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Approval for Super Priority Rescue Financing - What does an applicant need to show a Singapore court? - A case study of Re:...

For the first time, the Singapore High Court has ruled on whether to grant ‘super priority’ for debts arising from rescue financing under the amended insolvency laws via the Companies (Amendment) Act 2017 (the Act). ‘Super...more

Extending your reach to the "invisible parties" to the arbitration agreement

Aggrieved claimants may sometimes seek to extend their claims not only to the company that agreed to arbitrate disputes – but also to that company’s shareholders or ultimate controlling person(s). Such efforts are usually...more

Cross claims, counterclaims and set-offs from another construction contract - Permissible in an adjudication?

It is commonplace in our local building and construction market for the same parties to enter into multiple contracts for different projects. However, what happens if a main contractor has valid backcharges under Project A...more

Arbitration at your option: So long as you have agreed to it - A case study of Wilson Taylor Asia Pacific Pte Ltd v Dyna-Jet Pte...

The recent Singapore Court of Appeal judgment in Wilson Taylor Asia Pacific Pte Ltd v Dyna-Jet Pte Ltd discusses the legal implications of an arbitration agreement of an asymmetrical nature. Such an arbitration agreement is...more

Implying terms of due diligence and when time is of the essence in construction contracts - A case study of CAA Technologies Pte...

In CAA Technologies Pte Ltd v Newcon Builders Pte Ltd [2016] SGHC 246, the Singapore High Court held that it could be appropriate to imply a term requiring contractors to perform their obligations with due diligence and...more

The Singapore High Court clarifies the scope of adjudication review

For the first time, a Singapore court considered the question of the scope of an adjudication review under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (Cap 30B, 2006 Rev Ed) (the Act). In Ang Cheng Guan...more

When do you require a specialist builder’s licence for structural steelwork? - A case study of Nam Hong Construction & Engineering...

In Nam Hong Construction & Engineering Pte Ltd v Kori Construction (S) Pte Ltd [2016] SGCA 42, the Court of Appeal (CA) firstly, affirmed the High Court decision that a disjunctive interpretation of the term “structural...more

SOPA takes a backseat: The role of cross-demands in setting aside statutory demands issued pursuant to judgments made in terms of...

The High Court has ruled that a statutory demand based on a judgment pursuant to an adjudication determination made under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (SOPA) can be set aside on the ground...more

Non-delegable duties of architects and main contractors in construction claims - A case study of MCST Plan No. 3322 v Tiong Aik...

In MCST Plan No. 3322 v Tiong Aik Construction Pte Ltd and Another [2016] SGCA 40, the Singapore Court of Appeal (CA) held that architects and main contractors are not subject to a non-delegable duty in tort to ensure that...more

Keeping to the straight and narrow: Justice is not served when tribunals stray beyond their remit - A case study of JVL Agro...

In JVL Agro Industries Ltd v Agritrade International Pte Ltd [2016] SGHC 126, the High Court set aside an international arbitration award because the tribunal had breached natural justice by dismissing JVL’s claim on an issue...more

Sanctity of an arbitration award: When does a breach of natural justice tip the balance? - A case study of ASG V ASH [2016] SGHC...

The plaintiff applied to set aside three arbitral awards. The first was awarded on the merits which was challenged on the basis that the arbitrator had totally failed to consider or understand the plaintiff’s evidence and...more

Do not break the trust after a trust is created - The law on concurrence examined

Dentons Rodyk acted for Mdm Harianty Wibawa, the settlor of an offshore discretionary trust which has a value exceeding US$45 million (taking into account distributions of some US$10 million). One of the beneficiaries and the...more

Upholding parties’ agreement to arbitrate and case management of claims against multiple defendants - A case study of Maybank Kim...

Executive summary - The appellant, Maybank Kim Eng Securities Pte Ltd (Kim Eng) had commenced an action against its customer and her husband-remisier. The High Court’s Assistant Registrar (AR) ordered a stay of...more

Factors and stages: considerations in a scheme of arrangement - A case update of Re Punj Lloyd Pte Ltd and another matter [2015]...

A recent decision by the learned Judicial Commissioner Aedit Abdullah saw the Singapore High Court clarify the factors which ought to be considered in an application to set aside an order made by the court pursuant to section...more

A new breakthrough - Working towards globalising the enforceability of Singapore court judgments

What is the Singapore Choice of Court Agreements Act (CCAA)? The CCAA was enacted on 14 April 2016. It gives effect to Singapore’s treaty obligations under 2005 Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements (2005 Hague...more

Standing tall – The “Independent Contractor” defence for builders and construction professionals

The High Court has recently ruled that main contractors and architects may rely on the independent contractor defence to defeat claims in negligence brought by management corporations. The court’s inquiry focused on whether...more

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