May 2017 • Issue No. 29  

Upcoming Events

Date Title
17 May 2017 The Second Edition of the SCL Delay and Disruption Protocol -
A Lawyer's Review
14 Sept 2017 SCL(S) Construction Law Conference 2017 - Construction Law and Practice in Changing Times

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SCL(S) Council 2016-2018

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Welcome to new SCL(S) Members

April 2017 to May 2017
1. Julien Reidy
2. Anna Oei
3. Chu Yi Zheng
4. Eng Hao Goh
5. Melvin See
6. Chao Yi Leong
7. Yi Li Chua
8. Mindy Yap
9. Steven Dewhurst
10. Mahesh Rai
11. Jennifer Pastoelro Limon
12. Joon Keng Kwek
13. Ai Choo Tan

Post Event Updates

Networking Cocktail 2017

26 April 2017


Briefing Experts in Construction Disputes Involving Defects

15 March 2017


Council Member Message


Dear SCL(S) members,

We hope you will have noticed the changes we made to our now bi-monthly newsletter.

Every now and again you will hear from one or more of our Council Members and on this occasion it is our turn as co-editors of the newsletter and co-chairs of our current Council's Publications Committee.

For now and future publications, you will have more news not only from the Singapore construction industry and beyond, you will also have updates on construction law!

We welcome your contributions to ensure a relevant and vibrant publication. Submit your articles online HERE!

Thank you.

Lee Chau Ee & Reena Rajamohan
Co-Chairs, SCL(S) Publications Committee & Co-Editors, SCL(S) Newsletter


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

The second of our two-part guide to 2016's significant English construction law cases looks at contract interpretation, final account applications in the absence of pay less notices, extension of time clauses and negligence claims where a defective product causes damage.

Contributed by: Hogan Lovells


Circular on Singapore Construction Tender Price

The construction Tender Price Index ("TPI") compiled by the Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers ("SISV") reflects the tender prices received for building projects in Singapore. Compared with the high construction demand in 2014 (at S$28.9 billion), the significantly low construction demand for building projects in 2015 (at S$21.6 billion) and 2016 (S$16.6 billion) is believed to be one of the causes for the low TPI for these 2 years. Against the backdrop of the competitive tender prices and the unfavourable economic outlook in 2017, the pressure on project budgets is expected to sustain.

In respect to parties that do not undertake non-building related projects, the pressure to protect smaller margins arising from increasingly competitive tender pricing may result in an increased amount of diligence in pursuing claims during the administration of construction contracts. The respondents to the claims would also be faced with similarly increasing budgetary pressures. In a tightening financial landscape where cash flow is of paramount importance, it would not be unexpected to see an increasing number of disputes arising in building related projects.

Contributed by: Mr. Chng Eng Hui - CTBH

Read the circular depicting the tender price index for period from Year 2005 to 2016 (4rd Quarter)


The roles of Technical Engineering Experts in Construction Disputes

Engineering experts are often engaged in construction disputes involving defects and collapses to opine on both the cause of a failure and the technical aspects relating to whether or not the structure was designed and constructed in compliance with the relevant legal requirements. This article explores the material and processes typically utilised by experts in reaching such opinions and discusses why addressing the causation question requires forensic expertise, while the compliance question requires design expertise, both of which are quite distinct.

Contributed by: Dr Sean Brady - Brady Heywood Pty Ltd


Latest Post Event Updates

Networking Cocktail 2017

26 April 2017


SCL (Singapore) hosted a networking cocktail event on 26 April 2017 at SQUE Rotisserie & Alehouse. It started at 6.30pm. There was a healthy turnout of almost 50 participants. Plenty of beer and wine was served along with tasty finger food. The venue was conducive for merry-making as participants could relax and chat with the Singapore River behind them. I personally enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with friends from the industry. There were also participants who were new members of SCL (Singapore) and it was good to speak to them. I had a great time at the networking cocktail and the Council hopes that everyone else did.

View Photos HERE

Contributed by: Ashok Kumar Rai - Chan Neo LLP

Newsletter Co-Editors: Lee Chau Ee, Reena Rajamohan

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