Specialist Accreditation

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Singapore Academy of Law's 
Specialist Accreditation Scheme

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Senior Accredited Specialists in Building and Construction Law contribute to The Business Times

07 October 2021 — Following their appearance in the SAL webinar on what the construction industry can expect once temporary relief under COTMA ends back in May 2021, Kelvin Aw (CMS Holborn) and Sim Chee Siong (Rajah & Tann) contributed an opinion piece in The Business Times "Covid's lessons for the construction industry".

Business Times 7 October 2021

Senior Accredited Specialist in Maritime and Shipping Law: Applications now open

01 July 2021 — Lawyers who wish to be accredited as a Senior Accredited Specialist in Maritime and Shipping Law may now apply. Applications are now open and close on 31 August 2021.

Interested applicants should refer to the Information Guide prior to completing the application form.

For queries, please contact [email protected].

Senior Accredited Specialists in Building and Construction Law address industry concerns on temporary reliefs 

04 May 2021 — The past one and half years have been challenging for the construction industry.  The COVID Temporary Measures provided some reliefs that will eventually come to an end. Kelvin Aw (CMS Holborn) and Sim Chee Siong (Rajah & Tann), together with moderator Darren Benger (VivATA), addressed issues that the industry may face once the temporary reliefs and moratoria end including delay, liquidated damages and cost-sharing. The webinar saw a "full house" attendance with participants actively engaging the panel during the Q&A session.

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Maritime and Shipping Law specialists appear in SCMA-SAL hybrid mock arbitration

18 March 2021 — Senior Accredited Specialists Ajaib Hari Dass (Haridass Ho & Partners) Loh Wai Yue (Incisive Law), Karnan Thirupathy (Kennedys Legal Solutions) and Accredited Specialist Mohammad Haireez formed part of a panel that role played a shipping mock arbitration based on SCMA arbitration rules.

In the climate of COVID and unlike the first mock arbitration held in person in 2019, this iteration was held virtually with the tribunal made up of the Senior Accredited Specialists physically seated in a room at Maxwell Chambers, and  the counsel elsewhere.

Justice Pang Khang Chau graced the event with his opening address, where he highlighted how COVID has accelerated the adoption of digital solutions so that there was continued offering of dispute resolution services. He also mentioned that part of Singapore's efforts to establish herself as a leading maritime dispute resolution hub included the development of expertise in the field and that this is where the Specialist Accreditation Scheme "makes available the valuable human resource to ensure that Singapore retains her status as an international maritime centre, complementing specialist judges and a robust legal system". Read his address here

Profits of the event went to the Singapore Shipping Tripartite Alliance Resilience (SG-STAR) Fund, the first global ground-up tripartite initiative bringing together like-minded international partners from the industry, unions and government to facilitate safe crew changes.

Justice Pang Khang ChauThe TribunalMohameed Haireez

From left to right: Justice Pang Khang Chau delivered the opening address from his Chambers, the Tribunal (Ajaib Hari Dass, Loh Wai Yue and Karnan Thirupathy) and counsel Mohammad Haireez

Accredited and Senior Accredited Specialists in Building and Construction Law 2021
04 January 2021 — The Specialist Accreditation Scheme is pleased to introduce the latest group of specialists in Building and Construction Law. They participated in the accreditation programme throughout 2020 and, after a rigorous assessment process, are now part of a select group of experts in their field. Congratulations go to:

Senior Accredited Specialist

Christopher Chong  Chi Chuin, Director & Head (Construction & Engineering), Drew & Napier LLC

Accredited Specialists

Lesley Fu Xianglin, Partner, Infrastructure, Construction and Engineering Practice, WongPartnership LLP
Pardeep Singh Khosa, Director, Davinder Singh Chambers
Muhammad Asfian bin Mohaimi
Partner, Infrastructure, Construction and Engineering Practice, WongPartnership LLP
Justin Tan Jia Wei,  Senior Associate, Harry Elias Partnership

The list of specialists in  Building and Construction Law now stands at 16 Seniors Accredited Specialists and 17 Accredited Specialists.


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 2021, specialist accreditation is offered for the following practice area: