Case Update: Scheme of Arrangement Principles for Proof of Debt and Leave to Proceed against Restraining Order

The High Court in the decision of Top Builders Capital Berhad and two others (grounds of judgment dated 30 April 2021) set out certain important principles on scheme of arrangement law. The decision dived deep into issues on assessing the proof of debt for the creditors’ vote in a scheme and how to obtain leave to proceed against a restraining order.

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20 Essential Tips for Legal Job Applications

I set out 20 tips for legal job applications. This article covers the start of the job application process with the submission of the cover email/letter and the CV.

Seize this chance to impress and to secure an interview. I see many common mistakes so I wanted to highlight some of them.

I set out these tips largely targeted at applications for internship, paralegal or pupillage. These are my personal observations and different employers will have different requirements. But some of the tips below are universal. Continue reading

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Heritage Law Firms – Lessons from Rodyk: 150 Years

 

I am in the midst of reading books relating to law firms. I am now re-reading the book Rodyk: 150 Years, published in 2011. An excellent read.

The book documents the 150-year history of the Singapore heritage law firm, Rodyk & Davidson. The firm lost some of its lustre and then entered a historic merger with HelenYeo & Partners, a mere 10-year old law firm. It was a merger of equals and transformed the firm.

In a series of posts, I will feature some of the extracts from the book of Rodyk: 150 years. I weigh in with lessons for law firms, professional practices and for businesses. 

I start with the book’s introduction penned by Chan Sek Keong, who was then the Chief Justice of Singapore. It was also published in the Singapore Business Times.

 

LAW firms with a long historical lineage during the period of colonial rule in Singapore are a rarity. Singapore became a British territory in 1824, and English law was introduced into the colony in 1826 through the Second Charter of Justice. From 1826 to 1963, Singapore was the legal capital of the Straits Settlements in terms of the volume and quality of legal work and disputes. Many law firms were born and died. Many ceased to exist because of the Japanese Occupation in 1942 and were never revived after the British returned. Many others did not survive their founding partners, who did not care to let their names continue as brand names for the sake of their partners. Continue reading

Case Update: First Unfair Prejudice Claim against Singapore Judicial Managers

The Singapore High Court decision in Re HTL International Holdings Pte Ltd [2021] SGHC 86 dealt with an unfair prejudice claim made against judicial managers. The decision confirms the high threshold to show the decision of the judicial managers was plainly wrong, unfair or perverse. This decision is very persuasive authority for Malaysia judicial management law. Continue reading

Recent Cases in Fraud Litigation: Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore

I will be one of the speakers for the webinar on Recent Cases in Civil Fraud Litigation: Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore on Thursday 10 June 2021.

It is the first jointly organised webinar by the Bar Council Malaysia and the Law Society of Singapore. This is a free webinar but only open to members of the Malaysian Bar and to the members of the Law Society of Singapore.

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Scomi Group: Listed Company Applies for Judicial Management

Scomi Group Bhd, listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia, has applied for judicial management. This provides Scomi Group with a moratorium from legal proceedings and is part of its financial restructuring plan. This case also raises interesting legal issues. Continue reading