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WEBINAR: Single Joint Experts – A New Balance in Singapore’s New Civil Procedure? (29 March 2022, 5.00pm - 6.30pm (GMT +8))
Tuesday 29 March 2022, 05:00pm - 06:30pm
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Webinar Synopsis

The new Rules of Court which will take effect from 1 April 2022 stipulate as a general rule that “as far as possible”, parties must agree on one common expert”.  This procedural change envisages a new Single Joint Expert (“SJE”) that has already been well recognised in other leading jurisdictions.

Considering past judicial critiques on a few expert battles that saw more heat than light, will this new hybrid result in a new type of expert that trumps all other experts? Will this in turn lead to a new balance in litigation that cures the mischief underlying this reform in the civil justice reform reports heralding this change? What happens if one party wishes to challenge an SJE’s report? Related to that, practical questions arise for consideration on how the new procedure and process is likely to work (including modalities for questioning in court).

To illuminate concept and share practical tips on the new “common expert” or single joint expert, an expert panel comprising lawyers as well as experts who have acted as SJEs outside Singapore will share their insights and wisdom with attendees.

 
Programme 

05:00 – 05:10pm

Opening Remarks by Chairperson 
Mr. Gregory Vijayendran SC - Vice President, Asia Pacific Institute of Experts; Immediate Past President, Law Society of Singapore; Partner, Dispute Resolution, Rajah & Tan LLP

05.10 – 06.00pm
Single Joint Experts – A New Balance in Singapore’s New Civil Procedure?
  • Mr. Chan Leng Sun SC - Senior Counsel and Chartered Arbitrator, Duxton Hill Chambers, Singapore
  • Mr. John Battersby - Group Managing Director, BKAsiaPacific Limited, Hong Kong
  • Mr. Graham Cooper - Principal Associate, Hawkins & Associates, Singapore 
  • Ms. Suzanne Delbridge – Director, Delbridge Forensic Accounting, Australia

06.00- 06.25pm

Panel discussion and Q & A moderated by:
Mr. Gregory Vijayendran SC - Vice President, Asia Pacific Institute of Experts; Immediate Past President, Law Society of Singapore; Partner, Dispute Resolution, Rajah & Tan LLP

06.25- 6.30pm

Closing Remarks

 About the Speakers

 

Mr. John Battersby - Group Managing Director, BKAsiaPacific Limited, Hong Kong

Mr. John Battersby, FCInstCES, FGIS, FASI, FCIOB, FHKICM, MRICS, MHKIS, FCMI, FCIArb, FHKIArb, MAE, RPS(QS) is Group Managing Director of BKAsiaPacific Limited and a Registered Professional Quantity Surveyor (Hong Kong) and Chartered Construction Manager having worked in the construction industry for 54 years, 38 years of which have been spent working on projects in Hong Kong, China and South East Asia. John has acted as an expert witness several times, both in arbitration and litigation, in respect of additional cost/loss and expense/damages claims, measurement issues, adjustment of rates, valuation of variations and causes and effects of delays to construction works.  He has acted both as party appointed expert and “single joint expert” (or “tribunal expert”).  He is a Practising Member of the Academy of Experts and accredited by the Academy as an Expert.  He has also been appointed as Arbitrator, Assessor, Adjudicator, Mediator and Dispute Resolution Advisor several times. From his first hand experience of what can go wrong on various building and civil engineering projects, John understands the importance of dispute avoidance through collaborative/cooperative contracting.  He has also worked on target cost contracts utilizing collaborative/cooperative working procedures as well as NEC lump sum and measurement contracts and has conducted numerous seminars and workshops on these subjects.

 

Mr. Chan Leng Sun SC - Senior Counsel and Chartered Arbitrator, Duxton Hill Chambers, Singapore

