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Hong Kong: Can love be a defence to bribery and misconduct in public office?
Criminal and Litigation,Hong Kong,Personal,Regional Law

Reading Time: 4 minutesIntroduction The case HKSAR v Wilson Fung Wing-yip & Cheyenne Chan Ung-iok [2019] HKDC 1113 has caught much media attention. The unsuccessful prosecution on the defendants’ bribery charges raises the question of whether a romantic relationship can ever be used as a shield to defend a couple from bribery charges. Background On 28 September 2004, Ms Cheyenne […]

SMU Lexicon: Grab-Uber merger: observations and implications for Singapore’s competition regime
Business,Competition Law

Reading Time: 22 minutesI. Introduction For months on end in 2018, consumers were enthralled by the long and sustained competition between Uber and Grab – two ride-hailing giants that have been spearheading paradigm changes in the commerce landscape, massively disrupting the transport industry in the process. More importantly, consumers were benefitting heavily from the price war as both […]

Regional Law: ASEAN Employment Legal Update
Cambodia,Employment,Laos,Legal Updates,Myanmar,Regional Law,Thailand,Vietnam

Reading Time: 10 minutesDFDL’s Employment Practice Group is dedicated to advising clients on employment and labor issues and preparing human resources documentation that is compliant with local laws. Our employment team’s in-depth knowledge of the law and practices in the countries where we operate allows us to provide specialized, tailored, and practical advice on issues that arise in […]

SoSmall Series: Build Collaborative Relationships
Legal Everyday,Small Law Firms

Reading Time: 2 minutesSoSmall Series: This series focuses to cover various technology topics for championing solo, small businesses and professionals in the legal industry. Some months ago, I met a SoSmall regulatory services business owner who lamented about clients he had lost to others. A regulatory body had advertised a capacity/competency development scheme for his potential clients but […]

Lawyer Feature: Chooi Jing Yen, Partner of Eugene Thuraisingam LLP discloses that the intellectual challenge law presents is the reason why he is a lawyer
Criminal and Litigation,Features,Lawyer Features,Personal

Reading Time: 8 minutesWhat makes a successful civil litigator? For Mr Chooi Jing Yen, the newly promoted partner of Eugene Thuraisingam LLP, it is about enjoying the intellectual challenges that civil litigation bring to the table. Mr Chooi is a career litigator who has worked on civil and criminal cases at all Court levels. He is often lauded […]

SMU Lexicon: Amicus Briefs in the WTO: An Uneasy Compromise
Dispute Resolution,Regional Law

Reading Time: 16 minutesI. Introduction An amicus curiae means a “friend of the court” who, though not a party to a lawsuit, provides the court with information or a brief because of his strong interest in the dispute.[1] Since the Appellate Body (“AB”) of the World Trade Organisation (“WTO”) decided that panels may accept amicus curiae briefs in […]

Hard-selling of beauty services and treatments gone wrong? Here’s how you can get your refund.
Consumer Law,Legal Everyday,Personal

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe beauty industry received the highest number of consumer complaints compared to other industries in 2018. Based on Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) reports in 2018, the number of complaints totalled a shocking 1,829. Out of these complaints, 50% were concerned about the loss of prepayments due to abrupt business closures and aggressive sales tactics. Asia […]

Feature: Titus Rahiri, Founder of KorumLegal shares the importance for tech startups to always keep customers in mind at every step of the journey
Features,Startups,TechLaw,techlaw.fest

Reading Time: 7 minutesSingapore’s legal industry is picking up speed for technology adoption, and now is the opportune time for LegalTech start-ups. Just a few months back in June 2019, the Singapore Academy of Law launched the Global Legal Innovation and Digital Entrepreneurship (GLIDE) accelerator programme, which is Asia’s first accelerator programme for LegalTech start-ups. At the recent […]

SMU Lexicon: Sentencing Approach for Workplace Safety Breaches: Nurun Novi Saydur Rahman v Public Prosecutor [2019] 3 SLR 413
Business,Personal,Personal Injury

Reading Time: 9 minutesI. Introduction The recent case of Nurun Novi Saydur Rahman v Public Prosecutor[1] was the first time an offence under s 15(3A) of the Workplace Safety and Health Act (“WSHA”) had been brought before the Singapore High Court.[2] Section 15(3A) states that any person who conducts a negligent act, without reasonable cause, that endangers the safety […]

Hong Kong: Enforcing a claim tainted with illegality – the Hong Kong position after the UK Supreme Court Decision in Patel
Hong Kong,Regional Law

Reading Time: 8 minutesIntroduction Illegality defence is a legal doctrine which prevents a claimant from pursuing a claim if it arises in connection with some illegal act on the part of the claimant. Such doctrine is underpinned by the principle that one should not be able to benefit from his or her own wrongdoing. The English Supreme Court […]

SoSmall Series: Make your SoSmall online presence a big deal
Legal Everyday,Small Law Firms,TechLaw

Reading Time: 3 minutesSoSmall Series: This series focuses to cover various technology topics for championing solo, small businesses and professionals in the legal industry. An online presence today is considered essential for marketing any business. Your website may be one of the first points of contact with your client. This becomes even more critical if you are a […]

Lijun Chui, Counsel with Clifford Chance Asia and one of Singapore’s most influential lawyers in 2018 shares how technology improves the productivity of law firms
Features,TechLaw,techlaw.fest

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn March 2017, the Law Society of Singapore launched the SmartLaw Recognition Scheme which recognises the efforts of local law practices that adopt technology to enhance their productivity and business capabilities. Since its inception, more than 50 firms have earned the recognition as a SmartLaw legal practice. At the TechLaw.Fest 2019, we had a chance […]

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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, […]

Business

What You Should Know Before You Sign That Letter of Guarantee

Reading Time: 6 minutesIntroduction You may have been asked to sign a letter of guarantee before. Simply put, a letter of guarantee is a promise to pay another person’s debt if he or she is unable to do so. However, being a guarantor can certainly be risky, especially when the debt is significant. So the question is: should […]

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