June 2018 • Issue No. 35

Upcoming Events

Date Title
18 July 2018 Unabsorbed Head Office Overheads
29 August 2018 SCL(S) 10th Annual Dinner
12 September 2018 SCL(S) Construction Law Conference 2018 - Collaboration And Technology In Construction Law & Practice – Where To Next?
4, 9, 11, 16 October 2018 Construction Law 101 (9th Run!)


View details of
SCL(S) Council 2016-2018

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Welcome to new SCL(S) Members

March 2018 to June 2018
1. Gary Chiam
2. Janice Tay
3. Pardeep Singh Khosa
4. Kean Yee Chong
5. David Cheah
6. John Lim

Post Event Updates

Understanding the Construction Contract in a Project Financing

27 February 2018

Annual Construction Law Update 2018

23 January 2018

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


Publications Committee Chair Message  

Dear SCL(S) members,

Welcome to what is the penultimate publication of the SCL(S) newsletter for this Publications Committee. We hope you are still enjoying our regular newsletters and are looking forward to this one!

On this occasion we have gone for a Special Report publication, all the more relevant to us as it is intended to provide an update about the Construction Expertise 101 series. This series featured speakers from various core construction disciplines that enabled attendees to have an all-rounded perspective into the finer aspects of these core disciplines as well as how each functions within the construction industry.

We also have a write-up on our Networking Cocktail 2018 event, which was a significant event for a number of reasons not least as it marked the first time we featured The Lighthouse Club Singapore, as part of our ongoing collaboration, in its efforts among other things to support the education and training of young people in the construction industry.

Thanks so much for your continued support!

Lee Chau Ee
Publications Committee Chair, SCL (Singapore)  


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.

For more details and to secure your place, please REGISTER ONLINE via our website by 14 July 2018 to be entitled the Early Bird Rate!

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 


Where's My Bond?

Construction projects are fraught with risks. Delays, defects and disputes over variation works are par for the course.

To compound matters (or to make things more interesting) is the risk of insolvency. Due to the sheer size of the capital investment that is required for construction and the cyclical nature of the industry, contractors face risks of insolvency far more regularly than companies in other industries (with the exception being shipping possibly).

An insolvent contractor leaves employers in a terrible situation. Building works may go uncompleted, defects may not be remedied and employers may be left with little recourse. Employers therefore devise ways to protect themselves against such situations. 

Contributed by: Ashok Rai - Eversheds Harry Elias

Latest Post Event Updates

Networking Cocktail 2018

(18 April 2018)


On 18 April, SCL (Singapore)’s hosted a Networking Cocktail for 55 members, guests and friends from the construction industry.

The venue was at redpan at Marina Square, specially selected as it is the brainchild of DP Architects.

Those in attendance enjoyed a relaxed evening of fun local dining featuring creative interpretations of modern dishes with a spotlight on local ingredients, accompanied by excellent red and white wine and beer!

Contributed by: June Tan – Head of Secretariat


Special Report on SCL (S) Construction Expertise 101 (08, 13, 15, 20 & 22 March 2018)

In 2017, the series of Construction Expertise 101 workshops was launched with the aim of helping construction professional learn about the various trades and expertise of their fellow professionals in the industry. Given the multi-faceted nature of the construction industry, it can be challenging for construction professionals to learn what their colleagues actually do.

The series was had 2 rounds of workshops. The first round of workshops covered the following fields: Architecture, Land Surveying, Building Contracting, Quantity Surveying, Construction Claims Consultancy. The second round of workshops was held in March of this year. The following fields were covered: Project Management, Civil & Structural Engineer and Geotechnical Engineering, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, Building Surveying, Construction Programming Consulting.

The participants reported high levels of satisfaction with the quality of the speakers and found the workshops to be educational.

Below are write-ups on several of this year’s modules which were contributed by the speakers.

Project Management Module

1. The presentation given during the Construction Expertise 101 workshop was intended to provide an understanding of the following topics:

Contributed by: Yip Kim Seng, Society of Project Managers

Civil & Structural Engineer And Geotechnical Engineering Module

1. As available land space in Singapore is in ever shorter supply, more and more construction projects are venturing underground, where the dynamic and uncertain geology of Singapore can cause major problems and result in major claims – as evidenced by the Nicoll Highway collapse in 2004.


Contributed by: Andrew Forsythe - Mott MacDonald & Gerardo Pittaro - Mott MacDonald

Mechanical And Electrical Engineering Module

1. The presentation provided an overview of the work of Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) engineers in construction projects, with a strong focus on Singapore work. The presentation covered a range of topics including: 

Contributed by: Steve Perkins - Beca

Construction Programming Consulting Module

1. It is known that Construction Programming Consultants have walked among us for many years and at this run of the SCL Construction Expertise 101 course, we were honoured to be provided the opportunity to present ourselves at the Construction Programming Consultant Workshop.

Contributed by: Stuart Begbie - Driver Trett & Trevor Lam - CTBH

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 Editors: Lee Chau Ee & Ashok Rai 

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