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The Pride: About that story of the Singapore woman who says she was sexually assaulted by ex-boyfriend…

Mar 29, 2018

Written by Marilyn Peh The Pride It was a post that seemed to fall right in line with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements that have inspired so many women to go public with their experiences as victims of sexual assault. In a detailed account on her public blog that was also shared on her Facebook […]

Engaging a Singapore Lawyer: What to do, what to expect, and how much does it cost?

Mar 04, 2018

Clients who have never engaged a lawyer in Singapore will be faced with a myriad of choices and will face great difficulty in making a decision. This is especially if you are based overseas or have never met a Singapore lawyer before. Should they go to the large law firms, or should they go to […]

The Pride Interview: Don’t end up in jail for what you post on Facebook

Mar 02, 2018

Facebook Defamation has its consequences Mar 01, 2018 Written by Brenda Neo With stricter laws being considered to curb fake news and in light of the recent case where administrators of a Facebook page had to apologise for allowing the publication of a post found to be in contempt of court, how would you know […]

Letter of Demand for Singapore Companies

Feb 04, 2018

What is a Letter of Demand? A letter of demand is a letter from a Singapore law firm setting out certain requests, usually for payment, from the law firm’s client to the recipient of the letter of demand. The letter of demand usually stipulates a time frame for the recipient to comply with the terms […]

2018 Legal Seminar for Startups and SMEs

Dec 28, 2017

To Register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/legal-seminar-for-startups-and-smes-tickets-41597003758

Straits Times: Did ezbuy really practise ‘scalping’? What could happen next?

Dec 21, 2017

Straits Times, 21 December 2017 By Jose Hong SINGAPORE – Can online shopping platform ezbuy take legal action against Alibaba Group, the parent of e-commerce giant Taobao, for making “inaccurate claims” of scalping against ezbuy? According to experts, ezbuy could take Taobao to court, or rely on the dispute resolution clause in any contract it might have signed […]

Straits Times: Housewife scammed of almost $52,000 by fraudsters on accommodation website Airbnb

Nov 27, 2017

Straits Times, NOV 26, 2017 by Jose Hong SINGAPORE – Ms April Cho wanted a new shot at life after 14 years of being a housewife and raising two children, and registered for a seven-month pastry-making course in Paris. On accommodation website Airbnb, Ms Cho found what looked to be the perfect apartment next to the […]

Benefits of Hiring a Law Firm for Debt Collection in Singapore

Nov 27, 2017

One stressful and challenging experience for businesses or individuals is collecting debt. That’s because you need to ensure you collect debts professionally and carefully, which will avoid instances of severing relationships with the debtor. In this informative post, we’ll look at ways a law firm can help you in collecting debts.     Lawyers Understand […]

Mediation in Singapore

Nov 21, 2017

Mediation is a dispute resolution process whereby parties and their lawyers involve a neutral third party to act as a mediator to attempt to help parties reach a mutually acceptable solution. The mediator listens to both parties’ points of view, and attempts to build the parties’ trust in understanding the situation. The mediator then tries […]

Franchising and Franchise Agreements in Singapore

Oct 04, 2017

What is a Franchise? Franchising is simply a method for successful business owners to expand their business and/or to sell and distribute goods and services through a licensing relationship.  In franchising, franchisors (a person or company that grants the license to a third party for the conducting of a business under their marks) not only […]

Ask a Lawyer: What’s the biggest employment agreement mistake?

Oct 04, 2017

Employment agreements are arguably the most important element in a professional relationship – not only do they lay down key expectations for both parties involved but they also prevent unethical behaviour on either side – if they’re done right. Unfortunately, crafting a fail-safe employment agreement is a difficult task and employers are often caught out […]

Passing on assets held in Singapore if you reside outside Singapore

Sep 26, 2017

With Singapore’s status as an international financial centre and its traditional role as an open port city, there are an increasing number of non-Singaporeans who have worked in Singapore for several years and have accumulated assets whether in the form of money in bank accounts, securities such as shares and bonds or real property such […]

Two charged with cheating shipping firm of S$1.5m using fake currency

Sep 04, 2017

Romanian Iosif Kiss (left) and French national David Weidmann arrive to court. Photo: Robin Choo/TODAY SINGAPORE — Two foreigners were charged in court on Monday (Sept 4) with cheating a shipping firm of S$1.5 million through a plot that involved using counterfeit notes to buy a vessel. Court documents showed that Frenchman David Weidmann, 36, […]

