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Disruption and recovery always generate disputes – and in Asia Pacific cross-jurisdiction operations and investments increase that risk. Our 2021 Guide to Dispute Resolution in Asia Pacific is your roadmap to navigating your way through potential problems in these fast-changing times, especially for those new to the region’s complex legal landscape.

The new edition (the 11th) summarises the key dispute resolution procedures and trends in 19 of Asia’s diverse jurisdictions and adds coverage of two new issues: the creation of specialised international courts, and whether court approval is required to settle or discontinue an action in each of the jurisdictions featured in the Guide.

Other key topics covered in the guide include:

  • the basics of a legal system;
  • details of litigation and arbitration procedures;
  • if ADR is embraced in a particular country;
  • fee arrangements and third party funding;
  • class actions;
  • service of foreign proceedings;
  • electronic technology in and digitisation reforms to court proceedings; and
  • recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments.




Herbert Smith Freehills is without question the leading Dispute Resolution practice in Asia Pacific. This flagship guide is compiled by our network of disputes lawyers, assisted in some jurisdictions by local counsel. The guide has become the go-to publication for in-house counsel as they navigate the region's varied and often complex legal systems and their litigation, mediation and arbitration procedures. It is a first port of call, not just for those facing litigation or other forms of disputes in Asia Pacific region, but for anyone who is considering investing in an unfamiliar territory around the region and would like to understand the legal system of that country.

The guide has been compiled by our network of Herbert Smith Freehills disputes specialists, with the assistance of local counsel in certain jurisdictions, led by Gareth Thomas and Priya Aswani.

Click for a teaser version of the guide. To request the full text, click here or contact Priya Aswani.

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