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WEBINAR: The Circuit Break - Picking up the Pieces (24 September 2020)
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About the Webinar:
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it an unprecedented effect on the modern economy and in particular, the construction industry. To redress and mitigate the economic shock which COVID-19 has caused, the Singapore Government implemented the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 ("COTMA"), providing temporary relief for businesses and individuals who are unable to perform their contractual obligations.

These temporary measures will not be in place indefinitely, and, are currently due to expire on 20 October 2020 (unless further extended). It is crucial that practitioners and in-house counsel stand prepared and are not caught unawares. In the context of construction disputes, issues relating to breach of contract, liquidated damages and calling on performance bonds are often complex inquiries and will no doubt be complicated further by COTMA.

This seminar focuses on the aftermath of the moratorium under COTMA and, amongst others, the following issues which may arise:

  • the difficulty in determining whether the non-performing party has met the requisite 'materiality' threshold to qualify for relief under the COTMA;
  • the uncertainty in the scope of construction contracts to which the COTMA applies; and
  • the problem presented by multiple causes of delay and disruption to construction projects arising both during and after the prescribed period, some of which may be unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Webinar Programme:
Webinar participants will be able to watch and listen to (via computer audio, recommended for security reasons, or telephone line) the video presentation and Q&A discussion on their screens, as well as participate in the Q&A discussion by sending in your questions to the moderator via text using the built-in Q&A function.

5.00 - 5.05pm

Opening Remarks by Chairperson

Mr. Kelvin Teo – Director, Drew and Napier LLC; Council Member, Society of Construction Law (Singapore)

5.05 - 6.05pm

The Circuit Break - Picking up the Pieces 

Mr. Paul Sandosham - Partner, Clifford Chance Asia, Singapore

6.05 - 6.30pm

Q&A Session

About the Speaker:
Mr. Paul Sandosham - Partner, Clifford Chance Asia, Singapore 

Mr Paul Sandosham is the Managing Partner of Cavenagh Law LLP and concurrently a partner in Clifford Chance LLP. He practises in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution department and heads Clifford Chance Asia's Energy, Infrastructure and Resources (Disputes) practice for South East Asia. He often acts as counsel in court, adjudication proceedings and international arbitration proceedings under various arbitration rules for various parties in disputes arising out of complex cross-border construction and infrastructure disputes. Paul is on the panel of arbitrators of various arbitral institutions and is often appointed as sole or presiding arbitrator. Paul was one of the inaugural batch of thirteen practitioners appointed as a Senior Accredited Specialists for Building & Construction by the Singapore Academy of Law. He is recognised as a leading dispute resolution and construction lawyer in numerous independent legal publications. He is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors of CIArb (Singapore).

*Clifford Chance Asia is a Formal Law Alliance in Singapore between Clifford Chance Pte Ltd and Cavenagh Law LLP 

About the Chairperson:

Mr. Kelvin Teo – Director, Drew and Napier LLC; Council Member, Society of Construction Law (Singapore)

Mr Kelvin Teo is a specialist in resolving complicated infrastructure, energy and resource disputes. He has been recognized in The Legal 500  for the last 4 consecutive years as a Next Generation Partner under the Construction and International Arbitration categories. Client comments  include: “a keen ability to grasp complex technical issues and break them down into coherent and concise descriptions that can be readily  understood by arbitrators”, "an extremely creative lawyer who thinks of solutions that no one else can" and “recommended” for "great in-depth  industry knowledge". Kelvin’s sector experience covers infrastructure projects from nuclear power plants and renewables including wind,  hydropower and geothermal; to refineries, mines, railways and expressways; to civil works, and giant Ferris wheels. He carries out his own  advocacy across the entire spectrum of dispute resolution mechanisms that are used in construction. Kelvin is a thought-leader on construction  law issues. As a Council Member of the Society of Construction Law (Singapore), he regularly speaks and publishes articles on construction  law issues. Kelvin also heads a Promotion of Singapore Law Sub-committee (Commodities, Oil & Gas, and Energy) under the Singapore  Academy of Law. He sits as a mediator, and was part of an experts group commenting on e-discovery issues. He has recently been appointed as an assessor for construction cases under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act. 

Registration Fee:


FEES (includes materials, if any)

SCL (Singapore) Members


Guests of SCL(S) Members, Members of international SCLs,
Members of 
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Singapore) Ltd (CIArb), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Lighthouse Club (Singapore) (Lighthouse), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Singapore Contractors Association Ltd (SCAL), Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA), Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb), Singapore Institute of Building Ltd (SIBL), Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers (SISV), Society of Project Managers (SPM), Tunneling and Underground Construction Society (Singapore) (TUCSS), Full Time Students & Faculty of NUS Faculty of Law,
Marine Offshore Oil & Gas Association (MOOGAS)




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