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Commercial Leases vs Retail Leases in Australia

Reading Time: 3 minutesDo you know if your business has a commercial or a retail lease? Were you aware there is a difference between the two? If not, don’t stress. Many of our clients are in the same boat. A lease is an agreement that sets out the rights and obligations of the tenant and the landlord of […]

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Repealing Section 377A

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhat constitutional challenge does Section 377A of the Penal Code face? In Singapore the recent proposal to reform the Penal Code has once again left s 377A untouched. However, elsewhere the equivalent section has been invalidated. In a recent decision, the Supreme Court of India struck down a provision similar to s 377A, generating widespread […]

Time for Hong Kong to revisit the meaning of “dishonesty”

Reading Time: 5 minutesBackground “Dishonesty” is an element to be established by the prosecution in a number of criminal offences, including theft and conspiracy to defraud. R v Ghosh [1982] QB 1053 had been a landmark case formulating the two-stage test on “dishonesty” as a direction to jury (the “Ghosh directions”), which comprised of:  Whether the defendant’s conduct was dishonest […]

Wake up call for Contract Service Providers in Australia

Reading Time: 2 minutesWhat’s it all about? In an important decision by the Federal Court, the long standing exception to redundancy entitlements based on the “ordinary and customary turnover of labour” has come under the spotlight and will no doubt be the new benchmark relied upon by employee organisations to demand redundancy when service contracts aren’t renewed and where a […]

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Buying a Property in Singapore and unsure of terms?

Reading Time: 7 minutesSingapore has one of the highest home ownership rates globally (about 90% of the population). As such, most Singaporeans will be involved in at least one property transaction in their lifetime. Purchasing or selling a property for the first time can be a daunting experience, especially when one is confronted by the mountain of legal […]

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What should you know if you are arrested in Singapore?

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe police possess vast powers in Singapore – the most impactful which would be the power of arrest. Law abiding citizens would not have an encounter with the police that leads to an arrest or usually contemplate such a situation. However, in an unfortunate circumstance encountering the police on the wrong side of the law, […]

Thailand: A Promising Location for Investment

Reading Time: 3 minutesEven against the background of significant changes of the political landscape in Thailand over the past years, as well as the shortage of skilled workers, the country is still regarded amongst one of the best destinations in ASEAN for foreign investment. Thailand is the second largest, highly diversified economy in ASEAN after Indonesia and the […]

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The Law on Abortion in Singapore

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe Story In 60 Seconds Singapore’s laws currently legalise abortion for any woman who requests it – making the Republic one of only three countries in Southeast Asia to allow for abortion upon request by a woman. The abortion law in Singapore is applicable to: Singaporeans and women married to Singaporeans; Holders of a valid […]

Protecting Vulnerable Workers Bill and the Repercussions for Franchisors
Protecting Vulnerable Workers Bill and the Repercussions for Franchisors in Australia

Reading Time: 2 minutesOn 5 September 2017, the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 (the Bill) was passed by both houses of Parliament. The Bill has recently received Royal Assent, making changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Act) Significant Changes There are significant changes for franchisors, in the aim of protecting vulnerable workers. Some of […]