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  • LAI KEE PENG v. TAY HUP LIAN [2016] 4 CLJ 1
    FEDERAL COURT, PUTRAJAYA
    ARIFIN ZAKARIA CJ, ZULKEFLI AHMAD MAKINUDIN CJ (MALAYA), ABDULL HAMID EMBONG FCJ, ABU SAMAH NORDIN FCJ, BALIA YUSOF WAHI JCA
    [CIVIL APPEAL NO: 02(f)-48-08-2013(W)]
    20 JANUARY 2016

    LEGAL PROFESSION: Solicitors - Stakeholders - Money deposited with solicitor as stakeholder by purchaser for benefit of vendor - Developer and other purchasers entered into consent order - Stakeholder not party to consent order - Request for release of retention sum by developer not complied with by stakeholder - Whether consent order binding on stakeholder - Whether consent order prevented stakeholder from releasing retention sum - Whether stakeholder entitled to release retention sum - Whether solicitor in breach of stakeholding

    TRUSTS: Trustee - Liability - Stakeholder - Money deposited with solicitor as stakeholder by purchaser for benefit of vendor - Whether solicitor a trustee - Whether sum held by solicitor trust money - Whether there was breach of stakeholding - Whether there was breach of trust - Solicitor acting as stakeholder for two parties served with court order declaring forfeiture of stake - Whether solicitor acted lawfully by paying stake to party declared to be entitled - Whether solicitor liable to make good stake to affected party if order reversed upon appeal - Trustee Act 1949, s. 63

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  • PP v. LIM KIANG CHAI [2016] 4 CLJ 173
    FEDERAL COURT, PUTRAJAYA
    MD RAUS SHARIF PCA, ABDULL HAMID EMBONG FCJ, AHMAD MAAROP FCJ, ZAINUN ALI FCJ, ABU SAMAH NORDIN FCJ
    [CRIMINAL APPEAL NO: 05-162-07-2013(Q)]
    13 JANUARY 2016

    EVIDENCE: Corroboration - Court's approach to corroboration - Whether mere circumstantial evidence of connection with crime sufficient - Whether corroboration must be in material particulars - Surrounding circumstances leading to commission of offence - Whether events preceding offence to be considered

    EVIDENCE: Statement - Cautioned statement - Voluntariness - Allegation that cautioned statement given under oppressive conditions - Whether proven - Trial within a trial to determine voluntariness of cautioned statement - Whether cautioned statement given voluntarily without any inducement, threat or promise

    EVIDENCE: Accomplice - Credibility - Whether evidence of accomplice corroborated by independent evidence

    EVIDENCE: Presumption - Possession of stolen property - Accused faced with offence of murder - Discovery of stolen goods not long after break in and murder at house of accused - Whether connected accused with offence charged - Whether explanation given as to how accused came into possession of goods - Whether attracted presumption that accused was associated with commission of crime - Evidence Act 1950, s. 114(a)

    CRIMINAL PROCEDURE: Appeal - Appeal against conviction and sentence - Appeal by prosecution - Offence of murder - Whether cautioned statement given voluntarily - Whether identity of offender established - Whether evidence of accomplice corroborated by independent evidence - Whether possession of stolen property connected offender to offence - Whether order of trial court should be reinstated

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  • PP lwn. CHONG CHEE KHEONG & SATU LAGI [2016] 1 SMC 81
    MAHKAMAH MAJISTRET, IPOH
    SUHAIMA MOHD NOOR Mj
    [KES TANGKAP NO: 83-480-03-2013 & 83-481-03-2013]
    17 FEBRUARI 2015

    KETERANGAN: Laporan pakar - Laporan kimia - Rampasan barang-barang larangan - Kegagalan menyerahkan laporan kimia kepada tertuduh - Sama ada peruntukan s. 399 Kanun Tatacara Jenayah dipatuhi - Sama ada laporan kimia dokumen penting dan keterangan konklusif - Sama ada ahli kimia dipanggil untuk memberi keterangan - Sama ada intipati pertuduhan dibuktikan - Sama ada sijil-sijil penjenisan yang ditandatangani oleh Ketua Pengarah Kastam dibuat dengan merujuk kepada laporan kimia - Sama ada tertuduh dilepaskan dan dibebaskan - Akta Kastam 1967, s. 22A

    PROSEDUR JENAYAH: Keterangan pakar - Laporan kimia - Rampasan barang-barang larangan - Kegagalan menyerahkan laporan kimia kepada tertuduh - Sama ada peruntukan s. 399 Kanun Tatacara Jenayah dipatuhi - Sama ada laporan kimia dokumen penting dan keterangan konklusif - Sama ada ahli kimia dipanggil untuk memberi keterangan - Sama ada intipati pertuduhan dibuktikan - Sama ada sijil-sijil penjenisan yang ditandatangani oleh Ketua Pengarah Kastam dibuat dengan merujuk kepada laporan kimia - Sama ada tertuduh dilepaskan dan dibebaskan - Akta Kastam 1967, s. 22A

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  • ARTICLE HIGHLIGHT

    Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory – lessons from recent unfair dismissal decisions

    AUSTRALIA
    Employment

    Other factors can lead to a finding of unfairness
    Three recent decisions of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) serve as a reminder to employers that despite there being a valid reason for the dismissal of an employee, a range of other factors can lead to a finding of unfairness.

    Read more [2016] FWC 1472 [2016] FWC 1555 [2016] FWC 1460




  • Is predictive coding the route to faster disclosure and reduced costs?

    UK
    Dispute resolution

    Use of ‘predictive coding’ in disclosure process approved for first time
    The recent judgment in the case of Pyrrho v MWB [2016] EWHC 256 (Ch) has approved the use of 'predictive coding' in the disclosure process for the first time in the English courts. This is a significant development in demonstrating the willingness of the court to support innovative approaches to a process which can amount to a significant proportion of litigation costs and deter clients from proceeding with otherwise meritorious litigation.

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  • Appeal court: judge wrong to interfere with exclusion clause when wording sufficiently clear

    UK
    Litigation

    Judge wrong to override exclusion clause in complex contract for hire of offshore drilling rig
    A High Court judge was wrong to override an exclusion clause in a complex contract for the hire of an offshore drilling rig, as the parties were commercial equals and the wording of the clause was sufficiently clear, the appeal court has ruled.

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  • Non-disclosure clauses: when is a non-disclosure "deliberate or fraudulent"?

    UK
    Insurance

    When non-disclosure is ‘deliberate or fraudulent’
    In Mutual Energy Ltd v Starr Underwriting Agents Ltd [2016] EWHC 590 (TCC), Mr Justice Coulson considered the proper construction of a clause which prevented insurers from avoiding the policy for non-disclosure unless that non-disclosure was "deliberate or fraudulent".

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