Leng Sun is a Senior Counsel of the Supreme Court of Singapore and a Chartered Arbitrator practicing with Duxton Hill Chambers. He is a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre Court of Arbitration and the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. He is formerly the Global Head of Arbitration of an international law firm and President of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb). He is the Deputy Chairman of the SGX Appeals Board. Leng Sun is qualified in Malaysia, Singapore and England. He has a broad commercial practice and has acted as counsel or sat as arbitrator in arbitrations seated in Asia, Europe and USA under ad hoc and institutional rules. Leng Sun had also served as a legal officer of the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva. Leng Sun was a lecturer at the National University of Singapore Law School from 1990 to 1993. He started and taught the Arbitration course in the Singapore Management University Law School as an adjunct in 2009 and 2010. Leng Sun is the author of the book, Singapore Law on Arbitral Awards and Co-Editor of Conflict of Laws in Arbitration. Leng Sun is recognized among the top lawyers worldwide by legal directories, such as "Who's Who Thought Leaders – Litigation 2022", "Who's Who Legal - Arbitration 2022” and Acritas Stars 2021. He is described by WWL as being “among the very best disputes lawyers in the world” and lauded as one of ALB Asia’s Super 50 Dispute Lawyers, which reported him to be “spectacular, with exceptional knowledge and depth of insight”.

 

Mr. Graham Cooper - Principal Associate, Hawkins & Associates, Singapore

Graham obtained his first degree in Materials Technology from Coventry Polytechnic and his Masters degree in Advanced Materials Technology from the University of Surrey. He has been a Chartered Engineer since 1991 and is a Professional Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining. After graduation, he spent 10 years with British Aerospace where he was primarily involved with materials development, manufacturing support and aircraft defect investigation. He went on to work for British Airways in 1995 as their company metallurgist and defect investigation specialist before joining Burgoynes in 1998. Graham has investigated over 500 mechanical and materials related cases including aircraft accidents and incidents, marine accidents and losses, road traffic accidents, rail accidents, oil and gas production and pipeline incidents, industrial process plant incidents and power generation turbine failures. He has previously worked in Singapore and has undertaken investigations in the UK, Ireland, Europe, South Africa, Middle East, Far East and Australia. He has acted as an Expert Witness and Single Joint Expert in litigation cases and has given expert evidence in civil and criminal court cases, arbitrations and mediations. Graham joined our Leeds office as a Principal Associate in August 2014, and is now based in our office in Singapore.

 

Ms. Suzanne Delbridge – Director, Delbridge Forensic Accounting, Australia
Suzanne is a Director of Delbridge Forensic Accounting, and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants, Australia and New Zealand. Suzanne specialises in the valuation of equity and businesses of all sizes, the investigation of transactions and quantification of losses, and the structuring of settlements to achieve effective outcomes. The Newcastle based practice headed by Suzanne completes work all over Australia, primarily for the purpose of litigation, with a particular interest in the Family Law jurisdiction. Suzanne is regularly retained as an expert witness in property proceedings before the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia and the Family Court of Western Australia. Suzanne has been retained as a single expert witness since the introduction of those rules in the Family Law jurisdiction in Australia in 2004. Suzanne is also retained for the purpose of commercial proceedings before the NSW Supreme and District Courts and other dispute resolution forums. Suzanne is a regular writer and presenter of education on topics relevant to lawyers and accountants, particularly in the areas of business valuation and forensic accounting generally.

 About the Chairperson

 

Mr. Gregory Vijayendran SC - Vice President, Asia Pacific Institute of Experts; Immediate Past President, Law Society of Singapore; Partner, Dispute Resolution, Rajah & Tan LLP

Gregory’s present practice encompasses a specialisation in banking and corporate insolvency as well as litigation, arbitration and mediation of commercial disputes and chancery matters. He is also a recognised expert in charities governance and has given expert witness testimony for overseas court proceedings. Gregory graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1992, was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 1993 and joined Rajah & Tann LLP after being in practice in two other leading law firms for 15 years (jointly heading the Banking and Insolvency Litigation Practice group of another leading law firm). Gregory was appointed Senior Counsel in 2019. Gregory presently serves as Immediate Past President of the Law Society. He has also been appointed as a Fellow of the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Singapore, the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and the Singapore Institute of Directors.

Registration Fees

 Registration Closing Date: 12pm on 29th March 2022

FEES
(includes Webinar Materials, if any)

APIEx Members
S$40

Member of:

1. Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)

2. High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA)

3. Singapore Chambers of Maritime Arbitrations (SCMA)

4. Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb)

5. Society of Construction Law (Singapore) (SCL(S))

S$60
Others S$90

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Continuing Professional Development

Practice Area: Civil Procedure
Training Level: General
Public CPD Points: 1.5

 

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