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Book Review: by Lang Reid
A Primer of Thai Business Law
aliens in a strange land, many of us can run foul of the law, and just as it
does in the West, ignorance of the law is no excuse. Any foreigners who stay
here for any length of time are also in the situation of needing guidance
over purchasing contracts, sales contracts, leases and loans, labor laws,
This book, a Primer of Thai Business Law (ISBN 978-974-16-8821-0) and
written by David Tan promises on the front cover to explain Thai business
laws in a simple and concise way, make complex legal principles easy to
understand and give solutions to legal issues in our businesses. It almost
sounds too good to be true.
David Tan graduated with an MBA from Australia and Bachelor of Law (Hons)
from the University of Buckingham and has worked as a counselor in Thailand
since 1997, working at two Thai Law firms before joining the Asian
University in Jomtien where he lectures on Business Law, Labor Relations and
Information Technology Law. With that CV he sounds as if he is just the man
to lead us through the Thai Business Law maze.
The book begins with recommended reading of the first three chapters to get
a good understanding of important words and jargon. Author Tan admits they
may be boring, but advises patience. I did as he suggested, and they
certainly are boring, but required reading if you want to fully understand
the subsequent chapters.
Author Tan admits that law subjects are not considered pleasant reading, and
says that he has tried to write each chapter in simple English language,
easy to understand legal principles and with a minimum of legal jargon and
At B. 450 it isn’t going to break the bank to get some sort of insight into
the entangled maze called Thai business laws, and by necessity has to be in
Thai language. Author Tan has certainly helped demystify the situation, but
how much you learn from this, and how to apply all this new-found knowledge
is up to you, as they say in this country. His research into the complex
subject is also up to the minute, or up to July 1, 2008, though being a
lawyer he also says the contents do not constitute legal advice or
At the end of the chapters, there are questions posed which relate to the
subject matter of the chapter just read. A standard concept for teaching
students, but this is where the book falls down. There are no answers at the
back, just a brief sentence saying “Kindly note that suggested answers to
the review questions of each chapter will be made available from April 2009
I am sorry, David Tan, but this is like the sketch done by the late Tony
Hancock where he finds the last page of the whodunit he is reading is
missing and goes mad trying to find a complete copy, and finally finds the
author died before writing the final page. Author Tan, please start
inserting the answers as a loose sheet in all books - now!
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