July 2020 • Issue No. 46

Upcoming Events

Date Title
22 July 2020 WEBINAR: The Impact of Law on the Architect in Practice
3 Sept 2020 WEBINAR: Bond Calls and Interim Relief
24 Sept 2020 WEBINAR: The Circuit Break - Picking up the Pieces

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SCL(S) Council 2018-2020

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Welcome to new SCL(S) Members

April 2020 to July 2020
1. Mark Arden
2. Sean Hardy
3. Jon Howes
4. Terrence Ng
5. Jose Vicente Salazar
6. Mok Wai kei
7. Ng Wei Ying

Post Event Updates

Annual Construction Law Update 2020

(22 January 2020)


Practical Applications and Legal Implications of Drone Technology in Construction Projects

(20 November 2019)


The SIDP – Customising the Mode of Dispute Resolution for Each Dispute

(30 October 2019)


Co-Editor's Message - July 2020

Dear SCL(S) members,

It is now the middle of what has been a very challenging year. The COVID-19 situation took everyone by surprise and we are seeing extraordinary steps being taken by the government to support the economy. At the SCL, we have been looking to continually provide value to our members through webinars and this newsletter. Council members held a webinar on 6 May 2020 to give their views on the impact of COVID-19 on the construction industry in Singapore. We also held virtual  fireside chat on 14 May 2020 on the developments in the infrastructure scene in the region. Both webinars were well-received. We will continue more of these webinars in the foreseeable future.

We also have 3 articles in this newsletter on various aspects of the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020. They cover the gamut of issues raised by the Act and we hope that the articles help members navigate many of the unprecedented changes brought by the Act.

We will keep on chugging along, proving updates on the law and organizing seminars as part of our mission to provide value to our members. We look forward to your continued support.

Ashok Kumar Rai
Co-Editor, SCL (Singapore) Newsletter


The COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act - Its Rationale and the Protection it provides to the Construction Industry
The Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act (“Covid-19 Act”) was amended recently in June 2020 to clarify and bolster its protections offered under the Act.

It is therefore an apt time to take stock of the background to this ground-breaking piece of legislation, its current scope, rationale and objectives pertaining to construction and supply contracts (i.e. the “why”); with illustrative examples for “what” is covered. The article also touches on where the Covid-19 Act is headed with the new Part 8 (which is not yet in force).

Contributed by: Toh Chen Han, Tan Hai Song, Rakesh Nelson - Pinsent Masons MPillay

FAQs for the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act (With an Emphasis on Construction and Supply Contracts)
The Covid-19 Act is the “legal circuit breaker” seeking to “stanch the flow of blood” of those who have been materially affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In this part of the SCL(S) Covid-19 Collection of articles, we have read the materials and been through the process, and we have distilled the “how to apply” into a set of FAQs

It is hoped that this is of some practical utility to those of our colleagues and peers in the construction community.

Contributed by: Kelvin Teo, Nicole Toh, Chester Su - Drew & Napier LLC

Enforcement of an Adjudication Determination Under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020
Contractors have become accustomed to the adjudication regime and often invoke the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (Cap. 30B) (“SOP Act”) as a lifeline when cashflow is tight.

The introduction of the Covid-19 Act has impacted the manner in which adjudication determinations under the SOP Act are enforced. The article discusses these changes.

Contributed by: Ho Yong Kin - Chan Neo LLP

Latest Post Event Updates

WEBINAR: An Exchange with Infrastructure Asia: Accelerating Regional Infrastructure Development

(14 May 2020)

On 14 May 2020, SCL Singapore was privileged to have the opportunity to host Seth Tan, Executive Director of Infrastructure Asia over a virtual fireside chat. Titled “An Exchange with Infrastructure Asia: Accelerating Regional Infrastructure Development”, Seth started off giving an overview of Infrastructure Asia’s work in the region as well as his views on some emerging trends in the sector. The role of the public versus the private sector in the development of infrastructure projects was examined in addition to typical dispute resolution mechanisms that have...

Contributed by: Adrian Wong - CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang (Singapore) LLP
WEBINAR: Construction in Singapore Beyond COVID-19: A View from SCL(S) Council Members

(6 May 2020)

Changing with the times, SCL Singapore kicked off its first ever professional development event webinar on 6 May. With our chain of usual events usurped by the Circuit Breaker, SCL Singapore wanted to find a way to continue to engage with members and provide the professional development updates at the same time. It was an apt occasion for SCL Singapore council members led by Chairman, Toh Chen Han and other council members Anil Changaroth, Darren Benger, Trevor Lam and Alex Wong (as moderator) to give their views as a panel on the impact of COVID 19 on the construction industry in Singapore. The panel shared their views on immediate present impacts including the COVID (Temporary Measures) Act and the likely future developments including the impact of COVID 19 on supply chains...

Contributed by: Alex Wong Li Kok - Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee, Singapore



Newsletter Editors: Ashok Rai & Kelvin Teo 

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