The most important case on restitution in 2010 is probably the Court of Appeal decision in George Raymond Zage III v Ho Chi Kwong  2 SLR 589 (Chan Sek Keong CJ, Andrew Phang Boon Leong JA and V K Rajah JA) which discussed the state of knowledge required to establish liability for knowing receipt of misapplied trust property and implicitly rejected the strict liablity restitutionary analysis. In addition, there were a number of decisions on different aspects of the law of restitution. Notable on a preliminary point is Cheng William v DBS Bank Ltd  SGHC 34 at  (Lai Siu Chiu J), where the court disallowed an application by the plaintiff at the beginning of the trial to amend the reliefs sought to include a claim for restitution, because such a claim based on unjust enrichment had not been pleaded by the plaintiff. This is a useful reminder that the law of unjust enrichment stands alongside contract and torts as an independent source of obligations to be considered while drafting the pleadings, and it is not a vague principle of justice to be resorted to as a remedy of last recourse.
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Singapore Academy of Law Annual Review of Cases 2010
Teo, K. S.
Singapore Academy of Law
City or Country
YEO, Tiong Min.
Restitution. (2011). Singapore Academy of Law Annual Review of Cases 2010. 11, 517-533. Research Collection School Of Law.
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