When does a lawyer or law firm owe an equitable duty of confidence to an adversary in Singapore, when acting for different clients in successive claims against the same adversary?

We examine this important question in our review of the Singapore Court of Appeal’s landmark decision of LVM Law Chambers LLC v Wan Hoe Keet and another and another matter [2020] SGCA 29.

Keywords

equitable duty of confidence; conscience; mutuality, objectivity; good faith; equity; specificity; trust abuse; quality of confidence; obligation of confidence; mutuality for equity intervention; Carter Holt Harvey Forests Ltd v Sunnex Logging Ltd; tactical advantage; real and sensible possibility test; Bolkiah test