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Singapore
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
5.00pm-7.15pm
WEBINAR: The Law on Liability and Recourse for Defective Homes in Singapore (24 March 2021)

About the Webinar:

This webinar explains:

  1. the legal complications and challenges that home owners face in obtaining redress for construction defects
  2. the differences between recourse in contract and in tort
  3. the differences between common property and private property defects
  4. the different ways in which each type of claim needs to be made, and the legal and practical challenges involved.

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 - 5.15pm

Opening Remarks by Chairperson

Ar. Darren Benger – Director, VivATA Pte Ltd; Council Member, Society of Construction Law (Singapore)

5.15 - 7.00pm

The Law on Liability and Recourse for Defective Homes in Singapore

Mr. Melvin Chan - Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution, TSMP Law Corporation, Singapore

Mr. Kishan Pillay -  Of Counsel, TSMP Law Corporation, Singapore

7.00 - 7.15pm

Q&A Session

About the Speakers:
Mr. Melvin Chan - Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution, TSMP Law Corporation, Singapore

 

Melvin heads TSMP’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. His main area of practice is in civil and commercial litigation, where he has extensive experience in contentious construction and engineering disputes, both in Court and arbitration. Melvin has successfully argued a number of landmark decisions in the High Court and Court of Appeal, including MCST Plan No 3322 v Mer Vue Developments Pte Ltd & Ors where the Court of Appeal considered the extension of the independent contractor defence to consultants and main contractors; and in Wei Siang Design Construction Pte Ltd v Euro Assets Holdings (S) Pte Ltd, where the Court had opportunity to consider the ambit of the consultants’ duty of care to the employer with whom they had no contractual relationship. Melvin has been consistently recognised as a key practitioner in various leading publications for his work in Construction and Engineering. Melvin is recommended for his expertise in the field of Construction and Engineering in both The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021. Melvin is also recognised as a “Distinguished Practitioner (Construction)” in Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2021, and as a Dispute Resolution Star for Construction and Commercial disputes in Benchmark Asia-Pacific 2020. Melvin is an Accredited Adjudicator with the Singapore Mediation Centre, and a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.

Mr. Kishan Pillay - Of Counsel, TSMP Law Corporation, Singapore

Kishan is an Of Counsel at TSMP Law Corporation, specialising in building and construction disputes. He counts among his clients developers, local and foreign contractors, and professional consultants, and has enjoyed success at all levels of the Singapore Courts, as well as in domestic and international arbitrations. Kishan has particular experience in matters relating to the SOP Act, having acted in numerous adjudication and adjudication review applications, and related applications to the High Court.

 

 About the Chairperson:

Ar. Darren Benger – Director, VivATA Pte Ltd; Council Member, Society of Construction Law (Singapore) 

Darren received his Bachelor of Architecture degree with First Class Honours from the University of Adelaide, Australia in 1995, and registered with the Board of Architects, Singapore in 2001. Darren received the Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration (GCIA) from the National University of Singapore in 2008. Since 1996 Darren has resided in Singapore, and he is currently a Director of VivATA Architects Pte Ltd. Darren is Past Chairman of the Society of Construction Law (Singapore). Darren is also a Fellow member of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. Darren's involvement in the Singapore Institute of Architects includes election to Council for the 2007/08 to terms, and he has actively participated in various SIA committees, including involvement in the Building Contracts Committee since 2007/08, and the ADR Committee since 2008/09 (as chairperson since 2012/13). Darren is also on the SIA Panel of Expert Determinators. Darren has contributed as lecturer/tutor to the building contracts module of the Architectural Practice course for the National University of Singapore - School of Architecture since 2009. Darren has served as an expert witness in various Court cases and arbitrations, including one of the first experts 'Hot Tubbing' cases in the SGHC

 
REGISTRATION CLOSING DATE: 17 March 2021

FEES (includes materials, if any)

SCL (Singapore) Members

S$35.00

  • Guests of SCL(S) Members
  • Members of international SCLs,
    1. Members of 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 Architects (SIA),
    8. Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb),
    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

 

Singapore
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
5.00pm-7.00pm
WEBINAR: The Law of Construction Insurance: A Primer (19 May 2021)

About the Webinar:

The Asia-Pacific region has experienced a growth in construction projects in the recent years. In view that all-risks insurance is often required of any construction project, the construction boom has led to an increased demand in construction all-risks insurance. Yet, questions on the triggering of policy liability remain. 

