Singapore Joins APEC Data Privacy System

Singapore has become the latest member of the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules System, a further boost for e-commerce growth and the protection of sensitive online consumer data in the Asia-Pacific. The move recognizes that Singapore’s personal data protection law is aligned with the system to facilitate data flows between economies and prevent accidental disclosure and misuse […]

United Arab Emirates Advances New Arbitration Law 

Lawmakers for the United Arab Emirates have approved a long-awaited draft federal arbitration law, the country’s official news agency has reported. The UAE’s Federal National Council approved the draft arbitration law on Tuesday, the Emirates News Agency said. Once the law is finalized, it will apply to all arbitrations within the country as long as […]

South Korean Data Localization: Shaped by Conflict

The rapid growth of digital data stores and the increasing vulnerability in intellectual property challenges governments around the world to find ways to protect and regulate the flow and storage of data. Multiple countries, including the Republic of Korea (ROK), have enacted domestic data localization laws to limit the movement of data to specific jurisdictions. […]

PwC Eyes Global Expansion of Its Flexible Lawyering Service


PwC, which has aggressively pushed its way into the legal services industry, plans to expand its Flexible Legal Resources offering into global markets. The new, on-demand lawyering service that was launched in the U.K. four months ago, has met with great success, according to Peter Workman, managing director of Flexible Legal Resources (FLR). It received 500 […]

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 […]