Rishika Pundrik
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Rishika is an intern at Asia Law Network and a prospective law student. She is passionate about serving the community and hopes to use her legal knowledge to help those in need.

Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal clarifies what civil disobedience is and other aspects on unlawful assembly
Hong Kong,Legal Updates,Personal,Regional Law

Reading Time: 6 minutesIn a decision handed down recently, the Court of Final Appeal quashed the jail terms of Joshua Wong Chi Fung and his two allies imposed by the Court of Appeal but made it clear that the stricter sentencing guidelines laid down by the Court of Appeal will apply to future offenders involved in large scale […]

Hong Kong: How should the damages in fatal cases be assessed?
Defamation,Personal,Regional Law,Traffic Accidents

Reading Time: 4 minutesIntroduction In the recent judgment of Kan Wai Ling and others v Kan Chi Fai [2018] HKCFI 1024, the plaintiffs are the co-administratrices of the estate of the deceased who sustained fatal injuries in a traffic accident. The Court has decided on, among other things, (i) how the award for loss of dependency should be assessed; (ii) […]

Building and Construction: How Do Performance Bonds Work?
Personal,Properties and Real Estate,Regional Law

Reading Time: 4 minutesDid you know that performance bonds date all the way back to 2,750 BC? One might be surprised by the longevity of the performance bond, but this underlines its commercial usefulness, particularly in the context of building and construction. Although it may seem complicated and technical to most people at first blush, the performance bond […]

Time for Hong Kong to revisit the meaning of “dishonesty”
Business,Criminal and Litigation,Hong Kong,Legal Updates,Personal,Regional Law

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 […]

Cross Border Email Scams: A Rising Trend
Business,Business Advice,Hong Kong,Regional Law,Startups

Reading Time: 6 minutesAround the world there have been numerous cases of cross border email scams where individuals or companies received scammed or spoofed emails that pretend to be from C-suite or senior staff of the company or business partners to wire transfer funds to bank accounts in Asia, a lot of times coming to or going through […]

Thailand: A Promising Location for Investment
Business,Legal Updates,Personal,Regional Law,Thailand

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 […]

Shipper not liable for trademark infringement: Louis Vuitton Malletier v Megastar Shipping Pte Ltd (PT Alvenindo Sukses Ekspress, Third Party) and Other Suits
Business,Intellectual Property,Legal Updates,Regional Law

Reading Time: 11 minutesIn a decision rendered by George Wei J, the Singapore High Court held that a freight forwarder was not liable for trade mark infringement in respect of counterfeit goods that were imported into Singapore and meant to be sent to a third party in Batam. (A) Who are the parties involved in this case? 1. […]

Incorporation 101: How to form a Private Limited Company in Singapore
Business,Business Advice,Regional Law,Startups

Reading Time: 7 minutesPrivate limited companies are by far the most popular business structure. According to the Department of Statistics, out of the 26,555 business entities formed in 2018, almost 70% were companies. Why is this business structure so popular, and how does one incorporate a private limited company? This guide will address the advantages of a private limited […]

Reduction of Government Fees for Corporate Registration in Thailand
Business,Legal Updates,Regional Law,Thailand

Reading Time: 2 minutesIn order to promote and facilitate the Thailand’s ease of doing business as well as to improve Thailand’s ranking in the next evaluation of the World Bank, including to boost the country’s competitiveness and to increase the opportunity of Thailand to become an effective investment hub in Southeast Asia, the Ministry of Commerce has recently […]

Cambodia Tax Update: Transfer Pricing – Interest Rates for Related Parties
Business,Business Advice,Legal Updates,Regional Law

Reading Time: 4 minutesInstruction 11946 issued by the General Department of Taxation (“GDT”) on the 21st of August 2018 (“Instruction 11946”) provides an important clarification regarding the determination of interest rates between related parties. Since the introduction of Circular 151 in early 2014 Cambodian taxpayers were historically able to receive and extend interest free loans to domestic as […]

Data Privacy: Obligations under the GDPR and ensuring compliance (Part 2 of 2)
Business,Cybersecurity,Legal Updates,Regional Law

Reading Time: 9 minutesWhat are the obligations under the GPDR? A company is required to comply with several conditions in order to lawfully process personal data pursuant to the GDPR provisions. The processing should be lawful and transparent, for a specified purpose, limited to the relevant data necessary in relation to this purpose, and appropriately secured. At a […]

Driverless Vehicles and The Blame Game: A Legal Conundrum
Insurance Claims,Legal Updates,Personal,Personal Injury,Traffic Accidents

Reading Time: 5 minutesDriverless vehicles: A rising global trend Have you ever sat in a driverless vehicle? Of late, the march of the introduction of the autonomous or driverless vehicles has been relentless and unabated around the world. In line with the global move away from the polluting internal combustion engine to the environment friendly emission free electric-powered […]