Know Your Lawyer: Cephas Yee, Partner at Aquinas Law Alliance, deems creative problem solving essential for effective lawyering.

Reading Time: 5 minutesCephas vividly remembers a time when he acted on behalf of a wealthy businessman. His business partner had backed out of the deal at the last minute. Upset, the businessman had engaged Cephas to help him recover his monetary losses from the other party. However, after taking the case, Cephas got the feeling that it […]

Know Your Lawyer: Angelia Thng, Partner at Braddell Brothers, On Imposter Syndrome And Fear Of The Unknown

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhen Angelia’s boss first told Angelia that he wanted to promote her to the role of Partner, her first response was, “Are you crazy?” Although she had already been an Associate at Braddell Brothers for more than four years by that point, Angelia still didn’t feel ready to assume the responsibility of being a partner. […]

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 […]

Lunch With A Lawyer: Janna Wong, Associate At Heng, Leong and Srinivasan LLC

Reading Time: 6 minutesWhen I reached out to Janna over email to request an interview, Janna suggested that we meet here, at The Malayan Council on Winstedt Road. When our meeting finally rolls around, I dig into a decadent slice of ondeh-ondeh cake, and start Janna off with the all-time favourite question of law school admissions panels everywhere: […]

A New Year, A New Set of Arbitral Rules: A Summary of the Key Changes Introduced in the 2021 ICC Arbitration Rules

Reading Time: 8 minutesIntroduction 2021 has brought hope and new changes. Such new changes also extend into the international arbitration world. At the start of the new year, the International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC“) implemented the 2021 Arbitration Rules (“2021 ICC Rules“), which applies to cases filed from 1 January 2021 onwards. The 2021 ICC Rules is a […]

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, […]

From Jan 2023, GST To Be Imposed On All Imported Goods Purchased Online

Reading Time: 2 minutesOn 16 February 2021, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat announced that from 1 Jan 2023, GST will be levied on “imported low-value goods and business-to-consumer (B2C) imported non-digital services”.  The announcement means that from Jan 2023, all goods imported via air or post will be subject to GST. This would […]

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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.  […]

ICYMI: This Divorced Couple Went To Court Over Whom Their Son Should Have CNY Eve Reunion Dinner With

Reading Time: 2 minutesIt might sound like something out of The Onion, but according to Lianhe Wanbao, a divorced Singaporean couple actually spent one and a half years in a dispute over which parent their 13-year-old son should have reunion dinner with on the eve of Chinese New Year. What happened? The parents were initially granted joint custody […]

ICYMI: Why Is Everyone Saying That The Police Can Use My TraceTogether Data?

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhy is everyone suddenly buzzing about TraceTogether? Last Monday, Minister of State for Home Affairs Desmond Tan stated in parliament that the police can access data gathered by TraceTogether tokens for criminal investigations. This was in response to a question posed by Member of Parliament (MP) for Holland-Bukit Timah Group Representation Constituency (GRC) Mr Christoper […]

Finding Clarity Through Different Lenses

Reading Time: 4 minutesLate last week, I had some contemplative thoughts as I went to my optometrist for my usual eye checkup. As I was asked to recite the alphabets in front of me, I was thinking – 20/20 vision is often an optometrist’s medal conferred on the eye that has normal visual clarity. However, for most humans […]