In this session, we will discuss how policy liability may be triggered by “damage”. “Damage” is not an uncommon occurrence in construction projects. Often, however, insured parties are left wondering whether an occurrence is a “damage” or a “loss”? Insofar as an occurrence is a “damage” or a “loss”, there is the next question of what does “sudden and unforeseen” entail? Further, would there be exclusion clauses to prevent the triggering of policy liability? We will address these questions in this webinar session.

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 - 5.15pm

Opening Remarks by Chairperson

Mr. Ashok Kumar Rai – Associate Director, Cairnhill Law LLC, Singapore; Assistant Honorary Treasurer, Society of Construction Law (Singapore)

5.15 - 6.45pm

The Law of Construction Insurance: A Primer

Mr. Justyn Jagger - Advocate and Solicitor, Arbitrator; Co-Founder, Sharpe & Jagger LLC

Ms. Sinyee Ong – Advocate and Solicitor, Sharpe & Jagger LLC

6.45 - 7.00pm

Q&A Session

About the Speakers:
Mr. Justyn Jagger – Advocate and Solicitor, Arbitrator; Co-Founder, Sharpe & Jagger LLC

Justyn is an Advocate and Solicitor, and also sits as Arbitrator. Justyn has worked extensively for clients in the insurance and reinsurance space. He is highly regarded across APAC and the EMEA. His experience covers property and casualty, all risks, machinery breakdown, liability (including D&O, E&O, public liability and professional indemnity) and the pursuit of subrogated actions. Justyn specialises in resolving insurance and reinsurance disputes. He is experienced in all aspects of litigation and international arbitration.

Ms.  Sinyee Ong – Advocate & Solicitor, Sharpe & Jagger LLC

Sinyee is an international arbitration and dispute resolution specialist with a focus on the construction and insurance industries. She has experience in construction all risks insurance, delay and disruption, extension of time, payment and variation claims. Sinyee has advised clients in Asia and the Middle East. She is qualified to advise on the laws of Singapore, England & Wales, New York and Western Australia.

About the Chairperson:

Mr. Ashok Kumar Rai – Associate Director, Cairnhill Law LLC, Singapore; Assistant Honorary Treasurer, Society of Construction Law (Singapore) 

Ashok is a seasoned construction litigator and qualified arbitrator. He has represented a wide spectrum of clients in the construction industry – from developers to main contractors and consultants. Ashok’s experience includes acting as lead counsel both in arbitrations under the ICC and SIAC rules and adjudications conducted under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act. Ashok is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and is currently serving as the Assistant Honorary Treasure in the Council of the Singapore chapter of the Society of Construction Law.

 
REGISTRATION CLOSING DATE: 12 May 2021

FEES (includes materials, if any)

SCL (Singapore) Members

S$35.00

  • Guests of SCL(S) Members
  • Members of international SCLs,
    1. Members of 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 Architects (SIA),
    8. Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb),
    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

 

Singapore
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
5.00pm-7.00pm
WEBINAR: Limitation Periods in Construction Disputes - An international perspective (28 July 2021)

About the Webinar:

This webinar deals with the nature of limitation periods and their potential implications on the viability of various species of claims typically pursued in
construction disputes

James Howells QC and Shourav Lahiri of the world renowned construction set Atkin Chambers will discuss issues such as:

  1. When various limitation periods begin;
  2. When such periods stop running
  3. Whether limitation periods are suspended when parties invoke (sometimes lengthy) pre-arbitration dispute resolution processes; and
  4. Strategies for avoiding problems with limitation.

