Contract and Practice Administration under COVID19

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SIA Minor Works Contract 2012 – Administering the MWC 2012 in the light of the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act

19th June 2020 [Event Over]

Speaker: Ar. Catherine Loke & Mr Anil Changaroth

The circuit breaker closure of workplaces and construction sites from 7 April to 1 June 2020, and the mandated staged resumption of work at construction sites, is unprecedented.  Although the enactment of the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 has brought some clarity to an uncertain environment, it remains a challenge for contract administrators to administer contracts that were written without these scenarios in mind.

This seminar, the first of a two-part series, will give some insight into the drafting philosophy behind the SIA Articles and Conditions of Contract for Minor Works 2012 (“MWC”), and examine the provisions for managing Extension of Time, Liquidated Damages and Performance Bond in the light these new challenges.  The concept of Force Majeure, and the circumstances which would give rise to its applicability, will also be discussed.

The speakers will also look at how applying the same fundamental principles to the SIA Article and Conditions of Building Contract 9th Edition and the SIA Building Contract 2016 can have a different result, due to the difference in contractual wording.

3.00pm Webinar Registration
3.30pm Webinar Session Commences
3.30pm Extension of Time, Liquidated Damages and Performance Bond by Ar. Catherine Loke & Mr Anil Changaroth
4.30pm Q&A
5.00pm End of Webinar Session


SIA Minor Works Contract 2012 – Administering the MWC 2012 in the light of the recent changes to the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act

26 June 2020 [Event Over]

Speaker: Ar. Catherine Loke & Mr Edwin Lee

Since the SIA Articles and Conditions of Contract for Minor Works 2012 (“MWC”) was published in 2012, there have been significant changes to the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (“SOP Act”).

Interestingly, some clauses in the MWC have proven to be ahead of its time in its approach to managing payment.

This seminar, the second of a two-part series, will give some insight into the drafting philosophy behind the MWC, and examine the provisions for managing progress payment, deduction of liquidated damages and payment in the event of termination, in the light of new legislation and recent case law.

3.00pm Webinar Registration
3.30pm Webinar Session Commences
3.30pm Payment, Liquidated Damages and Loss & Expense by Ar. Catherine Loke
4.00pm Recent case law on the interpretation of contractual payment regime by Mr Edwin Lee
4.30pm Q&A
5.00pm End of Webinar Session


SMAP & AA Committee Combined Seminar: How to pursue unpaid fees using the SOP Act

03 July 2020

Speaker: Ar. Joy Lim, Ar. Chu Yang Keng & Ar. Catherine Loke

The Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (Cap. 30B) (“SOP Act”) was enactedin 2005 to “improve cashflow by expediting payment in the building and constructionindustry”. Fifteen years on, few Architects realise that the SOP Act is also applicable to consultancy agreements, and can be used to pursue unpaid fees.

This seminar will cover the technical requirements of the SOP Act, the effect of the COVID-19(Temporary Measures) Act 2020 on the operation of the SOP Act, and provide some insights fromfirsthand experience of two Architects who successfully pursued unpaid fees.

3.00pm Webinar Registration
3.30pm Webinar Session Commences
3.30pm Fundamentals of the SOP Act by Ar. Catherine Loke
4.00pm How I used the SOP Act to pursue unpaid fees by Ar. Joy Lim & Ar. Chu Yang Keng
4.40pm Q&A
5.00pm End of Webinar Session



Ar Catherine Loke
Lander Loke Architects

CATHERINE LOKE obtained her Bachelor of Planning & Design in 1989 and Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) in 1992 from the University of Melbourne. She has worked briefly in Melbourne & Kuala Lumpur, and in Singapore since 1993. She has been a Registered Architect since 1998 and partner in Lander Loke Architects since 1999.

As a practitioner, Catherine believes in hands-on involvement and gives personal attention to the projects undertaken by her firm. Over the years this has given her in-depth skills, knowledge and experience in the complete process of delivering a wide variety of projects (residential, commercial and industrial), from design and documentation to contract administration and code compliance, as well as the use of technology to enable more effective delivery.

Catherine is currently the First Vice-President of the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) and also serves as Chairman of the Small & Medium Architectural Practice Committee, Architects' Appointment Committee and the SIA Minor Works Contract Working Group. She regularly speaks on practice and building contract matters at the annual SIA Practice Convention and SIA Continuing Professional Development seminars.

Outside of SIA, Catherine served as the Chief Examiner for the Professional Practice Examination under Section 15.(2)(a)(ii) of the Architects Act (Cap.12), from 2014 to 2016. She was alsoa member of the BCA BIM Legal & Contractual Workgroup in 2013. She has given talks at other associations such as the Society of Construction Law, and is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore, teaching architectural practice.

Mr Anil Changaroth
ChangAroth Chambers

As a Dispute Avoidance & Resolution Practitioner, Anil is an accredited Mediator and Arbitrator and practices/trained as an Adjudicator and in International Treaty Arbitration at the AIAC; an Advocate & Solicitor of Singapore since 1995; aSolicitor of England and Wales (2009); qualified as Barrister at Law (Middle Temple of England & Wales (1993); and hold a Master of Science in Construction Law & Arbitration, Kings College London & National University of Singapore (2006). He had also practiced international arbitration with international law firm Lovells Lee & Lee (2008 - 9) and in house General Counsel and Director of Contract Advisory and Dispute Management division of Davis Langdon & Seah (Arcadis Group) (2006 – 8).

