Withers hires senior disputes lawyer Chenthil Kumarasingam on the back of increased demand in dispute resolution

Reading Time: 2 minutesInternational law firm Withers has further developed its litigation and arbitration strengths in Asia with the hire of new partner Chenthil Kumarasingam and his team in Singapore, on the back of increased demand for dispute resolution services. Chenthil and his team join from Oon and Bazul LLP. Chenthil offers a broad range of dispute resolution […]

Yes, Prime Minister? A commentary on R (on the application of Miller) v The Prime Minister [2019] UKSC 41

Reading Time: 14 minutes  Introduction In a referendum held on 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Since then, the government’s attempts to initiate the withdrawal process have not only been fraught with political disagreement and delays, but have also prompted several constitutional law challenges.   On 24 September 2019, the UK Supreme […]

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 […]

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) […]

[Part 1] From Legal to Creative Industry…Ban Jiun Ean, Executive Director of Singapore Mediation Centre

Reading Time: 6 minutesMr Ban Jiun Ean began his tenure as Executive Director of the Singapore Mediation Centre on 1 July 2019. “The Singapore Convention on Mediation is a watershed in the Singapore’s Alternative Dispute Resolution scene…we see online dispute resolution as a key part of the future.” In this 2-part series, a firm believer in the value […]

SMU Lexicon: The Doctrine of the ultra-hazardous act after Ng Huat Seng

Reading Time: 11 minutesIntroduction In November 2017 the Singapore Court of Appeal narrowed the scope of “ultra-hazardous activity” under Singapore tort law through the case of Ng Huat Seng v Munib Mohammad Madni, and clarified (in obiter) the scope of activities which may fall within the doctrine of the ultra-hazardous act.[1] An ultra-hazardous act was first defined by […]

Myanmar Legal Alert: Own a Condo in Myanmar

Reading Time: 4 minutesOn 14 September 2018, the Ministry of Construction (“MOC”) issued Notification 227/2018 (the “Notification”) “Appointing Registrar and Opening Registration Office relating to Condominiums” as part of the implementation of the Condominium Law 2016 (“Condo Law”) and Condominium Rules Notification 267/2017 (“Condo Rules”). This welcome development establishes the long awaited condominium registration offices allowing developers to […]

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Minority Oppression in Singapore

Reading Time: 6 minutesMinority oppression can happen when majority shareholders decide to act in an unfair or prejudicial way Minority shareholders of a company (i.e. those holding less than 50% of the voting share capital of a company) will invariably find themselves being outvoted at shareholder meetings by the majority shareholders. However, this notion of majority rule sometimes […]

Crossing Borders in Dispute Resolution

Reading Time: 21 minutestl;dr – This is the English version of an article about how we resolve disputes and what borders – geographical or otherwise – we cross in doing so. The German version can be found here. [Dies ist die englische Fassung eines Artikels zum Thema Streitbeilegung und den – nicht allein räumlichen – Grenzen, die wir dabei überschreiten. Die deutsche Fassung findet […]