Mr Christopher Chuah > WongPartnership LLP > Singapore, Singapore > Lawyer Profile

WongPartnership LLP
12 MARINA BOULEVARD, LEVEL 28
MARINA BAY FINANCIAL CENTRE TOWER 3
SINGAPORE 018982
Singapore

Work Department

Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group; Infrastructure, Construction & Engineering Practice; International Arbitration Practice; China Practice; Myanmar Practice.

Position

Head – Infrastructure, Construction & Engineering Practice.
Partner – International Arbitration, China, and Myanmar Practices.
Adjunct Professor, National University of Singapore.

Career

Extensive experience in front-end drafting/advice and construction disputes (including FIDIC standards). Leading counsel in numerous reported landmark cases on construction law, and represented contractors and employers in various arbitration disputes in Singapore and the PRC.

Publications – Chambers Global Practice Guides – Public Procurement and Government Contracts 2020; Contract Administration Guide to the REDAS Design and Build Conditions of Contract; Annotated Guide to the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2004; Annotated Guide to the Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act 2004; Contractor’s Working Manual on Public Sector Standard Conditions of Contract for Construction Works; Public Sector Standard Conditions of Contract for Design and Build – A Commentary and Standard Form of Sub-Contracts – An Annotation; Conditions of Appointment for Consultants in Design and Build Projects.

Matters of significance in which Christopher has been involved in include acting for the following:

– Far East Square Pte Ltd in a landmark Court of Appeal decision where the Court set aside an adjudication determination on the grounds that the payment claim was invalid and outside the purview of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act.

-Mer Vue Developments Pte. Ltd., the developers of The Seaview Condominium, in a landmark High Court decision that clarifies the extent and scope of the liability of the developer, main contractor and architect in a claim for building defects. Christopher successfully defended tortious claims made by the Management Corporation Strata Title Plan No. 3322 for alleged defects in the development amounting to approximately S$32 million.

– Asplenium Land Pte. Ltd., a developer in respect of a residential project, in a landmark Court of Appeal decision on the enforceability of a contractual clause limiting an employer’s right to restrain a call on a performance bond against a main contractor who was terminated. This landmark decision by the Court of Appeal would mean that it is now possible for employers to exclude or limit the grounds for an injunction to fraud only in the case of unconditional bonds.

– Kimly Construction Pte. Ltd. in a successful claim against the sub-contractor arising from the collapse of a tower crane at the National University of Singapore.

– A Singapore-listed construction company involved in a payment dispute with the owner of Park Regis Singapore and in proceedings involving an application for injunction to restrain payment of a performance bond.

– A PRC Contractor in disputes arising out of the termination of an EPC Contract in Indonesia.

Languages

English, Mandarin, Japanese.

Memberships

Legal advisor, Singapore Contractors Association Limited, Singapore Institute of Architects; Committee, International Construction and Building Contracts; Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Chartered Institute of Building. Main Panel of Arbitrators, Singapore International Arbitration Centre; Panel of Arbitrators, Asian International Arbitration Centre; Accredited Adjudicator, Building & Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (Cap 30B); Committee, Construction Adjudicator Accreditation formed by the Singapore Mediation Centre (“SMC”); Member and Senior Adjudicator, SMC Professional Conduct Panel; Chairman of Sub-Committee, Construction Adjudicator Accreditation Committee.

Education

Admitted, 1990, Singapore Bar; 1984, English Bar; London School of Economics (LL.B., Hons.); College of Estate Management, Reading (Diploma in Surveying, Distinction); Lincoln’s Inn (Barrister-at-Law); Accredited Adjudicator, Singapore.