What to do when conflicts arise between business partners

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Frustrated woman talking on the phone -- business partner conflicts
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Anil Changaroth

Anil a Mediator (Singapore Mediation Centre), Arbitrator (Fellows of the Chartered, Singapore and Philippines Institutes of Arbitrators), Adjudicator (with the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre of Arbitration), Advocate & Solicitor of Singapore and Solicitor of England and Wales and holds a Masters of Science in Construction Law & Arbitration (King's College London & National University of Singapore) has been in practice since 1995 after graduating as a Barrister of England and Wales (Middle Temple) and a five-year career as an infantry officer with the Singapore Armed Forces before that. He has also been with the international arbitration practice group of the international law firm Lovells Lee and Lee (2008-2009) and In-House Counsel and head of Davis Langdon & Seah (now part of Arcadis Group)’s Contract Advisory and Dispute Management division (2006-2008). ChangAroth Chambers LLC established on 1st July 2014, led by Anil and its core team focuses on Building, Construction and Infrastructure work (including managing and consulting on construction projects and claims), and deals with most aspects of Commercial and Civil claims (including Accident, Adoption and Guardianship, Banking, Bankruptcy, Commercial & Management Corporation Strata Title Property and Dispute Management, Contractual & Debt Recovery, Defamation, Directors’ Duties & Liabilities, Employment, Factoring, Family & Matrimonial [Civil & Syariah Courts], Hire Purchase & Leasing, Insurance, Judicial Management, Liquidation, Medical Negligence, Personal Injury, Probate & Trust [both contentious & non contentious], Scheme of Arrangement, Trade Mark, Wills and Estate, Winding Up); Criminal and Corporate (including drafting front-end contract documents for Building, Construction and Infrastructure, Tenancy, Partnership, Shareholders, Joint Venture, Share Capital Reductions and Buy-back Agreements); Front End Advisory work and Appropriate Dispute Resolution Services. With the team conversant in Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and Malayalam besides English, the Chambers represent parties in Singapore and the region including Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Mauritius, Pakistan, Philippines, Vietnam and Sri Lanka with the Chambers practicing and recognised as the Singapore Law Society’s SmartLaw practice (essentially harnesses and/or adopts legal technology, including practice and knowledge management, accounting and database software; online and wireless broadcast and presentation technologies; and providing a seamless largely paper-less legal practice). Trained in Adjudication and International Investment Treaty Arbitration with the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) and Mediation with the S’pore Mediation Centre, Anil is on the panel of Mediators Adjudicators, Arbitrators & Mediators in Singapore, Malaysia and India and carries out honorary work with several institutions, societies and associations including as chairman of Society of Construction Law (S’pore)(SCL(S)) (2012-2014) and is its representative to the SCL (International) Liaison Sub Committee (SCL(Int’l)); Legal Advisor to the S’pore Institutes of Architects (SIA), the S’pore Institute of Surveyors & Valuers (SISV), the Society of Interior Designers S’pore (SIDS) and the S’pore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA); was the honorary treasurer of the S’pore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb) (2011-2013); the honorary secretary to S’pore Sri Lanka Business Association (SSLBA) and honorary advisor on International Relations to Asia Pacific Corporate Counsel Association (APCCA) since 2015. Anil’s Pro Bono work since 1997 includes mentoring ex-inmates, family youth under TASEK Jurong (connected to the Yellow Ribbon Project) and legal and community affairs for the Constituency of Jurong Town Singapore of the Honourable Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam. Anil’s specialised work with Consulting & Appropriate Dispute Resolution includes Accredited Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre’s Commercial & Family Panels & Adjudicator with the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre of Arbitration and with ChangAroth International Consultancy - consulting & administering International Infrastructure & Construction, Trade & Investment Treaty development and projects together with Appropriate Dispute Resolution Services (such as Mediator, Adjudicator, Arbitrator, Dispute Boards, Neutral Evaluator) in Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India & Mauritius, and Singapore, by adopting and harnessing the use of Legal Technology.

Comments (1)
  1. Sariah says:

    My business partner and I usually have conflicts as we have differing opinions most of the time. This article provides me with steps on how to resolve the conflict internally. It is very timely!

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