October 2017 • Issue No. 32

Upcoming Events

Date Title
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
12 December 2017 The New FIDIC Forms of Contract (12 December 2017)
23 Jan 2018 Annual Construction law Updates 2018

View details of
SCL(S) Council 2016-2018

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Welcome to new SCL(S) Members

September 2017 to October 2017
1. Jamal Chaykhouni
2. Wen Si Chow
3. Chia Chiang Chua
4. James William Clarke
5. Serene Gan
6. Boo Han Khoo
7. Jotham Lee
8. Niall Leonard
9. Nuannuan Liu
10. Daniel Ezra Bunyamin Renaro
11. David Smyth
12. Nicolas Tang
13. Kai Qi Tay
14. Xunji Wee
15. Kwok Fan Yuen

Post Event Updates

SCL(S) 9th Annual Dinner 2017 (30 August 2017)

30 August 2017

Legal Professional Privilege and its Relevance in the Construction Industry 

11 July 2017

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

17 May 2017



Council Member Message

Dear SCL(S) members,

We are approaching the end of 2017 and what a year it has been in the area of construction law, particularly in the area of statutory adjudications conducted under the umbrella of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (“SOP Act”). 

There have already been more than 250 adjudication applications lodged with the Singapore Mediation Centre and there is still another 2 months to go before the year end. 

The High Court has also handed down no fewer than 14 judgments in response to applications filed to set aside adjudication determinations.
From questions of when payment claims should be served to what constitutes a fair hearing in an adjudication, the court addressed many issues regarding the SOP Act and has brought much clarity to the regime. 

Thank you.

Ashok Rai
Council Member & Newsletter Co-Editor, SCL (Singapore)  

Special Report on the SCL (Singapore) Annual Construction Law Conference (14 Sept 2017)


At my desk writing this preamble on a relatively cool October evening in Beijing (what smog, there is no smog here!), I cannot help but think back to what a successful Conference this was, in so many ways.
The turnout for one was the largest ever for such a conference, the diverse spread of the various members of the supply chain in the construction industry (and indeed the construction industry) who turned up and of course the esteemed speakers, moderators and panellists (and with much temerity on my part as to include myself in such company), but to highlight just a few positives.
Yet, there is more when one considers how relevant the subject-matter of the Conference was, not least in relation to the Belt and Road Initiative. This Initiative was much talked about at the recently concluded 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Beijing - this Congress in itself probably the most important ever in modern Chinese history - in terms of how it could and would impact the various countries on what is the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Marine Silk Road.
For those of you who know me well enough, you will know that I have always said how thankful I am to the international construction industry – more than twenty-odd years still counting and not out!       
And with that, I sincerely hope you enjoy reading our Special Report on the SCL (Singapore) Annual Construction Law Conference 2017.

Contributed by: Lee Chau Ee – Co-Editor, SCL(S) Newsletter

An Account by the Chair of the Conference Organising Committee

The SCL(S) held its Annual Construction Law conference at Hotel Fort Canning on 14 September 2017.
The conference had a record-breaking turnout of more than 200 delegates and welcomed speakers and thought leaders from across the region to, discuss topics and issues relating to the theme “Construction Law – Practice in Changing Times”, address how construction law has been impacted by changes in the industry and look at the corresponding legal developments and the future of our industry.
Morning Sessions
Special Report on SCL(S) Conference 2017 - Account by Conference Organising Chair
Mr Wong delivered an enlightening keynote speech, sharing his views on the future direction of and trends that are taking place, in the industry, the increasing globalisation of construction projects, creating more collaborations and partnerships among players along the value chain, and the need to leverage on technology for growth such as building information modelling and artificial intelligence.
Relevantly, Mr Wong highlighted that the law must also recognise the evolving landscape and a strong legal framework is necessary to drive business growth. 

Contributed by: Moon Kua - Arcadis Singapore Pte Ltd

Outcome of a Survey by the Eminent Mr Chow Kong Fong

At the recent Annual Construction Law Conference 2017, the doyen of Singapore construction law, Mr Chow Kok Fong, took the opportunity to survey the audience’s views on 4 Singapore cases on construction law. Given that the audience included legal practitioners, in-house legal counsel and representatives from parties up and down the supply chain in the construction industry, the results were obviously eagerly anticipated. The results were as follows:

Contributed by: Ashok Rai - Co-Editor, SCL(S) Newsletter

What the Audience Say
“Not only did this year’s conference tackle recent developments in the industry, it also looked forward to impending future changes.
Undoubtedly the most enjoyable, engaging and useful part of the conference for me, despite it being the last session of the day, was the interactive panel discussion ‘A Dialogue Between Leading Practitioners’.

Jim Chessell - Associate Director, BK Burns Pte Ltd, Singapore

“This year’s Annual Construction Law Conference was held on 14 September in the Legends Ballroom at Hotel Fort Canning. The morning sessions of the conference dealt with expert assessments and legal opinion on dealing with and examining construction delay events and occurrences of defects on construction projects.
The opening morning session included a practical overview of delay methodology

Samuel Widdowson - Director, Navigant Consulting (APAC) Pte. Ltd. (who was only able to attend the morning session due to pressing work commitments)

“I feel that SCL (Singapore) Annual Construction Law Conference 2017 is well organised and gives the practitioners in the construction industry an opportunity to hear from eminent speakers both local and overseas on the latest trends and developments relating to construction law and practice in changing times. The conference also gives industry players a platform to exchange ideas and discuss about hot button issues faced in the industry.

Sim Chee Siong – Partner, International Arbitration, Construction & Projects, Rajah & Tann LLP 
“As a first time attendee of the SCL Singapore event I was immediately impressed by the conference location in the sanctuary of Hotel Fort Canning.  I really enjoyed the panel format of the presentation, which created a range of views and some debate on different issues.  This made the sessions engaging and generated some lively discussions.  Finally there was great attendance from many different backgrounds including Clients, Contractors, Barristers, Lawyers and Consultants from various geographic locations to network during the breaks.  All in all a great conference.” 
Contributed by: Dave Andrews – Director, TBH, Melbourne

View the full Special Report HERE.


All materials for which the speakers have given SCL(S) consent to make available to members can be viewed/downloaded from the SCL(S) website in the Members’ Only area under “Resources” (LOG-IN Required  under "Members' Area" in the left column to proceed).


Newsletter Co-Editors: Ashok Rai & Lee Chau Ee

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