November 2016 • Issue No. 27  
Date Title
16 Nov 2016 Equity in The Market Place: Reviewing The Use of Unconscionability to Restrain Calls on Performance Bonds
18 Jan 2017 Annual Construction Law Update 2017
21, 23, 28, 30 Mar and 4 Apr 2017 SCL (S) Construction Expertise 101
Mar to Nov 2016
1. Koy Soon, Michael Lam
2. Radika Mariapan
3. Justin Tan  
4. Dennis Wilson
5. Clarita Ladica
6. Stanley Wong
7. Siew Woon Low
8. Ronald Compton King
9. Klent Camilon
10. Sarah-Jane Fick
11. Seung Min Lee
12. Michael Johnson De Venecia
13. Wei Kuan Choo
14. Kevin Kwek
15. Henry Heng
16. Simon Stanford
17. Yi Sheng Toh
18. Don Loo
19. Lianghui Tan
20. Kelly Law Law
21. Lynnda Lim
22. Syafiq Lim Muhammad
23. Wanjing Goh
24. Darshini Yoganathan
25. Wen Lin Teo
26. Keng Hwee Lim
27. Siew Khoon Loh
28. Anand George
29. Ashok Kumar Rai
30. Steven Beaumont
31. Lynne Atherton
32. Boon Keat Choong
33. Daniel Ho
34. Jacquelynne Baey
35. Sandra Somers
36. Holly Gavaghan
37. Yew Keng Cheng
38. Hui Min Lee
39. Constance Zhao
40. Hui Ting Phua
41. Hai Song Tan
42. Zongxing Lin
43. Zi-Xie Khong
44. Kayleigh Noweleen Su Hui Wee
45. Christine Lau
46. Joo San Ng
47. Ramandeep Kaur
48. Bryan Hamilton
49. Chee Yong Tan

Society Of Construction Law (Singapore) Annual Construction Law Conference 2016 – “Construction Law In Singapore: A Special Case”
(4 August 2016)


Dear SCL(S) members,

At the time of writing this message, Anil Changaroth (SCL(S)’s “International Liaison”) and myself have just returned from Sao Paulo, Brazil, where we were privileged to represent SCL(S) at the SCL International Conference 2016. The international conference was a special occasion in which Anil, as a speaker, and myself, as a session moderator, were able to showcase the sophistication of Singapore construction law on a world stage. This is highly relevant considering the development of construction law (and corresponding contractual and technical aspects of construction practice) throughout South America in general. It is also pleasing that SCL(S) can play an active role in the growth of the global SCL community.


Arbitrating Construction Disputes – The Problem Of Consolidation

Construction disputes often involve more than on party and more than one contract. This can lead to so-called "parallel proceedings" and is frequently cited as a source of concern by users of arbitration in the industry. In recent years, a number of arbitration institutions have included joinder and consolidation provisions in their arbitration rules (including, most recently, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (the "SIAC") in the 6th Edition of the SIAC Rules (the "SIAC Rules 2016")). Rob Palmer and Sinyee Ong discuss the issue of consolidation in construction arbitration, the relevant provisions contained in the SIAC Rules 2016, and the implications for those drafting construction contracts.

Contributed by Rob Palmer, Partner of Ashurst LLP Singapore
Sinyee Ong, Junior Associate at Ashurst LLP Singapore


Singapore Construction Industry Updates – July 2016

BCA launches Universal Design Week 2016

On 26 July 2016 BCA launched the 3rd Universal Design Week which focused on Universal Design in public with emphasis on how excellent Universal Design strategies can create an inclusive environment for the public in Singapore.

Contributed by David Shuttleworth, Managing Director of Foremost Consultants

Construction Case Law Updates

Adjudication – Clarifying The Scope of the Independent Contractor Defence

Management Corporation Strata Title Plan No 3322 v Mer Vue Developments Pte Ltd and others (King Wan Construction Pte Ltd and others, third parties) [2016] SGHC 38

In Summary

The Singapore High Court on 16 March 2016 decided that the Developer, Architect and Main Contractor of a construction project could rely on the defence of being independent contractors in a claim in tort against them for building defects, such that they were not liable for the alleged defects in tort.

Contributed by Emilia Wong, Relevant Legal Trainee at ChangAroth Chambers LLC


Society Of Construction Law (Singapore) Annual Construction Law Conference 2016 – “Construction Law In Singapore: A Special Case”

4 August 2016


On 4th August 2016, Darren Benger, Chairman of the Society of Construction Law (Singapore) welcomed the participants to SCL(S) annual construction law conference at Hotel Fort Canning which this year was structured in a format of debate, presentations and panel discussions. This full day conference brought together about one hundred and forty participants - legal practitioners, in-house counsel and other professionals from the construction industry from around the region - to discuss the central theme of specialisation in construction law and other trending construction topics.

Contributed by:
The overview and concluding remarks were made by Anil Changaroth (SCL(S) Chairman 2012-14) of CHANGAROTH CHAMBERS LLC ( with the morning two sessions reviewed by Kevin Attrill, (Director, Global Construction Practice) of Navigant, ( and the afternoon two sessions reviewed by Andre Arul of Arul Chew & Partners

  Newsletter Editors: Reena Rajamohan, Lee Chau Ee and Alex Wong

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