September 23, 2016

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Family & Matrimonial Partner Michelle Woodworth featured in The Singapore Women’s Weekly

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Family & Matrimonial Partner Michelle Woodworth was featured in an article in The Singapore Women’s Weekly titled “Brangelina is over! Here’s how to prevent a divorce from getting ugly”.   The article was first published in The Singapore Women’s Weekly dated September 21, 2016.   Brangelina is over! Here’s how to prevent a divorce from getting ugly   Source: The Singapore Women’s Weekly © 2016 SPHM Pte Ltd Date: 21 September 2016 Author: Negotiation methods: Michelle Woodworth / Additional reporting: Elizabeth Liew After twelve years of being together and just two years of marriage, actress, filmmaker and humanitarian Angelina Jolie has reportedly filed for divorce from actor-husband Brad Pitt, citing “irreconcilable differences”. With six children between them (three biological, three adopted), shared properties in the US and Europe, and reports of infidelity on Brad’s part (innocent until proven guilty, we say), how exactly will this split play out? Angie is reportedly claiming full physical custody of the children, and granting only visitation rights to Brad. Still, it’s too early to tell what exactly will happen. The worst thing that can happen, of course, is a long and bitter divorce that nobody wants. Such cases can place undue burden on both parties’ emotional health, and especially so if children are involved. If you or someone you know has taken the difficult step in deciding to end their marriage, there are ways to help make it as painless a proceeding as possible. In Singapore, divorce is usually a 2-stage process, comprising of the divorce stage (where one has to prove that the marriage is broken down beyond repair), and the ancillary matters stage, where parties deal with care arrangements for the children (if any), division of the matrimonial home and assets, spousal maintenance, maintenance for children (where applicable), etc. Michelle Woodworth, Partner at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP, shares on how to have as smooth and painless a divorce as possible: Request for an uncontested divorce process Should both parties agree on the terms of divorce and all ancillary matters, you can shorten the trial time expended (and perhaps minimise the pain that comes with it) by applying for divorce proceedings to be placed on a simplified uncontested hearing track. This means that the divorce and ancillary matters will be dealt with by the Court in a consolidated manner, saving you time, money and effort as compared to a traditional litigious process. However, if reaching an agreement on ancillary matters is difficult, parties can attempt to negotiate via the following three methods: 1. Collaborative Family Practice (CFP) CFP is a process of negotiation that occurs before any court proceedings begin, in which specially trained CFP lawyers will help couples to negotiate an agreement and avoid an acrimonious litigation proceeding/divorce trial. And to increase the incentive for parties to work towards a settlement in the CFP process, their respective lawyers cannot represent them again in future litigation should this method fail. 2. Private Negotiation In the best case scenario, if you and your spouse are able to come to an agreement privately without the assistance of external parties, you may proceed to file your divorce papers personally at the Crimsonlogic Service Bureau located at Chinatown Point or the Supreme Court in Singapore. 3. Mediation Parties can also choose to invite a neutral third party to mediate the matter. For example, professional mediators from the Singapore Mediation Centre may be appointed as a neutral third party. This person will assist both parties to reach an agreement by facilitating the negotiation process, and provide a confidential and safe platform for resolution.
September 21, 2016

Head of Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Jonathan Kok quoted in The Straits Times

