Debt Management Plans: A Practical Solution for Debt-Laden Individuals

Reading Time: 6 minutesIntroduction How does one achieve financial freedom? One typical answer may be to spend below our means. Unfortunately, some of us may already be beyond the point of no return, with interest causing a seemingly-unstoppable spiral into bankruptcy.[1] Still, there is still hope for individuals who are unable to pay off their debts. Various repayment […]

Commentary on Model and Artist’s Legal Tussle: Are my image rights as a model in a photograph protected from commercial use in Singapore?

Reading Time: 7 minutes  In late March 2021, local model Duan Mei Yue and artist Allison Low found themselves in a legal tussle that made it all the way into mainstream media.[1] Low had referenced a photo of Duan’s for her artwork that bore a high resemblance to the latter’s likeness, allegedly without Duan’s permission. The artwork was […]

Enforcement of Verbal Contracts and Evidential Issues

Reading Time: 6 minutes Introduction Suppose Adam agrees verbally to purchase oranges from a supplier, Ben, for Adam’s business. Adam finds out the very next day that another supplier, Cindy, can provide those oranges at a lower cost. Being a shrewd businessman, Adam no longer wishes to purchase them from Ben. He calls up Ben to inform him of […]

Enforceability of Non-Standard Form Contracts

Reading Time: 6 minutesIntroduction Electronic communications are omnipresent. Apart from texting our friends via apps like Telegram or WhatsApp, and discussing work through emails, we also transact using electronic means – for example, by buying items off Taobao, Shopee, or Lazada, just one of the many e-commerce platforms available. This article discusses whether agreements formed over messaging apps […]

Handling Roommate Troubles: A Brief Legal Guide

Reading Time: 6 minutesIntroduction After a long day at work or school, we all want to retreat to a peaceful environment where we can truly relax. But a difficult roommate that you share an apartment with can get in the way of that. A roommate who leaves his dishes undone and rubbish uncleared is trouble enough, but what […]

SMU Lexicon: Surviving Flow-down Liability for Liquidated Damages: A Guide for Subcontractors

Reading Time: 7 minutesIntroduction The construction sector in Singapore was valued at S$33.4 billion in 2019.[1] This booming industry is expected to remain strong in 2020, due to the increasing complexity in the design of buildings, such as the rising emphasis on prefabrication technology.[2] Construction projects are complex, and require many different skills and expertise. Any one contractor […]