Social Media and Your Business: Formidable Weapon or Uncontrollable Scourge?

Reading Time: 5 minutesA Double Whammy of Suspensions and Fines In a media release dated 24 January 2019, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced that it had issued a warning to a company which breached securities laws pertaining to an offer of digital securities tokens[1]. Following the warning, the proposed offering has been indefinitely suspended. Interestingly, the […]

Hong Kong: Amendments to an employment contract – whether there is “real benefit” to an employer

Reading Time: 4 minutesIntroduction In our previous newsletter “Amendments to an Employment Contract Must Be Supported by Fresh Consideration” (September 2017), we discussed the ruling of the Court of First Instance (“CFI”) in Wu Kit Man v Dragonway Group Holdings Limited HCLA 15/2016, where the CFI held that amendments to an existing employment contract were unenforceable due to lack of […]

What are some of the common issues faced by landlords and tenants?

Reading Time: 4 minutesIt is the last month of tenancy – can the Tenant request that the Landlord deduct the rent from the Security Deposit? It is a common request that the Landlord may receive towards the end of the tenancy.  The Landlord must bear in mind that there are a variety of reasons for the collection of […]

Sham Marriages in Singapore – Illegal and Carry Heavy Penalties

Reading Time: 3 minutesSham Marriages in Singapore – Illegal and Carry Heavy Penalties What does a sham marriage mean? Between March and July 2017, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) uncovered one of the largest sham marriages to date. Some 17 syndicate members were arrested and 12 of which were convicted. A sham marriage, which is legally referred […]

Australia: Value: am I getting it from my litigation lawyer?

Reading Time: 3 minutesEvery director or general counsel responsible for managing litigation is tasked with achieving better outcomes for less. In essence, the task is to achieve better value for your company’s litigation spend. However, you can’t achieve better value without an objective sense of what value looks like – how do I know when I am getting good value […]

5 Times when the Non-Compete Clauses in your Employment Contract Probably Aren’t Enforceable

Reading Time: 3 minutesNon-compete clauses are quite common in employment contracts for certain industries in Singapore. They typically seek to restrict an employee’s right to engage in a similar occupation with a competitor for a period of time after the termination of the employment contract. However, what many employers who include such clauses are not aware of is […]

Australia: Hiring casual employees – a warning issued to employers by the Federal Court

Reading Time: 5 minutesDetermining whether to classify employees as casual or permanent is a significant decision for any employer. When making such a determination, employers must give consideration to the nature and continuity of work to be undertaken by the employee and the viability of paying casual loading – an amount typically 25% higher than an employee’s base […]

香港:我可以追讨非法活动的收入损失吗?

Reading Time: 1 minutes此案的申索人以非法摆卖为生,但在香港,无牌摆卖属违法行为。有人认为,若容许无牌小贩追讨非法摆卖的收入损失,某程度上会使香港的街道秩序更加混乱,且变相认同违反小贩规例的行为。在Chung Man Yau一案中,前上诉法庭副庭长马天敏法官确立了非法行为无碍追讨收入损失的原则。