Specialist Accreditation

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Singapore Academy of Law's 
Specialist Accreditation Scheme

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Senior Accredited Specialist in Building and Construction Law - Applications now open

1 July 2020 — The latest round of applications to be accredited as a Senior Accredited Specialist in Building and Construction Law are now open. Be recognised for your practice, skills and knowledge and join a select group of experts in this field. 

Applications start 1 July and end 31 August 2020. 

For more information on the criteria, please refer to the Information Guide

The Application and Reference Statement forms may be downloaded here

Email [email protected] if you have queries. 

Building and Construction Law course for Legal and Industry Practitioners (aka examination preparatory course)

Building and Construction Law Course

1 June 2020 — The Specialists Accreditation Scheme has opened registrations for its Building and Construction Law Course. While the course is meant to prepare Accredited Specialist candidates for the accreditation examination, non-candidates and industry professionals are also welcome to part of this 26-hour webinar course taught over 9 days from 1 to 21 August by Senior Accredited Specialists in Building and Construction Law. 

The course has been awarded 26 public CPD points by SILE and is SkillsFuture Credit (SFC) eligible. SAL members may use both the SFC and their credit dollars ($C) to partially offset the course fee.

More information can be found here.


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 Cliff 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


The Singapore Academy of Law's Specialist Accreditation Scheme (the "Scheme") confers recognition of a legal practitioner's expertise and experience in a specialised area of law. It is an assessment process which requires a legal practitioner to show evidence of his or her knowledge and expertise in their chosen area of specialisation. Specialist accreditation is a voluntary and an individual endeavour.

The Scheme's purpose is to:

  • recognise the high level of proficiency of legal practitioners in their chosen practice area and promote continued personal professional development and improvement
  • incentivise younger legal practitioners to hone their skills and knowledge
  • provide the legal industry and general public with a reliable means of identifying and accessing legal practitioners who have proven themselves as possessing the requisite skills and knowledge in a practice area
  • promote continued development and improvement of standards, quality and delivery of legal services

The Scheme aims to build an exhaustive directory of Accredited Specialists and Senior Accredited Specialists for the benefit of users of legal services.

To gain a better understanding of the Scheme’s framework, the Specialist Accreditation Scheme paper can be downloaded here 

The paper pertaining to the Maritime and Shipping Law specialist accreditation framework may be found here.

Legal practitioners interested in being accredited may apply to be:

  • An Accredited Specialist (for legal practitioners with more than 5 year's PQE) OR
  • A Senior Accredited Specialist (for legal practitioners with more than 10 year's PQE)

For 2020, specialist accreditation is offered for the following practice area: