Mediation is a typical ADR process which involves the parties in a dispute heard before a neutral third party, such as a mediator, who shall guide and expedite negotiations between parties to, hopefully, reach an agreement to settle the dispute. A significant role of the mediator is that he or she will not force any of the parties to come to an agreement; this agreement shall be a voluntary one. Parties are also actively encouraged, before trial, to attempt in a session of mediation, although parties cannot and will not be forced to do so by the Courts.
Intellectual Property Infringement
A well-drafted contract can often prevent or resolve a dispute before the parties take their dispute to court. But when both parties cannot resolve their issues, and resort to litigation, it is important to understand the rules governing the breach of contract claim.
While some breaches are avoidable with detailed negotiations and well-drafted document, others are not. Poorly drafted documents and oral contracts frequently lead to disputes. It is always in your best interest to draft clear and comprehensive written contracts.
For Singapore businesses, engaging a lawyer is always a good idea especially if a matter involves a substantial amount of money or involves substantial risks.
For example, if you are about to enter into a large contract it may cost you far less to engage a lawyer to draft/review the agreement and advise you than failing to do so. Sadly, a lot of people that we come across, have ended up getting caught in a bad deal.
One example is when a business contract is no longer valid.