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Singapore
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
5.00pm to 7.15pm
WEBINAR: The Impact of Law on the Architect in Practice (22 July 2020)

About the Webinar:
The profession of the Architect is often romanticised by the media. From the individualistic genius who defies convention in Ayn Rand’s 1943 novel The Fountainhead, to the egotistical maniac who ignores the client’s requirements in Monty Python’s Architect Sketch, the profession is perceived as glamorous and mysterious at the same time. Architects are portrayed as people who wear black, wear bow ties, have a disdain for clients who do not understand their art, spend time sitting at a drawing board or admiring a model (an architectural model, that is), and wear hard hats while pointing vaguely at something in the distance. In reality, the practice of architecture is far more serious.The Architect carries heavy obligations and responsibilities, with sobering consequences should the Architect fail to fulfil them. Apart from owing a duty of care to the client, the Architect has an added responsibility unique to Singapore – that of the qualified person (QP). The QP plays an important role as Agent of the State to effect policy, and to protect national and public interests.

This webinar will broadly cover the history of the profession, the training and regulation of the Architect, the Architect's scope of service and associated responsibilities, and the risk exposure of the Architect with particular references to two recent cases:

  • Wei Siang Design Construction Pte Ltd v Euro Assets Holding (S) Pte Ltd [2018] SGHC 182
  • Freeborn & Anor v Marcal (t/a Dan Marcal Architects) [2019] EWHC 454 (TCC).

Catherine Loke, an Architect, and Edwin Lee, a Lawyer, will offer perspectives from the practice and legal standpoints respectively.

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, receive a PDF copy of the presentation slides, as well as participate in the Q&A discussion by sending in your questions to the moderator via text using the built-in chat 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 Impact of Law on the Architect in Practice

Ar. Catherine Loke – Partner, Lander Loke Architects

Mr. Edwin Lee Peng Khoon – Partner, Eldan Law LLP

7.00 – 7.15pm

Q&A Session

About the Speakers:
Ar. Catherine Loke – Partner, Lander Loke Architects

Catherine Loke obtained her Bachelor of Planning & Design in 1989 and Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) in 1992 from the University of Melbourne. She has worked briefly in Melbourne & Kuala Lumpur, and in Singapore since 1993. She has been a Registered Architect since 1998 and partner in Lander Loke Architects since 1999. As a practitioner, Catherine believes in hands-on involvement and gives personal attention to the projects undertaken by her firm. Over the years this has given her in-depth skills, knowledge and experience in the complete process of delivering a wide variety of projects (residential, commercial and industrial), from design and documentation to contract administration and code compliance, as well as the use of technology to enable more effective delivery. Catherine is currently the First Vice-President of the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) and also serves as Chairman of the Small & Medium Architectural Practice Committee, Architects' Appointment Committee and the SIA Minor Works Contract Working Group. She regularly speaks on practice and building contract matters at the annual SIA Practice Convention and SIA Continuing Professional Development seminars. Outside of SIA, Catherine served as the Chief Examiner for the Professional Practice Examination under Section 15.(2)(a)(ii) of the Architects Act (Cap.12), from 2014 to 2016. She was also a member of the BCA BIM Legal & Contractual Workgroup in 2013. She has previously given talks at the Society of Construction Law, and is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore, teaching architectural practice.

 

Mr. Edwin Lee Peng Khoon – Partner, Eldan Law LLP

Edwin Lee is one of the founding partners of Eldan Law LLP. Practising for more than 25 years, Edwin is accredited by the Singapore Academy of Law as a Senior Specialist in Construction Law. He is also cited as a leading Singapore construction law practitioner in Euromoney’s Guide to the World's Leading Construction Lawyers (2017). The Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide 2017 has cited him as “an authority on domestic construction adjudications”. Edwin sits on the SMC Construction Adjudicator Accreditation Committee, which oversees the selection and assessment of adjudicators. He has conducted hundreds of adjudication cases, variously as counsel, adjudicator and review adjudicator. Edwin is also an accredited adjudicator in Malaysia. Edwin has also argued many of the landmark construction law court cases. As an active advocate, he ranks as the construction law advocate with the highest number of reported court judgments. Apart from his active legal practice, Edwin is also an Adjunct Associate Professor with the National University of Singapore, Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Singapore University of Technology and Design, and a trainer for the Building & Construction Authority on Construction Law. Edwin is the co-author of Confidentiality in Arbitration (2007), a general editor of the annual Singapore Construction Adjudication Review, and the Construction Law editor for the Singapore Academy of Law’s online journal SAL Practitioner. He is the author of the book Building Contract Law in Singapore (2016, 3rd Edition).

