Rejected: Hong Kong Court refuses letters of request from US Federal Court

In Re A Civil Matter Now Pending in United States District Court for the Western District of Washington [2019] HKCFI 1738 , the Hong Kong Court of First Instance rejected two letters of request (the “LORs“) from the Washington Federal Court seeking to compel two distressed debt investors to give evidence. The general principle is … Read more

Recognition of foreign judgments: proposed amendments in Singapore

As the number of cross-border disputes increase, it is becoming more common for parties to wish to enforce a court judgment issued in one jurisdiction in another jurisdiction.  In April 2019, Singapore’s Ministry of Law issued a public consultation paper on proposed amendments to Singapore’s regime for recognising and enforcing foreign judgments. Read more

HONG KONG COURT INTERPRETS PRC-LAW GOVERNED JURISDICTION CLAUSES

In天津市裕豐隆資產管理有限公司 v Ho Kin Wa and Another, HCA 2405/2014 (unrep., 8 March 2019), the Hong Kong Court of First Instance exercised its discretion to stay the Plaintiff’s claim against the 1st Defendant (D1). In arriving at its conclusion, the Court considered (i) whether D1 had waived the right to dispute the jurisdiction of the Hong … Read more

Hong Kong Courts refuse challenge to recognise mainland judgment under the Mainland Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Ordinance

In the case of Wang Qian Wei v 郭文雨 & 郭小琼 [2018] HKCFI 2253, the 1st Defendant (a judgment debtor) opposed the Plaintiff’s (the judgment creditor) application to register a judgment of the Intermediate People’s Court of Xiamen (the Mainland Judgment) pursuant to the Mainland Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Ordinance (Cap 597) (the Ordinance). The 1st … Read more

Be on time to preserve your right to Active Remedies – the Singapore High Court considers a party’s duty to apply promptly when challenging the jurisdiction of an arbitral tribunal

In Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Ltd (“RALL“) v Avant Garde Maritime Services (Private) Limited (“AGMS“) [2018] SGHC 78, the Singapore High Court dismissed an application to set aside an award on jurisdiction, on the basis that the applicant had failed to challenge the tribunal’s preliminary ruling on jurisdiction within the deadline stipulated under section 10(3) of … Read more

HONG KONG: UNLAWFUL DISMISSAL REINSTATEMENT RIGHTS FROM OCTOBER

Amendments to the Employment Ordinance (“EO“) which strengthen the Labour Tribunal’s (“LT“) powers to make an order for reinstatement or re-engagement where an employee has been unreasonably and unlawfully dismissed have been passed and are to take effect from 19 October 2018. This represents a move away from the current position where both the employer … Read more