October 2023 • Issue No. 66

Upcoming Events

Date Title
9 Nov 2023
Empowering Construction Arbitration: Unlocking the Potential of Third-Party Funding
30 or 31 Jan 2024
IN PERSON: Annual Construction Law Update 2024
19, 21, 26, 28 March 2024
Construction Law 101 (14th Run)

View details of
SCL(S) Council 2022-2024

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Welcome to new SCL(S) Members

September 2023 to October 2023
1. Shobna Chandran
2. Carolina Carlstedt
3. Laina Chan
4. Mukul Soul
5. Arcenette Joy Viscara
6. Naoki Iguchi
7. Webster Lim
8. Nick Barham

Post Event Updates

SEMINAR: Navigating Ambiguities in Construction Contracts: Challenges, Considerations and Best Practices

(20 July 2023)


SEMINAR: CONSIDERING COLLABORATIVE CONTRACTING FOR SINGAPORE: A discussion on the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL)’s Guide to Collaborative Contracting

(18 May 2023)


Construction Law 101 (13th Run):
Sessions 1 - 4 

(21, 23, 28, 30 March 2023)


Networking Cocktails 2023

(1 March 2023)


Annual Construction Law Update 2023

(31 January 2023)


SCL (Singapore) 3rd "Focus on Asia Conference" 2022: Construction Post Covid – Getting Back to Business?

(28 October 2022)


SCL (Singapore) Annual General Meeting 2022

(4 August 2022)


WEBINAR: SCL (Singapore) - A 20 Year Journey and Beyond: Strategic Leadership Dialogue with SCL (Singapore) Past Chairs - Session 1

(4 August 2022)


Council Member's Message - October 2023

Andrei Soltan
Dear members,

As October unfolds, I wish to extend my warm greetings to all in this month's edition of the SCL (Singapore) newsletter.

It's an opportune moment to reiterate the foundational goals of our Society. The SCL (Singapore) stands firm in its commitment to the advancement of education, study, and research in the domain of construction law and its interrelated subjects. Whether within the bustling streets of Singapore or extending our reach overseas, our primary aim remains consistent: to serve the broader public and the construction industry, enhancing their knowledge and understanding in this specialised field.

Yet, as we navigate through our pursuits and ambitions, I must emphasise a fundamental truth. It's you, our dedicated members, who are the linchpin of our Society's endeavours. Without your active participation, passion, and efforts, our objectives would remain mere aspirations. Every seminar, research initiative, and publication comes to life because of...

Andrei Soltan
Council Member, SCL (Singapore)


Launch of Business Membership Scheme in 2024  

As members may be aware, following approval at its recent AGM, SCL (Singapore) will introduce a new Business Membership scheme for membership year 2024.  Some basic information about this scheme is summarised below:

  1. Business membership shall:
    • be open to businesses whose principal place of business is in Singapore;
    • comprise a minimum of three (3) nominees being representatives of the business;
    • afford each nominee with the same rights and benefits as for individual members save that no nominee shall be an Office Bearer or a Council Member or an Honorary Auditor...
June Tan (Ms)
Head of Secretariat



Whither is a Bridge Too Far? Perspectives on Variations and the doctrine of Cardinal Change in Engineering and Construction Contracts

A:   General Nature of Variations
  1. One rationale underlying the practice of recognising and implementing “variations” (synonymously, “changes” or “change orders”[1]) in contracts has its roots stretching back into the 19th century, where, as an example which the principle was upheld in Russell v Viscount Sa da Bandeira,[2] Erie CJ explained that “….[I]t almost invariably happens that in the course of the construction of a house or a ship or other extensive work, the party for whom the work is done from time to time desires to have additions or alterations, and it is by no means an unusual thing to insert a clause providing that the employer shall not be liable for extras or additions unless there be an order in writing fixing the price or the certificate of...
Contributed by: Glenn G Cheng - Glenn G Cheng Law Chambers & Matthew Wills - J.S. Held Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Construction Projects (& Contracting), How Would Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Line Up?

  1. Singapore’s construction industry plays a fundamental part in the nation’s rapid urban development. From the commercial high-rise towers and iconic skyscrapers to the highly sought after residential projects, which are connected by the ever-expanding transportation networks, the construction industry plays a critical role in shaping Singapore’s urban landscape.
  2. Multiple stakeholders are involved in any construction project in Singapore, from the owners, project financiers/investors, consultants and builders/contractors, to the end-users of the development itself. This explains why at the heart of any construction project, there is a web of contractual agreements to govern the relationship between the various stakeholders, including but not limited to responsibilities, timelines, and...
Contributed by: Anil Changaroth, Syafiq Lim & Ong Xin Wen - RHTLaw Asia LLP 

Latest Post Event Updates

SEMINAR: Mastering Infrastructure Arbitration: Navigating Complex Cases with Legal Expertise and Technical Acumen

(4 October 2023)

It was another lovely, balmy evening in Singapore on 4 October 2023 when the SCL (Singapore) held another interesting seminar on construction law. This time, we had the privilege of hearing from experienced practitioners about the unique challenges of managing disputes in the large scale arbitration space.

Rob Palmer (Partner, Ashurst LLP) spoke on the topic of using technology to organise the voluminous amount of data that is often generated in the course of a construction project, and which have to be sifted through for the purposes of the arbitration. In one example of an arbitration dispute he illustrated,  a total of 4.1 million documents were collected...

Contributed by: Ashok Kumar Rai – Cairnhill Law LLC
SCL (Singapore) – ISAF Joint Conference 2023: Adjudication In The Age Of Collaborative Contracting

(21 September 2023)

The SCL (Singapore) ISAF Joint Conference 2023 – Adjudication in the Age of Collaborative Contracting – was held on 21 September 2023 at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront, where ISAF unveiled its proposed Model Law on Statutory Adjudication and eminent professionals from more than six countries gathered to share experiences on collaborative contracting forms and reflect on avoidance and resolution of disputes in the context of statutory and contractual adjudication.

Chair of the International Statutory Adjudication Forum, Mr Chow Kok Fong, opened the conference with a sharing on how statutory adjudication has been demonstrated to be effective and cost saving for resolution of disputes. He further addressed how in complex projects, coupling the regime with a dedicated dispute resolution mechanism proved to be effective in resolving dispute efficiently.
Justice Philip Jeyaretnam, President of the Singapore International Commercial Court and Judge of the High Court of Singapore, graced the event as Guest of Honour. In his key-note address, Justice Philip …  

Contributed by: Chan Yong Neng - Pinsent Masons MPillay

SCL (Singapore) Annual General Meeting & Annual Dinner 2023

(23 August 2023)

SCL (Singapore) held its 2023 Annual General Meeting on 23 August 2023 at OSO Ristorante Restaurant, Oasia Hotel Downtown.

The Meeting commenced punctually at 5.30 pm with 31 attending members and a full quorum of attending members.

Council gave its account of the various activities of the Society over the past year. These included an account of:
  • the activities of the Professional Development Committee led by Ashok Kumar with support from
  • Trevor Lam, Adrian Wong and Joanna Seetoh. There has been a regular line up of seminars since last year including the flagship Annual Construction Law Update in January which drew an attendance of more than 170 delegates.
  • the Publications Committee...

Contributed by: Adrian Wong - Herbert Smith Freehills Prolegis LLC


Newsletter Editors:  Chris Rudland & Chan Yong Neng

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