January 2021 • Issue No. 50

Upcoming Events

Date Title
24 Feb 2021 WEBINAR: FIDIC 2021: Latest Developments and Updates 
24 March 2021 WEBINAR: The Law on Liability and Recourse for Defective Homes in Singapore 
28 July 2021 WEBINAR: Limitation Periods in Construction Disputes. An International Perspective 
23 Sept 2021 SAVE THE DATE! Annual Construction Law Conference 2021

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SCL(S) Council 2020-2022

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Welcome to new SCL(S) Members

January 2021
1. MingHao Chua
2. Colin Clark
3. Nigel D Pereira
4. Yongyi Deng
5. Seng Kiong Koh
6. Lynette Lim
7. Grace Lu
8. Joey Tam
9. Min Hui Tan
10. Josephine Tong
11. Jeremy Yeap

Post Event Updates

Webinar:  Making or Breaking Your Case - What Makes an Effective Expert Witness  

(8 October 2020)


WEBINAR: The Circuit Break - Picking up the Pieces  

(24 September 2020)


Council Member's Message - January 2021

Dear fellow SCL(S) members,

A warm welcome to the 50th edition of the SCL(S) newsletter.

With 2020 being a year that has brought about personal challenges and adjustments for all, I want to reflect and celebrate how those of us who live and work in Singapore have managed this crisis as one. It currently feels that Singapore is withstanding the shocks of COVID-19 in a more structured and positive manner than most other countries. In addition, there appears to be further optimism on the horizon as vaccines are distributed, which we all hope will help to bring an end to this pandemic and a return to some sort of normality.

The SCL Singapore Council members have been working hard to ensure that we bring you a suite of interesting and engaging webinars throughout 2021. Plans are already afoot to host the Annual Construction Law Conference in September, which will include a limited number of in-person passes.

We have already hosted the Annual Construction Law Update, 2021 held on 20th January, which (as always) was well received and attended. This year’s webinar provided insightful roundups of the legal landscape in 2020, from both local and international perspectives. Special thanks to Jane Davies Evans of 3 Verulam Buildings, UK and Nandakumar Ponniya of Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow, Singapore, for sharing their valuable thoughts.

All the best for the New Year and I look forward to seeing you virtually at our next event!

Samuel Widdowson
Council Member, 2020-2021


Garnishing a Sub-contractor's Main Contractor 

Having a judgment against a contractor for breaches of construction contract, including abandonment of the project site, may not always result in collecting payment pursuant to the judgment. This article will examine the current case law with regard to enforcement of judgment through garnishee applications against main contractors, and an unreported case wherein the authors were the lead counsel in obtaining a final garnishee order against...

Contributed by: Tay Yi Ru, Derek and Gan Siu Min Cheryl  - Chong Chia & Lim LLC

Case Note: Denka Advantech Pte Ltd v Seraya Energy Pte Ltd [2020] SGCA 119
The Singapore Court of Appeal ("SGCA"), in Denka Advantech Pte Ltd v Seraya Energy Pte Ltd [2020] SGCA 119, recently reviewed the law relating to the enforceability of liquidated damages clauses and provided important guidance on the correct legal test to be applied when deciding whether such clauses should be struck down for being...

Contributed by: Rakesh Nelson - Pinsent Masons MPillay 

Latest Post Event Updates

WEBINAR: Annual Construction Law Update 2021 

(20 January 2021)

On 20 January 2021, the Society kicked off its calendar year and also its yearly tradition with its Annual Construction Law Update. The talk was delivered by 2 eminent speakers, Janes Davies Evans (Barrister/arbitrator, 3 Verulam Buildings) and Nandakumar (Kumar) Ponninya (Principal, Dispute Resolution, Asia Pacific, Baker & McKenzie Wong & Leow) who gave participants a run down of the year’s events in the construction law space. The virtual event was very well received with 129 participants.

The year’s talk started with opening remarks by SCL(S) Chairman, Mr Lee Chau Ee. Following his introduction, Jane surveyed recent cases across different jurisdictions on a broad range...

Contributed by:  Moon Kua -  Vice Chairman, SCL (Singapore); FTI Consulting

Newsletter Editors: Ashok Rai & Toh Chen Han

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