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Singapore
Thursday, September 23, 2021
9.00 am - 5.30 pm
HYBRID FORMAT! Annual Construction Law Conference 2021: HOPE AND FEARS - the Built Environment in the Next Decade (23 September 2021)

SCL (Singapore) Annual Construction Law Conference 2021 - Hybrid Conference
HOPE AND FEARS - the Built Environment in the Next Decade | Thursday, 23 September 2021 • 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

GUEST OF HONOUR & KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Ms Indranee THURAI RAJAH
- Minister, the Prime Minister’s Office; Second Minister for Finance and National Development; Member of Parliament for       Tanjong Pagar GRC

ABOUT THIS CONFERENCE
Hopes and fears – the built environment in the next decade

Business sectors including the built environment have had to and will continue to remould themselves in the shifting
sands of the COVID-19 pandemic – there is no certainty that the old normal will ever return.
This year’s SCL (Singapore) Annual Conference kicks off with a discussion on transformative technologies and sustainable solutions during project execution before what is hopefully an invigorating yet light-hearted debate takes place on whether the next decade will bring forth a more collaborative working style in the built environment or will a culture of blame be the prevailing approach. After lunch, various stakeholders provide their intriguing insights into what could perhaps be seen as a generational change in the conduct of virtual dispute resolution hearings in a post-COVID-19 world.
The Annual Conference will close with an insight into the latest trends and developments in construction law.
The Annual Conference will host some of the foremost construction law practitioners, senior in-house legal counsel and industry experts to provide delegates with a series of four sessions which focus on:

  • Session 1: 2030: Is Construction Industry Ready for Technology Revolution?
  • Session 2: Debate on the Motion: “The Next Decade will Witness Parties in the Construction Industry Becoming More Contentious and Less Collaborative.”
  • Session 3: Positives and Pitfalls of Virtual Dispute Resolution – What Have We Learnt So Far?
  • Session 4: International Survey of Construction Law Trends & Developments

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Architects, developers, contractors, engineers, project managers, consultants, managing agents, management corporations and other professionals involved in the construction industry who deal with legal, regulatory and contractual issues
  • Construction consultants
  • Lawyers
  • In-house counsel & legal officers working in the construction industry
  • Law, building & construction academics and students

For more information, download the Conference brochure HERE or email to secretariat@scl.org.sg 

To secure your place, please REGISTER ONLINE via our website by 9th September 2021. 

Singapore
Thursday, October 14, 2021
5.00 pm - 6.30 pm
WEBINAR: Experts - Managing Conflicts In Construction (14 October 2021)

About the Webinar:

Conflicts of interest are an important concern for all involved in dispute resolution. The integrity of the process by which disputes are settled is essential as it is not enough for justice to be done. Justice must be seen to be done. The rules and case law are clear on how judges and counsel should decide whether there is a conflict of interest in being involved in a matter. However, there has been little discussion on the topic of expert witnesses who often possess similar characteristics to that of counsel – they provide advice to parties in litigation, they advocate for their clients in legal proceedings through their impartial expert opinions, etc.

This topic is relevant to the construction law industry given that experts are commonly employed to resolve technical issues of contention in the disputes. This webinar will explore the contours of these conflicts and discuss ways of managing them

Webinar Programme:

Webinar participants will be able to watch and listen to (via computer audio, recommended for security reasons, or telephone line) the video presentation and Q&A discussion on their screens, as well as participate in the Q&A discussion by sending in their questions to the moderator via text using the built-in Q&A function.

5.00 - 5.10pm - Opening Remarks by Chairperson

  • The Honourable Wayne Martin AC QC

5.10 - 6.10pm - Experts: Managing Conflicts in Construction

  • Mr. John Battersby - Group Managing Director, BKAsiaPacific Limited
  • Ms. Anneliese Day QC – Silk, Fountain Court Chambers
  • Mr. Amit Garg - Managing Director, Secretariat Consulting Pte Ltd

6.10 - 6.30pm - Q&A Moderated by Webinar Chair

About the Speakers:

Mr. John Battersby - Group Managing Director, BKAsiaPacific Limited

Mr. John Battersby, FCInstCES, FGIS, FASI, FCIOB, FHKICM, MRICS, MHKIS, FCMI, FCIArb, FHKIArb, MAE, RPS(QS) is Group Managing Director of BKAsiaPacific Limited and a Registered Professional Quantity Surveyor (Hong Kong) and Chartered Construction Manager having worked in the construction industry for 54 years, 38 years of which have been spent working on projects in Hong Kong, China and South East Asia. John has acted as an expert witness several times, both in arbitration and litigation, in respect of additional cost/loss and expense/damages claims, measurement issues, adjustment of rates, valuation of variations and causes and effects of delays to construction works. He has acted both as party appointed expert and “single joint expert” (or “tribunal expert”). He is a Practising Member of the Academy of Experts and accredited by the Academy as an Expert. He has also been appointed as Arbitrator, Assessor, Adjudicator, Mediator and Dispute Resolution Advisor several times. From his first hand experience of what can go wrong on various building and civil engineering projects, John understands the importance of dispute avoidance through collaborative/cooperative contracting. He has also worked on target cost contracts utilizing collaborative/cooperative working procedures as well as NEC lump sum and measurement contracts and has conducted numerous seminars and workshops on these subjects.

