In rem action vs insolvency law – PetroChina International v. Demise Charterer of Ocean Winner

In this month’s article, we discuss the Singapore High Court decision of PetroChina International (Singapore) Pte Ltd v. Owner and/or Demise Charterer of the vessel “Ocean Winner” [2021] SGHC 8 where the court considered competing considerations of a statutory lien and a moratorium imposed by the insolvency regime. Read More

Mixing up modes of Dispute Resolution in Contracts – a Drafter’s Nightmare?

In this month’s edition of Notes from the Bar, we discuss the recent Singapore High Court decision in the case of Silverlink Resorts Ltd v. MS First Capital Insurance Ltd [2020] SGHC 251 and the implications of ambiguity in dispute resolution clauses Read More

When is a contract legally binding? Surprise surprise, it all depends on the facts of the case.

In this month’s edition of Notes from the Bar, we discuss the Court of Appeal decision of China Coal Solution (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Avra Commodities Pte Ltd [2020] SGCA 81 (the “Judgement”), where we acted for the successful appellant, and the implications of this decision on the determination of when is a contract binding on the parties. Read More

Hedging costs recoverable as damages in commodities transactions

In this month’s Notes from the Bar, we discuss the High Court in Apex Energy International Pte Ltd v Wanxiang Resources (Singapore) Pte Ltd [2020] SGHC 138 which provides a helpful guide as to the calculation of damages that are recoverable by the seller when the buyer breaches the contract of sale. Read More

Unusual times call for unusual means – when the English Courts decides on security for a vessel arrested in Singapore

In this month’s Notes from the Bar, we discuss the case of the “Miracle Hope” [2020] EWHC 995 (Comm) where the English Courts, in an unusual situation, had to decide on security for a vessel arrested in Singapore. Read More