CHANGAROTH CHAMBERS LLC represents parties in the Asia Pacific region, focusing on Appropriate Dispute Resolution involving Infrastructure, Building, and Construction projects and most aspects of Commercial, Civil, Criminal and Corporate Front End Advisory, while CHANGAROTH INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANCY facilitates Singapore’s Infrastructure Asia, the Singapore Convention on Mediation, China’s Belt & Road Initiative and the region - with consulting and administering international infrastructure, construction, trade and investment treaty projects and developments; Appropriate Dispute Resolution Services and developing Online Dispute Resolution legal technologies.

With Institutions relations the chairman of Society of Construction Law (Singapore) 2012-14 and on its Council since 2008; on SCL (International)’s liaison subcommittee (since 2014); honorary legal advisor to the Singapore Institute of Architects (since 2009) and Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers (since 2015). With Pro Bono Legal Counselling, he is Law Society of Singapore’s Ad Hoc Probono Services Assistance Scheme Probono Champion 2019. With publishing - Along with numerous articles published internationally on Construction Law & Practice and ADR including on Online Dispute Resolution in the Asian Journal of Mediation in 2016 and 2019, and International Arbitration – A Consensus on Public Policy Defences in the Asian International Arbitration Journal in 2009, Anil’s book Resolving Disputes, a Guide to the Options for Appropriate Dispute Resolution, was published by Marshall Cavendish International Asia in 2019.

Mr Edwin Lee
Eldan Law LLP

EDWIN LEE is one of the founding partners of Eldan Law LLP. Practising for more than 25 years, Edwin has argued both major courtroom disputes and heavyweight arbitrations, whilst advising government authorities, developers, contractors, and consultants on all aspects of construction law.
He is accredited by the Singapore Academy of Law as a Senior Specialist in Construction Law. He is also cited as a leading Singapore construction law practitioner in Euromoney’s Guide to the World's Leading Construction Lawyers (2017). The Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide 2017 has cited him as “an authority on domestic construction adjudications”.

Edwin sits on the SMC Construction Adjudicator Accreditation Committee, which oversees the selection and assessment of adjudicators. He has conducted hundreds of adjudication cases, variously as counsel, adjudicator and review adjudicator. Edwin is also an accredited adjudicator in Malaysia.

Edwin has also argued many of the landmark construction law court cases. As an active advocate, he ranks as the advocate with the highest number of reported court judgments.

Projects which he has advised on include airports, condominiums, industrial buildings, luxury hotels, mass rapid train stations, offshore rigs, oil tanks, power plants, reclamation works, and roads and tunnels. Significant matters he had handled include advising on a large solar manufacturing project worth $6.3 billion, the University Town project worth $400 million, the $400 million National Art Gallery project, and a land reclamation project work worth $1.4 billion.

On real estate projects, Edwin has also headed the team in some of the largest collective sale projects in Singapore, worth a total of $2.1 billion in 2017 and 2018 alone.
Apart from his active legal practice, Edwin is also an Adjunct Associate Professor with the National University of Singapore, Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Singapore University of Technology and Design, and a trainer for the Building & Construction Authority on Construction Law.
Edwin is a general editor of the annual Singapore Construction Adjudication Review, and the author of Building Contract Law in Singapore, 2016 (3rdEdition). He is also the construction law subject editor of the legal journal by the Singapore Academy of Law, the SAL Practitioner.

Ar. Chu Yang Keng
IX Architects Pte Ltd

Ar. Chu Yang Keng is the founder of IX Architects Pte Ltd, a recognized architectural practice established since 2004.  Chu graduated with a Master degree in architecture from NUS and was appointed one of the Panel of PPE Examiners with the Board of Architects, Singapore.  Chu actively contributes to the fraternity and is an active member with the SIA SMAP committee member since 2009.  

As a registered ASEAN architect, Chu has been practicing both locally and in the region. Cambodia is a country where Chu has built a diverse portfolio in a wide range of projects over the last decade.  With a strong interest in nature centric designs, Chu aspires to create environmentally conscious architecture that inspire and enhance the quality of life.  Chu’s accomplishment in social projects has also won his firm an Honourable Mention in the annual SIA Design Awards.

Ar. Joy Chew
Currently the Managing Director of Designshop Pte Ltd, Joy Chew has practiced as an architect starting as an Assistant Architect with Iversen van Sitteren Architects. Later she ventured out on her own as a sole proprietor, then in a partnership and finally as a director in a licenced architectural corporation since 2012.

She studied at the Liverpool University School of Architecture, UK and finished her final two years at the National University of Singapore. After some years of practice, she went on to obtain her M Sc in Construction Law & Dispute Resolution, a combined King’s College London – National University of Singapore programme.

Joy has been a member of the Singapore Institute of Architects since 1987 and is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. She is also an Accredited Adjudicator of the Singapore Mediation Centre since 2005.

The projects Joy has worked on whilst in practice are too numerous to list. Joy is known for careful detailing and close supervision of site work with a formidable reputation for managing disputes and delivering projects on time and within budget. Joy’s keen interest in ensuring cash flow in the difficult construction industry has led her to obtain accreditation with the Singapore Mediation Centre and she regularly sits as adjudicator in adjudication applications.

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