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Enforcement of Verbal Contracts and Evidential Issues
Legal Contracts,Uncategorized

Reading Time: 6 minutes Introduction Suppose Adam agrees verbally to purchase oranges from a supplier, Ben, for Adam’s business. Adam finds out the very next day that another supplier, Cindy, can provide those oranges at a lower cost. Being a shrewd businessman, Adam no longer wishes to purchase them from Ben. He calls up Ben to inform him of […]

Enforceability of Non-Standard Form Contracts
Business Advice,Legal Contracts

Reading Time: 6 minutesIntroduction Electronic communications are omnipresent. Apart from texting our friends via apps like Telegram or WhatsApp, and discussing work through emails, we also transact using electronic means – for example, by buying items off Taobao, Shopee, or Lazada, just one of the many e-commerce platforms available. This article discusses whether agreements formed over messaging apps […]

TLDR: Central issue of Singapore’s first cryptocurrency case, Quoine v B2C2
Blockchain Technology,Cryptocurrency

Reading Time: 5 minutesAbout this case This was a legally novel case as it was the first time the defence of unilateral mistake was raised in the context of algorithmic trading and the formation of contracts by such means – a first in cryptocurrency cases.  Facts & Background Quoine is a cryptocurrency exchange platform operator, while B2C2 Ltd […]

Know Your Lawyer: Dawn Tan, Managing Director of Ashurst ADTLaw, is a practitioner of Sogetsu Ikebana and the law
Know Your Lawyer (KYL),Lawyer Features,Uncategorized

Reading Time: 5 minutesOne of Dawn’s hobbies outside of work include Sogetsu Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. To draw parallels between Dawn’s pursuit of Ikebana and the law, their similarities include the high standards to which she practises both (having obtained her teacher’s diploma in Sogetsu Ikebana). The calm and contemplative nature of Ikebana, in which […]

TLDR: Man of unsound mind murders father, Court Appeal by Defence dismissed.
Criminal and Litigation,TLDR Case Summaries

Reading Time: 4 minutesNote: The TLDR series serves to present cases in a more informative and digestible way by condensing full length published judgements.   About this case Tan Kok Meng v Public Prosecutor [2021] SGCA 55 – This was an appeal from the decision of the High Court that Mr Tan Kok Meng (the Appellant) had committed the act […]

SMU Lexicon: Contractors’ Liability For Defects Caused By Supplier’s Negligence
Business Advice,Tort Law

Reading Time: 7 minutesIntroduction Picture this. You are a contractor, and the developer of your long-completed construction project is suddenly threatening to sue you over some tiles that have fallen out. You find out that the reason behind the tiles falling out is that they required a specific glue, which the supplier failed to tell you to use. […]

Know Your Lawyer: Mark Teng, Executive Director at That.Legal LLC, on why he is That. lawyer.
Intellectual Property,Know Your Lawyer (KYL),Lawyer Features

Reading Time: 4 minutesMark is many things – it would be much easier if I started with what Mark is not. For starters, Mark is not your average lawyer. He is not a meek acceptor of his status quo and is certainly not a follower. “There’s a certain opportunity in the market right now, and I want to […]

SMU Lexicon: Surviving Flow-down Liability for Liquidated Damages: A Guide for Subcontractors
Business Advice,Uncategorized

Reading Time: 7 minutesIntroduction The construction sector in Singapore was valued at S$33.4 billion in 2019.[1] This booming industry is expected to remain strong in 2020, due to the increasing complexity in the design of buildings, such as the rising emphasis on prefabrication technology.[2] Construction projects are complex, and require many different skills and expertise. Any one contractor […]

SMU Lexicon: The Basics of Bankruptcy in Singapore
Bankruptcy

Reading Time: 7 minutesMoney, money, money, must be funny, in the rich man’s world.[1]  Introduction For a potential bankrupt, the notion of “money” is far from funny. Indeed, it is his very lifeblood – the source of both his worry and glee. To bring some assurance and clarity to persons who may have concerns about imminent bankruptcy, this […]

Personal

Workplace anti-discrimination guidelines to be legislated in Singapore

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn the August 2021 National Day Rally, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong stated that Singapore would be taking steps to enshrine into law the current workplace anti-discrimination guidelines. To date, there are only guidelines regarding fair treatment in the workplace by the Tripartite Alliance for Fair & Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP). Singapore does not currently […]

Business

Fintech today – A look at Fintech regulatory environment, and what you need to know

Reading Time: 8 minutesAmidst a worldwide pandemic that most of the global population had never experienced before, we are living through a period of significant change. We have had to adapt to a life of remote interaction, transacting with parties from the comfort of our own homes, and trusting our payments and information to the vast and limitless […]

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