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Wednesday, July 28, 2021
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.


FEES (includes materials, if any)

SCL (Singapore) Members


  • 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





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.

- Minister, the Prime Minister’s Office; Second Minister for Finance and National Development; Member of Parliament for       Tanjong Pagar GRC

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


  • 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 

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

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 

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