 

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 Fee:

 
REGISTRATION CLOSING DATE: 19 July 2020

FEES (includes materials, if any)

SCL (Singapore) Members

S$35.00

Guests of SCL(S) Members, Members of international SCLs,
Members of 
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Singapore) Ltd (CIArb), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Lighthouse Club (Singapore) (Lighthouse), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Singapore Contractors Association Ltd (SCAL), Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA), Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb), Singapore Institute of Building Ltd (SIBL), Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers (SISV), Society of Project Managers (SPM), Tunneling and Underground Construction Society (Singapore) (TUCSS), Full Time Students & Faculty of NUS Faculty of Law,
Marine Offshore Oil & Gas Association (MOOGAS)

S$60.00

Others

S$90.00

Singapore
Thursday, September 3, 2020
5.00 pm to 6.45 pm
NOW IN WEBINAR FORMAT! Bond Calls and Interim Relief (3 September 2020)

About this Webinar:

Performance bonds are an important feature of construction projects and are often used for tactical purposes, particularly where market conditions are challenging. Lynne McCafferty QC and Sanjay Patel from 4 Pump Court, London consider recent case-law on performance bonds in the common law jurisdictions. They examine what employers have to do to make successful calls on these bonds, and the circumstances in which contractors can challenge 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 your questions to the moderator via text using the built-in Q&A function.

5.00 - 5.05pm

Opening Remarks by Chairperson

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

5.05 - 6.35pm

Bond Calls and Interim Relief

Ms. Lynne McCafferty QC – Barrister, 4 Pump Court

Mr. Sanjay Patel - Barrister, 4 Pump Court

6.35 – 6.45pm

Q&A Session

About the Speakers:

Ms. Lynne McCafferty QC – Barrister, 4 Pump Court

Lynne McCafferty QC of 4 Pump Court is a leading commercial silk at the English Bar specialising in construction & engineering, energy, international arbitration, professional negligence, and technology & telecoms law.
Lynne is highly ranked in the legal directories, where she has recently been described as “a top-quality silk”, “a fiercely intelligent and competitive advo cate”, and “a first rate lawyer and an outstanding performer in court”.
Her practice includes huge infrastructure projects, multi-million pound commercial developments, high-profile PFI projects, oil and gas processing plants and pipelines, and onshore wind farms. Recent cases have included the Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi, the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, and a major extension to a rail and metro network. She has particular experience of large-scale disputes arising out of IT contracts, including major business systems, government contracts, and bespoke software projects.
Lynne has extensive advocacy experience in international arbitrations, in the Technology & Construction Court (TCC) in London, and in adjudication proceedings. She has acted on cases under a wide range of arbitration rules including ICC, ICSID, LMAA, LCIA, DIFC, and DIAC. She is a TECBAR-accredited adjudicator, has acted as arbitrator, and is registered as an advocate with the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

 

Mr. Sanjay Patel - Barrister, 4 Pump Court

Sanjay Patel is a commercial barrister at 4 Pump Court, London and has a wide-ranging commercial practice with particular specialisms in construction, energy and banking law. Sanjay is a leading junior who is popular for large scale construction projects both in the UK and internationally . Recently, Sanjay’s practice has focused on high value disputes concerning transport, power and waste projects. Sanjay is ranked as a leading junior in the Legal 500 where he has been described as “infectiously enthusiastic, and excellent at getting down into the details of a case." Sanjay also has a varied banking practice which has included cases concerning project finance, demand guarantees and complex derivatives. In a case particularly relevant to the talk for SCL, Sanjay appeared for an insurer in the first case concerning demand guarantees before the Qatar International Court (Leonardo v Doha Bank Assurance Company), which addressed whether the Singaporean “unconscionability” defence to bond calls should apply in that jurisdiction.
About the Chairperson:

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

Chen Han's area of practice is Dispute Resolution. He focuses in particular on construction, engineering and commercial disputes, and related advisory work. The cases on which Chen Han has acted involve a range of matters including tracing and restitution of monies, conspiracy, expressway design and construction, power plant design, construction and operation, cargo-facility construction, water works, mixed research and commercial developments, and hotel management disputes. He is described by Legal 500 as a name to note for construction and dispute resolution, and a go-to individual for complex delay claims, who is unafraid to dive into details.
He has written for various publications including the International Construction Law Review. He co-authored the SICC Handbook – A Guide to the Rules and Procedures of the Singapore International Commercial Court (Sweet & Maxwell, 2016) and the chapter on Enforcement of Foreign Judgments and Foreign Arbitral Awards in the Law and Practice of Commercial Litigation in Singapore (Sweet & Maxwell, 2015). He is also a Contributing Editor for the Singapore Journal of Construction Law and a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.

 

Registration Fee:

 
REGISTRATION CLOSING DATE: 31 August 2020

FEES (includes materials, if any)

SCL (Singapore) Members

S$35.00

Guests of SCL(S) Members, Members of international SCLs,
Members of 
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Singapore) Ltd (CIArb), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Lighthouse Club (Singapore) (Lighthouse), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Singapore Contractors Association Ltd (SCAL), Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA), Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb), Singapore Institute of Building Ltd (SIBL), Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers (SISV), Society of Project Managers (SPM), Tunneling and Underground Construction Society (Singapore) (TUCSS), Full Time Students & Faculty of NUS Faculty of Law,
Marine Offshore Oil & Gas Association (MOOGAS)

S$60.00

Others

S$90.00

 

New Zealand
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 to Friday, November 6, 2020
17:30 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 4-6 November 2020 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.

Call for Abstracts opens 1 December 2019

For all Conference information plesae visit the Conference website constructionlaw2020.com 

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