September 2021 • Issue No. 54

Upcoming Events

Date Title
14 Oct 2021 WEBINAR: Experts: Managing Conflicts In Construction
24 Nov 2021 Adverse Physical Conditions – What should an experienced contractor be expected to foresee?
Jan 2022
Annual Construction
Law Update 2022

15, 17, 22 & 24
Feb 2022
Construction Law 101 (12th Run)

View details of
SCL(S) Council 2020-2022

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Welcome to new SCL(S) Members

August 2021 to September 2021
1. Goh Lai Tin
2. Roger Milburn
3. Dang Yang
4. Shimin Zhuang
5. Vijay Adhithyaa Jayanthi Shunmuganandam

Post Event Updates

Lighthouse Club (Singapore) - Society of Construction Law (Singapore) Joint Virtual Trivia Night 

(17 June 2021)


WEBINAR: The Law of Construction
Insurance: A Primer 

(19 May 2021)


WEBINAR: Delay & Disruption – Have You been Disrupted? How do You Prove it?

(21 April 2021)


WEBINAR: The Law on Liability and Recourse for Defective Homes in Singapore

(24 March 2021)


WEBINAR: FIDIC 2021: Latest
Developments and Updates

(24 February 2021)


WEBINAR: Annual Construction Law
Update 2021

(20 January 2021)


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)


Vice-Chair’s Message - September 2021

Dear SCL(S) members,

A warm welcome to the September 2021 newsletter.

At the time of writing this message, we have just hosted our first hybrid format of a very successful SCL(S) Annual Construction Law Conference. A separate coverage on the conference will be published, suffice to say that it was well received by the healthy number of attendees.

In this edition of the newsletter, you will find an infographic contributed by Harry Elias Partnership titled “What You Need to Know About…The COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 in Singapore”. The infographic comes in timely and takes stock of the relief measures that have been implemented by the Singapore government so far to assist the construction industry including the new Part 10A under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 which came into operation from 6 August 2021....

Moon Kua
Vice-Chair, SCL (Singapore)


Triple Point Technology Inc v PTT Public Company Limited [2021] UKSC 29 

The United Kingdom Supreme Court, allowing an appeal by PTT from the Court of Appeal, has clarified the relevant principles of English law relating to the construction of clauses providing for the payment of liquidated damages for delay. The Supreme Court has confirmed that, unless clear words in the contract provide otherwise, liquidated damages for delay will be an accrued right which is recoverable where the contract is terminated either under its...

Contributed by: James Howells QC - Atkin Chambers

The Impact of Technology on Construction Disputes 

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has arrived in the construction industry. Drones are carrying out surveys, robots are laying bricks. A construction project is simulated in a virtual environment by building information modelling (BIM). Prefabrication and modularisation are resulting in faster and more precise construction. Artificial intelligence is assisting in better project planning and management. Efficiency is increased, productivity enhanced...

Contributed by: Kelvin Aw, Lynette Chew, Asya Jamaludin, David Wright, Grace Lu - CMS Holborn Asia

Predictably Unpredictable: An Update on COVID-19’s Impact on The Construction Industry in Australia, Asia and the Middle East.

In our original article from September 2020, “COVID-19 – The Next Wave? The Allocation of Force Majeure Risk in the New Normal,” (included following this article) we considered what was unfolding and the effect of the pandemic on the construction industry in Australia, Asia and the Middle East. We have reflected on the last 11 months and whether this has changed or deviated from what we considered and also predicted in that....

Contributed by: Mike Allen, Conrad Bromley, Paul Roberts - Secretariat

What You Need to Know About…The COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 in Singapore 

Contributed by: Harry Elias Partnership LLP 

Latest Post Event Updates

SCL(S) Annual Construction Law Conference 2021: HOPE AND FEARS - the Built Environment in the Next Decade

(23 September 2021)

The Annual Law Conference 2021 ran successfully. The hybrid format was used and so, participants had the option of attending in-person or virtually by Zoom.  About 50 people attended in-person and 100 attended virtually.

The Guest of Honour was Minister Indranee Rajah who gave the welcome speech. She spoke on the various issues affecting the construction industry such as labour shortages and the push to combat climate change, and how the government was addressing them...

Contributed by: Ashok Rai -  Cairnhill Law LLC
WEBINAR: Intellectual Property in Construction - From Tender to Termination 

(31 August  2021)

On 30 August 2021, more than 30 delegates from a variety of backgrounds from employers, architects, consultants and a statutory board (and also lawyers),  gathered for a feat thought impossible: To listen to 3 construction lawyers speak about IP issues for 90 minutes.

The pre-eminent Ng Kim Beng and Shemane Chan spoke about IP issues arising in the life cycle of a construction project and how IP rights can be protected and utilised, factors to be considered...

Contributed by: Kelvin Teo - Drew & Napier LLC
SCL Singapore Annual General Meeting 2021

(24 August 2021)

The 2021 AGM kicked off with current Chairman, Lee Chau Ee, reminding attendees of the requirement for the meeting to be held virtually in accordance with the current guidelines set out in the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act.

Before handing the stage to attending Council members to provide updates on their committees, Chau Ee gave thanks to the Publication committee and the Professional Development committee for their high-quality content and excellent work...

Contributed by: Chris Rudland -  Berkeley Research Group, LLC
WEBINAR: Limitation Periods in Construction Disputes - An International Perspective

(28 July 2021)

We were privileged to have James Howells QC and Shourav Lahiri of Atkin Chambers address the Society on the subject of Limitation Periods in Construction Disputes on 28 July 2021. The talk draw a good crowd 63 attendees and provided an international perspective on a broad range of limitation-related issues including...

Contributed by: Toh Chen Han – Pinsent Masons MPillay LLP; Immediate Past Chairman, Society of Construction Law (Singapore)

Newsletter Editors: Ashok Rai & Toh Chen Han

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