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Ministry of Law launches public consultation on allowing appeals to the High Court on questions of law arising from an arbitral award and other proposed amendments to Singapore’s International Arbitration Act.

04.07.2019 | Litigation and Dispute Resolution


The Ministry of Law (MinLaw) has launched a public consultation to receive feedback on proposals to amend the International Arbitration Act (“IAA”). In its consultation paper, MinLaw has invited members of the public to provide feedback on a draft IAA Bill which, most notably, proposes the insertion of provisions to provide the option for parties to incorporate a right to appeal to the High Court on a question of law arising out of an award made in the proceedings, where parties have agreed to opt in to this mechanism.

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Shipping E-Brief – June 2019

10.06.2019 | Maritime

The Shipping E-Brief is a regular publication providing you with key information on legal decisions and developments in shipping and related business areas. 

Our June 2019 edition of the Shipping E-Brief is full of articles dealing with topical shipping issues.  

To view on PDF and online here.

Getting the Deal Through – Market Intelligence – Shipping 2018 – Singapore

10310.2018 | Shipping

Incisive Law recently contributed a chapter on the shipping industry in Singapore to the market intelligence publication ‘Getting the Deal Through’. To read rest of article, please click here.


Shipping E-Brief – October issue

The October 2018 edition of our Shipping E-Brief is now available to view on PDF and online here.


Singapore Court agrees: make up your mind when choosing law and jurisdiction

02.10.2018 | Shipping

Shanghai Turbo Enterprises v. Liu Ming [2018] SGHC 172

What is floating choice of law and justification ? This case concerned a company director’s terms of service entered into between a PRC Chinese resident and a Singapore listed company, 

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Singapore Parliament introduces Omnibus Bill to consolidate insolvency framework

01.10.2018 | Corporate & Commercial

On 10 September 2018, the Parliament of Singapore introduced the ‘Insolvency, Restructuring and Dissolution Bill’ (the “Bill”) which came after the Insolvency Law Review Committee’s (“ILRC”) recommendation in October 2013 for ‘a holistic upgrade of Singapore’s insolvency and restructuring laws through an omnibus legislation’ and will implement the remaining recommendations of the ILRC.

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Memorandum of Guidance between Singapore and China Supreme Courts

24.09.2018 | Corporate & Commercial

China and Singapore have taken another stride towards the mutual recognition and enforcement of judgments in their respective jurisdictions.

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New developments on Singapore’s stringent stance towards errant directors 

30.07.2018 | Compliance, Corporate governance

Companies incorporated in Singapore are required to hold Annual General Meetings of their shareholders, and to file the company’s annual returns with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority of Singapore (“ACRA”). Though this is neither a new nor novel statutory requirement, companies persist in failing to comply.

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Value-Based Billing  (Alternative Fee Arrangements)


Nick Lum, partner in our Singapore office recently shared his thoughts to the Singapore Law Society on value-based billing (alternative fee arrangements).

There is currently little data about the prevalence and use of value-based billing in Singapore, and the Singapore Law Society recently conducted interviews with practitioners who have experience with it.

To read this article which appeared in the July edition of their  ‘Law Gazette’ , please click here .

Singapore High Court apportions liability in two related collisions

12.06.2018 | Shipping

Singapore High Court apportions liability in two related collisions: the Court finds both vessels equally to blame and apportions liability 50:50.

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2018 GRR Award For Most Significant Insolvency-related Litigation


For the first time in 2018, Global Restructuring Review will be presenting an award for the “Most Significant Insolvency-related Litigation“. We are proud to share that a recent Singapore Court of Appeal case that our lawyers Ms Felicia Tan, Mr Justin Seet and Ms Samantha Kong worked on (Diablo Fortune Inc v Duncan, Cameron Lindsay and another [2018] SGCA 26) have been nominated for this award.

Although the Court ultimately decided against the appeal, this case has set the wheels in motion for legislative changes as the Court recognised that their decision stemmed primarily from the existing black letter of the Singapore statute but others like Hong Kong have legislated a carve-out which our Parliament could (and/or should) consider. Results of the award will be announced 26 June 2018.

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To read our previous articles on this case:

2 Aug 2017 news on Singapore law update whether lien over sub-freight or sub-hire is a registrable charge

8 March 2018 news on Singapore court of appeal to issue written grounds on the critical question

24 May 2018 – Highest court of Singapore confirms that typical lien clause over subfreight/sub-hire must be registered


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