September 2017 • Issue No. 31

Upcoming Events

Date Title
14 Sept 2017 SCL(S) Construction Law Conference 2017 - Construction Law and Practice in Changing Times
26, 31 Oct & 2, 7 Nov 2017 Construction Law 101 (8th Run!) (Session 1 to 4)
02 Nov 2017 Construction Project Execution Risks in Conflict Zones

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SCL(S) Council 2016-2018

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Welcome to new SCL(S) Members

July 2017 to September 2017
1. Renita Sophia Crasta
2. Jane Davies Evans
3. Samantha Kelsey
4. Matthew Koh
5. Wai Heng Lam
6. Nerissa Magsombol
7. Arlene Joy Paredes
8. Karam Parmar
9. Jon Prudhoe
10. Sim Chee Siong
11. Margarita Slavina
12. Lip San Soh
13. Chau Yee Tan
14. Lee Jane Tan
15. Michael Weatherley
16. Adrian Wong Wei Ern

Post Event Updates

The Second Edition of the SCL Delay and Disruption Protocol – A Lawyer’s Review 

17 May 2017

Networking Cocktail 2017

26 April 2017

SCL(S) Construction Expertise 101 

(21,23,28,30 March & 4th April 2017) 

Briefing Experts in Construction Disputes Involving Defects

15 March 2017



Vice-Chairman’s Message

Dear SCL(S) members,

This newsletter finds us at in the middle of a busy stretch of the SCL(S) calendar.

We are pleased to have had Ben Bury and Ervin Tan of Jones Day speak on Legal Professional Privilege and its Relevance in the Construction Industry on 11 July 2017. Very ably chaired by Bree Miechel, the session generated lively discussion on the limits of privilege – for example whether it extends to in-house counsel and misappropriated documents.
Just last week, we had our Annual General Meeting, followed immediately by our Annual Dinner at VLV, Clarke Quay (30 August). About 31 members attended the AGM, with most then staying on for a sold-out Annual Dinner, where we had the pleasure and privilege of having:
  • Every single one of Chairs, both past and present, namely Philip Jeyaretnam SC, Chow Kok Fong, Naresh Mahtani, Mohan Pillay, Chris Nunns (attending on screen, from aboard a sailboat), Anil Changaroth, Darren Benger and Alex Wong; and
  • Distinguished representatives from many of our partner organisations, i.e.  Singapore Contractors Association Limited, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, Society of Project Managers, Chartered Institute of Building, Tunnelling and Underground Construction Society (Singapore), Singapore Institute of Architects, Singapore Institute of Building Limited, and the Lighthouse Club.
The Annual Dinner was, as ever, an important time to re-affirm bonds with the SCL(S)’s many supporters – both past and present – without whose time and efforts it would not have been possible to achieve the progress that has been made. The convivial evening, generously sponsored by HKA Global, was topped-off with an entertaining after-dinner-speech by President of the Lighthouse Club, Jon Howes, who presented “A Construction Lawyer’s Guide to Defamation”.

With your continued support, we hope to keep momentum strong over the next few months, before the usual quieter year end period. Upcoming events include the Annual Construction Law Conference – “Construction Law & Practice in Changing Times” (14 September) and Construction Law 101 workshops (26 & 31 October, 2 & 7 November). Details can be found under the “Upcoming Events” section.

Thank you.

Chen Han Toh
Vice Chairman, SCL (Singapore)  


A Practical Guide to Preparing Variation Claims
Important issues to consider when submitting variation claims for construction projects

All too often, the day-to-day reality of workload pressures for managers on a construction project means that variation claims do not always receive the required attention to detail - at least during the critical preparation phase. Practical experience tells us that good research and preparation are the keys to success in variation claims and there is no shortcut. Indeed, close attention to certain key issues can help avoid a badly structured and poorly substantiated submission, and therefore significantly improve a contractor’s chances of securing a positive outcome.

Contributed by: Shane Nash - Navigant


Justice in Adjudication: Rough, Ready and “Natural”
Apparent Bias in Construction Adjudication

Many adjudicators are also practitioners at the construction bar, who would have dealt with several members of the construction industry during their practice. It is therefore not improbable for adjudicators to have had dealings with the parties who come before them. This reality is however fertile ground for allegations of bias against adjudicators. The first complaint of apparent bias against an adjudicator made its way to the Singapore High Court in the recent case of UES Holdings Pte Ltd v KH Foges Pte Ltd[1]. Quentin Loh J’s detailed and well-reasoned judgment provides practical guidance on this subject to adjudicators and parties alike. This case also sheds light on two other issues of practical significance in the adjudication context. First, it clarifies that where a contract does not define “day”, the SOPA[2] definition of “day” (which excludes public holidays) can apply to contractual payment response timelines. Lastly, while the SOPA Regulations[3] require the notice of intention to apply for adjudication (“NOI”) to state a “brief description of the payment claim dispute”, UES Holdings clarifies that such failure, by itself, will not justify the setting aside of an adjudication determination.

Contributed by: Ramandeep Kaur - MPillay 


Latest Post Event Updates

Legal Professional Privilege and its Relevance in the Construction Industry 

(11 July 2017)


On 11 July 2017, Ben Bury and Ervin Tan from Jones Day gave a presentation to more than 40 SCL (S) members and non-members on legal professional privilege.  The presentation was chaired by Bree Miechel from Simmons & Simmons.
The purpose of the talk was to explore the various ways in which a party to a construction dispute (either in the courts or arbitration) might lawfully refuse to comply with procedural rules to disclose documents they have in their possession which may be harmful to their case. The presenters also discussed the ways in which privilege can be "lost". This describes a situation where a party was entitled to lawfully refuse to disclose documents, but due to their actions they are now no longer able to do so.

Contributed by: Ben Bury, Jones Day

SCL(S) 9th Annual Dinner 2017

(30 August 2017) 


On the occasion of its Annual Dinner on 30 August 2017, the SCL (S) decided on the resplendent venue that is VLV at Clarke Quay – what a fabulous choice indeed! First and foremost, with my SCL (S) Council hat on, may I take this opportunity to say a big thank you to HKA Global, our generous sponsor for the evening and indeed, everyone at the Secretariat, as always, ably led by June.

Contributed by: Lee Chau Ee, King & Wood Mallesons


Newsletter Editor: Lee Chau Ee

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