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What constitutes acceptance of a contract?

Reading Time: 5 minutesAn agreement isn’t valid until someone else agrees to it! A contract is needed to enforce the terms of an agreement between two or more parties, and to compel the other party to uphold their end of the bargain. In general, for a contract to be considered legally binding, four key elements should be present: […]

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Company Retrenchment Exercises: What Employers Ought to Do

Reading Time: 6 minutesRetrenchment is sadly unavoidable Retrenchment is sadly unavoidable in today’s modern world. Singapore’s economy is constantly in flux: workers are under tremendous pressure to increase productivity and improve their employability by learning useful future skills, while employers must continuously find ways to stay one step ahead of their competitors and/or technological disruption. Even when they […]

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Tips on drafting a great Shareholder’s Agreement

Reading Time: 6 minutesShareholder’s Agreement is an important starting point for many startups and SMEs Many people decide to go into business at some point in their lives. The number of startups continue to burgeon the world over. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) make up 99% of all Singapore’s enterprises and account for about half of Singapore’s GDP. […]

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10 Frequently Asked Questions on the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA)

Reading Time: 5 minutesLawyer Lau Kah Mei shares 10 frequently asked questions on the Personal Data Protection Act (“PDPA”). Question 1: Can I take a photograph of a specific person for my firm’s marketing purposes without getting his consent? No, because among other obligations, the data protection provisions in the PDPA would require the photographer to first obtain […]

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How to choose a mediator?

Reading Time: 6 minutesMediation – an alternative to Court litigation that is gaining traction When a serious dispute arises, the common response is to instruct lawyers immediately and to take the battle straightaway into the Courtroom. This may be the preference of many who have no faith that the dispute can be resolved. In recent times however, disputants […]

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Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) Updates Guidance Notes on Setting up a Register of Controllers

Reading Time: 4 minutesOn 18 September 2017, the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (“ACRA”) issued revised versions of its written guidance in relation to the requirements on the register of controllers for Singapore companies, foreign companies registered in Singapore and limited liability partnerships (collectively known as “Corporate Entities”, and each a “Corporate Entity”) under Part XIA of the […]

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Structuring successful partnerships for your startup

Reading Time: 10 minutesPartnering with a partner in a mutually beneficial strategic partnership can be valuable to any startup to charge their growth. It is important to structure these partnerships to safeguard the interest of both sides, especially when it is a deeper partnership where more there might be more confidential information being exchanged. At the same time, […]

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What to do when conflicts arise between business partners

Reading Time: 6 minutesBusiness partner conflicts are common Conflicts between business partners aren’t uncommon. While most disagreements are typically quickly resolved with some discussion, there are some more serious disagreements that can threaten the partnership and therefore the whole business. These disagreements can potentially stall or damage the business. There are many reasons why conflicts arise between business […]

A better way to get legal documentation for your startup

Reading Time: 5 minutesEven one lawsuit can devastate the prospects of a startup “Fail Fast, Fail Often” is a popular mantra among entrepreneurs that is only half-true when it comes to the legal mistakes that startups make. Getting into legal trouble often results in the sudden dissolution or a slow death of a dream business as the startup’s […]

Competition Law (Part 2: Abuse of Dominance)

Reading Time: 8 minutesContinuing from the previous article, lawyer Jeremiah Chew  from Ascendant Legal LLC talks about the second prohibited conduct of the 3-part series: abuse of dominance.  This guide is divided into the following sections: What is the law on abuse of dominance? What does it mean to be “dominant”? Examples of abuse of dominance How does it affect […]

Know your rights as a professional

Reading Time: 10 minutesTroubles in the workplace often arise when employees clash with their employers. These conflicts between employees and employers tend to be rooted in legal issues, such as a breach of the employment contract or the employee feeling that he has been wrongfully terminated by his employer. Lawyers Tan Cheow Hung (Director, Beacon Law Corporation) and […]