February 2020 • Issue No. 44

Upcoming Events

Date Title
14 April 2020 Bond Calls and Interim Relief
14 April 2020 Networking Cocktails 2020
22 July 2020 Architect's Duties - Expectations vs Reality
30 September 2020 SAVE THE DATE! for SCL Singapore Annual Construction Law Conference


View details of
SCL(S) Council 2018-2020

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Welcome to new SCL(S) Members

January 2020 to February 2020
1. Alex Dansette
2. Andy Yong Chuan Yeo
3. Christopher Buay
4. Ernest Sia
5. Geok Pey Wong
6. Justin Eng Yew Ee
7. Kai Ling Ng
8. Kishan Pillay
9. Mathew Caswell
10. Monisha Cheong
11. Nora Farif
12. Sharon McGahey
13. Siew Jiuan Lim
14. Siu Min Cheryl Gan
15. Tristan Allan
16. Wei Foong Chan
17. Yasir Kadhim
18. Yi Ru Derek Tay

Post Event Updates

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)


SCL (Singapore) Career Talk for NUS Law Faculty

(2 October 2019)


Council Member's Message

Dear fellow SCL members,

Another year is upon us and I’ve been asked to write the foreword for the first newsletter for 2020.

2020 looks set to be another activity filled year for SCL Singapore. Kicking off the year was the traditionally “full house” Annual Construction Law Update, 2020 held on 22nd January where we had the privilege of having Christopher Chuah of WongPartnership and Kelvin Aw of CMS Holborn Asia give us a very insightful updates on the legal landscape in the construction industry over 2019.

We look towards no less than 10 events in the upcoming year including seminars, networking events and our annual construction law conference. It is always the aim of Council to provide a broad range of opportunities for our members to further their professional development as well as to allow fruitful networking opportunities for members to connect with other stakeholders in the construction fraternity. We are confident that the 2020 calendar promises to do just that.

As always, none of this will be possible without the continued support of our members. Council will seek to continue to deliver good value in terms of the diversity and content of the various events and services.

See you at our next event!

Adrian Wong
Co-Chair, Professional Development Committee, SCL (Singapore)


Dear Member,

As you will be aware, the Government recently raised the DORSCON alert level to Orange due to the continuing Covid-19 virus situation in Singapore.
In line with the recommendation that non-essential large events should be deferred or cancelled, we will be postponing the below event with a view to rescheduling at a later date:
We will keep the situation under review and provide further relevant updates to our members via email and the Society’s website. Should you have any queries in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact our Secretariat at secretariat@scl.org.sg.

Toh Chen Han
Chairman, SCL (Singapore)

Outreach is Reaching Out

Seeking Expressions of Interest from Socially Responsible Corporates

As a part of its Outreach initiatives, the SCL(S) will be continuing to support Habitat For Humanity, an established charitable organisation that provides affordable housing for the less fortunate.  A well-known set of programs of Habitat for Humanity are their single and multi-day builds in neighbouring cities and countries.  

The SCL(S) is looking to support Habitat for Humanity through the participation in one of these builds.  In the interest of ensuring that we have the required committed level of participation, the SCL(S) Council is seeking expressions of interest from any companies that would be willing to provide the minimum level of participation; and cover the minimum associated costs.  In return, when registrations are opened up to the SCL(S) membership, the SCL(S) would refer to the initiative as a collaboration with the participating company(ies) in all promotional campaigns.

The contribution would be from approximately $4,500, for a 1 day build in Batam, to $5,500, for a 2 day build in Batam.  There are other options in other countries too.

If you are looking for an opportunity to give something back to the community and also receive some recognition for your Corporate Social Responsibility contributions, please get in touch with us by 31 March 2020:

Contact Person:
Trevor Lam
E: trevor.lam@asia.ctbh.com
M: +65 9186 7611

2020 Essay Competition

Papers are now invited for the 2020 SCLS Prize.

The Society of Construction Law Singapore (SCLS) is delighted to announce the launch of the Biennial SCLS Essay Competition 2020.

The following prizes will be offered for winning papers in 2020:

                            First Prize – SGD 2,000

                        Runner Up Prize – SGD 500

The winner shall be invited to receive their prize at an SCLS event.

Previous winners (2018) were 1st Prize: Mr. Nguyen Sinh Vuong and Runner-up: Ms Brenda Khoo, both of SMU.

Entries will only be accepted from students aged 28 and below enrolled in universities or other tertiary institutions in Singapore as of the final date for receiving submissions.

Deadline for submissions: 4pm, 31 August 2020.

More details are available HERE.


Are Claims Made After Termination Allowed under the SOP Act? - Reviewing Stargood Construction Pte Ltd v Shimizu Corp [2019] SGHC 261


1. The High Court’s decision in Stargood Construction Pte Ltd v Shimizu Corp [2019] SGHC 261 (“Stargood”) has clarified the difference between a contract which has ended and a contract which has been terminated. This distinction has brought more certainty for contractors seeking payment for works done before termination under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (the “SOP Act”).

2. The present case was distinguished from the Court of Appeal’s decision in Far East Square Pte Ltd v Yau Lee Construction (Singapore) Pte Ltd [2019] 2 SLR 189 (“Far East Square”), in which the Court of Appeal held that a contractor could not issue a payment claim and submit the said payment claim for adjudication after the contract was completed (once the architect issued the final certificate under the SIA Form of ...

Contributed by: Justin Tan – Eversheds Harry Elias LLP

Latest Post Event Updates

Annual Construction Law Update 2020

(22 January 2020)

“The 2020 SCL(S) year kicked off with the ever popular attended Annual Construction Law Update. This year’s iteration was no different, in that a full room of attendees listened in to get an overview of key legal developments that transpired in 2019.
It was a pleasure of mine to chair a very informative and well delivered session alongside our esteemed speakers in Christopher Chuah (Partner, WongPartnership LLP) and Kelvin Aw (Partner, CMS Holborn Asia). Prior to the session, upon receiving the presentation slides, a brief moment of concern fell upon me when I looked through the sheer volume of material Christopher and Kelvin were attempting to cover. At the close of the 2 hour session, it was clear...

Contributed by: Trevor Lam - CTBH



Newsletter Editors: Ashok Rai & Kelvin Teo 

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