Directors’ Duties in Singapore

Aug 20, 2017

Directors of Singapore companies play important roles and responsibilities in the company. Do you know what they are? 1. Maximising Shareholder Value The first is to maximise shareholder value in the company (having regard to interests of other stakeholders). This means acting in the best interests of the company at all times, not acting in […]

Minority Oppression in Singapore

Aug 01, 2017

Minority oppression of shareholders in Singapore occurs when the majority shareholders in a company take action that unfairly prejudices the minority. It most commonly occurs in Private Limited companies, because the lack of a public market for shares leaves minority shareholders particularly vulnerable, since minority shareholders cannot escape mistreatment by selling their shares and exiting the […]

联合早报: 合作闹僵互告诽谤 陈之财与前助理庭外和解

Jul 22, 2017

2017年7月22日 星期六 03:30 AM文/魏瑜嶙来自/联合早报 本地艺人陈之财早前和一名曾与他合作的女子关系闹僵互告诽谤,两人昨天取得和解,并透露期待往后有更多的合作机会。 陈之财(56岁)和行销顾问何凯纶(30岁)昨早约9时同律师先后抵达法庭。双方在国家法院纠纷解决中心接受调解,过程约三个小时,陈之财及何凯纶下午约1时步出纠纷解决中心时皆面带微笑。 这是两人第一次接受调解,事情很快圆满解决。代表陈之财的萧梓轩律师告诉《联合早报》:“双方同意和解,但是和解条件保密。” 陈之财:开心事情过去了 当被问及对于和解有何感想时,面露笑容的陈之财以华语简短地回答:“开心,开心!(事情)过去了,我们往前走。” 说英语的何凯纶则透露,她期待接下来跟陈之财有更多的合作机会。她也感谢律师董智豪的帮助。 两人昨天也发出联合声明说,他们收回各自过去说过有损对方声誉的话,希望能放下之前的事,往后可以继续合作。他们也感谢大家的关注。 陈之财今年4月初在面簿透露,去年底开始被一名年轻女子“缠”上,对方接近他和他的家人,除了以他的名义在外接洽生意,还取得妻子向云的信任收她为干女儿。陈之财是活动制作公司Asiatainment的董事。 他同月28日入禀法院起诉何凯纶诽谤,何凯纶则在5月17日对陈之财提出告诉。 根据媒体之前获得的法庭文件,陈之财称公司去年9月左右答应雇用何凯纶提供的服务,替他的绘本《我的小红点》宣传和推销。但是,陈之财过后对于何凯纶向外界介绍她自己的方式感到不满,于是在今年2月14日告知何凯纶要终止合作。 陈之财指何凯纶接获通知后,于今年2月至4月之间,发WhatsApp短信给包括他客户在内的至少11人诽谤他。 何凯纶则称陈之财今年4月反复在面簿上诋毁她。何凯纶当时通过律师要求陈之财在面簿上公开道歉,以及通知媒体有关道歉贴文。 Source: http://www.zaobao.com.sg/news/singapore/story20170722-780901

Straits Times: Actor Edmund Chen and marketing consultant settle defamation suits

Jul 21, 2017

21 July 2017 Elena Chong Court Correspondent SINGAPORE – The defamation suits between local celebrity Edmund Chen and a public relations and marketing consultant have been settled amicably. Mr Chen, 56, who is known as Tan Kai Yuan in court papers, had claimed damages from Ms Karen Ho Kai Lun, 30, after accusing her of […]

