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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Hong Kong: The Court of Appeal overturned same-sex civil servants benefits

Reading Time: 4 minutesIntroduction In our Newsletter in June 2017, we discussed the judgment of the Court of First Instance (“CFI”) in Leung Chun Kwong v Secretary for the Civil Service and Another HCAL 258/2015, where the CFI ruled that the Hong Kong Government should grant the same spousal benefits to employees in same-sex marriages as those enjoyed by their heterosexual […]

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SMU Lexicon: Jurisdiction for Patent Revocation in Counterclaims: The Sun Electric Approach

Reading Time: 7 minutesIntroduction The key question posed in the recent Singapore High Court decision of Sun Electric Pte Ltd v Sunseap Group Pte Ltd (“Sun Electric (No 2)”)[1] was whether the High Court had jurisdiction at first instance to revoke a patent by way of a counterclaim in infringement proceedings. George Wei J’s response to this query […]

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Thailand Tax Update: New Tax Incentives for Angel Investors

Reading Time: 2 minutesAt the end of January 2018, the Thai government approved a Ministerial Regulation providing a tax incentive (“Tax Incentive”) to any Angel Investor investing in a start-up company that conducts a promoted business activity in an industry approved by the National Science and Technology Development Agency (“NSTDA”). More specifically, the Tax Incentive is granted to […]

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SMU Lexicon: A Principled Approach to Sentencing

Reading Time: 8 minutesIntroduction Sentencing has always been something of an art. The balance between doing justice to the facts of the case and judicial consistency has proven to be somewhat elusive, in no small part due to the medley of factors which might arise for consideration.[1] Fortunately, the recent Court of Appeal (“CA”) decision in Ng Kean […]

Vietnam Legal Update: Changes To Wind and Solar Power Feed-in-Tariff Deadlines

Reading Time: 2 minutesOn 10 September 2018, the Prime Minister issued Decision No. 39/2018/QD-TTg (“Decision 39”), amending Decision No. 37/2011/QD-TTg of the Prime Minister dated 29 June 2011 on mechanisms to support the development of wind power projects in Vietnam. Under Decision 39, the wind FIT (excluding VAT) will be VND 1,928 per kWh (equivalent to US cents […]

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Do you know what are professional deputies and donees?

Reading Time: 4 minutesYou’re single, and you don’t have close family members or close friends who will look after you should you fall ill. Or, perhaps you do, but you don’t wish to “burden” them. You are not educated, and never worked a single day. Your husband provided for the family. You weren’t rich, but you had enough: […]

ASEAN Employment Legal Update 2018 Q.3

Reading Time: 10 minutesThis legal update is to advise you on important legislative developments and employment issues in the region. Cambodia EMPLOYMENT SECTOR Law on Amendments of Article 87(C), Articles 89, 90, 91, 94, 110,120 and 122 of the Cambodian Labor Law dated 13 March 1997, dated 26 June 2018 (“Amendment Law”) The Amendment Law has introduced significant […]

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SMU Lexicon: An Old-New Dilemma: A Commentary on Heritage Preservation Laws in Singapore

Reading Time: 13 minutesIntroduction In Singapore, three statutes offer general protection to tangible heritage: the Preservation of Monuments Act (“PMA”)[1] provides for the protection of historical sites and buildings through the National Heritage Board (“NHB”); the National Heritage Board Act (“NHBA”)[2] regulates archaeological investigations and the National Museum of Singapore and its collections; and the Planning Act (“PA”)[3] […]

Myanmar Tax Pocket Guide 2018

Reading Time: 2 minutesDFDL Myanmar is pleased to announce the publication of the 2018 edition of the Myanmar Tax Pocket Guide. Written by DFDL’s tax experts, this comprehensive guide offers a clear and detailed insight on taxation laws and practices in Myanmar. While tax law can be notoriously difficult to decipher in emerging markets, DFDL offers a simplified […]

Who pays the costs of implementing a website-blocking order in the context of trade mark infringement?

Reading Time: 4 minutesAs a follow up our previous articles, “Website Blocking Order – a Possible Remedy against Trade Mark Infringement on the Internet?“ and “English Court of Appeal Affirms Injunctions Against ISPs for Website Selling Counterfeits“, we now revisit the topic as the UK Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited judgement in Cartier International AG and others (Respondents) v British […]

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SMU Lexicon: Is that indemnity form valid?

Reading Time: 3 minutesDuring the school holidays, it is common for students to sign up for extra-curricular activities and it is equally common to be asked to sign an indemnity form. In a typical indemnity form, you agree to waive your right of legal action in the event of personal injury or death, arising from the negligence of […]

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Varying Spousal Maintenance Orders in Singapore

Reading Time: 4 minutesYou have an existing maintenance order against your spouse/ex-spouse. Your financial situation has changed. You would now like to change by increasing amount of money you receive. How do you go about doing this? Maintenance orders are orders made by the court to mandate the payment of maintenance between the married/divorced couple. Unlike the division […]