Property tycoon and former Chief Secretary jailed in Hong Kong’s highest-level corruption trial

Thomas Kwok, chairman of Sun Hung Kai Properties, Rafael Hui Si-yan, former Government number two, and two businessmen have been found guilty and sentenced to jail terms in Hong Kong’s HK$34 million (US$4.3 million) graft “trial of the century”. The convictions arise out of charges for eight offences, including misconduct in public office at common law, conspiracy to … Read more

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 provides, or will provide, goods, facilities or services.  The amended Ordinance also limits its jurisdictional … Read more

Singapore International Mediation Centre is launched, offering parties an “Arb-Med-Arb” process in partnership with SIAC

The Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) was officially launched on 5 November 2014. Set up following the recommendations of a Working Group chaired by Edwin Glasgow CBE QC and George Lim SC, the SIMC will supplement the array of international dispute resolution options available in Singapore. In particular, the SIMC will work closely with the … Read more

Singapore: Recent developments in the enforcement of Dispute Board decisions

Dispute Boards are a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) which are becoming increasingly common on large and complex projects across the Asia Pacific region. A Dispute Board usually comprises 3 persons, one appointed by each party with a neutral chairperson. The Dispute Board is typically appointed at the start of a project and is … Read more

Labour Tribunal’s exclusive jurisdiction averted by separate commission agreement

A recent Hong Kong case has highlighted the important point that the Labour Tribunal’s exclusive jurisdiction does not extend to dealing with matters which arise outside of an employee’s contract of employment and beyond the scope of the Employment Ordinance. In Lee Man Yee Norman v International Contractors Supply Limited, the Court of First Instance … Read more