Mediacorp Channel 8: 陈之财与前女助理互告诽谤 双方已协议和解

Jul 21, 2017

陈之财与何小姐星期五(21日)协议和解。(照片:陈之财Facebook、何小姐提供) 2017年7月21日 18:02 陈之财早前称遭前助理何小姐欺骗超过1万元,后来双方互告诽谤,不过今天(21日)两人已经协议和解。两人还表示,未来若有适合的项目,将会继续合作。 前电视艺人陈之财和何小姐今天早9点到法庭接受调解,整个过程约四个小时。 陈之财事后接受《8频道新闻》访问时表示,对于达成和解感到心情愉快,很开心事件已经告一段落。 “真的是整个人好像轻松很多,感觉好像可以飞了!走起路来都觉得轻很多。真的感觉很好。” 他透露,因为家人都在忙,今天并没有陪同他到法庭。他也说,自己是抱着“最乐观的心情”进行调解,整个过程“非常和谐”。 他也表示,接下来若是有适当的项目,一定会找何小姐合作。 何小姐接受本台的访问时说,整起事件其实是个“很大的误会”,自己也已经原谅了他。 “这100天来,我静下来思考,开始想他的好。我其实不恨他,他只要不恨我就好了。” 何小姐透露,这起事件发生至今已有约100天的时间,在决定控告对方后,就没有同对方联络,都是由律师来进行沟通。两人今天也在法官面前,同对方说出了心里话。 何小姐说,“(心情)其实很乱,就是感触很多,可是不懂应不应该讲出来。看到他的时候,很奇怪的是,其实我们两个人想的东西都一样。为什么要糟蹋对方呢?为什么要伤害对方呢?为什么不可以选择原谅?” 何小姐也说,“彼此都很爱对方的家人”,两人经过这场调解会议后,感情也变得更好。 “我相信我们对彼此还是存在一定的友情。通过原谅对方,我们的友情会越来越坚定。” 她也说,自己接下来还会和陈之财继续合作,目前还没有任何确切的计划。 陈之财和何小姐今天也在各自的Facebook,上传了联合声明。 两人在声明中说,目前已经通过调解,和睦解决彼此之间的所有纠纷和误解。同时,两人也表示,撤回自己所发表过、影响对方名誉的言论。 “我们希望放下此件事,同时也期待未来的专业合作。” 陈之财在4月10日于Facebook首次揭露自己被骗的事件。他称何小姐去年通过Facebook联系他,并向他提出合作,在获得他的信任后,便开始和他的家人有来往。陈之财表示,在得知该女子面对经济困难后,就包了总值1万2000新元的红包给她。 何小姐也在5月17日向陈之财采取法律行动,告陈之财诽谤。陈之财的代表律师萧丁明当时表示,他们早在何小姐采取法律行动前,就已发起法律诉讼,告她诽谤。 陈之财在5月30日曾召开记者会,有另外七名受害者站出来,讲述自己被何小姐欺诈的经过,其中一名受害者竟是本地歌手向洋。 不过,今天两人在被问及这起事件时,都不愿意多谈。 Source: http://www.channel8news.sg/news8/singapore/20170721-sg-edmund-settlement/3773722.html

联合早报: 陈之财与前助理协议和解

Jul 21, 2017

2017年7月21日 星期五 01:48 PM文/魏瑜嶙来自/联合早报 本地艺人陈之财早前和一名曾与他合作的女子关系闹僵互告诽谤,两人今天协议和解。 陈之财(56岁)和行销顾问何凯伦(30岁)今早与律师一起出现在法庭。双方在国家法院纠纷解决中心接受调解,历时约三个小时。 陈之财及何凯伦下午约1时步出纠纷解决中心时皆面带微笑。代表陈之财的萧丁明律师告诉《联合早报》:“双方同意和解,但是和解条件保密。” 当被问及对于和解有何感想时,面露笑容的陈之财简短地以华语说:“开心,开心!(事情)过去了,我们往前走。” 说英语的何凯伦则透露,她期待接下来与陈之财有更多的合作机会。她也感谢律师董智豪的帮助。 陈之财今年4月初在面簿透露,去年年尾开始被一名年轻女子“缠”上,对方处心积虑接近他和他的家人,除了以他的名义在外接洽生意,还暗中挑拨他两个宝贝儿女之间的感情,更取得向云的信任收她为干女儿。 他同月28日入禀法院起诉何凯伦诽谤,指何凯伦在今年2月至4月之间发WhatsApp给至少11人诽谤他。 何凯伦则在今年5月17日对陈之财提出告诉,称他在今年4月反复在面簿上诋毁她。 Source: http://www.zaobao.com.sg/realtime/singapore/story20170721-780813

Straits Times: Policeman jailed for using official portal to conduct illegal search on girlfriend

Jul 19, 2017

JUL 19, 2017, 2:08 PM SGT Elena Chong Court Correspondent SINGAPORE – A police officer used his own account or a colleague’s account to conduct multiple illegal searches on his girlfriend on the police computer system. Hafidz Hamzah, who has been suspended from duty since December last year, was a sergeant at the Central Police […]

