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SMU Lexicon: The demise of Bolam-Bolitho: Towards Patient Centricity
Legal Updates

Reading Time: 9 minutes Introduction The recent Court of Appeal decision in Hii Chii Kok v Ooi Peng Jin London Lucien (“Hii Chii Kok”)[1] has been a long time coming. Affirming the demise of the antiquated Bolam-Bolitho[2] test in relation to pre-treatment advice,[3] this decision also adds Singapore to a growing list of countries which have embraced the concept […]

Moneylenders (Amendment) Bill 2018
Bankruptcy,Legal Updates,Personal

Reading Time: 5 minutesWhat are the aims of the Moneylenders (Amendment) Bill 2018? The Moneylenders (Amendment) Bill 2018 which was passed in Parliament on 8 January 2018 (“the Bill”) has a three-pronged aim: to provide borrowers with better protection; to strengthen the regulation of moneylenders; and to professionalise the moneylending industry. The legislative amendments to the Moneylenders Act […]

Would employer be liable when the employee who sustained injury is prohibited from being employed in Hong Kong?
Hong Kong,Legal Updates,Regional Law

Reading Time: 3 minutesIntroduction In a recent judgement of Tahir Kashif v Safdar Nasar Mahmud [2018] HKDC 600 (the “Tahir Case”), the applicant for employees’ compensation is an asylum seeker from Pakistan. Under the laws of Hong Kong, he is prohibited from engaging in any employment. The Court needs to consider whether (and if so, how) to exercise its power […]

Requirements for Paying Out Redundancies in Australia
Australia,Business,Employment,Personal,Regional Law

Reading Time: 3 minutesEnsuring that redundancies proceed as smoothly as possible can be a difficult exercise. In this, our final article in our three part series on redundancy, we discuss the requirements around paying out redundancies. ​After having firstly decided to implement redundancies, and successfully established who will be made redundant, it is important to ensure that the correct process […]

Thailand Tax Alert: The Thai Government Announces New International Business Center Incentives and the Cancellation of the IHQ Program
Legal Updates,Regional Law,Thailand

Reading Time: 2 minutesOn 10 October 2018, the Thai government announced the cessation of the International Headquarters (“IHQs”) program (which also included Regional Operating Headquarters or “ROHs” and International Trading Centers or “ITCs”) and the creation of a replacement initiative; International Business Centers (“IBCs”). The move is part the OECD Inclusive Framework for Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (“BEPS“). […]

Having Child Custody Issues Across the Border?
Divorce and Child Custody

Reading Time: 8 minutesSingapore is an extremely diverse country with people from all over the world living and working here. With slightly over half the current population actually being born in Singapore, it’s not surprising that 2 in every 5 marriages registered in Singapore in 2008 were between Singaporeans and foreigners. No statistics are available on the number […]

Legislative proposals for the Hong Kong Trade Marks (Amendment) Bill 2018
Hong Kong,Regional Law

Reading Time: 4 minutesIn “Applying for Trade Mark Protection in Multiple Jurisdictions: the Madrid System” Part I and Part II, we introduced the international registration of trademarks and the outcome of the three-month consultation exercise on the proposed application of the proposed application of the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (“Madrid Protocol”) conducted in […]

Myanmar Legal Alert: Yangon Expressway, Land and Revenue Rights
Legal Updates,Myanmar,Regional Law

Reading Time: 3 minutesOn 7 September 2018, the Ministry of Construction of the Union Government of Myanmar (“MOC”) officially opened the Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) phase of the USD 400 Million Yangon Elevated Expressway Project (“the Project”). The Project is set to be one of the largest infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Myanmar and will take the form […]

Leasing vs Buying Commercial Property: What is Best for my Business in Australia?
Business,Business Advice,Properties and Real Estate,Regional Law

Reading Time: 2 minutesEvery business needs a premises. Is it best to purchase that premises or to rent it? Good question. The answer depends on your circumstance and goals. Advantages of Buying Commercial Property Ownership: the main advantage of buying property is that you own it. You can create the fit-out and design you want to perfectly suit […]

The Commerical Leasing Do’s and Dont’s in Australia
Australia,Business,Personal,Properties and Real Estate,Regional Law

Reading Time: 3 minutesAlmost every business has at least one lease. Leasing is a major overhead often not very well understood by business tenants. Learn how to get more out of your lease from the below do’s and don’ts. Do’s of Commercial Leasing Do shop around It goes without saying that it is worthwhile to hunt around for […]

Cheated as a Consumer in Singapore?
Personal

Reading Time: 6 minutesGetting “cheated” by errant retailers can be a frightening experience. Under the Penal Code, the punishment for cheating is incarceration for a term which may extend to 3 years, or a fine, or both. In one of the illustrations provided in the Penal Code, a person is guilty of cheating if he puts a counterfeit […]

Personal

What happens to property that is left out of a will (residuary property)?

Reading Time: 5 minutesWriting a will is vital to ensuring that a person’s property and assets are distributed according to his/her wishes upon death. However, there are times when specific property or assets may be inadvertently left out of one’s will. This may occur, for example, when the person making the will (the “testator”) had not specifically provided […]

Business

The Remuneration of Liquidators in Australia

Reading Time: 5 minutesIt is of little surprise that judicial consideration of the remuneration of liquidators remains a topic close to the hearts of all those in the insolvency industry, particularly at a time when the market is more competitive than ever. That the remuneration as well as costs and expenses must be “reasonable” is well established but […]

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