Case Update: Accent Delight International Ltd v Bouvier, Yves Charles Edgar [2016] SGHC 40 – forum non conveniens; non-availability of substantive claims under foreign law

Accent Delight International Ltd v Bouvier, Yves Charles Edgar [2016] SGHC 40

Significance: High Court held on application of Spiliada principles and the doctrine of forum non conveniens that Singapore proceedings should not be stayed in favour of Switzerland because, among other reasons, the plaintiffs may not be able to pursue their substantive claims under Swiss law. The Court also considered that the purported disadvantages of having the dispute determined in Singapore are neutralised by having the dispute heard in the Singapore International Commercial Court.

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Case Update: Abdul Rashid bin Abdul Manaf v Hii Yii Ann [2016] SGHCR 1 – convenience and compellability of witnesses in determining forum non conveniens

Abdul Rashid bin Abdul Manaf v Hii Yii Ann [2016] SGHCR 1

Signifiance: Singapore High Court sets out principles on the convenience and compellability of witnesses in determining forum non conveniens or natural forum for purposes of determining a stay of court proceedings.

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Case Update: Bunge SA v Indian Bank [2015] SGHC 330 – Singapore High Court stayed local proceedings for India Court proceedings on basis of forum non conveniens

The court granted a stay of proceedings on the ground of forum non conveniens applying the principles in Spiliada Maritime Corporation v Cansulex Ltd [1987] AC 460 (“Spiliada”), adopted in the Singapore courts: Rickshaw Investments Ltd v Nicolai Baron von Uexkull [2007] 1 SLR(R) 377, CIMB Bank Bhd v Dresdner Kleinwort Ltd [2008] 4 SLR(R) 543 and JIO Minerals FZC v Mineral Enterprises Ltd [2011] 1 SLR 391.

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