Ms. Anneliese Day QC – Silk, Fountain Court Chambers

Ms. Anneliese is a “leading lawyer of her generation” and a “standout genius” who is frequently instructed in high-value and complex cases both nationally and internationally, and as counsel and arbitrator. She is ranked both as a Leading Silk in six practice areas in the legal directories (commercial litigation, international arbitration, professional negligence, energy, construction and insurance/reinsurance) and as an Arbitrator. In 2020, she won International Arbitration barrister of the year and was shortlisted as ‘Professional Negligence Silk of the Year’; and was previously named ‘Construction and Energy Silk of the Year’ three times, ‘Barrister of the Year’ in 2014 by The Lawyer and one of the 500 most influential people in the UK by Debretts. She is often called upon to assist major corporate clients and high net worth individuals with cases concerning jointventures, private finance initiatives, contract termination, contractual interpretation and other business issues. She occupies an almost unique position of operating at the highest level in both the commercial and construction spheres not only in the UK but also in Asia, the Middle East, the US, Europe and the Caribbean. Described as “an absolute Rockstar at the top of her game”, Anneliese is equally at home in a court or arbitration setting and also regularly appears at appellate level.

Mr. Amit Garg - Managing Director, Secretariat Consulting Pte Ltd

Mr. Garg is Managing Director of Secretariat’s Asia-Pacific operations. He specializes in construction disputes and has extensive experience in performing delay analysis, measuring productivity and reviewing project delivery systems. His experience ranges across a wide range of large and complex projects, with a particular focus on oil & gas, energy and transportation projects. As part of these engagements, Mr. Garg has testified on numerous occasions in arbitrations under the rules of ICC, ICSID, AAA, DIAC, DIFC, HKIAC, SIAC, ADCCAC, AIAC, PAM, and ad hoc arbitrations, in various jurisdictions across the world. He has been consistently named as “Global Elite Thought Leader” by Who’s Who Legal (WWL).

About the Chairperson:

The Honourable Wayne Martin AC QC

The Honourable Wayne Martin AC QC was Chief Justice of Western Australia between 2006 and his retirement from the bench in July 2018. Prior to his appointment he practised at the Western Australian Bar in the field of commercial litigation, mainly involving disputes in the mining, energy, resources, construction and financial sectors. His practice included international and domestic arbitration. As Chief Justice he created and managed the Arbitration List of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and he has published many decisions in that field (and others). Since leaving the Bench he is taking appointments as a mediator and arbitrator, and has taken chambers at Francis Burt Chambers, Perth, and at 39 Essex Chambers, with chambers in London, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

REGISTRATION CLOSING DATE: 11 October 2021

FEES (includes materials, if any)

SCL (Singapore) Members

S$35.00

  • Guests of SCL(S) Members
  • Members of international SCLs,
  • Members of
  1. Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Singapore) Ltd (CIArb),
  2. Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB),
  3. Lighthouse Club (Singapore) (Lighthouse),
  4. Marine Offshore Oil & Gas Association (MOOGAS)
  5. Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS),
  6. Singapore Contractors Association Ltd (SCAL),
  7. Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb),
  8. Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA),
  9. Singapore Institute of Building Ltd (SIBL),
  10. Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers (SISV),
  11. Society of Project Managers (SPM),
  12. Tunneling and Underground Construction Society (Singapore (TUCSS),
  13. Full Time Students & Faculty of NUS Faculty of Law

S$60.00

Others

S$90.00

 

New Zealand
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 to Friday, November 5, 2021
09:00 to 17:30
9th International Society of Construction Law Conference

The Society of Construction Law New Zealand is pleased to be hosting the 9th International Society of Construction Law Conference. The conference is being held in Auckland, New Zealand on 3-5 November 2021 and will bring leading experts in construction law from around the world to Auckland.

Our conference theme is: "Building for Change" 

Legal systems are dynamic in nature often built on precedent and always by incremental development. With the passage of time and severing of colonial apron strings, the common law has developed in unique ways around the world. This applies equally to construction law and how it operates in the Asia-Pacific region. 
That development continues with new influences in the form of natural disasters, who funds large scale infrastructure projects and the adaptation (and adoption) of emerging technologies. The SCL 9th International Construction Law Conference will explore construction law as it relates to contracts, negligence, product liability and dispute resolution through keynote and specialist presentations along with two streams of plenary sessions over two days.

For all Conference information plesae visit the Conference website constructionlaw2021.com 

Register your interest for conference updates

Singapore
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
5.00 pm - 7.00 pm
WEBINAR: Adverse Physical Conditions – What should an experienced contractor be expected to foresee? (24 November 2021)

About the Webinar:

Although civil engineering forms of contract used in Singapore have evolved over the last 40 years, the majority of major civil engineering contracts still include the provision which was adopted originally from Clause 12 of the ICE Conditions that the employer accepts the risk of adverse physical conditions which could not have been reasonably foreseen by an experienced contractor. Disagreement inevitably arises because the terminology is necessarily vague and the circumstances of the ‘adversity’ are judged after the event, when there is a natural tendency to be influenced by hindsight. 

