When A Home Is Not A Home

Reading Time: 9 minutesThe matrimonial home occupies a very special place in the family. During the marriage, it is the cradle of the family. It is where the family starts its day, and where it ends its day. It is where the family breaks bread, and it is where bonds are made. Accordingly, the matrimonial home also occupies […]

Wang Lee Hom’s divorce – 6 ways it differs from usual divorce proceedings and key takeaways.

Reading Time: 8 minutesOn 15 December 2021, celebrity Mandopop singer Wang Lee Hom announced on social media that he and his soon-to-be ex-wife, Lee Jinglei, were getting divorced. This began a war of words between Wang and Lee, and even between their respective friends and family, that lasted about a week before Wang apologised publicly to Lee and […]

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Parliament amends Women’s Charter to introduce divorce by mutual agreement option

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Singapore Parliament amended the Women’s Charter on 10 January 2022, introducing a new Divorce by Mutual Agreement (DMA) reason in divorce proceedings. The change is meant to provide a more amicable option for couples to split up legally. The DMA reason adds a new route for couples to mutually agree that their marriage has broken […]

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Levelling the Playing Field between the Prosecution and the Defence: Steps in the Right Direction

Reading Time: 8 minutesDeveloped by Herbert Packer, the Crime Control Model and Due Process Model espouse different ideologies in criminal justice. The former prioritises efficient crime suppression in the interests of public order, while the latter emphasises the primacy of individual rights in relation to the state. While Singapore’s criminal justice regime incorporates characteristics of both, historically, experts […]

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S’pore to introduce new gambling laws that cover arcade games & claw machines

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will be amending the gambling legislation later this year to ensure that the laws and regulations remain effective in the face of evolving gambling products and business models. Amendments will be made to areas including the definition of gambling, social gambling, arcade games and claw machines, and online games. […]

A Guide to Listing a SPAC on the SGX (Part 2)

Reading Time: 4 minutesSpecial Purpose Acquisition Companies (“SPACs“) are companies, at the point of their proposed listing on the Singapore Exchange (“SGX“), without an operating history, business or assets generating revenues. The listing is undertaken primarily to raise capital to acquire a business or businesses, as the case may be, and complete a business combination. In this article, […]

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A Guide to Listing a SPAC on the SGX (Part 1)

Reading Time: 4 minutesSpecial Purpose Acquisition Companies (“SPACs“) are companies, at the point of their proposed listing on the Singapore Exchange (“SGX“), without an operating history, business or assets generating revenues. The listing is undertaken primarily to raise capital to acquire a business or businesses, as the case may be, and complete a business combination.  In this article, […]

A Summary of “The Rule Of Law” by Tom Bingham: Part 2

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn Part 2 of this summary of “The Rule of Law” by Tom Bingham, we will look at the remaining 4 out of 8 of his 8 principles that explore the rule of law more thoroughly. If you haven’t already, read Part 1 here. Fifth, the law must afford adequate protection of fundamental human rights. […]

A Summary of “The Rule Of Law” by Tom Bingham: Part 1

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn this summary of “The Rule of Law” by Tom Bingham, we will look at 4 out of 8 of his 8 principles that explore the rule of law more thoroughly and break down the general concept of it.  First, the law must be accessible and so far as possible intelligible, clear and predictable.  This […]

Press Release: Withers appoints Joel Shen as Partner as part of Withers tech Asia expansion

Reading Time: 2 minutesInternational law firm Withers has further strengthened its Withers tech Asia and Singapore corporate practice with the promotion of technology and venture capital specialist Joel Shen to Partner in Singapore amidst growing momentum in fintech and venture capital investments across Southeast Asia. Joel specialises in advising technology companies, funds and private investors from set-up, funding, […]

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From Bill to Law: Singapore’s Legislative Process

Reading Time: 2 minutesOn Monday (1 February 2021), the Electronic Transactions (Amendment) Bill was tabled for a second reading in Parliament. The Bill aims to amend the Electronic Transactions Act to be more aligned to the UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Transferable Records adopted by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) on 13 July 2017.  […]

The Welfare of the Child is Paramount: How An Adoption Order Passed Without Consent Of Biological Parents

Reading Time: 4 minutesThis article was written by Shriveena Naidu and Philippa Hewitt from Withers KhattarWong. The cornerstone of family law in Singapore is that the welfare of the child is paramount.  This was reiterated in the recent decision of Re B [2020] SGFC 46 (“Re B“). In Re B, the Family Court in Singapore made the surprising […]