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Singapore
Thursday, September 3, 2020
5.00 pm to 6.45 pm
NOW IN WEBINAR FORMAT! Bond Calls and Interim Relief (3 September 2020)

About this Webinar:

Performance bonds are an important feature of construction projects and are often used for tactical purposes, particularly where market conditions are challenging. Lynne McCafferty QC and Sanjay Patel from 4 Pump Court, London consider recent case-law on performance bonds in the common law jurisdictions. They examine what employers have to do to make successful calls on these bonds, and the circumstances in which contractors can challenge 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 your questions to the moderator via text using the built-in Q&A function.

5.00 - 5.05pm

Opening Remarks by Chairperson

Mr. Toh Chen Han – Partner, Pinsent Masons MPillay LLP; Chairman, Society of Construction Law (Singapore)

5.05 - 6.35pm

Bond Calls and Interim Relief

Ms. Lynne McCafferty QC – Barrister, 4 Pump Court

Mr. Sanjay Patel - Barrister, 4 Pump Court

6.35 – 6.45pm

Q&A Session

About the Speakers:

Ms. Lynne McCafferty QC – Barrister, 4 Pump Court

Lynne McCafferty QC of 4 Pump Court is a leading commercial silk at the English Bar specialising in construction & engineering, energy, international arbitration, professional negligence, and technology & telecoms law.
Lynne is highly ranked in the legal directories, where she has recently been described as “a top-quality silk”, “a fiercely intelligent and competitive advo cate”, and “a first rate lawyer and an outstanding performer in court”.
Her practice includes huge infrastructure projects, multi-million pound commercial developments, high-profile PFI projects, oil and gas processing plants and pipelines, and onshore wind farms. Recent cases have included the Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi, the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, and a major extension to a rail and metro network. She has particular experience of large-scale disputes arising out of IT contracts, including major business systems, government contracts, and bespoke software projects.
Lynne has extensive advocacy experience in international arbitrations, in the Technology & Construction Court (TCC) in London, and in adjudication proceedings. She has acted on cases under a wide range of arbitration rules including ICC, ICSID, LMAA, LCIA, DIFC, and DIAC. She is a TECBAR-accredited adjudicator, has acted as arbitrator, and is registered as an advocate with the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

 

Mr. Sanjay Patel - Barrister, 4 Pump Court

Sanjay Patel is a commercial barrister at 4 Pump Court, London and has a wide-ranging commercial practice with particular specialisms in construction, energy and banking law. Sanjay is a leading junior who is popular for large scale construction projects both in the UK and internationally . Recently, Sanjay’s practice has focused on high value disputes concerning transport, power and waste projects. Sanjay is ranked as a leading junior in the Legal 500 where he has been described as “infectiously enthusiastic, and excellent at getting down into the details of a case." Sanjay also has a varied banking practice which has included cases concerning project finance, demand guarantees and complex derivatives. In a case particularly relevant to the talk for SCL, Sanjay appeared for an insurer in the first case concerning demand guarantees before the Qatar International Court (Leonardo v Doha Bank Assurance Company), which addressed whether the Singaporean “unconscionability” defence to bond calls should apply in that jurisdiction.
About the Chairperson:

Mr Toh Chen Han – Partner, Pinsent Masons MPillay LLP; Chairman, Society of Construction Law (Singapore)

Chen Han's area of practice is Dispute Resolution. He focuses in particular on construction, engineering and commercial disputes, and related advisory work. The cases on which Chen Han has acted involve a range of matters including tracing and restitution of monies, conspiracy, expressway design and construction, power plant design, construction and operation, cargo-facility construction, water works, mixed research and commercial developments, and hotel management disputes. He is described by Legal 500 as a name to note for construction and dispute resolution, and a go-to individual for complex delay claims, who is unafraid to dive into details.
He has written for various publications including the International Construction Law Review. He co-authored the SICC Handbook – A Guide to the Rules and Procedures of the Singapore International Commercial Court (Sweet & Maxwell, 2016) and the chapter on Enforcement of Foreign Judgments and Foreign Arbitral Awards in the Law and Practice of Commercial Litigation in Singapore (Sweet & Maxwell, 2015). He is also a Contributing Editor for the Singapore Journal of Construction Law and a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.

 

Registration Fee:

 
REGISTRATION CLOSING DATE: 31 August 2020

FEES (includes materials, if any)

SCL (Singapore) Members

S$35.00

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)

S$60.00

Others

S$90.00

 

Singapore
Thursday, September 24, 2020
5.00pm - 6.30pm
WEBINAR: The Circuit Break - Picking up the Pieces (24 September 2020)

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:

 
REGISTRATION CLOSING DATE: 21 September 2020

FEES (includes materials, if any)

SCL (Singapore) Members

S$35.00

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)

S$60.00

Others

S$90.00

 

New Zealand
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 to Friday, November 6, 2020
17:30 to 17:30
9th International Society of Construction Law Conference

The Society of Construction Law New Zealand is pleased to be hosting the 9th International Society of Construction Law Conference. The conference is being held in Auckland, New Zealand on 4-6 November 2020 and will bring leading experts in construction law from around the world to Auckland.

Our conference theme is: "Building for Change" 

Legal systems are dynamic in nature often built on precedent and always by incremental development. With the passage of time and severing of colonial apron strings, the common law has developed in unique ways around the world. This applies equally to construction law and how it operates in the Asia-Pacific region. 
That development continues with new influences in the form of natural disasters, who funds large scale infrastructure projects and the adaptation (and adoption) of emerging technologies. The SCL 9th International Construction Law Conference will explore construction law as it relates to contracts, negligence, product liability and dispute resolution through keynote and specialist presentations along with two streams of plenary sessions over two days.

Call for Abstracts opens 1 December 2019

For all Conference information plesae visit the Conference website constructionlaw2020.com 

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