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Head of Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Jonathan Kok was quoted in The Straits Times article titled “Samsung Galaxy Note7 exchange includes parallel import sets; deadline extended". The article was first published in The Straits Times on 21 September 2016.  Samsung Galaxy Note7 exchange includes parallel import sets; deadline extended Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Ltd Date: 21 September 2016 Author: Irene Tham Samsung has confirmed that it is extending the exchange programme for its faulty Galaxy Note7 to include parallel import sets in what is Singapore's first major mobile phone recall. Although it will first replace the phones of those who bought from authorised retailers here - estimated to be in the "thousands" - the South Korean firm will also provide a new Note7 device to those who bought handsets from parallel importers. Samsung will also extend the exchange programme beyond its original Oct 2 deadline. A Samsung spokesman told The Straits Times: "While we encourage consumers to always buy from authorised retailers, Samsung is prioritising consumer safety in the global replacement programme." She said those who bought from authorised retailers will get their replacement handsets first in its exchange programme, which kicked off last Friday. It will run until Oct 2 at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre. After Oct 2, customers will need to call the 1800-SAMSUNG (7267864) hotline to make arrangements for the exchange. Users who bought from parallel importers - usually at a discount from e-marketplaces such as eBay and Qoo10 - can call the same hotline to arrange for an exchange. Technology lawyer Jonathan Kok of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing said Samsung is controlling the damage to its reputation. "If Samsung does not replace the faulty sets, it can be sued for product liability (in the case of) a customer injury, loss or damage as a result of the defect." Note7 user Sadiq R, 26, is glad that Samsung has extended the exchange programme beyond Oct 2. "I was told by its call centre on Monday that I would not be able to replace my handset after Oct 2," said the graphic designer, who had also asked for a refund. But the phone maker maintained yesterday that it will not be offering Singapore consumers a refund, which is being offered in markets such as Australia and the US. Samsung, which issued a global recall of 2.5 million Note7 phones this month, said it will resume selling the device in Singapore in October, after the exchanges are done. With its new edge-to-edge screen, water-resistant feature and iris scanner, the Note7 debuted in August to rave reviews. It was poised to lift Samsung's quarterly profit and take on Apple's new iPhone 7, which went on sale in Singapore last Friday. To date, close to 80 per cent of Note7 owners who had bought from Samsung's authorised retailers in Singapore have registered to have their handsets replaced. Local authorised retailers and distributors have also since returned more than 80 per cent of all unsold Note7 devices. Lawyer Kala Anandarajah, who heads the Competition & Antitrust and Trade team at Rajah & Tann, said Singapore laws are stricter on defective cars than on defective phones. "Defective cars that are not safe must be fixed under the law, and this requirement applies to both authorised dealers and dealers of parallel import cars," she said. "For mobile phones, however, a formal recall imposed on the manufacturer, authorised resellers or dealers of parallel imports is at the discretion of Spring Singapore." Last Thursday, the United States safety regulator, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, started banning the sale of the phone, which had caught fire, as well as issuing an official recall.
September 13, 2016

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and the RHT Group of Companies grieve with ASEAN Plus Group member firm Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners over the demise of Partner Harry Tjipta Prabawa

The Partners, Management and Staff of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and the RHT Group of Companies express their condolences to ASEAN Plus Group member firm Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners (HPRP) over the loss of one of their leading lawyers, Partner Harry Tjipta Prabawa. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the his wife Vonny Julia and children, Matthew and Sarah. Please see below a statement issued by HPRP. HPRP Grieves the Loss of Partner Harry Tjipta Prabawa It is with deep regret and sorrow that the Partners, Management, and Staff of Hanafiah Ponggawa and Partners announce the passing of our Partner, Harry Tjipta Prabawa. Harry was a well respected lawyer who managed our International Trade Practice.  He was recognised as an expert in South-east Asia and was an expert consultant for projects which involved the World Trade Organisation, European Union, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce, and the Ministry of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia. Mr. Constant Marino Ponggawa, Managing Partner of HPRP said, “Harry was an outstanding lawyer, a man of integrity and boundless energy. He was a kind and warm man who loved his work and more importantly his lovely wife and children. We are sad to have a lost a brother but we are honoured to have served with him. Today, the Partners, Management, and Staff of the firm grieve the loss of a leading light of the firm.” Partner Harry Tjipta Prabawa was 41 and is survived by his beloved wife Vonny Julia and children Matthew and Sarah.
September 8, 2016

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing congratulates Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation (Singapore) Limited on its successful registration as a charity in Singapore

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing congratulates Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation (Singapore) Limited (“Foundation”) on its successful registration as a charity in Singapore effective from 25 August 2016. The vision and mission for which the Foundation is established include relief of poverty, community development, advancement of education, health, arts, heritage and science, as well as provision of aid, assistance and relief to voluntary welfare organisations.   For more information, please contact Partner Kaylee Kwok.