New class action law in Thailand

The Thai Civil Procedure Code has been amended to allow for class action suits to be brought by large groups of plaintiffs for breach of civil wrongs, including breach of tort, breach of contract and breach of labour rights. The amendment is the product of a 14-year class-action amendment consultation process, involving collaboration between Thailand … Read more

An exercise in restraint: Singapore Court of Appeal confirms courts will give effect to agreements limiting the circumstances in which a contractor can restrain a call on performance bonds

The Singapore Court of Appeal (the “CoA“) recently delivered its judgment in CKR Contract Services Pte Ltd v Asplenium Land Pte Ltd and Another [2015] SGCA 24. In a landmark ruling, the CoA found that where parties to a construction contract agree to limit the circumstances in which a contractor is entitled to seek an … Read more

ADR Practical Guide launched on the use of Mediation with Arbitration

Our London ADR team has launched the sixth guide in their series of ADR Practical Guides, designed to provide clients with essential practical guidance on various processes falling under the banner of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), with a particular focus on mediation. Guide No. 6: ‘Use of Mediation with Arbitration’ provides a brief description of how mediation and … Read more

English High Court decision highlights need for tight drafting of settlement terms

In the context of high profile celebrity phone hacking lawsuits, the English High Court has struck out claims for phone hacking on the basis that they were compromised by settlement agreements previously agreed between the claimants and the defendant newspaper group: Brazier v News Group Newspapers Limited & Leslie v News Group Newspapers Limited [2015] … Read more