March 2018 • Issue No. 34

Upcoming Events

Date Title
04 April 2018 Reliance and Expectation Loss: Alternative Heads of Damage?
18 April 2018 Networking Cocktail 2018
29 August 2018 Annual Dinner
12 September 2018 Annual Construction Law Conference 2018 - Collaboration And Technology In Construction Law & Practice – Where To Next?
4, 9, 11, 16 October 2018 Construction Law 101

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SCL(S) Council 2016-2018

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Welcome to new SCL(S) Members

January 2018 to March 2018
1. Alle Choong
2. Anneliese Day QC
3. Darren Hallinan
4. Martin King
5. Shourav Lahiri
6. Chee Hung Lee
7. Dao Kai Lim
8. Hseng Lu Lim
9. Shack Keong Lim
10. Ling Ling Luo
11. Karen Oung
12. Kevin Ruggee
13. Ezani Rais Shaiks Salim
14. Denis Soh
15. Rachel Tan
16. Kai Yi, Wynne Tay
17. Carl Wall
18. Yew Meng Luke Chong

Post Event Updates

Construction Project Execution Risks in Conflict Zones

02 November 2017

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

14 September 2017

SCL(S) 9th Annual Dinner 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



Vice-Chairman’s Message

Dear SCL(S) members,
Welcome to the second publication of the SCL(S) newsletter for the year.

We’re pleased to have made a great start to the new CPD year, with the success of our first two events i.e. the "Annual Construction Law Update 2018 (23 January 2018)" and Understanding the Construction Contract in a Project Financing” (27 February 2018). You will find post-event updates on both events in this issue.

The 2nd year of our 5-module multi-disciplinary Construction Expertise 101 course began on 8 March and ran till 22 March 2018. Please also look out for details of the talk on Reliance and Expectation Loss: Alternative Heads of Damage?, which Rashda Rana QC will deliver on 4 April 2018.

We are also pleased to announce details of the SCL(S) 2018 Essay Writing Competition, and to provide coverage of the important recent case of Audi Construction v Kian Hiap where the Singapore Court of Appeal reversed the High Court’s decision on important issues as to the timing of Payment Claims and jurisdictional objections by claimants and respondents respectively in adjudication proceedings under the Security for Payment Act.

Having grown over the years into an established institution within the Singapore construction industry, SCL(S) now feels well placed to go beyond just building on our past successful initiatives, and to play a greater role in giving back to the community. We have, for a while now, endeavoured to explore opportunities for our members and their organisations to do just that through various outreach programmes. To this end, members Can expect to find SCL(S) continuing to support various in-need causes including the ARC Children’s Centre (since 2015), as well as Habitat for Humanity Singapore  (since late last year) and Lighthouse Club Singapore (in the past two years).

On that note, we are proud to support Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s upcoming Home Sweep Home event on 14 July 2018 and Lighthouse Club Singapore’s latest fund raising efforts by passing the hat around at our forthcoming Networking Cocktail event on 18 April 2018.

Thank you.

Chen Han Toh
Vice Chairman, SCL (Singapore)  


2018 Essay Writing Competition

Papers are now invited for the 2018 SCLS Prize
The Society of Construction Law Singapore (SCLS) is delighted to announce the inaugural SCLS Essay Competition 2018. 
The following prizes will be offered for winning papers in 2018:

 First Prize – SGD 2,000
Runner Up Prize – SGD 500 

The winner shall be invited to receive their prize at an SCLS event.                            

Entries will only be accepted from students aged 28 and below enrolled in universities or other tertiary institutions in Singapore as of the final date for receiving submissions.

More details are available HERE.
Contributed by: Bree Miechel - ReedSmith 

SAVE THE DATE! Annual Construction Law Conference 2018 - Collaboration And Technology In Construction Law & Practice – Where To Next? 

(12 September 2018)

Technology is disrupting a wide range of industries, and the construction industry is no exception. This year's SCL (Singapore) Annual Conference will explore the impact of technology to date, as well as considering possible transformations that are still to come. It will consider how forms of contracting are adapting to change through a move to more collaborative models, and – by popular demand! – include a recap of key legal developments from the past year.

LIMITED PLACES! Email  to reserve your place TODAY!
For sponsorship & exhibition opportunities, please contact June Tan at 


Construction Tender Price Index Compilation (Nov 2017 & Feb 2018)

The Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers (‘SISV’) had on 15 November 2017 released its compilation of the tender price indices (‘TPI’) of Q3 2017 for building projects in Singapore, and on 25 February 2018 released its compilation of the TPI for 2017, which included Q4 of 2017.
Apart from the TPIs from the BCA and HDB, the TPIs for the building projects in all quarters in 2017 have either dipped or remained the same. According to the data released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry Singapore (‘MTI’), there was a surge in the public sector construction demand in the last quarter of 2017, which could have lent support to the construction industry from registering an even weaker demand in 2017. On a year on year basis, the overall TPI of 2017 is between 1.3% to 3.6% lower than that in 2016, and is also the lowest in the last 10 years.

Contributed by: CHNG Eng Hui - CTBH


Latest Post Event Updates

Understanding the Construction Contract in a Project Financing

(27 February 2018)


It is fair to say that most people did not know what to expect from a talk on project financing (PF). However, much to the pleasure of around 60 persons in attendance, Alex's talk was insightful, interesting and wonderfully engaging.
Covering topics from the basics of PF, through to EPC contractors, the passing-through of risk, the nexus of construction contracts, and time and cost reliefs, Alex clearly explained the benefits and deficiencies in usual PF arrangements.

Contributed by: Darren Benger - Immediate Past Chairman and session moderator 

Annual Construction Law Update 2018 

(23 January 2018)


As regular as the New Year dawns on us, so does the SCL(S) Annual Construction Law Update. Chaired by your author, new greatness has been thrust upon our two speakers for the evening, Mohan Pillay and Paul Sandosham. Both had recently been appointed as Senior Accredited Specialists in Building and Construction Law by the Singapore Academy of Law. We offer our congratulations to them and thank them for taking the time to download the wisdom they had gathered over the course of 2017 on Recent Developments under the SOP Act and on Developments in Construction Law

Contributed by: Wong Alex - Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee

What Participant(s) Say 

I’ve come to enjoy the Annual Construction Law Updates seminar as a yearly tradition for getting up to speed on the recent happenings and to be engaged by some of the most prominent legal minds in the industry, and to come together with peers from many different backgrounds for great post-event discussion and catching up.

Contributed by: Ruben Potter, Estellion & Associates LLP


Newsletter Editors: Lee Chau Ee & Ashok Rai 

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