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Hong Kong: Gay civil servant wins final appeal on spousal benefits for husband
Employment,Hong Kong,LGBTQ,Marriage,Personal,Regional Law

Reading Time: 7 minutesIntroduction We discussed the judgment of the Court of First Instance (“CFI”) in Leung Chun Kwong v Secretary for the Civil Service and Another [2017] CFI 736; HCAL 258/2015 and also its appeal judgment of the Court of Appeal (“CA”) ([2018] HKCA 318; CACV 126/2017) respectively in our Newsletters June 2017 and June 2018 issues. This year, the appellant (“Mr Leung”) […]

SMU Lexicon: Assistance in Public Lotteries: The Approach in Bijabahadur
Criminal and Litigation,Legal Updates

Reading Time: 11 minutesIntroduction In the 19th century, illegal gaming activities managed by syndicates were part of the general crime that was rampant in Singapore (then known as the Straits Settlement). This was a serious problem as the early inhabitants of Singapore became addicted to gambling, leading to undesirable outcomes.[1] Gambling activities came to be regarded as vices […]

Lawyer Feature – Anna Lozynski, General Counsel, L’Oréal Australia and New Zealand
Features,Lawyer Features

Reading Time: 6 minutes“In today’s ever changing and dynamic business environment,… the time is upon the legal profession to dramatically enhance the way we deliver our legal services.” Anna Lozynski has been the General Counsel of L’Oréal Australia and New Zealand since September 2012, building the first legal team for its Australia & New Zealand businesses with their […]

Legal Fees Mysteries– Breaking Down Your Fees
Features

Reading Time: 1 minutesIn our “Legal Fees Mysteries” series, learn more about how and whether you are being charged fairly for your legal fees. Getting a quote from a lawyer before committing to their services and fees is easy with Asia Law Network’s Request A Quote service. Not sure if you need to hire a lawyer? Get preliminary […]

Does removing an insolvent party from a joint venture infringe the anti-deprivation rule?
Business,Hong Kong,Insolvency,Investments,Legal Contracts,Regional Law

Reading Time: 5 minutesIntroduction The Court of First Instance analysed whether a clause within a joint venture agreement between a company in liquidation and an interested party should be void for being classified as “disposition” under section 182 of the Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance (Cap 32). Build King Construction Ltd (“BK”) formed a joint venture […]

Strategic use of Offers to Settle (OTS) to negotiate motor accident claims
Criminal and Litigation,Insurance Claims,Personal,Personal Injury,Traffic Accidents

Reading Time: 7 minutesThis article is an excerpt from the 29-page comprehensive and practical guide to motor accident claims in Singapore, written by Kok Yee Keong, Senior Associate in Eversheds Harry Elias LLP, which is publicly available for download here at the firm’s website. Strategic use of Offers to Settle (OTS) to negotiate After a motor claim has been lodged against the defendant […]

SMU Lexicon: Negotiating Damages for Breach of Contract: Morris-Garner v One-Step (Support) Ltd [2018] UKSC 20
Criminal and Litigation,Legal Contracts,Legal Everyday,Legal Updates

Reading Time: 16 minutesIntroduction At the quantification stage in breach-of-contract claims, claimants must sometimes think out of the box. Where no loss has been suffered or loss is hard to prove, one solution is to argue for “negotiating damages”, or damages for breach of contract assessed by reference to the sum a claimant could hypothetically have received in […]

The importance of the use of languages in determining the intended coverage of arbitration clause
Dispute Resolution,Hong Kong,Legal Contracts,Regional Law

Reading Time: 8 minutesIntroduction It is not uncommon that parties to a commercial agreement include an arbitration clause to govern the way in which dispute is settled. In Giorgio Armani SpA v Elan Clothes Co Ltd [2019] HKCFI 530, in deciding an application by the plaintiff seeking the continuation of an anti-suit injunction against the defendant from taking any further […]

Indonesia: Indonesia Plans to Have E-Litigation
Indonesia,Legal Updates,Regional Law

Reading Time: 2 minutesThis year, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Indonesia is planning to implement the e-litigation system for the first time in Indonesia. Such implementation is a breakthrough for court proceedings in the country, because e-litigation would allow the disputing parties to submit or exchange court documents (e.g. statement of claim, reply, response, rebuttal and […]

Feature with Chen Siyuan, Associate Professor of Singapore Management University
Features,Lawyer Features

Reading Time: 4 minutes“…a substantial part of lawyering is interpreting the data and making decisions. This is not something legal tech can replace anytime soon, as interpretation and decision-making are not premised on strict mathematical, scientific, or logical rules but intuition and an assessment of human nature.” Asia Law Network had the opportunity to catch up with Chen […]

Myanmar Legal Update: Deployment of Employees in Myanmar
Business,Employment,Legal Updates,Myanmar,Regional Law

Reading Time: 2 minutesEmployment law in Myanmar is still a work in progress. Rather than a single labour code, a patchwork of labour legislation covers different aspects of the employment relationship. Currently, the rules and regulations regarding foreign workers are regularly changing and requirements by the authorities may vary from application to application. We understand that the Ministry […]

Personal

Harassment Complaints: What Companies Should Know & Do

Reading Time: 7 minutesIn early March 2019, Parliament announced that the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) would provide more resources to help both employees and employers tackle workplace harassment[1]. Although not widely discussed, harassment does take place in Singaporean workplaces. It is important to understand that workplace harassment can affect anyone; whether male or […]

Business

[Part 1] Interview Feature with 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 […]

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