Mediate with George

Senior Counsel and Mediator with forty years of legal experience

International Cross-Border Mediation

As an internationally renowned mediator, George has built a reputation for his never-say-quit attitude to mediation; a trait that has led to overcoming what others would find an impossible impasse.

Commercial Mediation

A Senior Counsel at the Singapore Bar, George is able to utilise his forty years of high-level litigation experience into helping parties find the optimum solution for their dispute.

 “The “terrific” George Lim SC is recognised as one of Singapore’s most eminent mediators and is renowned in the national market.

Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022

“George Lim SC is a “highly in-demand” mediator, according to market commentators. His practice covers a range of areas including commercial cross-border matters.”

Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders Global Elite 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022

“George Lim SC is “a very well-known mediator, up there with the best of them”. Respondents note: “He is very much respected by peers as an excellent mediator and is in high demand.”

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About George

George Lim is a Senior Counsel and former Law Society President.

He has been mediating for over 20 years, and is a pioneer in the cross-border commercial mediation scene in Singapore and Asia. With almost 40 years of legal experience across various sectors, he brings to the mediating table his depth of legal expertise and knowledge but most of all, an ability to distill complex issues to their essence.

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“The outcome of the adversarial process often does not address the real needs or interests of the parties. Moreover, the process inevitably forces the parties apart and makes their relationships worse. For me, mediation “humanises” the process. We help parties look for common ground, and fashion creative solutions based on their real needs and interests. ”

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George went beyond the call of his duty. Stayed until past 5 a.m.. Made parties feel comfortable and provided assurance that their efforts were valued at every stage of the mediation.

HusbandMatrimonial Proceedings

A few words of thanks for your role as mediator. It was my first experience of such proceedings and I have to say that your calm dignified manner helped to bring some decorum to a potentially fraught discussion. In particular I appreciated how you introduced the parties and described the process. I felt this was quite disarming and helped to establish a level playing field for both sides.

Party to Mediation, Multinational Company (Middle East)

I had the distinct pleasure of successfully completing mediation with George Lim, from George is a straight shooter, he’s experienced, professional and most of all, he is a gentleman. He was able to support us in achieving our objectives and he even managed to make the entire process entertaining and interesting. Thank you, George and thank you Singapore Mediation Centre.

CEO, Chairman - Gym Business

Mr. George Lim is an excellent, well-experienced mediator that makes real efforts to approach parties to reach an agreement [by] going through their real interests. I highly recommend him as a mediator.

Litigation Manager of a US I.T. Multinational Company

We spent a fruitful afternoon at the SMC and managed to get our issue resolved in a speedy and mutually satisfactory manner. George Lim S.C. was a wonderful mediator who made a lot of effort to build rapport with the parties and get them to be comfortable with the eventual outcome, even strengthening the relationship along the way.

Business owner

I sincerely thank you for your time and efforts to resolve the issue in our case yesterday. Truly admire your tenacity and positive attitude to find a solution. It’s very difficult in these times to meet people who have enthusiasm and determination to peacefully resolve things. While I understand that you were doing your job but the underlying passion is something which made the difference. It was my pleasure meeting you and hope we can meet in the future though preferably in better circumstances

Commercial PartyManaging Director

George is a vastly experienced mediator, who draws on a range of techniques to suit the particular situation. He approaches a mediation from the outset with a view to obtaining the best joint solution for the parties, through discussion, collaboration and forward-thinking. Above all, he respects the parties and inspires respect himself.

Ben Giaratta - Partner, Ashurst

Thank you for having done such a fabulous job! At the start, I was not sure if we would have a settlement but thanks to your skilful efforts, we managed to settle the matter in a manner that I believe was acceptable to all the parties. You were the star..

Samuel Chacko, Director - Legis Point LLC

George showed remarkable skills in the mediation I witnessed. A complicated family dispute, which had been festering for about two years, was solved within a few hours. George managed to quickly build a rapport with parties and identify the issues that needed to be resolved. He demonstrated an unconditional commitment. Throughout the process he helped the parties stay focused on what mattered most, and lend critical support in their attempts to find a workable solution.

Henneke Brink - ADR Instituut Representative

George displays the perfect level of intuition and quick intelligence to guide the parties towards settlement. He appreciates the need for patience, understanding and impartiality. At the same time he works diligently to ensure the dialogue does not falter in even the most trying of circumstances. I would recommend George to any one looking to resolve a dispute.

Shane Gleghorn, Partner - Taylor Wessing

Thanks to Mr. Lim's creative methods.. both parties successfully reached a settlement agreement. Our client is very satisfied with Mr. Lim's performance and really appreciated his great effort and experience. We as solicitors are impressed with Mr. Lim's mediation style - not to judge past issues but to lead the parties to think about the future and solve sophisticated disputes.

Solicitors for State-owned Chinese company in cross-border dispute - Beijing Hesen Law Firm & Pinsent Masons LLP

George’s even and impartial temperament is clearly evident from the start of the mediation. He sets a congenial and facilitative tone for the dialogue by putting parties at ease from the beginning, clearly setting out the ground rules and encouraging parties to express their interests honestly... George is also extremely skilled at stimulating parties to generate creative solutions and explore options that they might have otherwise summarily dismissed. His untiring energy and unrelenting patience in building constructive communication between parties yields much fruit in creating greater mutual understanding between them.

Member of the Singapore Judiciary

George is an excellent, highly effective mediator. In our mediation he managed to pin-point the real issues and concerns of the parties, and used a powerful combination of out-of-the-box techniques and genuine empathy to achieve a win-win settlement which both parties were entirely satisfied with. Both my clients and I would recommend him unreservedly.

Joy Tan, Wong Partnership
Years in practice
75% to 80
Success Rate
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Singapore Convention on Mediation

George was appointed Singapore’s Mediation Consultant to the UNCITRAL working group 2 on conciliation, which resulted in the Singapore Convention on Mediation.

There are countries or parties from different countries, and the dispute has nothing to do with Singapore, but they are bringing it here. When you ask them why, they say neutrality, confidentiality and a trusted system. That’s what Singapore can offer.”

          – The Straits Times, 7 August 2019

Singapore International Mediation Centre: Reported Mediation

In December 2021, George successfully mediated a settlement in Seoul, South Korea, between FuelCell Energy, Inc and POSCO Energy Co., Ltd involving over $1b in claims spanning five ICC arbitrations.

“POSCO is pleased that the parties were able through mediation to reach an amicable settlement and achieve a mutually beneficial outcome.

          – Global Arbitration Review, 6 January 2022

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