Lawyer Feature: Viviene Sandhu, Partner in Clifford Law, shares how she admires the Obamas, and how she takes pride in mentoring aspiring lawyers.

Reading Time: 5 minutesViviene is an experienced advocate of more than 21 years who has represented clients in all areas of civil litigation, with a primary focus on insurance and family law. Viviene has handled a broad spectrum of cases ranging from simple cases to complex and contentious matters at all levels of the Singapore Court hierarchy. From […]

Lawyer Feature: Ms Syazana Yahya, Partner of Eugene Thuraisingam LLP, is optimistic that Arbitration is the Preferred Alternative Dispute Resolution of the Future

Reading Time: 5 minutesIs Arbitration changing the game of dispute resolution? In this interview, Syazana Yahya, a newly promoted partner at Eugene Thuraisingam LLP, shared with us the unique features of arbitration and her views on the pro bono work and the future legal landscape.  Syazana is a commercial and criminal disputes lawyer with experience in shipping and […]

Hong Kong: Protection for employers against team move (Part III): The Interplay between restrictive covenants and springboard injunction

Reading Time: 6 minutesIntroduction In our August employment newsletter, we discussed the UK case QBE Management Services (UK) Ltd v Dymoke & Others [2012] IRLR 458, where the employer successfully obtained, among other things, a 12-month springboard injunction against its former employees and their financial backer from starting a new competing business venture.  Springboard injunction is a short term injunction […]

Costs in civil litigation: should the successful party be entitled to full recovery?

Reading Time: 7 minutes1. Background In civil litigation, party-and-party costs play the important role of allocating the legal costs of the proceedings between the parties to the suit. When the court makes an order for party-and-party costs, one litigant is required to pay a certain amount to the other litigant. Party-and-party costs are different from solicitor-client costs, which […]

Lawyer Feature: Shaun Leong, Partner, Eversheds Harry Elias who regularly advises on technology disputes details some tips to LegalTech Entreprenuers

Reading Time: 9 minutesAsia Law Network had the opportunity to conduct an interview with Shaun Leong, Partner of the International Arbitration and Dispute Management Practice Group based in Eversheds Sutherlands’ Singapore office. Before his current role, he served as Magistrate and Registrar of the Supreme Court of Singapore and practiced international commercial disputes with the magic circle. Shaun has […]

SMU Lexicon: Lost Chance – Acceptance at last? A commentary on Armstrong, Carol Ann v Quest Laboratories Pte Ltd [2018] SGHC 66

Reading Time: 12 minutesI.                   Introduction In the tort of negligence, damages are awarded if the claimant can establish that he has suffered loss.[1] While most claims for loss in the tort of negligence usually revolve around physical damage,[2] courts have recognised losses of a non-physical nature, including claims for pure economic loss or loss of genetic affinity.[3] Courts, […]

SMU Lexicon: Grab-Uber merger: observations and implications for Singapore’s competition regime

Reading Time: 22 minutesI. Introduction For months on end in 2018, consumers were enthralled by the long and sustained competition between Uber and Grab – two ride-hailing giants that have been spearheading paradigm changes in the commerce landscape, massively disrupting the transport industry in the process. More importantly, consumers were benefitting heavily from the price war as both […]

SMU Lexicon: Amicus Briefs in the WTO: An Uneasy Compromise

Reading Time: 16 minutesI. Introduction An amicus curiae means a “friend of the court” who, though not a party to a lawsuit, provides the court with information or a brief because of his strong interest in the dispute.[1] Since the Appellate Body (“AB”) of the World Trade Organisation (“WTO”) decided that panels may accept amicus curiae briefs in […]

Feature: Titus Rahiri, Founder of KorumLegal shares the importance for tech startups to always keep customers in mind at every step of the journey

Reading Time: 7 minutesSingapore’s legal industry is picking up speed for technology adoption, and now is the opportune time for LegalTech start-ups. Just a few months back in June 2019, the Singapore Academy of Law launched the Global Legal Innovation and Digital Entrepreneurship (GLIDE) accelerator programme, which is Asia’s first accelerator programme for LegalTech start-ups. At the recent […]

SMU Lexicon: Sentencing Approach for Workplace Safety Breaches: Nurun Novi Saydur Rahman v Public Prosecutor [2019] 3 SLR 413

Reading Time: 9 minutesI. Introduction The recent case of Nurun Novi Saydur Rahman v Public Prosecutor[1] was the first time an offence under s 15(3A) of the Workplace Safety and Health Act (“WSHA”) had been brought before the Singapore High Court.[2] Section 15(3A) states that any person who conducts a negligent act, without reasonable cause, that endangers the safety […]

SoSmall Series: Make your SoSmall online presence a big deal

Reading Time: 3 minutesSoSmall Series: This series focuses to cover various technology topics for championing solo, small businesses and professionals in the legal industry. An online presence today is considered essential for marketing any business. Your website may be one of the first points of contact with your client. This becomes even more critical if you are a […]

Lijun Chui, Counsel with Clifford Chance Asia and one of Singapore’s most influential lawyers in 2018 shares how technology improves the productivity of law firms

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn March 2017, the Law Society of Singapore launched the SmartLaw Recognition Scheme which recognises the efforts of local law practices that adopt technology to enhance their productivity and business capabilities. Since its inception, more than 50 firms have earned the recognition as a SmartLaw legal practice. At the TechLaw.Fest 2019, we had a chance […]