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Wednesday, January 22, 2020
05:00pm - 07:30pm
Annual Construction Law Update 2020

About this Seminar:

Since its Inaugural Annual Construction Law Update seminar held in January 2011, SCL (Singapore) has organised an annual update that provides an overview of key legal issues affecting the construction law industry in Singapore which has been well-received as a key landmark in each year's construction law-related training calendar.

In this year’s iteration, SCL (Singapore) is pleased to present its must-attend seminar that provides an overview of key issues affecting the construction law industry in Singapore in 2019 including the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment (Amendment) Act 2018 (the SOP Amendment Act 2018).

Our distinguished speakers, Mr Christopher Chuah and Mr Kelvin Aw will examine the ramifications of the SOP Amendment Act 2018 amendments as well as those of recent significant court decisions in Singapore (and other jurisdictions).

Seminar Programme:

5.00 - 5.30pm

Registrations & Refreshments for Delegates

5.30 - 5.40pm

Opening Remarks by Chairperson:

Mr. Lee Chau Ee - Vice Chairman, Society of Construction Law(Singapore)

5.40 - 7.10pm

Recent Developments under the SOP Act

Speaker: Mr. Christopher Chuah – Partner, WongPartnership LLP

The Security of Payment (Amendment ) Act was passed in Parliament in October 2018 and will come into operation shortly. These amendments have an important impact on construction and supply contracts.
The amendments will affect timing of payment claims, payment responses, termination of contracts as well as claims for loss and expense by contractors and employers. The speaker will examine the ramifications of these amendments as well as recent case law on adjudication matters.

Developments in Construction Law 2019

Speaker: Mr Kelvin Aw – Director, CMS Holborn Asia

The speaker will discuss significant Court decisions in Singapore and other jurisdictions in 2019 affecting consultants, contractors and developers alike along the following themes:
• Performance bonds – Claiming across different contracts and excluding unconscionability as a ground for resisting call
• Fitness for purpose – The extent to which it may be implied in consultancy contracts
• Liquidated Damages - The recoverability of liquidated damages for delayed completion in various scenarios
• Practical Completion and Defect liability clauses – A re-visitation

7.10 - 7.30pm

Panel discussion and Q&A on the issues discussed by Speakers


About the Speakers:

Mr. Christopher Chuah – Partner, WongPartnership LLP

Christopher Chuah heads the Infrastructure, Construction & Engineering Practice and is a Partner in the International Arbitration, China and Myanmar Practices. In January 2018, Christopher was amongst the inaugural batch of select practitioners to be appointed Senior Accredited Specialist in Building and Construction Law by the Singapore Academy of Law with many years of experience in adjudication.
He was amongst the first batch of adjudicators to be accredited under the SOP Act and a member of the Construction Adjudication Accreditation Committee and co-editor of the Singapore Construction Adjudication Review.
Christopher has also acted as leading counsel in many landmark construction cases including the recent Court of Appeal decision in Far East Square Pte Ltd v Yau Lee Construction (Singapore) Pte Ltd.
He is also an adjunct Professor in Construction Law at the Law Faculty of the National University of Singapore.

Mr Kelvin Aw – Director, CMS Holborn Asia

Kelvin Aw is a Director in CMS Holborn Asia. He represents clients in their transactional and contentious matters in the construction, engineering, and infrastructure space. In a typical project life cycle, he advises on front-end structuring, procurement and disputes avoidance and resolution. He represents clients in large-scale development matters not only in Singapore but also in China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Indo-Chinese region, and the Middle East.
Not only is he active in statutory adjudications in Singapore, he also represents clients in domestic and international arbitrations under various institutional rules. His specialist knowledge of building and construction law and tenacity puts him in a position of strength as Counsel.
Kelvin is consistently ranked as a leading individual for construction by the Chambers Asia-Pacific: Leading Lawyers for Business and The Legal 500 since 2016, and is identified in The Best Lawyers for construction in 2019. He is also recommended as a Dispute Resolution Star for construction and international arbitration by Benchmark Litigation since 2018.
He is a Senior Accredited Specialist for Building and Construction recognised by the Singapore Academy of Law, a fellow of the Singapore and Chartered Institutes of Arbitrators, and a Senior Adjudicator with the Singapore Mediation Centre.

