This Side of the Fence: #2 – The Client

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn this monthly series, a young litigator shares insights into his work with accused persons, especially those facing the death penalty. Each edition will walk through a particular phase of the criminal litigation process. It is his fervent hope that one day, we can all learn to empathize with, and not just vilify, those accused of […]

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: Sonny Patel, Partner of Expatriate Law (Asia), an English solicitor sets up divorce and family law practice in Singapore for British expats

Reading Time: 5 minutesEnglish law firm Expatriate Law Ltd have announced the formation of their branch office in Singapore, ‘Expatriate Law (Asia) Pte. Ltd’. The branch office is a Foreign Law Practice approved by the Ministry of Law in Singapore and regulated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority in England.  Expatriate Law (Asia) Pte. Ltd will provide English divorce […]

This Side of the Fence: #1 – The Charge

Reading Time: 4 minutesIn this monthly series, a young litigator shares insights into his work with accused persons, especially those facing the death penalty. Each edition will walk through a particular phase of the criminal litigation process. It is his fervent hope that one day, we can all learn to empathize with, and not just vilify, those accused of […]

Hong Kong: Can love be a defence to bribery and misconduct in public office?

Reading Time: 4 minutesIntroduction The case HKSAR v Wilson Fung Wing-yip & Cheyenne Chan Ung-iok [2019] HKDC 1113 has caught much media attention. The unsuccessful prosecution on the defendants’ bribery charges raises the question of whether a romantic relationship can ever be used as a shield to defend a couple from bribery charges. Background On 28 September 2004, Ms Cheyenne […]

Regional Law: ASEAN Employment Legal Update

Reading Time: 10 minutesDFDL’s Employment Practice Group is dedicated to advising clients on employment and labor issues and preparing human resources documentation that is compliant with local laws. Our employment team’s in-depth knowledge of the law and practices in the countries where we operate allows us to provide specialized, tailored, and practical advice on issues that arise in […]

Lawyer Feature: Chooi Jing Yen, Partner of Eugene Thuraisingam LLP discloses that the intellectual challenge law presents is the reason why he is a lawyer

Reading Time: 8 minutesWhat makes a successful civil litigator? For Mr Chooi Jing Yen, the newly promoted partner of Eugene Thuraisingam LLP, it is about enjoying the intellectual challenges that civil litigation bring to the table. Mr Chooi is a career litigator who has worked on civil and criminal cases at all Court levels. He is often lauded […]

Hard-selling of beauty services and treatments gone wrong? Here’s how you can get your refund.

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe beauty industry received the highest number of consumer complaints compared to other industries in 2018. Based on Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) reports in 2018, the number of complaints totalled a shocking 1,829. Out of these complaints, 50% were concerned about the loss of prepayments due to abrupt business closures and aggressive sales tactics. Asia […]

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 […]

“Help! I Just Got Scammed Online Over My Holiday Bookings.”

Reading Time: 5 minutesPlanning your next getaway soon? A recent survey conducted by computer security software company, McAfee, revealed that nearly one in three Singaporeans had a history of being scammed or came close to being swindled when booking a holiday online[1]. Asia Law Network sits down with Viviene Sandhu, a litigation lawyer from Clifford Law, to understand […]

SMU Lexicon: Ah Boys to Men: Training Deaths and Accountability

Reading Time: 14 minutesI.              Introduction Croesus might have been mistaken when he commented that “in peace, sons bury fathers, but in war fathers bury sons”.[1] Training accidents do occur, and soldiers pay the ultimate price. On 18th April 2018, Corporal (“CPL”) Dave Lee, a full-time National Serviceman (“NSF”), succumbed to heat injury following his fast march.[2] Since then, […]

SMU Lexicon: Updating and Rectifying the Constitution: Wong Souk Yee v Attorney-General

Reading Time: 6 minutesI.   Introduction The High Court in the recent matter of Wong Souk Yee v Attorney-General[1] introduced techniques of statutory interpretation heretofore absent from Singapore constitutional law. In interpreting Article 49(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore[2] (“the Constitution”), Chua Lee Ming J (“Chua J”), faced with a seemingly conflicting provision in s 24(2A) […]