Mediacorp Channel 8: Participating in Facebook Live Auctions

Jul 18, 2017

Our managing director Nicolas Tang was recently interviewed by Mediacorp Channel 8 News on the risks of participating in Facebook Live Auctions in Singapore. To see the video, please visit http://www.channel8news.sg/news8/latestnews/20170716-wld-auction/3769346.html?cid=ch8news-fb

Straits Times: Actor Edmund Chen and consultant sue each other over defamation claims

Jun 15, 2017

Celebrity Edmund Chen (with wife Xiang Yun in the background) says Ms Karen Ho Kai Lun (right) sent defamatory WhatsApp messages, while she is accusing him of defaming her via Facebook posts. The Straits Times JUN 15, 2017, 5:00 AM SGT by Shaffiq Idris Alkhatib   A popular local actor and a woman who worked […]

Mediacorp Channel 8: Crowdfunding and Compliance with the Charities Act 网络筹款日益普遍 应小心触犯慈善法

May 17, 2017

Our managing director Nicolas Tang was recently interviewed by Mediacorp Channel 8 News on crowdfunding best practices in Singapore and compliance with the Charities Act. To see the video, please visit http://www.channel8news.sg/news8/singapore/20170516-sg-medical-crowd-funding/3716700.html To learn more about crowdfunding, please visit https://fl.sg/crowdfunding

Crowdfunding in Singapore

May 17, 2017

With the increase in crowdfunding, are there any loopholes in the current charity laws which could lead to abuse? The Charities Act requires fund raisers to provide accurate information including the name of the charity or the person to which the donation will be given, the purpose for which the donation will be used, and whether any commercial […]

Protection from Harassment in Singapore (Fact Sheet)

Mar 25, 2017

The Protection from Harassment Act 2014 (POHA) as applied from the following State Courts handout:

Facebook and Social Media Defamation in Singapore

Jan 28, 2017

We have recently been engaged by defendants in relation to social media defamation lawsuits commenced in Singapore. When posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Youtube or on your personal blog, you need to be careful about what you post, especially if your posts are accessible to the general public and have not been made private or […]

Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act (Cap 50A) of Singapore

Jul 19, 2016

The Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act Section 5 of the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act (CMCA) (Cap.50) of Singapore provides as follows: Unauthorised modification of computer material 5.—(1)  Subject to subsection (2), any person who does any act which he knows will cause an unauthorised modification of the contents of any computer shall be guilty of an offence […]

Casino Control Act of Singapore

Jul 16, 2016

  The Casino Control Act (Cap. 33A) (CCA) was crafted to “make provision for the operation and regulation of casinos and gaming in casinos; to establish the CRA, to provide for its functions and powers…”. It draws reference from similar statutes overseas including the Casino Control Act 1991 (Australia, Victoria), the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 […]

Straits Times: Well known Two Oceans production house closing – leaving freelancers’ fees ‘unpaid’

Jun 04, 2016

 Two Oceans allegedly owes them thousands of dollars, contractors also left in the lurch by Adrian Lim A well-known production house has given notice that it is closing down, leaving its freelancers and contractors up in arms over hundreds of thousands of dollars in allegedly unpaid fees. The Two Oceans Film Company, which started in […]

Singapore Litigation Lawyer – How to Obtain the Best Outcome

Apr 18, 2016

  Let’s talk about obtaining the best outcome during your engagement of your Singapore litigation lawyer. How can you assist that Singapore litigation lawyer in working with or against the other side so that you can arrive at the best possible outcome for you or your company in relation to the dispute? As you may be aware, if you […]

Various Courts in the Singapore Legal System

Mar 23, 2016

Various Courts in the Singapore Legal System The Singapore Court system consists of several courts to handle cases of varying scope and gravity. This article will provide a short summary of these different courts. Cases that involve a value of claim above S$250,000 are handled by the High Court. In criminal cases, the High Court […]

Divorce in Singapore

Mar 21, 2016

If you are seeking a Divorce, you’ll need to be able to prove one or more of the following: Adultery – Your spouse has committed adultery and you find it impossible to live with him/her. Unreasonable Behavior – Your spouse has acted in a way that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with him/her. […]

