SoSmall Series: Beware of Contracts Bought Online

Reading Time: 3 minutesSoSmall Series: This series focuses to cover various technology topics for championing solo, small businesses and professionals in the legal industry. I am meeting more and more technology companies which have one objective: replace the lawyer! I am generally wary of technology companies that tell me their end goal is to replace a lawyer. Unlike […]

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 […]