New book on contract law written from a local perspective

Singapore, 24 August 2012 – The first textbook on Singapore contract law written by a panel of local legal scholars for a local audience has been released by Academy Publishing, a division of the Singapore Academy of Law.

The Law of Contract in Singapore is authored by The Honourable Judge of Appeal Justice Andrew Phang Boon Leong, Assistant Professor Goh Yihan, from the National University of Singapore, and Associate Professors Pearlie Koh, Lee Pey Woan and Tham Chee Ho from the Singapore Management University. Justice Phang is also the General Editor of this title.

The last local edition on this topic entitled Cheshire, Fifoot and Furmston’s Law of Contract – Second Singapore and Malaysian Edition was published more than a decade ago. It was written by Justice Andrew Phang Boon Leong before he was elevated to the Bench in 2005.

“The economic rise of Asia and the Government's drive for Singapore to become Asia's leading financial and legal services centre are creating a wealth of mercantile opportunities. It is therefore timely to introduce an up-to-date and comprehensive publication on contract law that's written by local scholars for the local market/audience," said Mr Francis Xavier, SC, Head of the Disputes Practice in Rajah & Tann.

The Law of Contract in Singapore has 23 well-structured, extensively referenced chapters and is the most up-to-date text on Singapore contract law currently available. This title delineates salient decisions not only from the local courts but also from other Commonwealth jurisdictions such as Australia, Canada, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. This book seeks to draw references to particular areas on Singapore contract law that are not well-settled or which may benefit from comparative jurisprudence. It encapsulates relevant and the latest secondary materials as well as recommendations for reform, where applicable and necessary.

This book is a comprehensive, all-inclusive, go-to guide not only for local practitioners and students but also practitioners and students from other common law jurisdictions.

Where to buy the book

The Law of Contract in Singapore, priced at $160.50 for the softcover edition and $374.50 for the leather edition (prices include GST), is available at major bookstores in Singapore. Orders can also be placed online via the Singapore Academy of Law website www.sal.org.sg. For more information, call 6332 4388.

 

About the General Editor

Justice Andrew Phang is a Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court. Prior to his elevation in 2006, he was a Judge of the Supreme Court. Before he joined the legal service as a Judicial Commissioner in January 2005, he was professor of law and chaired the department of law in the business school of the Singapore Management University. Justice Phang is also a Vice-President of the SAL Senate.

Justice Phang has published extensively in both local and international journals and is the author of several books and monographs including the Development of Singapore Law – Historical and Socio-Legal Perspectives; Basic Principles of Singapore Business Law; and the local edition of Cheshire, Fifoot and Furmston’s Law of Contract.

About the Contributors

Goh Yihan

Goh Yihan is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (“NUS”). He was appointed to his current academic position in 2011. He joined the Supreme Court as a Justices’ Law Clerk after graduation and was appointed an Assistant Registrar before he left the Legal Service in 2008. Yihan specialises in the law of contract and torts, and his work has been published in local journals as well as internationals journals.

Pearlie Koh

Pearlie Koh teaches business law and company law at the Singapore Management University (“SMU”). She is an Associate Professor of Law in the Business School at SMU. She is also an Advocate and Solicitor of the Singapore Supreme Court. She graduated with an LLB from NUS and obtained an LLM from the University of Melbourne. She has published extensively in local and international law journals on company law and has contributed to a number of books and monographs.

Lee Pey Woan

Lee Pey Woan is an Associate Dean (Teaching & Curriculum), School of Law, SMU. She was appointed Associate Dean in 2010. She teaches business law and company law at SMU. She holds a LLB (First Class Honours) degree from King’s College, University of London and a BCL from the University of Oxford. She was called to the Singapore Bar in 1993. She is also the author of several books on contract law and company law.

Tham Chee Ho

Tham Chee Ho is an Associate Professor at SMU where he specialises in contract law, conflict of laws and unjust enrichment and restitution. He worked as a Magistrate, Deputy Registrar and Coroner, and as an Associate in two foreign law firms before joining SMU as an Assistant Professor of Law in 2001. He received his LLB (Hons) from NUS in 1994 and went on to obtain his BCL (Hons) from the University of Oxford thereafter.

About Academy Publishing

Academy Publishing is a division of the Singapore Academy of Law. It was officially launched on 18 May 2007 by the President of the Academy, the Honourable the Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong. This division was set up to publish books and other texts on Singapore law, and its objectives are threefold:

 

  • To provide affordable legal materials to the legal profession (including corporate counsel), law academics, law students, and the Judiciary;
  • To provide an alternative avenue to the academics in our law schools to publish their writings and thereby to encourage them to produce more works; and
  • To disseminate the laws of Singapore to a wider public in the region and internationally.

 

The titles to be published are selected by a Commissioning Panel.

Academy Publishing is not profit-driven and its immediate priority is to publish books on areas of law that fulfil practice and student needs, although other kinds of legal texts will also be included.

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