Singapore amends law to allow lawyers to undertake conditional fee agreements

Clients in certain types of legal cases can now arrange with their lawyers to have their fees waived, if they lose in court. This conditional fee agreement will apply to international and domestic arbitration proceedings in Singapore, and are meant to improve the country’s reputation as a dispute resolution hub. Lawyers can also charge an “uplift fee” on top of the usual bill if they win. During a debate in Parliament on Jan 12, MPs were concerned if this could mean higher fees.

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