Category Archives: Singapore

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 […]

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 […]

Singapore officials to face tough new penalties for data breaches

Public servants in Singapore who disclose residents’ personal data without authorisation will face up to two years in jail or fines of up to S$5,000 (US$3,750) under new legislation. The criminal penalties were introduced in the Public Sector (Governance) Bill, which was passed by the Singapore Parliament on Monday. The new law will also penalise […]

An Insightful Perspective: Interview With Toby Landau QC 

Prakash Pillai conducted an exclusive interview with Toby Landau QC, a renowned British lawyer and arbitration expert who is the first Queen’s Counsel (QC) to be called to the Singapore Bar since the independence of Singapore. Mr. Landau’s admission to the Singapore Bar has been described as “a historic occasion in the legal history of […]

Singapore International Arbitration Centre Proposal on Cross-Institution Consolidation Protocol

Singapore International Arbitration Centre Proposal on Cross-Institution Consolidation Protocol

On 19 December 2017, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (‘SIAC”) released a proposal on cross-institution cooperation for the consolidation of international arbitral proceedings. The innovative proposal envisages the adoption of a protocol by arbitral institutions that would permit the consolidation of arbitral proceedings subject to different institutional arbitration rules. Gary Born, Chair of the International Arbitration […]