March 2017 • Issue No. 28  

Upcoming Events

Date Title
15 Mar 2017 Briefing Experts in Construction Disputes Involving Defects
21, 23, 28, 30 Mar and 4 Apr 2017 REVISED MODULAR FORMAT! SCL (S) Construction Expertise 101
26 Apr 2017 Networking Cocktail 2017

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SCL(S) Council 2016-2018

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Welcome to new SCL(S) Members

Nov 2016 to Mar 2017
1. Asya Jamaluddin
2. Wendy Koh
3. Shirley Sivakumaran  
4. Charlotte Louise Margarett Mears
5. Tjen Wee Wong
6. Nurfadilah Ismail
7. Yiqian Benita Lee
8. Sherina Low
9. Quek Ting
10. Lionel Chan
11. Candy Agnes Sutedja
12. Kelvin Chia
13. David Bateson
14. Kah Wee Teo
15. Wee Chiang Woon
16. Simon Lum
17. Ben Olbourne
18. Chor Leong Chia
19. Chen Chen Lew
20. Joshua Chai
21. Joo Seng Tan
22. Francis Wong
23. Arthur Yap
24. Hooi Ka Cheong
25. Jeremie Witt
26. Kirstin Nijburg
27. Shaun Wong
28. Sheik Umar Mohamed Bagushair
29. Fong Yee Foon

Post Event Updates

Equity in The Market Place: Reviewing The Use of Unconscionability to Restrain Calls on Performance Bonds

16 November 2016


Chairman's Message

Dear SCL(S) members,

The recent report by the Committee for the Future Economy confirmed what many of us in the construction law community have already experienced and hopefully embraced – change. The SCL(S) is not immune to change and our updated newsletter is a symbol to our own embrace of the inevitable. Starting with this inaugural edition of the new newsletter, we plan to provide members with more frequent but shorter updates on developments in construction law that impact our community and on SCL(S) events. Editorials such as this are also not exclusive to the SCL(S) Chair and other Council members will be encouraged to share their thoughts on the latest issues that affect our society.

In following through with the report by the Committee for the Future Economy, the 2017 Singapore Budget outlined by the Finance Minister in February provided some relief to the construction sector recognising immediate and lingering impacts of a challenging present in our industry. By bringing forward infrastructure spending and further deferring the foreign worker levy increases in certain sectors, our community will be afforded a pause in the change narrative. That pause will be brief. We should not waste the opportunity in that pause by standing still. The late Mr Lee Kuan Yew (a fellow lawyer although not necessarily a construction enthusiast) with his usual ability to chronicle the future, challenged us to adapt, adjust and respond to new situations and to accept change as the very essence of life. Whether we are a part of this Society as a lawyer, an engineer or otherwise, I believe we need to grapple convincingly with those changes, to understand and then to realise the changes that we have to make to keep ourselves ahead of the curve. I look forward to debating this with you in the coming months at Society events.

Thank you.

Alex Wong
Chairman, SCL (Singapore)  


Important 2016 English Law Cases for the Construction Industry (Part One)

This month we examine the importance of well drafted interim payment clauses and applications, liquidated damages clauses in FIDIC contracts, the adjudication of settlement agreements and the use of experts.

Contributed by: Hogan Lovells


SCL 2016 Sixth Society of Construction Law International Biennial Conference (Brazil, 13-15 Sept 2016)

The Society of Construction Law (Brazil) held the SCL 6th International Law Conference in São Paulo Brazil from 13th to 15th September at the iconic Unique hotel. The decision for Brazil to hold the 6th International conference was decided by the committee of SCL (International) during the 5th International Conference in Malaysia in 2014.

Contributed by Anil Changaroth – Council Member, SCL Singapore; Managing Director, Changaroth Chambers LLC


Latest Post Event Updates

Annual Construction Law Update 2017

18 January 2017


This year’s Annual Construction Law Update was held on 18 January at Royal Palm. The seminar dealt with important recent developments in construction law. Those issues are of importance not only to Singapore lawyers, but also in many respects to lawyers who practise in other common law jurisdictions.
The seminar was chaired by a Council Member of the Society, Mr Lee Chau Ee of King and Wood Mallesons. Following his thought provoking introduction, Mr Lee introduced the two main speakers, Mr Edwin Lee Peng Khoon of Eldan Law LLP and Mr Ian de Vaz of Wong Partnership LLP.

Contributed by: Michael Christie SC - 6th Floor Chambers

  Newsletter Co-Editors: Lee Chau Ee, Reena Rajamohan

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