Title

The New Contractual Interpretation in Singapore: From Zurich Insurance to Sembcorp Marine

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

7-2013

Abstract

This article seeks in three ways to contribute to the continued refinement of contractual interpretation in Singapore following Zurich Insurance and, more recently, Sembcorp Marine. First, it identifies the key rulings of law derived from the cases. From these, relevant issues in contractual interpretation will be distilled. It is important to identify and distinguish between the exact issues because their conflation will lead to confusion in an area already affected by much complexity due to the concurrent application of statutory and common law principles. Second, this article evaluates the courts' approaches to those issues. The principal difficulty is that there is a need to distinguish between statutory and common law principles. Third, this article suggests some possible reforms in the future. It considers whether it is possible to achieve a commercially sensible approach while keeping within the statutory constraints that bind the courts, or whether legislative reform is required.

Keywords

Contract law, court decisions, contract negotiations, Singapore

Discipline

Asian Studies | Commercial Law | Contracts

Research Areas

Commercial Law

Publication

Singapore Journal of Legal Studies

Volume

2013

First Page

301

Last Page

330

ISSN

0218-2173

Publisher

National University of Singapore

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