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WEBINAR: Experts - Managing Conflicts In Construction (14 October 2021)
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About the Webinar:

Conflicts of interest are an important concern for all involved in dispute resolution. The integrity of the process by which disputes are settled is essential as it is not enough for justice to be done. Justice must be seen to be done. The rules and case law are clear on how judges and counsel should decide whether there is a conflict of interest in being involved in a matter. However, there has been little discussion on the topic of expert witnesses who often possess similar characteristics to that of counsel – they provide advice to parties in litigation, they advocate for their clients in legal proceedings through their impartial expert opinions, etc.

This topic is relevant to the construction law industry given that experts are commonly employed to resolve technical issues of contention in the disputes. This webinar will explore the contours of these conflicts and discuss ways of managing them

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 their questions to the moderator via text using the built-in Q&A function.

5.00 - 5.10pm

Opening Remarks by Chairperson

The Honourable Wayne Martin AC QC

5.10 - 6.10pm

Experts: Managing Conflicts in Construction

Mr. John Battersby - Group Managing Director, BKAsiaPacific Limited
Ms. Anneliese Day QC – Silk, Fountain Court Chambers
Mr. Amit Garg - Managing Director, Secretariat Consulting Pte Ltd

6.10 - 6.30pm
Q&A Moderated by Webinar Chair

About the Speakers:

Mr. John Battersby - Group Managing Director, BKAsiaPacific Limited

John Battersby

Mr. John Battersby, FCInstCES, FGIS, FASI, FCIOB, FHKICM, MRICS, MHKIS, FCMI, FCIArb, FHKIArb, MAE, RPS(QS) is Group Managing Director of BKAsiaPacific Limited and a Registered Professional Quantity Surveyor (Hong Kong) and Chartered Construction Manager having worked in the construction industry for 54 years, 38 years of which have been spent working on projects in Hong Kong, China and South East Asia. John has acted as an expert witness several times, both in arbitration and litigation, in respect of additional cost/loss and expense/damages claims, measurement issues, adjustment of rates, valuation of variations and causes and effects of delays to construction works. He has acted both as party appointed expert and “single joint expert” (or “tribunal expert”). He is a Practising Member of the Academy of Experts and accredited by the Academy as an Expert. He has also been appointed as Arbitrator, Assessor, Adjudicator, Mediator and Dispute Resolution Advisor several times. From his first hand experience of what can go wrong on various building and civil engineering projects, John understands the importance of dispute avoidance through collaborative/cooperative contracting. He has also worked on target cost contracts utilizing collaborative/cooperative working procedures as well as NEC lump sum and measurement contracts and has conducted numerous seminars and workshops on these subjects.

Ms. Anneliese Day QC – Silk, Fountain Court Chambers


Ms. Anneliese is a “leading lawyer of her generation” and a “standout genius” who is frequently instructed in high-value and complex cases both nationally and internationally, and as counsel and arbitrator. She is ranked both as a Leading Silk in six practice areas in the legal directories (commercial litigation, international arbitration, professional negligence, energy, construction and insurance/reinsurance) and as an Arbitrator. In 2020, she won International Arbitration barrister of the year and was shortlisted as ‘Professional Negligence Silk of the Year’; and was previously named ‘Construction and Energy Silk of the Year’ three times, ‘Barrister of the Year’ in 2014 by The Lawyer and one of the 500 most influential people in the UK by Debretts. She is often called upon to assist major corporate clients and high net worth individuals with cases concerning jointventures, private finance initiatives, contract termination, contractual interpretation and other business issues. She occupies an almost unique position of operating at the highest level in both the commercial and construction spheres not only in the UK but also in Asia, the Middle East, the US, Europe and the Caribbean. Described as “an absolute Rockstar at the top of her game”, Anneliese is equally at home in a court or arbitration setting and also regularly appears at appellate level.

Mr. Amit Garg - Managing Director, Secretariat Consulting Pte Ltd

Amit Garg

Mr. Garg is Managing Director of Secretariat’s Asia-Pacific operations. He specializes in construction disputes and has extensive experience in performing delay analysis, measuring productivity and reviewing project delivery systems. His experience ranges across a wide range of large and complex projects, with a particular focus on oil & gas, energy and transportation projects. As part of these engagements, Mr. Garg has testified on numerous occasions in arbitrations under the rules of ICC, ICSID, AAA, DIAC, DIFC, HKIAC, SIAC, ADCCAC, AIAC, PAM, and ad hoc arbitrations, in various jurisdictions across the world. He has been consistently named as “Global Elite Thought Leader” by Who’s Who Legal (WWL).

About the Chairperson:
The Honourable Wayne Martin AC QC

Wayne Martin

The Honourable Wayne Martin AC QC was Chief Justice of Western Australia between 2006 and his retirement from the bench in July 2018. Prior to his appointment he practised at the Western Australian Bar in the field of commercial litigation, mainly involving disputes in the mining, energy, resources, construction and financial sectors. His practice included international and domestic arbitration. As Chief Justice he created and managed the Arbitration List of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and he has published many decisions in that field (and others). Since leaving the Bench he is taking appointments as a mediator and arbitrator, and has taken chambers at Francis Burt Chambers, Perth, and at 39 Essex Chambers, with chambers in London, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.


FEES (includes materials, if any)

SCL (Singapore) Members


  • Guests of SCL(S) Members
  • Members of international SCLs,
  • Members of
    1. Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Singapore) Ltd (CIArb),
    2. Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB),
    3. Lighthouse Club (Singapore) (Lighthouse),
    4. Marine Offshore Oil & Gas Association (MOOGAS)
    5. Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS),
    6. Singapore Contractors Association Ltd (SCAL),
    7. Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb),
    8. Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA),
    9. Singapore Institute of Building Ltd (SIBL),
    10. Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers (SISV),
    11. Society of Project Managers (SPM),
    12. Tunneling and Underground Construction Society (Singapore (TUCSS),
    13. Full Time Students & Faculty of NUS Faculty of Law




Continuing Professional Development  

Practice Area: Building & Construction
Training Level: Update
Public CPD Points: 1.5 

Location Zoom Video Webinar Platform

SILE Attendance Policy
Participants who wish to obtain CPD Points are reminded that they must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. For this activity, this includes logging in at the start of the webinar and logging out at the conclusion of the webinar in the manner required by the organiser, and not being away from the entire activity for more than 15 minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for attending the activity. Please refer to for more information.

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If you are also registering guest(s), please register yourself first and then select Add Guest at bottom of the online form.



  1. Places are limited and can only be allocated in order of priority upon receipt of registration and any payment due.
  2. We reserve the right to refuse to register or admit any participant, and to cancel or postpone the webinar.
  3. Equivalent substitute delegates are welcomed, subject to the Organisers being notified at least 2 working days before the webinar of the substitute delegate.
  4. We will not entertain any request for a refund of fees. However, a confirmed registrant who has paid in full the webinar fees but does not attend the webinar will be entitled to a set of materials provided, if any.
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