Hong Kong court considers nature and arbitrability of lawyer-client fee disputes

In a decision dated 10 January 2018, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance (Court) stayed its proceedings in favour of arbitration under an arbitration agreement between a firm of solicitors and its former clients. The Court held that there is nothing in Hong Kong law or public policy to indicate that a dispute between […]

The Rise of Legal Tech Incubators and Why Allen & Overy’s ‘Fuse’ Has the Right Stuff

Allen & Overy’s ‘Fuse’ Provides a Case Study for How to Launch a Legal Tech Incubator and to Harness its Potential   Allen & Overy, the venerable Magic Circle firm, launched its incubator, ‘Fuse,’ less than a year ago. Fuse is much more than a dedicated, innovative space where a group of legal tech companies work. […]

EY survey: Singapore, global companies unprepared for GDPR data privacy compliance

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Intensifying regulatory pressures are top of mind for business leaders, with 70% of Singapore respondents (global 78%) expressing increasing concern about data protection and data privacy compliance. This is according to the third biennial EY Global Forensic Data Analytics Survey, which examined the responses of 745 executives from 19 countries (including 40 from Singapore) and […]

Singapore International Commercial Court to have jurisdiction over litigation related to international commercial arbitration

On 9 January 2018, the Singapore Parliament passed amendments relating to the Singapore International Commercial Court (“SICC”). The Supreme Court of Judicature (Amendment) Bill (No. 47/2017) (“Bill”) principally aims to: (1) clarify the extent of the SICC’s jurisdiction; and (2) streamline the SICC’s procedure. The SICC was established in 2015 as a division of the […]

Singapore Expected to Introduce Deferred Prosecution Agreement Regime

Singapore Minister for Home Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam announced earlier this week that the government is considering the inclusion of Deferred Prosecution Agreements in the latest round of amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code and Evidence Act. It was reported toward the end of 2017 that Keppel Offshore & Marine reached a global resolution […]

Singapore Amends ICC to Strengthen International Arbitration Status

Singapore has amended its International Commercial Court in order to strengthen its status as a hub of international arbitration. According to Lexology, on January 9th, 2018, the Supreme Court of Judicature passed amendments which clarify that the Singapore International Commercial Court (“SICC”) has jurisdiction to hear proceedings relating to international commercial arbitration, and also abolish the pre-action certificate […]

Singapore lawyers back national IT plan

A world-first initiative to drag an entire jurisdiction into the digital age is under way in Singapore. The Future Law Innovation Programme (FLIP), organised by the agency responsible for developing the country’s legal profession, will encourage firms to adopt new technology, bring lawyers and entrepreneurs together and help ‘lawtech’ startups. FLIP, launched last week by the […]

Decoding Artificial Intelligence: What Does It Really Mean For Lawyers?

Legal AI takes many forms, and is particularly useful in tasks that involve answering standard and recurring questions from information contained in significant data sets. The following are examples of what that looks like in a real-world law firm: eDiscovery. Legal AI has perhaps seen the most success in the realm of eDiscovery. Since businesses have […]