Can a Doctor’s Private WhatsApp exchanges bring Disrepute to the Medical Profession?: Ong Kian Peng Julian v Singapore Medical Council and other matters [2022] SGHC 302

Doctors are medical professionals whom patients trust with personal information. But what happens when doctors share their patients’ contacts with each other in their own private WhatsApp exchanges? In Ong Kian Peng Julian v Singapore Medical Council, the Singapore High Court held that sharing patients’ contacts with one another could amount to improper conduct that brought disrepute to the medical profession, warranting significant penalties.

Telemedicine – Your Rights as a Patient

One can now easily seek help via an online video consultation with a doctor, also commonly known as a telemedicine consultation. But what if after taking the medication prescribed, your discomfort persisted? Worst still, what if you found out that the telemedicine doctor had incorrectly diagnosed you? Could you sue the telemedicine company or the doctor? For those who are keen to try out a tele-consult, this article will guide you on some practical information you should be aware of, and the possible courses of actions you can take in the event of being misdiagnosed.

Granting a Child Relocation Order to an Expatriate Parent

As Singapore becomes more globalised, there has been a significant increase in the number of international marriages. However, these relationships are not immune to the trials and tribulations of marriage. If you and your expatriate ex-spouse are divorced, and they decide to return to their home country, you may wonder if they can take your child with them. You may also worry that they may resort to extreme measures and take your child overseas without your consent. What can you do in such a situation?

You Accidentally Entered Into an Automated Contract – Are You Legally Bound?

In recent years, software programmers have developed computer programs that can automatically draft contractual terms and enter into a contract without human intervention. However, the lack of human oversight means that users of automated methods of contracting may sometimes make a mistake and inadvertently enter into a contract. Against this backdrop, this article seeks to inform users of automated means of contracting on: (a) the validity of such contracts; and (b) whether they are legally bound if they inadvertently enter into such contracts.

Introducing new evidence after trial is over

Suppose that you have been charged for a crime. During trial, perhaps you tried to raise a defence or a mitigating circumstance. However, you failed due to insufficient evidence. But after the trial, you discovered evidence in your favour which could give you a lighter sentence. What can you do? In such cases, you may apply for the court to consider this new evidence. For criminal cases, a different set of requirements apply depending on whether you have already filed an appeal. This article will explain the different scenarios in criminal cases, and how to meet the respective requirements. Civil cases will be briefly considered at the end.

Insolvency in the Digital Age: Cryptocurrency and its Impact on the Law

*Written by: Lin Shuang Ju I. IntroductionCryptocurrency exchanges such as Binance have drawn scrutiny from regulators worldwide as public concerns over the use of cryptocurrency in money laundering and its high-risk nature emerge.[1] Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, was recently banned from offering services in Singapore after the Monetary Authority of Singapore (“MAS”) found … Continue reading Insolvency in the Digital Age: Cryptocurrency and its Impact on the Law

Acquisition of a small software company in Singapore

COVID-19 was a bloodbath for small and medium sized enterprises (“SMEs”) that manufacture specialised parts. Their Achilles’ heel proved to be the disruption in global supply chains, and the lack of a stable workforce in the fight against the pandemic. In their struggle for survival, some SMEs chose to retrench its workers. However, the more forward-thinking ones have invested in technology that increases their long-term productivity and growth potential. One way that an SME can invest in technology is through an acquisition of a software start-up that has great synergies with its businesses. This article hopes to help Singaporean SMEs in their digitalisation efforts by sharing some legal and practical insights on the process of acquiring a software start-up.

Clarifying the Position on Compositions: Teo Seng Tiong v Public Prosecutor [2021] SGCA 65

Minor traffic offences are often the subject of compositions under section 135 of the Road Traffic Act to enable the efficient disposition of these less serious traffic violations. In Teo Seng Tiong v Public Prosecutor, the Court of Appeal held that offences compounded under the RTA or any other law can be taken into account in sentencing for any future offence, and may form the basis of an increase in the overall sentence of such offence.

Getting money back from a mistaken electronic transfer of money

Electronic transfers of money, such as bank transfers, are commonplace today. Mobile payment services such as PayLah! have made such transfers even easier – all you need is the other party’s mobile phone number. But what if you key in the wrong bank account number or phone number, which causes you to pay the wrong person? Can you get your money back? This article will explore your chances of getting your money back, as well as whether it is practical to pursue legal action.