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In Takenaka Corp v Tam Chee Chong and another  SGHC 51, the Singapore High Court considered whether to allow a stay of court proceedings in favour of domestic arbitration.
* Kohe Hasan is a Partner in Reed Smith's Singapore office and a Director of Resource Law LLC. Justine Barthe-Dejean is an Associate in Reed Smith's Singapore office.
The Singapore High Court has stayed court proceedings in favour of domestic arbitration proceedings.
The court found that there was no reason why the matter should not be arbitrated in accordance with the parties' agreement and found that the applicant was ready and willing to arbitrate.
Although the circumstances in which a stay of court proceedings may be denied are different and far more stringent and limited in relation to international arbitration as compared with domestic arbitration, this decision shows that the Singapore courts are also very wary of denying a stay in favour of domestic arbitration. (Takenaka Corp v Tam Chee Chong and another  SGHC 51.)