Join us at this event where the panellists will discuss the following: 

  • The relevant provisions in the various international standard forms of contracts as well as the Singapore standard forms dealing with adverse physical conditions.
  • Recent case law dealing with claims for adverse physical conditions.
  • Actual circumstances of adverse conditions being encountered in Singapore to illustrate the challenges faced by the Engineer or Project Manager in assessing what should have been foreseen.

Webinar Programme:

Webinar participants will be able to watch and listen to (via computer audio, recommended for security reasons, or telephone line) the video presentation and Q&A discussion on their screens, as well as participate in the Q&A discussion by sending in their questions to the moderator via text using the built-in Q&A function.

5.00 - 5.10pm - Opening Remarks by Moderator

  • Mr. Trevor Lam - Principal, Head of Singapore, TBH; Treasurer, Society of Construction Law (Singapore)

5.10 - 6.45pm - Adverse Physical Conditions – What should an experienced contractor be expected to foresee?

  • Mr. Chris Nunns – Managing Director, Kroll, Expert Services, Construction Disputes
  • Mr. Paul Sandosham - Partner, Clifford Chance Asia, Singapore

6.45 - 7.00pm - Q&A Moderated by Webinar Moderator

About the Speakers:

Mr. Chris Nunns – Managing Director, Kroll, Expert Services, Construction Disputes

Christopher is a respected construction expert with 40 years’ experience in the construction industry. He is a Fellow of the Asia Pacific Institute of Experts. For 35 years he has been based in Singapore and has given expert evidence in arbitration and court proceedings on numerous occasions. He is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences. He is a Past Chairman of the Society of Construction Law in Singapore, was a member of the ICE Editorial Advisory Panel and was also accredited as an adjudicator. Christopher holds a Masters degree in geology from Oxford University and spent the early part of his career planning and executing site investigation works for major civil engineering schemes. Since then, he has always maintained a particular interest in disputes involving “adverse physical conditions”.

Mr. Paul Sandosham - Partner, Clifford Chance Asia, Singapore

Paul Sandosham is the Managing Partner of Cavenagh Law LLP and concurrently a partner in Clifford Chance LLP. He practises in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution department and heads Clifford Chance Asia's Energy, Infrastructure and Resources (Disputes) practice for South East Asia. He often acts as counsel in court, adjudication proceedings and international arbitration proceedings under various arbitration rules for various parties in disputes arising out of complex cross-border construction and infrastructure disputes. Paul is on the panel of arbitrators of various arbitral institutions and is often appointed as sole or presiding arbitrator. Paul was one of the inaugural batch of thirteen practitioners appointed as a Senior Accredited Specialists for Building & Construction by the Singapore Academy of Law. He is recognised as a leading dispute resolution and construction lawyer in numerous independent legal publications. He is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors of CIArb (Singapore).

* Clifford Chance Asia is a Formal Law Alliance in Singapore between Clifford Chance Pte Ltd and Cavenagh Law LLP

About the Chairperson:

Mr. Trevor Lam - Principal, Head of Singapore, TBH; Treasurer, Society of Construction Law (Singapore)

Trevor has over 20 years of experience across the globe and currently leads TBH’s Singapore office and is the Honorary Treasurer of the Society of Construction Law (Singapore). His experience has been built on a variety of projects including airports, roads, rail, mixed-use developments, hospitals, shopping centres, oil & gas, power and sporting facilities. Over his career, he has been engaged in the provision of independent expert analyses on extensions of time, disruption and acceleration. This has included the preparation of analyses, reports and acting as the Expert for litigation, arbitration, adjudication and mediation proceedings. To stay current, Trevor continues to maintain a strong involvement in the delivery of live projects; planning works from conception to completion across a diversified client base including owners, contractors and sub-contractors. As a result, it has helped in developing a wide-ranging perspective on construction issues that commonly arise.

REGISTRATION CLOSING DATE: 19 November 2021

FEES (includes materials, if any)

SCL (Singapore) Members

S$35.00

  • Guests of SCL(S) Members
  • Members of international SCLs,
  • Members of
  1. Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Singapore) Ltd (CIArb),
  2. Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB),
  3. Lighthouse Club (Singapore) (Lighthouse),
  4. Marine Offshore Oil & Gas Association (MOOGAS)
  5. Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS),
  6. Singapore Contractors Association Ltd (SCAL),
  7. Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb),
  8. Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA),
  9. Singapore Institute of Building Ltd (SIBL),
  10. Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers (SISV),
  11. Society of Project Managers (SPM),
  12. Tunneling and Underground Construction Society (Singapore (TUCSS),
  13. Full Time Students & Faculty of NUS Faculty of Law

S$60.00

Others

S$90.00