Certainty v. Creativity: Some Pointers Towards the Development of the Common Law

SAL Distinguished Speaker Lecture

14 September 2018, 3.30pm - 7.00pm

Supreme Court Auditorium, Basement 2, 1 Supreme Court Lane, Singapore 178879


The Chancellor has given two recent speeches entitled “Contractual Interpretation: Do Judges sometimes say one thing and do another?” and “Preserving the integrity of the Common Law”.

In the first, he pointed out that the law on contractual interpretation as laid down in ICS v. West Bromwich BuiIding Society had not survived the two recent UK Supreme Court decisions in Arnold v. Britton and Wood v. Capita.

In the second, the Chancellor gave a number of examples of recent UK Supreme Court decisions which had not found favour with the highest courts in other Commonwealth common law jurisdictions. He suggested that the development of the common law should be incremental and that judges should be cautious about seismic changes or approaching landmark cases with a blank sheet of paper.

In this lecture, the Chancellor will return to the theme of the appropriate development of the common law, and ask how crucial certainty really is to the common law, as compared to impeccably reasoned judicial creativity. He will look at some recent examples including a further consideration of Patel v. Mirza and Ochroid Trading v. Chua Siok Lui.

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3.30 PM Registration
4.00 PM Arrival of Guests
4.30 PM Opening Address
by The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon
4.45 PM Certainty v. Creativity: Some Pointers Towards the Development of the Common Law
by The Right Honourable Sir Geoffrey Vos
5.45 PM

Panel Discussion
The Honourable Judge of Appeal Justice Judith Prakash, Supreme Court of Singapore

The Right Honourable Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court of England and Wales
Mr Davinder Singh, SC, Drew & Napier LLC
Associate Professor Goh Yihan, Singapore Management University

6.15 PM Cocktail Reception
7.00 PM End of Session



1.5 Public Public CPD Points
Practice Area: Others
Training Level: General

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There is no registration fee for this lecture but seats are limited and are offered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.  Please register before 05 Sep 2018. A confirmation email will be sent for every successful registration.

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