Title

Restitution, Foreign Illegality and Foreign Moneylenders

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1996

Abstract

Brooks Exmin Pte Ltd v Bhagwandas is an important decision for Singapore law by any account. The Court of Appeal held that a claim will not be enforced if the object of the transaction underlying the claim was to commit a foreign illegality. It also modified its earlier position on the scope of the Moneylenders Act: non-resident moneylenders are now seen as subject to the Act and must be licensed to operate in Singapore. However, both the High Court and Court of Appeal decisions failed to explain the basis of the cause of action in question, and left several important questions in the conflict of laws unresolved, leaving in doubt the scope of foreign illegality and of the Moneylenders Act.

Discipline

Asian Studies | Dispute Resolution and Arbitration

Research Areas

Dispute Resolution

Publication

Singapore Academy of Law Journal

Volume

8

Issue

1

First Page

228

Last Page

248

ISSN

0218-2009

Publisher

Singapore Academy of Law

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