A Self-driving Car Crashes: Who is responsible?

*By: John Loh I. INTRODUCTIONOn the morning of 29 July 2021, Tesla delivered its first batch of “Model 3” cars to Singapore. This marked the American electric carmaker’s official entry into the Singapore car market.[1] This news was met with much excitement as Tesla cars not only offers a cleaner form of transportation but also … Continue reading A Self-driving Car Crashes: Who is responsible?

Did my lawyer overcharge me? And what to do about it

*By: Jill Phua I. INTRODUCTIONHaving lost a lawsuit, imagine receiving this in your mailbox the next day: “legal fees owed to W&O Partnership: $200,000”. While you know that litigation can be expensive, your lawyer had originally estimated the fees to be half that amount. Could he have overcharged you for unnecessary work? How then can … Continue reading Did my lawyer overcharge me? And what to do about it

The law and policy of carbon pricing in Singapore – Incoming shifts towards greater ambition towards carbon neutrality

*By: Fun Wei Xuan, Joel I. IntroductionClimate change has recently been given greater attention globally, since it poses one of the greatest security threats that humans have ever faced.[1] Many have voiced concerns over the climate problem. Recently, the 2022 UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change worryingly noted that: “Widespread, pervasive impacts to ecosystems, people, … Continue reading The law and policy of carbon pricing in Singapore – Incoming shifts towards greater ambition towards carbon neutrality

When the Court may order Personal Costs against Defence Counsel: Syed Suhail bin Syed Zin v Public Prosecutor [2021] SGCA 53

Defence counsel perform an important task of mounting a robust defence for accused persons. In so doing, they must also uphold proper conduct in courts. Where defence counsel invoke the courts’ processes without merit, the Court of Appeal has an inherent power to order personal costs against them. In Syed Suhail bin Syed Zin v PP, a three-step step test was adopted to clarify when the courts would exercise this power.

Venturing into the Variable Capital Company: How it works and what to expect

*By Genevi Lim Xuan YingI. IntroductionSingapore has long been known as a thriving financial hub, serving as the Asia-Pacific base for many global banks due to its robust infrastructure ecosystem, stable political climate and stable investment friendly regime. In 2019, Singapore’s global assets under management amounted to US$89 trillion, increasing by 15% from the year … Continue reading Venturing into the Variable Capital Company: How it works and what to expect

Can I sue for an inaccurate breast cancer diagnosis?

*By: Dexter ChowI. IntroductionIn December 2020, over 200 patients of Khoo Teck Phuat Hospital (“KTPH”) were found to have been misdiagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer called “HER2”.[1] The misdiagnosis resulted from the false-positive results of HER2 tests conducted by KTPH’s laboratory.[2] While the patients did have breast cancer, the misdiagnosis of the … Continue reading Can I sue for an inaccurate breast cancer diagnosis?

Everything you need to know about a Lasting Power of Attorney

*By: Genevi Lim Xuan Ying I. IntroductionIn 2018, approximately 82,000 seniors suffered from dementia,[1] which impairs one’s capacity to make decisions independently.[2] With Singapore’s growing ageing population, this number is only expected to increase. Hence, it is incumbent on us to be well-equipped to care for our elderly when they lack the capacity to do so. The … Continue reading Everything you need to know about a Lasting Power of Attorney

The difference between a contract of employment and a contract for employment

*By: Chan Wei Kiat AndrewWhat is the difference between a contract of employment and a contract for employment? If I am a business owner, which contract should I use when hiring: a) employees, b) part-timers and c) independent contractors?I. IntroductionIn practice, there are different ways in which a company can employ its workers; these can … Continue reading The difference between a contract of employment and a contract for employment

Britney Spears under conservatorship – Will I ever be placed under one?

*By: Dexter Chow I. Introduction On 29 September 2021, fans of the American singer – Britney Spears – cheered when the court suspended her father’s role as her conservator.[1] Britney had previously claimed that her conservatorship was “oppressive” as her father controlled almost every aspect of her life.[2] The court subsequently terminated the conservatorship completely … Continue reading Britney Spears under conservatorship – Will I ever be placed under one?

Avoiding Tax Avoidance When Incorporating a Medical Practice

*By: David Li I. Introduction It is said that nothing in life is certain, except death and taxes.[1] This is especially true for doctors who frequently witness deaths in their occupation and, more recently, have had the taxman knocking on their doors.[2] The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (“IRAS”) has been going after doctors aggressively … Continue reading Avoiding Tax Avoidance When Incorporating a Medical Practice