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SMU Lexicon: Fair Enough? An Examination of Existing Legal Limits on Prosecutorial Discretion
Reading Time: 7 minutesIntroduction The story of Ms Parti Liyani is one of a harrowing journey through the criminal justice system, resulting in eventual victory, but at great cost. In March 2019, Ms Liyani stood trial for four theft-related charges and was found guilty of all four charges. On appeal, it was found that the Prosecution had led […]
When A Home Is Not A Home
Reading Time: 9 minutesThe matrimonial home occupies a very special place in the family. During the marriage, it is the cradle of the family. It is where the family starts its day, and where it ends its day. It is where the family breaks bread, and it is where bonds are made. Accordingly, the matrimonial home also occupies […]
Changes to Singapore’s Copyright Act and what it means for ownership.
Reading Time: 4 minutesIf you are a content creator based in Singapore, you may be interested to know about the amendments to the Copyright Act (CA). Effective from 21 November 2021, the new CA has caused a considerable change in the default ownership of copyright. This greatly affects content creators as they now have more ownership over their […]
Offence for anyone in Singapore to travel to Ukraine to take up arms; Legal ways to help
Reading Time: 5 minutesIt is an offence for any person in Singapore to travel or try to travel to Ukraine to take up arms in the conflict there, said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday (March 10). The ministry said it is aware that the Embassy of Ukraine here has received calls from people expressing an […]
Cynthia Tang – the lawyer who set up a law firm to help SMEs in the midst of a pandemic.
Reading Time: 3 minutesHow do you advise an Israeli high-tech company to balance its rapid expansion plans in Singapore with compliance with industry regulations? Cynthia Tang faced this dilemma at the Singapore EDB when advising MNCs expanding in Singapore. “Most times, the commercial stakeholders are focused on business expansion and see legal consideration as a constraint – a […]
Jonathan Foong, Managing Director of That.Legal LLC, on the past, present and future of That.Legal.
Reading Time: 5 minutesMr Jonathan Foong is the Managing Director of That.Legal LLC, a boutique law firm specialising in Intellectual Property (“IP”). He mainly handles non-contentious matters, which comprise two main areas. First, he looks after the IP portfolios of numerous clients (both local and foreign) – some of whom have trade marks, registered designs and/or patents in […]
Wang Lee Hom’s divorce – 6 ways it differs from usual divorce proceedings and key takeaways.
Reading Time: 8 minutesOn 15 December 2021, celebrity Mandopop singer Wang Lee Hom announced on social media that he and his soon-to-be ex-wife, Lee Jinglei, were getting divorced. This began a war of words between Wang and Lee, and even between their respective friends and family, that lasted about a week before Wang apologised publicly to Lee and […]
Parliament amends Women’s Charter to introduce divorce by mutual agreement option
Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Singapore Parliament amended the Women’s Charter on 10 January 2022, introducing a new Divorce by Mutual Agreement (DMA) reason in divorce proceedings. The change is meant to provide a more amicable option for couples to split up legally. The DMA reason adds a new route for couples to mutually agree that their marriage has broken […]
4 Common Types of Scams to Avoid
Reading Time: 5 minutesNearly 470 OCBC Bank customers lost at least $8.5 million to a spate of SMS phishing scams last month. Other banks such as DBS and UOB recently warned of similar scams impersonating bank employees. Oftentimes, scammers are difficult to catch because many use cunning methods. They can immediately dispose of the fake websites, IP addresses, […]
HSA seizes biggest haul of over $2m worth of e-vaporisers and related components
Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has seized more than $2 million worth of e-vaporisers and related components after an operation conducted on October 11 2021. It is the largest seizure of tobacco products by the HSA, in terms of the volume and street value of the e-vaporisers, the authority added. The authority said it acted […]
A Guide to Understanding a Variable Capital Company (VCC)
Reading Time: 4 minutesThis Guide provides an outline of the key aspects of a Variable Capital Company (“VCC“) and its related framework. The VCC is a novel fund structure in Singapore that permits many collective investment schemes to be housed under the canopy of a single corporate entity. Where sub-funds are concerned, VCCs allow them to be segregated […]
Levelling the Playing Field between the Prosecution and the Defence: Steps in the Right Direction
Reading Time: 8 minutesDeveloped by Herbert Packer, the Crime Control Model and Due Process Model espouse different ideologies in criminal justice. The former prioritises efficient crime suppression in the interests of public order, while the latter emphasises the primacy of individual rights in relation to the state. While Singapore’s criminal justice regime incorporates characteristics of both, historically, experts […]
SMU Lexicon: A Non-parent’s Maintenance Obligation
Reading Time: 7 minutesIntroduction Imagine you marry someone with a child from a prior relationship. Initially, you do not mind caring for this child. Then, your marriage sours and you no longer want anything to do with your spouse or the child. However, can your initial conduct of caring for the child unknowingly saddle you with a legal […]
Singapore’s latest push as a restructuring and insolvency hub – Amendments to SICC rules
Reading Time: 3 minutesSingapore has earned a budding reputation as a hub for debt restructuring and insolvency in Asia, with its transparent legal system and judicial expertise. This growth can also be attributed to enduring efforts to innovate and reform. To enhance Singapore as a forum of choice in international restructuring and insolvency proceedings, the Rules of Court […]