April 2019 • Issue No. 39

Upcoming Events

Date Title
24 April 2019 The Use of Tribunal-Appointed Experts in Construction Arbitrations
21 May 2019 SCL (S) Construction Expertise 101 - Architecture
17 July 2019 Collaborative Contracting - Challenges and Opportunities
22 August 2019 AGM and Annual Dinner 2019
11-12 September 2019 SCL (Singapore) – 2nd Focus on Asia Conference 2019


View details of
SCL(S) Council 2018-2020

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Welcome to new SCL(S) Members

January 2019 to April 2019
1. Brian Bowie
2. Vivienne Li
3. Ron Tan
4. Jiaxiang Zhuo
5. Matthew James Skinner
6. Yong Ngiap Seaw
7. Joseph Lee
8. Siew Mun Lee
9. Andrew Pullen
10. Harshal Doshi
11. Tony Lee
12. Charmelia Sugianto
13. Titus Mohan Alexander

Post Event Updates

Causes of Catastrophic Failure in Construction – A Guide for Lawyers and the Layperson

(19 February 2019)

More Photos

Construction Contract Changes

(01 November 2018)


Construction Law 101 (9th Run!)

(4, 9, 11 & 16 October 2018)



Vice Chairman’s Message

Dear SCL(S) members,

Welcome to the second edition of our 2019 Newsletter! We are delighted to have made a strong start to the new CPD year with a number of events held in the first few months of 2019, including our 2019 Networking Cocktail event. We kicked off this year with the Annual Construction Law Update 2019 event which was chaired by Mr Toh Chen Han, who is Chairman of our Council with two eminent construction practitioners Ms Monica Neo and Mr Ho Chien Mien as speakers in what was an inspired conference. This was followed by Dr Sean Brady’s instructive talk on “Causes of Catastrophic Failure in Construction – A Guide for Lawyers and the Layperson” in mid-February. In mid-March, we held our annual Networking Cocktail event and what an event it was – for those who missed it, do see the photos here!
FIDIC’s rainbow suite of contracts are probably the most widely used standard forms of construction and engineering contracts in the international construction industry. With the much anticipated publication of FIDIC 2017 in late 2017, we felt that it was an opportune time to take a constructive look at its changes particularly those concerning dispute resolution.

Lee Chau Ee
Vice Chairman, SCL (Singapore)  


2nd Focus on Asia Conference 2019 (11-12 September 2019)

Building on the strength of the community of Societies of Construction Law, this 2nd “Focus on Asia” Conference will bring together thought leaders from across the region to share with us recent innovative and expansive developments across the entire life-cycle of international construction projects that impact on all members of any project team - including the construction lawyers!
SCL (Singapore) is pleased to have Sir Vivian Ramsey grace the occasion as our Keynote Speaker.
Participants will explore current trends, latest developments and the future direction of construction industry regulation across the region as well as the challenges and opportunities, across the supply chain, presented by current and planned major projects in Asia.

For more details and to secure your place, please REGISTER ONLINE via our website by 11 June 2019 to be entitled the Early Bird Rate!


SCL Singapore Essay Competition 2018 - 1st Prize Winner
“Negligence claims for construction defects: Illusory protection?”

I. Introduction
Residential properties represent “a significant, if not the most significant, investment in an individual's lifetime.”1 This is especially so in Singapore, where “land is not only scarce but expensive.”2 Unfortunately, these properties frequently suffer from defects caused by the negligence of construction professionals.3 Recognising that homeowners should be protected from such negligence, Singapore courts have previously allowed claims in negligence for construction defects.4 However, this pro-purchaser stance has faced its demise following the Court of Appeal’s decision of MCST No 3222 v Tiong Aik Construction5 (‘Tiong Aik’). This essay will explain how Tiong Aik has neutered negligence claims for construction defects and explore measures that can be adopted to protect homeowners’ rights.

Author: Nguyen Sinh Vuong


Latest Post Event Updates

Evolution of Dispute Resolution Contractual Provisions in Standard Forms For Construction and Engineering Contracts

(27 March 2019)

SCL (S) was pleased to have Alex Wong and Kent Phillips speak about “Evolution of Dispute Resolution Contractual Provisions in Standard Forms For Construction and Engineering Contracts Briefing Experts in Construction Disputes” on 27 March to what was a strong turnout of more than 40 delegates at the NTUC Centre.
Both Alex and Kent are partners at Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee in Singapore. Alex, the Immediate Past Chairman of our Council, delivered a highly absorbing talk that explored...

Contributed by: Lee Chau Ee - King & Wood Mallesons

Networking Cocktail 2019

(14 March 2019)

On a sunny Thursday evening, I was fortunate to be able to attend the SCL's opening of its social calendar for 2019: an enjoyable evening of drinks and canapes at Rookery, on Robinson Road.
Over 60 construction practitioners from the full range of practice were in attendance. Not all were thrown by the existence of the venue's twin at the other end of the road (yours truly makes no comment here). From partners to project managers and from consultants to counsel, all took the opportunity to swap stories and insights from their practice. For my own part, as a...

Contributed by: David Johnson - Atkin Chambers, London

Annual Construction Law Update 2019

(28 January 2019)

“The Society was pleased to kick of its CPD year with two leading construction law specialists, Monica NEO (Chan Neo LLP) and HO Chien Mien (Allen & Gledhill) who presented at our 9th Annual Construction Law Update on 28 January 2019, held at NTUC Centre. They drew a very impressive capacity crowd of 178 sign-ups.
Monica presented a highly insightful account of the most important construction decisions over the past year, including the High Court’s decisions...

Contributed by: Toh Chen Han - Pinsent Masons MPillay



Newsletter Editors: Ashok Rai & Kelvin Teo 

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