On 30 October 2020, the Singapore International Commercial Court handed down judgment in Tamar Perry & anor v Bonnet Esculier Servane Michele Thais & anor. The case provided Simon Thorley IJ with an opportunity to clarify the unique nature of interpleader proceedings, in which rival claimants contend that they own the same property.
The Court has confirmed that, in the common situation where leave is given for the rival claimants to press their claims in a new action, the proceedings are not to be treated as a normal lawsuit to which new or different claims can be easily added.
The Court has also provided guidance on the circumstances in which a case in the SICC will be considered an “offshore case”.
A copy of the judgment can be found here.
Colin Liew acts for the defendants