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General Information

  • Official name: Maxwell Chambers
  • Country: Singapore
  • City: Singapore
  • Type of organization: Company Limited by Guarantee
  • Date of creation: 2009
  • Interests: Arbitration – Mediation – Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Fields of expertise: Provision of ADR hearing facilities


Maxwell Chambers is an integrated dispute resolution complex in Singapore. It opened for business in July 2009 and was officially launched on 21 January 2010.

Maxwell Chambers provides hearing rooms and facilities for the conduct of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) activities in Singapore. It also hosts the regional offices of a number of ADR institutions, arbitrators, and arbitration practitioners.

Origins of the Name

The name “Maxwell Chambers” has historical ties to where the building is situated (Maxwell Road) and to prominent figures in Singapore’s history, namely Sir Peter Benson Maxwell, the first Chief Justice of Singapore, and John Argyle Maxwell, one of the first three magistrates in Singapore.

The Building

Maxwell Chambers is located in a 4-storey conservation building with a stately neo-classical facade. Built in the 1930s during the colonial era, the former Customs House was the headquarters of the Department of Customs and Excise for over 60 years.

Following the refurbishment of the building to become Singapore’s dedicated ADR hearing facility, the building was renamed Maxwell Chambers and was in 2010 marked the 88th historic site in Singapore by the National Heritage Board.

The building was awarded the International Architecture Award for Best New Global Design (2010) by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. In 2012, the building was also awarded an Architectural Heritage Award by Singapore’s Urban Renewal Authority.

Facilities & Services

Maxwell Chambers has 14 custom-designed and fully equipped hearing rooms and 12 preparation rooms. The largest of the hearing rooms can accommodate up to 80 people for a hearing. Maxwell Chambers also features an arbitrators’ lounge for the sole use of arbitrators. A range of food and beverage outlets can be found on the ground floor of the building.

Maxwell Chambers provides services such as simultaneous translation and transcription, video-conferencing, secure long-term document storage, post-hearing disposal of confidential documents, concierge and secretarial services, and catering.


Maxwell Chambers Premier hosts the regional offices of a number of ADR institutions, arbitrators, and arbitration practitioners:

ADR institutions: • International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the international arm of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) • International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)

• International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

• Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)

• Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA)

• Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb)

• World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center

Arbitrators and arbitration practitioners:

• 20 Essex Street

• Bankside Chambers

• Christopher Lau SC

• Gerard Forlin QC

• Individual barristers of Essex Court Chambers

• Hanotiau & van den Berg

• One Essex Court

• The Arbitration Chambers

• Thirty Nine Essex Street

Other organisations co-located at Maxwell Chambers:

• Franchising and Licensing Association (Singapore) (FLA)


32 Maxwell Road #03-01, Singapore 069115

Telephone: +65 6595 9010

Fax: +65 6339 3931

Email: info@maxwell-chambers.com

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