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Herbert Smith Freehills updates essential guide to disputes clauses in China contracts

Herbert Smith Freehills has launched the latest edition of its practical guide, "Governing law and dispute resolution clauses for China-related contracts‎". Popularly known as 'The Dragon Book', the guide helps in-house lawyers negotiating China-related commercial contracts to understand the workings … Continue reading

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HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS – SMU ASIAN ARBITRATION LECTURE

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon: Adjudicator, advocate, or something in between? Coming to terms with the role of the party-appointed arbitrator The Herbert Smith Freehills-SMU Asian Arbitration Lecture Series was established in 2010 and was made possible by a term fund … Continue reading

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HSF’s Hong Kong office leads the way on Mediation

From our market leading research on how blue-chips are using ADR to our lead role in a recent landmark convention on “Shaping the Future of International Dispute Resolution” in London, Herbert Smith Freehills’ award winning global ADR practice has long … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: Paternity leave laws in force from 27 February 2015

The Hong Kong Legislative Council has finally introduced laws to entitle private sector male employees to paternity leave.  From 27 February 2015, male employees will be entitled to take up to three days of paternity leave in recognition of the … Continue reading

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The New Frontier: Singapore launches the Singapore International Commercial Court offering a new forum for dispute resolution in Singapore

At the Opening of Legal Year 2015 on 5 January, the Singapore International Commercial Court (“SICC”) was officially launched by the Chief Justice of Singapore, Mr Sundaresh Menon. The SICC had been two years in the making since it was … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: Sex Discrimination (Amendment) Ordinance 2014 in force and Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Ordinance 2014 delayed

The Sex Discrimination (Amendment) Ordinance 2014—Ordinance No. 19 of 2014 came into force on 12 December 2014. The amended ordinance can be found here. The amended Ordinance provides that it is unlawful for anyone to sexually harass a woman who … Continue reading

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UK Court of Appeal confirms extra-territorial reach of contempt proceedings

In Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development Co and another v Al-Sayed Bader Hashim Al Refai and others [2014] EWCA Civ 715, the English Court of Appeal confirmed that contempt proceedings are extra-territorial, by holding that such proceedings may be … Continue reading

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English Supreme Court rejects Green & Rowley’s permission to appeal application in its interest rate swap mis-selling case against RBS

In our previous post  we reported that, in Green & Rowley v RBS, the English Court of Appeal rejected the claimant’s argument that RBS’ common law duty of care not to mis-state incorporated all its relevant duties under certain regulatory … Continue reading

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English Court of Appeal confirms wide jurisdiction in divorce case

The English Court of Appeal in Sekhri v Ray ([2014] EWCA Civ 119) confirmed that a husband and wife were both legally domiciled in England, despite the fact that the couple had married in India and lived in Singapore since they … Continue reading

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The accuracy of witness testimony and the psychology of investigations

Cognitive psychology might not be the first topic that comes to mind, either for in-house or external counsel, when planning an investigation. However, as businesses and regulators pay increasing attention to behavioural economics and studies of human memory, it is … Continue reading

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