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SMU Lexicon: Reservations about the Value of Reserved Elections
Legal Updates

Reading Time: 19 minutesIntroduction At a press conference on 9 August 1965, moments after Singapore gained independence, then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew proclaimed, “This is not a Malay nation; this is not a Chinese nation; this is not an Indian nation. Everybody will have his place.”[1] This statement set the stage for Singapore’s development as a multiracial […]

SMU Lexicon: Recognising the duty to cooperate in international commercial contracts
Legal Updates

Reading Time: 15 minutesIntroduction The duty of contracting parties to cooperate in the performance of commercial contracts is at once both intuitive and utterly foreign. On the one hand, all commercial relationships require a degree of trust, and a party may reasonably expect that the other is committed to working together to carry out their bargain.[1] This applies […]

Thailand Tax Alert: New Law on Transfer Pricing
Legal Updates,Regional Law,Thailand

Reading Time: 2 minutesOn 22 November 2018, the Thai Revenue Department (TRD) took another significant step towards tightening its transfer pricing compliance and enforcement regime with the release of “the Additional Revision of the Thai Revenue Code No.47 (TRC47)”. Over the past five years, based on the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (“BEPS”) initiatives of the OECD, many jurisdictions […]

Living Organ Donation in Singapore
Organ Donation,Personal

Reading Time: 6 minutesWhat do you need to know if you want to donate your organ?  Compared to other countries, Singapore has a fairly low combined organ transplant rate Last year, the Ministry of Health revealed that the national public education campaign on organ donation, “Live On” – which was first launched in 2008 – appeared to have […]

Myanmar Legal Alert: The Myanmar Companies Law, Changes Related Party Transaction Landscape
Legal Everyday,Myanmar,Regional Law

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe Myanmar Companies Law (“MCL”), with a view to promote corporate governance and transparency has defined related parties and come up with compliance requirements for related party transactions which is one of the distinct features of the new law. The changes which have been introduced to the MCL affects the general financing between related parties […]

Grandparents’ Rights under the Family Law Act in Australia
Australia,Legal Updates,Personal,Regional Law

Reading Time: 3 minutesGrandparents are playing a greater role in many families, often due to the high cost of childcare and increasing rates of divorce.  But what happens when a grandparent is refused time with their grandchild or wishes to assume full care of a child?  What are grandparents’ rights in these circumstances? What the law says The […]

The Court of Final Appeal’s ruling on the right to dependent visas for same-sex couples in Hong Kong
Business,LGBTQ,Personal

Reading Time: 4 minutesIntroduction In our October 2017 newsletter, we discussed the judgment of the Court of Appeal (the “CA”) in QT v Director of Immigration CACV 117/2016, where the decision of the Court of First Instance (the “CFI”) was reversed and the CA held that the Director of Immigration’s refusal to grant dependant visa to an expatriate in a same-sex […]

Sale of Food in Singapore – What do you know?
Business,Business Advice

Reading Time: 8 minutesIn March 2018, an outbreak of Cantaloupe-listeria bacteria affected many rock melons imported into Singapore from Australia, and this resulted in a recall of the affected Australian rock melons. It was surprising that these affected rock melons had bypassed the rigorous system of agricultural checks in Australia, which had been commended by Singapore in August […]

Philippine Legal Alert: National Privacy Commission Rules of Procedure – Advisory Opinions & Guidelines on Compliance Checks
Philippines,Regional Law

Reading Time: 2 minutesADVISORY OPINIONS The National Privacy Commission (“NPC”) issued NPC Circular No. 18-01 dated 10 September 2018 which provides the rules of procedure on requests for advisory opinions on matters relating to data privacy or data protection. The Circular mandates that requests for advisory opinions be commenced by a letter request addressed to the Privacy Commissioner and Chairman. […]

Employment Claims Tribunals to hear wrongful dismissal and salary-related claims from April 2019
Business,Employment,Legal Updates,Personal

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe story In 60 Seconds Proposed amendments to the Employment Act (“EA“) include the enhancement of the existing employment dispute resolution framework. This includes empowering the Employment Claims Tribunal (“ECT“) to adjudicate wrongful dismissal claims, in addition to salary-related disputes, with effect from 1 April 2019. Read with other tabled changes to the EA, the […]

Changes to the Employment Act (2018 and beyond): What you need to know
Employment,Legal Everyday,Legal Updates

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe Employment Act (EA) is Singapore’s main labour law which provides the basic terms and working conditions for all employee. On 5th March this year, the Ministry of Manpower announced plans to expand the fundamental coverage of the EA. This was a response to a fast-changing workforce where the number of PMETs (professionals, managers, executives […]

The Competition Commission commenced proceedings in the Competition Tribunal against individuals for the first time in Hong Kong
Hong Kong,Legal Updates,Regional Law

Reading Time: 3 minutesIntroduction On 6 September 2018, the Competition Commission (the “Commission”) commenced proceedings in the Competition Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) against three companies and two individuals – Mr Chan and Mr Lam in relation to the provision of renovation services at a subsidised housing estate in San Po Kong. Notably, this is the first time that the […]

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Living Organ Donation in Singapore

Reading Time: 6 minutesWhat do you need to know if you want to donate your organ?  Compared to other countries, Singapore has a fairly low combined organ transplant rate Last year, the Ministry of Health revealed that the national public education campaign on organ donation, “Live On” – which was first launched in 2008 – appeared to have […]

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The Court of Final Appeal’s ruling on the right to dependent visas for same-sex couples in Hong Kong

Reading Time: 4 minutesIntroduction In our October 2017 newsletter, we discussed the judgment of the Court of Appeal (the “CA”) in QT v Director of Immigration CACV 117/2016, where the decision of the Court of First Instance (the “CFI”) was reversed and the CA held that the Director of Immigration’s refusal to grant dependant visa to an expatriate in a same-sex […]

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