Lai Wee Lian Revisited - Should Actuarial Tables Be Used for the Assessment of Damages in Personal Injury Litigation in Singapore? Wells V Wells

15 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2004

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Felix Wai Hon Chan

The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law

Wai Sum Chan

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Department of Finance

Abstract

Conventionally, the Singapore Courts follow the English authorities in choosing multipliers in personal injury litigation. Most judges select the multiplier by reference to a spread of multipliers in comparable cases from England and Singapore. The House of Lords in England recently made a significant decision in Wells v Wells. It approved actuarial evidence as the primary method of assessing future pecuniary loss. Although the courts in Singapore are not bound by this decision of the House of Lords, it is anticipated that the conventional method of choosing multipliers in Singapore will now be hotly contested. This case commentary comments on the legal and practical implications of Wells v Wells in Singapore.

Suggested Citation

Chan, Felix Wai Hon and Chan, Wai-Sum, Lai Wee Lian Revisited - Should Actuarial Tables Be Used for the Assessment of Damages in Personal Injury Litigation in Singapore? Wells V Wells. Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, pp. 364-378, 2000, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=444683

Felix Wai Hon Chan (Contact Author)

The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong
China

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Wai-Sum Chan

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Department of Finance ( email )

Shatin, N.T.
Hong Kong

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