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 - 5.15pm

Opening Remarks by Chairperson

Mr. Toh Chen Han – Partner, Pinsent Masons MPillay LLP; Immediate Past Chairman, Society of Construction Law (Singapore)

5.15 - 6.45pm

Limitation Periods in Construction Disputes - An international perspective

Mr. James Howells QC - Barrister, Atkin Chambers
Mr. Shourav Lahiri - Barrister, Atkin Chambers

6.45 - 7.00pm

Q&A Session

About the Speakers:
Mr. James Howells QC - Barrister, Atkin Chambers

James Howells QC specialises in international commercial arbitration with particular expertise in infrastructure, construction, engineering, shipbuilding and IT disputes. His experience in energy-related cases includes oil and gas production platforms and rigs, FPSOs, gas storage caverns, desalination plants, power stations and renewables. He has extensive experience of international infrastructure projects. His IT experience includes commercial and technical disputes in projects ranging from commercial systems to major government projects. Much of his work is international in nature and throughout his career he has advised on disputes in jurisdictions such as Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, India, Russia, UAE, Oman, Continental Europe, Tanzania, South Africa, Channel Islands and Caribbean. James is consistently recognised by legal directories as a leading practitioner, clients comment he is “a phenomenal Silk” who is "very user-friendly, hands-on barrister with formidable advocacy skills". Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific describe him as a “"very clever and extremely able" advocate, noted for the jurisdictional diversity of his Asian arbitration practice, which embraces the handling of energy and engineering disputes originating in such widely separated locations as Pakistan, the Philippines and Thailand. Interviewees also value him for his cross-examination skills and as a "very approachable" colleague who gives "direct answers."”

Mr. Shourav Lahiri - Barrister, Atkin Chambers

Shourav is a specialist construction and international arbitration lawyer with over 20 years of experience advising on energy and infrastructure disputes. He represents clients in the onshore and offshore oil & gas, petrochemicals, power, infrastructure and building sectors on the procurement, design, engineering and construction of major projects. He has also represented companies in mainland China in investigations and sanctions proceedings brought by the World Bank. Shourav has practised in Singapore, Hong Kong, London, Dubai and Beijing. He has appeared as counsel in court, arbitrations and mediations across Asia-Pacific, the Gulf and Europe. He is qualified to practice in England and Wales, Singapore and Hong Kong, and has full rights of audience in the DIFC. Shourav is routinely rated as a leading individual in Chambers and Partners and is described as “a very experienced construction disputes lawyer”, whose “advice is comprehensive, practical and tailored to the circumstances of the case at hand”, while also being “creative in his approach to the legal dispute… attributed to his vast knowledge and experience in handling complex construction disputes”. He is noted for “his ability to get to the crux of the problem” and his “sharp mind”.

About the Chairperson:

Mr. Toh Chen Han – Partner, Pinsent Masons MPillay LLP; Immediate Past Chairman, Society of Construction Law (Singapore)

A seasoned litigator, Chen Han has been described by Legal 500 as ‘very methodical’, ‘forceful and relentless in his cross-examination' and ‘a go-to individual for complex delay claims’, who is ‘unafraid to dive into details’. He acts as Counsel in international arbitrations, and in Singapore's High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings and has acted on major infrastructure projects e.g. the construction of power plants in Borneo, Pakistan, the Philippines and South Africa, international airports in India and Vietnam, the Red Line Commuter Train Project in Thailand, an iron-ore processing plant in Russia, and numerous large-scale projects in Singapore including the iconic Marine One development, Changi Airport, Sports Hub, Tuas Desalination Plant 3, Deep Tunnel Sewerage System Phase II, Lower Seletar Water Works, Changi Water Reclamation Plant Phase 2, Biopolis, Fusionopolis, Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway, the Thomson, Eastern Region, and Jurong Region mass rapid transit lines. Chen Han is the Immediate Past Chair of the Society of Construction Law (Singapore), a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, a Contributing Editor for Singapore’s leading construction law textbook, Law and Practice of Construction Contracts (Chow Kok Fong, 2018), and a Contributing Editor for the Singapore Journal of Construction Law.

 
REGISTRATION CLOSING DATE: 21 July 2021

FEES (includes materials, if any)

SCL (Singapore) Members

S$35.00

  • Guests of SCL(S) Members
  • Members of international SCLs,
    1. Members of 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 Architects (SIA),
    8. Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb),
    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 

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