On 29 September 2021, fans of the American singer – Britney Spears – cheered when the court suspended her father’s role as her conservator. Britney had previously claimed that her conservatorship was “oppressive” as her father controlled almost every aspect of her life. The court subsequently terminated the conservatorship completely on 12 November 2021. This article seeks to explain how a conservatorship works, and shed light on similar legal arrangements in Singapore. It will explain when someone might be placed under such a legal arrangement and how Britney can challenge her conservatorship if she was in Singapore.
* Darius TanI. IntroductionHas your beloved pet been hurt by your pet groomer before? This situation is not uncommon: it has been reported that pet groomers had snipped off a small piece of flesh from a Chihuahua’s ears, and even a bit of a Poodle’s tongue in the past.Pet owners can urge the relevant authorities … Continue reading Tackling furry problems: Can I sue a pet groomer for negligence?
By: Chan Wei Kiat Andrew*I. IntroductionFred owns a modest renovation company. One of Fred’s long-time employee, Eric, had recently resigned after serving his mandatory one-month resignation notice period. A few days later, Fred discovers to his dismay that Eric had started a competing business immediately after leaving. To add insult to injury, several of Fred’s … Continue reading Witholding of an employee’s salary
*By: Arika Gin Ong I. Introduction Imagine you marry someone with a child from a prior relationship. Initially, you do not mind caring for this child. Then, your marriage sours and you no longer want anything to do with your spouse or the child. However, can your initial conduct of caring for the child unknowingly … Continue reading A Non-parent’s Maintenance Obligation
*By: Adel Zaid Hamzah I. Introduction Let’s say you are an investor. You enter a joint investment with a friend, and lend him $100,000. Sadly, the joint venture fails, and to make matters worse, your friend has gone bankrupt and transferred half of your money to his wife. Can you get your money back?Unfortunately, once … Continue reading Reversing a Bankrupt’s Transfer
*By: Adel Zaid Hamzah I. IntroductionLet’s say you are a minority shareholder. The company is not doing well, and you believe the company’s directors have committed financial mismanagement, or maybe committed fraud. To make matters worse, the other majority shareholders are in cahoots with these directors, so your concerns are dismissed quickly at every meeting. … Continue reading Shareholders vs Mismanagement by Directors: The power of a Statutory Derivative Action
*By: Arika Gin OngI. Introduction“Newly-wed man lied to court about not sleeping with wife to save money on divorce proceedings” – this was the headline of a local news article where a man, Daryl, claimed that his marriage was voidable and should be annulled since his wife refused to consummate it. One who is unaware of … Continue reading Love gone cold – What does it mean for a marriage to be voidable and When does it happen?
I. IntroductionOver the past few years, techniques to refine and process data have been developed and honed. Whether it is developments in machine learning or the internet-of-things, the invention of these technologies has made data a valuable and strategic commodity. Given the importance and value of data to commercial operations, this has led to the … Continue reading Consent and Personal Data: Charting the Differences between the PDPA and GDPR
Children and young persons who engage in activities that put them at risk of committing criminal offences often come under fire for their behavioural issues. However, can all at-risk behaviour be attributed to youths themselves? The introduction of the Family Guidance Order (FGO) in 2020 marked a shift in Singapore's stance on this issue. It recognised the dual importance of reducing the blame on the recalcitrant youth and addressing poor parent-child relationships.
You share personal data with every online transaction you make. This means that vast amounts of your most sensitive information - health records, passport number, residential address - are collected, used, and transferred between organisations. How is your personal data protected from misuse without adversely affecting your user experience?