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Cost and Time Blowouts (and Major Disputes) on Large Construction Projects (03 July 2019)
Wednesday 03 July 2019, 05:00pm - 07:15pm
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About this Seminar:
This seminar will discuss cost and time blowouts (and major disputes) on large construction projects and the mistakes that continue to be repeated and why lessons are not learned, including:
• Statistics on the prevalence and impact of time and cost blowouts on large construction projects
• Common (recurring) major causes and reasons for cost and time blowouts and major disputes from the cradle (project conception) to the grave (final resolution). For example: 
· Poor project / scope definition at FID, contract execution and mobilisation.
· Poor project delivery (contract) choice e.g. turnkey EPC v EPCM, partnering etc.
· Allocation of risk according to might and market forces c.f. Abrahamson principles.
· Poor project records and a culture of not following the contract by contractors and owners alike e.g. notices and time bars + waiver/estoppel.
· Adversarial, inflexible, untimely dispute resolution processes cf Dispute Avoidance Boards etc.

Seminar Programme:

5.00 - 5.30pm

Registrations & Networking for Delegates

5.30 - 5.45pm

Opening Remarks by Chairperson:

Mr. Kelvin Teo – Counsel, Clifford Chance Asia/ Cavenagh Law LLP; Council Member, Society of Construction Law (Singapore)

5.45 - 7.00pm

Cost and Time Blowouts (and Major Disputes) on Large Construction Projects

Mr. Simon Bellas – Partner, Jones Day

7.00 - 7.15pm

Q&A Session


About the Speaker:

Mr. Simon Bellas – Partner, Jones Day
Simon Bellas is an international disputes authority whose practice is focused on large-scale construction projects, in particular, in the energy and resources and infrastructure sectors. He has particular experience in working with overseas, EPC contractors.
Simon is a highly ranked arbitration and construction lawyer and has managed some of the largest international arbitrations and litigation in the Asia-Pacific region.
In addition to large-scale transnational disputes, Simon is regularly engaged during project execution as “project counsel” with a mandate of avoiding and minimising claims and disputes. With more than 15 years experience in LNG and mining, Simon is a leading industry professional and has an in-depth working knowledge of many of the technical engineering and commercial issues that underpin projects and the claims that commonly arise from them.

About the Chairperson:

Mr. Kelvin Teo – Counsel, Clifford Chance Asia/ Cavenagh Law LLP; Council Member, Society of Construction Law (Singapore)
Kelvin is proficient at making complicated technical, delay and quantum issues, easy to understand. He regularly advises major players in the infrastructure, energy and resources sphere.
His sector experience covers projects from nuclear power plants and renewables including wind, hydropower and geothermal; to refineries, mines, railways, and even giant ferris wheels.
Kelvin's practice covers the entire spectrum of dispute resolution mechanisms including arbitration and litigation. He has acted for parties and projects in Korea, China, Middle East, Mongolia, Italy, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, US and Singapore.
He is a Council Member of the Society of Construction Law (Singapore), and speaks and publishes articles regularly on construction law issues.

 Registration Fee:



FEES (includes refreshments & 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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Location Room 903, Level 9 NTUC Centre, One Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018989
"SCL (Singapore) is an Accredited Institution under the SILE CPD scheme."
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