Specialist Accreditation

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Annual Review of Building and Construction Law Cases

8 October — Senior Accredited Specialists Christopher Chuah and Mohan Pillay were joined by Chow Kok Fong and Darren Benger (moderator), Council Member of the Singapore Institute of Architect, where they discussed the most salient building and construction cases from 2019.

Specialists featured in SAL's Annual Review of Admiralty and Shipping Cases
27 July — Four of SAL's Senior Accredited Specialists Maritime and Shipping Law dissected the most salient 2019 shipping and admiralty cases.

Toh Kian Sing SC of Rajah & Tann and Vivian Ang of Allen and Gledhill, who co-authored the Admiralty and Shipping 2019 edition of the Annual Review of Singapore Cases journal, reviewed the 2019 cases of The Yue Yu 902 [2020] 3 SLR 573, Wilmar Trading v Heroic Warrior [2019] SGHC 143 and  The "Mount Apo" and "Hajin Ras Laffan" [2019] SLR 57, and their underlying issues. They were later joined by Ian Teo of Helmsman and Bernard Yee of Resource Law for the panel discussion where they spoke on the latest developments on Commodity Trading & Trade Finance and IncoTerms 2020 and maritime insolvency and restructuring issues respectively.

Specialists featured in SAL's Specialist Insights Series Webinars
13 May — Four of SAL's Senior Accredited Specialists took part in two webinars that had the COVID-19 pandemic as the underlying theme.

Ng Kim Beng of Rajah & Tann Singapore gave input from the building and construction law perspective in "Contracting during a Pandemic: Force Majeure and Other Clauses” to close to 100 in the "audience", while Paul Shandosham of Clifford Chance, Ho Chien Mien of Allen & Gledhill, Ian de Vaz of WongPartnership and Soh Lip San of Rajah & Tann led an insightful string of presentations and an engaging panel discussion thereafter to over 130 attendees in “Impact of the COVID-19 Temporary Measures on Various Obligations in Construction Projects”.

COVID-19 Temporary Measures

Clockwise from top left: Soh Lip San, Paul Sandosham, Ho Chien Mien and Ian de Vaz

SAL welcomes 10 newly accredited specialists to the Accredited Specialist Scheme alumi

6 January 2020 — The latest cohort of newly accredited specialists has been announced. Six lawyers were accredited as Senior Accredited Specialists and four as Accredited Specialists in Maritime and Shipping Law after successfully completing the accreditation programme in 2019. Congratulations to:

Senior Accredited Specialists
Edgar Chin (Incisive Law LLC)
Loh Wai Yue (Incisive Law LLC)
John Seow (Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP)
Corina Song (Allen & Gledhill LLP)
Karnan Thirupathy (Kennedys Legal Solutions)
Bernard Yee (Resource Law LLC)

Accredited Specialists
Dedi Affandi bin Ahmad (Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP)
Alvin Ong (Resource Law LLC)
Ting Yong Hong (Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP)
Erik Widjaja (Allen & Gledhill LLP)

Corina Song and Erik Widjaja featured on Maritime Singapore Connect

6 January 2020 — Corina Song, Senior Accredited Specialist, and Erik Widjaja, Accredited Specialist, both in Maritime and Shipping Law, had a conversation on the legal landscape of the shipping practice, courtesy of Maritime Singapore Connect. Click on the image below to watch.

S Mohan, Senior Accredited Specialist in Maritime and Shipping Law, appointed as Judicial Commissioner

19 November 2019 — Mr. S Mohan, Managing Director of Resource Law LLC, has been appointed as a judicial commissioner of the Supreme Court from January 2020, for a period of two years.

Earlier this year, he shared his thoughts with SAL on being accredited by the Specialist Accreditation Scheme and how it can benefit fellow practitioners.

Maritime and Shipping accredited specialists participate in SCMA-SAL Mock Arbitration at the SGX

23 September 2019 — SAL's Accredited and Senior Accredited Specialists in Maritime and Shipping Law, representatives from P&I clubs and fellow legal practitioners turned actors in presenting to an audience of 100 SCMA's SEADOCC and arbitration process via a mock arb-med-arb shipping scenario. Justice Belinda Ang gave the opening address. The event was held at the SGX Auditorium which was sponsored by the Baltic Exchange.

