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 […]

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 […]

Employee Handbooks In China: Why You Should Have One

In many Western countries, written employee handbooks have been standard practice for most employers for decades. These handbooks provide a uniform set of guidelines that the employer follows in terms of employee dress codes, vacation policies, procedures and grounds regarding discipline and termination of employees, and a whole host of other issues that may arise […]

Brinks Gilson First Global Firm to Open Office in Shenzhen

Chicago-based intellectual property specialist firm Brinks Gilson & Lione has opened its first office outside the United States in the Chinese technology hub city of Shenzhen. Shareholder Harold Johnson has relocated from Chicago to be the firm’s chief representative there and manage the office. Johnson, a litigator, is joined by associate Fei Hu, a China […]