July 5, 2022
Maxwell Chambers has announced that Ban Jiun Ean would assume the role of Chief Executive (CE) from 10 August 2022. Mr Ban was formerly a policymaker at the Ministry of Law, Singapore, and has contributed significantly to the country’s alternative dispute resolution (ADR) industry, including spearheading the development of Maxwell Chambers itself from inception to launch. Mr Ban was previously CE of Maxwell Chambers from 2010 to 2015, during which time it was established as a leading international dispute resolution facility. He is currently the Executive Director of the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC), working to strengthen Singapore’s mediation environment and to launch SMC’s first online dispute resolution platform.  Ms Katherine Yap, exiting CE and designated Chief Operating Officer, said: “It has been an honour to serve Maxwell Chambers as the Chief Executive for the last six years. I have had the most amazing privilege of being with Maxwell Chambers for the last thirteen and a half years, from its official opening in 2010, through to its substantial expansion in 2019 to create the world-class Maxwell Chambers Suites. I had the privilege to work alongside Jiun Ean and the founding team at Maxwell Chambers when it first started in 2009. Jiun Ean and I have had a remarkable working relationship, and I look forward to working alongside him once again.” During her time as CE, Ms Yap oversaw the launch of Maxwell Chambers Suites in 2019, an ADR complex housing hearing facilities as well as top international ADR institutions, with 38 custom-designed hearing rooms and a full suite of support services. She also ensured, when the pandemic started, that the...
June 23, 2022
Please give us a brief overview of your professional background. I am the managing partner of the Singapore office of Three Crowns LLP, the world’s first global specialist arbitration firm. Apart from chairing the Board of Maxwell Chambers, I co-chair the Young Singapore International Arbitration Centre (YSIAC) committee and serve on the International Bar Association (IBA) Arb40 Steering Committee, Singapore Management University School of Law Advisory Board, and various governmental and regional arbitration committees. What was it that attracted you to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)? The process of working with a passionate team to solve complex problems in a cross-border context, coming to grips with the nuances and dynamics of business problems and disagreements, and formulating strategy to achieve the client’s objectives never gets old – it is intellectually challenging but very human-centered as well. The diversity of issues across different industry sectors – from nuclear power projects to complex financial instruments – and the interposition of various cultures and nationalities in cross-border disputes also means that every case is a new learning opportunity and challenge.   It is almost one year on from your appointment as chairman of the Board of Directors of Maxwell Chambers. How would you describe your experience at the helm thus far? It has been a privilege and fulfilling experience. I assumed the role amidst the pandemic which presented several challenges but also significant opportunities for Maxwell Chambers. Our immediate priority was to take stock of the post-pandemic landscape and be relentless in finding new ways to improve our offering and the user experience. We took the opportunity presented by the pandemic to enhance...