Intestate Succession Act

Mar 01, 2016

When a person dies without a will, the authorities in effecting a distribution of the Estate of the deceased, will apply the following rules: Rule 1 If an intestate dies leaving a surviving spouse, no issue and no parent, the spouse shall be entitled to the whole of the estate. Rule 2 If an intestate dies […]

Straits Times: 54-year-old man, believed to be head of counterfeit casino chip syndicate, charged

Jan 02, 2016

Toh Hock Thiam arriving at the State Courts in a police car on Jan 2, 2016. ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW SINGAPORE – A 54-year-old Singaporean man was charged in court on Saturday (Jan 2) morning over the possession and use of counterfeit casino chips. Toh Hock Thiam, believed to be the leader of a […]

Legal Profession (Amendment) Act 2014

Nov 24, 2015

On 18 November 2015, the amendments under the Legal Profession (Amendment) Act 2014 and the relevant subsidiary legislation to modernise Singapore’s regulatory framework for lawyers and law practices came into operation.   The key changes under this new regulatory framework are as follows:   a. Common professional disciplinary framework for all lawyers. The existing professional […]

Best Top Criminal Lawyer in Singapore

Nov 21, 2015

We have frequently been approached by clients, friends and relatives to advise them who is the best criminal lawyer in Singapore. Well, many of them are no longer practicing law.   K Shanmugam   Subhas Anandan   R Palakrishnan SC   David Marshall   Our Criminal Lawyer Expertise  

Corruption

Nov 01, 2015

The word “corruption” has its roots in the Latin word “corruptus” that means “to break” (see Colin Nicholls QC et al, Corruption and the Misuse of Public Office, (Oxford University Press, 2nd Ed, 2011) at p 1). This allusion to the “break of confidence” by agents or office holders pithily captures the corrosive effect that […]

Criminal Case by Farallon Law: Casino Cheating

Oct 08, 2015

On 21 August 2015, four Turkish nationals arrived in Singapore with the ambitious plan of cheating the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) casino. One of the accused was represented by Farallon Law, while the other three elected to go without representation. Our client weas identified as the masterminds behind the operation. Their plan involved having one distract […]

Today Online: Casino cheats in 2 separate cases at RWS jailed

Oct 07, 2015

Singaporean involved in one case while four Turkish nationals were found guilty in the second. SINGAPORE — Casino cheats in two separate cases at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) were sentenced in the State Courts today (Oct 7) to between three months and 12 months’ jail. In the first case, Singaporean Chua Lai Huat, 66, was sentenced […]

ChannelNewsAsia: 4 Turkish nationals jailed for cheating at RWS Casino

Oct 07, 2015

By Vanessa Paige Chelvan SINGAPORE: Four Turkish nationals were on Wednesday (Oct 7) sentenced to between 12 weeks’ and six months’ jail for cheating at play at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) Casino. They pleaded guilty to three charges each of cheating at play. The quartet arrived in Singapore on Aug 21 and checked into a […]

Commercial Debt Collection in a Nutshell

Aug 03, 2015

The Problem of Bad Debts The avoidance of a legal obligation to pay for a good or service occurs frequently in the marketplace. If your company has sold goods or provided services but have not been paid, you are not alone. Unfortunately in the current global economic climate, this situation of customers not paying up […]

Criminal Law: The Moneylenders’ Act and the Lending of ATM Cards

Jun 04, 2015

[Updated: 23 January 2018] Under the Moneylenders’ Act (Revised Edition 2010)(Cap. 188) of Singapore (the “Act”), when a bank account or ATM card of any person is used to facilitate moneylending by an unlicensed moneylender, that person is presumed to have assisted in the carrying on the business of unlicensed moneylending. – First-time offenders found guilty […]

Defamation in Singapore

Jun 03, 2015

Defamation in Singapore Defamation is a statement that injures a third party’s reputation. The tort of defamation includes both libel (written statements) and slander (spoken statements).   How to Successfully Sue for Defamation To win a defamation case, a plaintiff must show four things: a false statement purporting to be fact; publication or communication of that statement to a third person; […]

Protection from Harassment

Jan 15, 2015

The Protection from Harassment Act, a landmark legislation, came into force in Singapore in November 2014. The law seeks to protect people in Singapore from harassment and related anti-social behavior. The Act specifically provides civil and criminal recourse for victims of harassment, alarm or distress, fear, provocation, and stalking. Detailed rules and processes have been developed […]