SMU Lexicon: Negotiating Damages for Breach of Contract: Morris-Garner v One-Step (Support) Ltd [2018] UKSC 20

Reading Time: 16 minutesIntroduction At the quantification stage in breach-of-contract claims, claimants must sometimes think out of the box. Where no loss has been suffered or loss is hard to prove, one solution is to argue for “negotiating damages”, or damages for breach of contract assessed by reference to the sum a claimant could hypothetically have received in […]

SMU Lexicon: Busting Myths: Understanding Prosecutorial Discretion

Reading Time: 12 minutesIntroduction The December 2017 decision to charge a couple who tortured their flatmate, Annie Ee, with the offence of “voluntarily causing grievous hurt”, as opposed to murder, sparked controversy in Singapore.[1] In response, the Attorney-General’s Chambers (“AGC”) released a media statement explaining its decision,[2] and Attorney-General (“AG”) Lucien Wong referred to the matter in his […]

SMU Lexicon: Presumption of Resulting Trust following Chia Kok Weng

Reading Time: 8 minutesIntroduction In the recent case of Chia Kok Weng v Chia Kwok Yeo,[1] the Court of Appeal clarified the law on the presumption of resulting trusts. Specifically, the Court of Appeal made a distinction between (a) an intention to make a gift and (b) an intention to not retain a beneficial interest in the property. […]

How To Select A Lawyer?– What Checks Should I Make?

Reading Time: 1 minutesIn our “How To Select A Lawyer” series, we will be covering what points you should take note of when looking for a lawyer. Asia Law Network is home to an extensive list of lawyers across all areas of law. Our premier Quick Consult service allows you to speak to a lawyer at a flat fee, to clarify your […]

SMU Lexicon: Trading on the Edge – Insider Trading Regulations in Singapore & in U.S.

Reading Time: 12 minutesIntroduction In the fast-paced world of trading, everything revolves around gaining an edge. The challenge lies in striving to use information faster than others.[1] If information fresh off the press is great, then a fortiori, information that has yet to hit the press is even better. This gives rise to the issue of insider trading, […]

How To Select A Lawyer?– Top Tips On Selecting A Lawyer

Reading Time: 1 minutesIn our “How To Select A Lawyer” series, we will be covering what points you should take note of when looking for a lawyer. Asia Law Network is home to an extensive list of lawyers across all areas of law. Our premier Quick Consult service allows you to speak to a lawyer at a flat fee, to clarify your […]

Cannabis is now legal in Thailand for medical use and research

Reading Time: 5 minutesWhat do investors need to know about it? The latest amendment to the Narcotics Act, effective as of 18 February 2019, allows only the distribution and possession of cannabis for study and medical purposes and in limited quantities. The use or possession of cannabis for purposes other than the ones mentioned above is still prohibited […]

Intellectual Property Commentary: The Lost Beat

Reading Time: 3 minutesBeats Electronics, LLC lost its opposition in Singapore against the registration of LG’s mark for “QuadBeat” applied for in Class 9 for various goods, including “Audio Receivers; Headphones; Earphones; Headphones with microphone function; Headsets”. In the opposition, Beats Electronics, LLC relied on nine of its registered trademarks, including the word “BEATS” for a range of […]

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Myanmar Legal Alert: The Myanmar Companies Law, Changes Related Party Transaction Landscape

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe Myanmar Companies Law (“MCL”), with a view to promote corporate governance and transparency has defined related parties and come up with compliance requirements for related party transactions which is one of the distinct features of the new law. The changes which have been introduced to the MCL affects the general financing between related parties […]

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Changes to the Employment Act (2018 and beyond): What you need to know

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe Employment Act (EA) is Singapore’s main labour law which provides the basic terms and working conditions for all employee. On 5th March this year, the Ministry of Manpower announced plans to expand the fundamental coverage of the EA. This was a response to a fast-changing workforce where the number of PMETs (professionals, managers, executives […]

I’m a foreign worker in Singapore. Where can I seek help?

Reading Time: 6 minutesLegal help for foreigners in Singapore: The Story In 60 Seconds While foreigners may not qualify for legal aid in Singapore, there are still a few avenues for legal assistance. One key element in this support is a free legal clinic, where you may have a brief consultation with a lawyer for little or no […]