Katherine Yap, Chief Executive, Maxwell Chambers
Tell us about Maxwell Chambers and its expansion plans.
The year ahead will be exciting for us as we are expanding our premises to occupy the adjacent conserved building at 28 Maxwell Road, now named Maxwell Chambers Suites. The expansion will add 120,000 square feet of floor space and triple our current size. This will help to support the growth of dispute resolution institutions in Singapore and capture more opportunities in the sector in Asia. Restoration works began in June 2017 and the estimated date of completion is the first quarter of 2019.
A render of the future Maxwell Chambers Suites
What factors led to the decision to expand the premises?
Singapore is becoming an increasingly popular destination for international corporate arbitration in Asia. Furthermore, in recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of enquiries on tenancy opportunities at Maxwell Chambers. With this rise in demand for hearing rooms and tenant space, we believed that the expansion of Maxwell Chambers was timely.
What can future tenants and visitors expect from Maxwell Chambers Suites?
The new premises will serve as the region’s one-stop legal hub and a legal ecosystem of sorts. It will house premium office spaces for both top international and local law practitioners, as well as business facilities for tenants. These facilities include meeting rooms, secretariat services and a 24-hour business centre. One specific feature differentiating the new premises from other office spaces would be the exclusive lounge for tenants, which would provide them with a space to unwind and network.
Upon completion of Maxwell Chambers Suites, the current premises at 32 Maxwell Road will be dedicated solely to hearing and preparation rooms for commercial dispute resolution cases.
To ensure ease of access between both buildings, an overhead bridge will be constructed, linking Maxwell Chambers Suites to our main building.
What kind of tenants have already taken up space at the new building, and what are their reasons for doing so?
We received an overwhelming number of enquiries once it was announced that office space is available at Maxwell Chambers Suites. Some of our existing tenants, such as The Arbitration Chambers and One Essex Court, will be doubling their office space to cater to the rising demand for dispute resolution services. Opus 2, an international firm which specialises in transcription and hearing room services, will also be the first ancillary services firm to occupy an office space at Maxwell Chambers Suites. Our new tenants include both local and international institutions, dispute resolution practitioners, chambers and related legal support services who are keen to establish a presence in Maxwell Chambers and in Singapore.
What does Maxwell Chambers have in store in the next few years?
With both the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) and the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Court of Arbitration (ICC Court) setting up offices here, we anticipate more cases to come to Singapore in the next 1 to 2 years. At Maxwell Chambers, we are fully equipped to meet the challenge, and will continually strive to provide premium facilities and services. Lastly, we are of course very excited about Maxwell Chambers Suites commencing operations in 2019! We are certain that Maxwell Chambers and Maxwell Chambers Suites will complement each other and allow us to firmly establish ourselves as the international arbitration destination.
Maxwell Chambers Suites, located in the heart of Singapore’s business district, is now taking bookings for office space. Tenancy will be for a minimum of 3 years, beginning in 2019. To register your interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org