Making Waves

1 August 2019 –The Specialist Accreditation Scheme received some "wave" time in the Singapore Shipping Association's (SSA) magazine, Waves, to inform the industry that they can seek specialist legal assistance by referring to the Maritime and Shipping specialist directory.

Riding on the Crest

1 August 2019 – Accredited Specialist in Maritime and Shipping Law Ms Shanna Ghose of Hill Dickinson LLP was recently interviewed by Singapore Nautilus, the corporate publication of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, for their upcoming Issue 44. Be the first to read it here.

Connect-ing with the Industry

24 June 2019 – To promote the legal fraternity to the shipping industry, the Maritime Singapore Connect, a portal by the Singapore Maritime Foundation and supported by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, profiled two of the Accredited Specialists in Maritime and Shipping Law: Mohammad Haireez of Haridass Ho & Partners and Tan Siew Chi of Ang & Partners, who spoke about the intricacies of their practice.

Haireez and Siew Chi receiving their Certificates of Specialist Accreditation from Judge of Appeal Steven Chong.

Gina Lee-Wan, Senior Accredited Specialist in Maritime and Shipping Law, recognised at Singapore International Maritime Awards

9 April 2019 – Gina Lee-Wan was presented the International Maritime Centre (Individual) Award at the Singapore International Maritime Awards, which "recognises individuals and companies for their outstanding contributions to Singapore’s development as a premier global hub port and a leading international maritime centre".

A chat with Ms. Thea Raman, Accredited Specialist in Building and Construction Law

13 March 2019 — Ms. Thea Raman sits down with SAL to talk about her accreditation as a specialist.

Newly accredited specialists receive Certificates of Accreditation

24 January 2019 – 34 of the very best in Maritime and Shipping Law and Building and Construction Law received Certificates of Specialist Accreditation from Judge of Appeal Steven Chong and Justice Quentin Loh respectively. Judge Loh, Chair of the Specialist Accreditation Board (SAB), in his opening remarks, reminded the Senior Accredited Specialists to nurture younger lawyers by passing on their “wisdom and expertise” so that in time, the latter can take on the mantle left by their mentors. For the junior practitioners, he encouraged them to look to their seniors as inspiration to further hone their specialism and show that they can measure up to international practitioner standards and distinguish themselves as advocates in their chosen fields of practice. Justice Belinda Ang, SAB member Ms Joan Janssen of MinLaw and Ms Serene Wee, SAL's Chief Executive, were also in attendance at the ceremony which was followed by a tea reception where guests caught up with each other.

To find out who the new specialists are, refer to the directory of specialists here.

Clockwise from top left: Justice Quentin Loh addressing the newly accredited specialists; audience listening to Judge Loh; Senior Accredited Specialists and Accredited Specialists in Maritime and Shipping Law with Justice Belinda Ang, Judge of Appeal Steven Chong and Justice Quentine Loh; Senior Accredited Specialists and Accredited Specialists in Building and Construction Law with Justice Quentine Loh and SAB member Joan Janssen of MinLaw; Judge of Appeal Steven Chong having an exchange with Senior Accredited Specialists in Maritime and Shipping Law Jainil Bhandari, Mohan Subbaraman and Thomas Tan.

Security of Payment (Amendment) Act 2018: Making sense of the changes – 18 January 2019

21 January 2019 — On 18 January, 230 lawyers and practitioners from the building and construction industry gathered at the SMU’s Mochtar Riady Auditorium to learn about the latest amendments to the Security of Payment Act. The event was particularly significant considering this is the first time the Act’s payment and adjudication process has undergone considerable review and change. Mr Neo Choon Keong, Deputy CEO (Industry Development), Building and Construction Authority, delivered the opening address, which was followed by presentations by four of SAL’s Senior Accredited Specialists: Ho Chien Mien (Allen & Gledhill), Raymond Chan (Chan Neo), Ian de Vaz (WongPartnership) and Edwin Lee (Eldan Law), and a Q&A with fellow Senior Accredited Specialist Naresh Mahtani as moderator. Chow Kok Fong gave the closing remarks, rounding up the evening’s session. 

From left to right: Mr Neo Choon Keong delivering the opening address; the audience listening attentively; the presenters and moderator during the Q&A session; and with Mr Chow Kok Fong (centre) and Mr Sriram Chakravarthi (Senior Director and Chief Legal Counsel, SAL) (extreme left).