About the Chairperson:

Mr. Lee Chau Ee – Vice Chairman, Society of Construction Law (Singapore)

Since qualification, Chau Ee has specialised as a construction and engineering lawyer. He has a cradle to grave international construction, energy and infrastructure practice, having lived and worked in a number of jurisdictions including London, Dubai and Beijing, advising and acting for clients from conception, inception to completion of a project life cycle.
Chau Ee also has an active international dispute avoidance, dispute resolution and international arbitration practice advising and acting for clients such as government-owned investment enterprises and diversified conglomerates, quasi-government agencies and multinational corporations on the Belt and Road Initiative in relation to issues arising from their investment across a broad spectrum of business sectors, mainly in transportation and industrials, and energy and natural resources.
Chau Ee has appeared as counsel, co-counsel and lead solicitor in domestic and international disputes under the auspices of international arbitral institutions (LCIA, ICC, SIAC, TAI, BANI, VIAC, DIAC, ADCCAC), ad-hoc non-institutional arbitrations (UNCITRAL) and in construction industry-specific arbitration rules such as the UK’s Construction Industry Model Arbitration Rules (CIMAR).
For more than a decade, Chau Ee has been recognised as a leading construction and engineering lawyer in leading international legal directories such as Who’s Who Legal in Construction and Euromoney’s Guide to World’s Leading Experts in Construction in a number of jurisdictions including Singapore, Dubai and Beijing.
Besides a law degree, Chau Ee also possesses an MSc in Construction Management (Project Management).

Registration Fee:



FEES (includes refreshments & materials, if any)

SCL (Singapore) Members


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)




Tuesday, February 25, 2020
06:00pm - 08:30pm
SCL (S) Construction Expertise 101 - Architecture

About this Series:

At the Opening of the Legal Year 2017, the Honourable Chief Justice announced the "Specialist Accreditation scheme designed to give due recognition to those who are experts in their field – starting with building and construction lawyers.”

In a similar vein, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister (then also the Minister of Finance) Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, on 30th October 2014 at the Inaugural Singapore Productivity and 20th Business Excellence Awards Ceremony, said: "…. as a country, we have to place much greater importance on continuous learning and the development of deep expertise, in every trade.

SCL(S) continually seeks to provide opportunities for its members in developing the appreciation and knowledge of what can broadly be referred to as Construction Expertise. SCL(S) strives to provide essential understanding of the key disciplines in the Singapore construction industry.


This seminar focuses on one of the most fundamental disciplines in the construction environment - that of the Architect.

About this Session:

what is an architect?
The Oxford dictionary defines “architect” as
1 a designer who prepares plans for buildings … and supervises their construction.
2 a person who brings about a specified thing

The profession of the Architect has always been 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.

So, what is an architect?
In fact, both dictionary definitions are quite accurate. Everyone knows an Architect designs, but in order to “bring about” a building, the Architect must be able to:
• help the client work out the design brief and budget
• design to satisfy the design brief and budget
• lead the project team and coordinate the inputs of the Engineers, the Quantity Surveyor and other consultants
• translate the design into technical information which can be accurately priced
• understand the legal and contractual framework and advise the client on the appropriate form of procurement
• manage the tender process to secure a competitive price
• establish the building contract to minimize disputes between the employer and the contractor
• administer the building contract to realise the design into its physical form whilst controlling cost, time and quality
• manage the handing over of the completed building to the client

There is 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 seminar will broadly cover the history of the profession, the training and regulation of the Architect, the Architect's scope of service, and offer some behind-the-scenes information and insights from the perspective of a practitioner who is also actively involved in the regulation, training and continuing professional development of the profession.

Catherine Loke will also explore the uneasy relationship between free market competition and the statutory duties of the Architect, and how different forms of procurement and appointment affect the liabilities and risk exposure of the Architect.


On a related note, Melvin Chan will then examine the duties and obligations of an Architect, both under contract and at law, as well as the Architect’s legal relationship not only with the employer, but also the other consultants and stakeholders in the industry, drawing insight from the recent case of Wei Siang Design Construction Pte Ltd v Euro Assets Holding (S) Pte Ltd [2018] SGHC 182.

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 

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