SMU Lexicon: Damages For Defamation — How Are They Assessed?

Reading Time: 6 minutesIntroduction Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it sure burned in one. No wonder then, that defamation is treated seriously – a person’s reputation takes ages to build, yet a single incident, a statement in a newspaper, a remark in a magazine, or even a seemingly innocuous comment online is enough to ruin it. […]

SMU Lexicon: An Overview of Defamation

Reading Time: 9 minutesThis article was co-authored by Samantha Ee and Sonia Elizabeth Rajendra, students from Singapore Management University, School of Law (Class of 2021). Introduction Of all the weapons man could invent, the most terrible – and the most powerful – was the word.[1] In today’s digital era, statements made on social media can be easily shared, […]

Know Your Lawyer: Clarence Lun, Managing Director of Fervent Chambers LLC, Is A Protector Of Reputations

Reading Time: 5 minutesHere’s something that you probably didn’t know about Clarence Lun: he used to be an elite runner.  Clarence once ran at the highest echelons of distance running and hoped to one day represent Singapore. But while a serious knee injury might have dashed his SEA Games dreams, he remains deeply involved in the sporting world—albeit […]

SMU Lexicon: Protection from the Peeping Tom – Interpreting the New Offence of Voyeurism

Reading Time: 18 minutesIntroduction A series of voyeurism incidents on university campuses in 2019,[1] as well as recent news of Telegram chat groups set up to share obscene images,[2] have highlighted the prevalence of these offences[3] and the need for the law to catch up. Following the passing of the Criminal Law Reform Act 2019,[4] such situations will […]

SMU Lexicon: Airplane Accidents – Understanding your rights under Article 17(1) and 21(1) of the Montreal Convention

Reading Time: 8 minutes“People who board planes are not afraid of flying. They are afraid of not flying.” – Winne Micah. Introduction October 29, 2018. Flight 610, Lion Air smashes into the Java Sea off Indonesia, killing all 189 souls aboard.[1] This is swiftly followed by Flight 302, Ethiopian Airlines, which crashes in Bishoftu, Ethiopia.[2] Again, no survivors […]

Know Your Lawyer: Why Sarah-Mae Thomas, Managing Director of Sarah-Mae Thomas LLC, Is Singapore’s Elle Woods

Reading Time: 10 minutesJust three weeks before Part A of the Singapore Bar exams, Sarah-Mae received a note from the Ministry of Law. Her application to be exempted from taking the exams had been rejected. To move back to Singapore to be with her family, Sarah-Mae had written essays, submitted letters of recommendation and sent in her CV […]

Jacqueline Chua, Managing Partner of Jacque Law, speaks to us about medical negligence

Reading Time: 4 minutesWe interviewed Jacqueline Chua—the Managing Partner of Jacque Law LLC, an up-and-coming boutique law firm which specialises in medical negligence cases and private client matters—to find out more about how her practice helps her clients through their most difficult and vulnerable times. Prior to founding her firm, Jacqueline trained and practised at the most reputable […]

SMU Lexicon: When Employees Leave: Confidentiality and Non-compete Clauses

Reading Time: 7 minutesI.               Introduction When good employees leave, there is often a risk that they will join a competitor or set up a competing business. If you are the employer, the employment contract might protect your interests through a confidentiality clause preventing the employee from using or disclosing confidential information. It might also have a non-compete clause […]

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 […]

Online Bullying

Reading Time: 6 minutesThis article was written by Nadia Moynihan from August Law with the assistance of Annette Liew, an L.L.B. undergraduate at Singapore Management University’s School of Law. Cyberbullying as a phenomenon has grown exponentially over the last two decades and Singapore apparently now has the second highest incidence of cyberbullying in the world. This should not be surprising, […]

Are you a victim of sexual assault or harassment?

Reading Time: 7 minutesIf you are a victim of sexual assault or harassment, the first thing you should do is immediately tell someone you trust and go to make a police report. However, there is more you can do to secure justice for yourself against your attacker or harasser if the criminal process proves to be too daunting […]