litigation. The conference also featured plenary sessions, panel discussions and workshops that covered a range of topics in banking litigation, insolvency litigation, trusts, proprietary remedies and company, shareholder and joint venture disputes. Lord Mance, together with the Honourable Mr Chan Sek Keong SC, delivered the closing address.

Lady Justice Arden was invited as Distinguished Speaker for the SAL Distinguished Speaker Lecture series. Titled “Coming to Terms with Good Faith”, the lecture which saw an overwhelming participation response, focused on recent developments in the field of good faith clauses in contracts.

With a busy schedule during their short visit to Singapore, it was an honour that on 25 April, NUS Law’s Dean Simon Chesterman and faculty members had the opportunity to host lunch with Lord Mance and Lady Justice Arden.

From left to right: Assoc Prof David Tan, Prof Simon Chesterman (Dean), Lady Arden, Lord Mance, Assoc Prof Joel Lee (Vice Dean for Student Affairs), Asst Prof Michael Dowdle, and Ms Goh Mia Yang (Assoc Dean).

About The Right Honourable Lord Mance

Lord Mance became a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in 2005. He was from 1999 to 2005 a Lord Justice of Appeal and from 1993 to 1999 a Judge of the High Court, Queen’s Bench Division, where he also sat in the Commercial Court. He represented the United Kingdom on the Council of Europe’s Consultative Council of European Judges from 2000 to 2011, being elected its first chair from 2000 to 2003.

Lord Mance currently chairs the Executive Council of the International Law Association and the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law. He is a member of the Judicial Integrity Group and of the seven person panel set up under the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (article 255) to give an opinion on candidates’ suitability to perform the duties of Judge and Advocate-General of the European Court of Justice and General Court.

About The Right Honourable Lady Justice Arden DBE

Lady Justice Arden is the Head of International Judicial Relations for England and Wales, and a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. She was appointed a Justice of the High Court in 1993, being the first woman judge to be assigned the Chancery Division, and in 2000, she became the third female judge to have been appointed to the Court of Appeal.

Lady Justice Arden practiced company law at the beginning of her career, before being made a Queen’s Counsel in 1986.