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Recoverability of Foreign Lawyer Costs in the Singapore International Commercial Court

Colin Seow

(2023) 35 SAcLJ 86

Parties in proceedings before the Singapore International Commercial Court (the “SICC”) may incur foreign lawyer costs, sometimes in addition to Singapore lawyer costs. In Kiri Industries Ltd v Senda International Capital Ltd [2022] 3 SLR 174, the SICC left open the question whether foreign lawyer costs are legally recoverable by a successful party who was represented by Singapore counsel in SICC proceedings. This article explores this and other issues in the SICC, having regard to the legislation, principles and policy applicable to SICC proceedings.