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Easing of Circuit Breaker measures and next steps for the Projects and Construction industry in Singapore
With the outbreak of COVID-19, countries around the world have imposed lockdowns and curfews in one form or another. In Singapore, “Circuit Breaker” restrictions and measures were also imposed in response to the pandemic. To aid businesses, the government enacted the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 (the “Act”) when the Circuit Breaker measures were put in place in Singapore on 7 April 2020.
The Court of Appeal in Singapore recently released its judgment in Shimizu Corporation v Stargood Construction Pte Ltd  SGCA 37 (“Shimizu CA”).
In a landmark decision concerning the jurisprudence and applicability of the Building and Construction industry Security of Payment Act Cap 30B (“SOP Act”, interchangeably the “Act”), the Court of Appeal in Shimizu CA handed down binding new developments that are of high relevance to local developers and builders, as well as to international contractors based in, or are involved in projects seated in Singapore.
We are pleased to confirm that we have strengthened our Singapore litigation practice by hiring Glenn G. Cheng from K&L Gates Straits Law LLC. Glenn, who is dual-qualified at the Bar of England and Wales and admitted as an advocate and solicitor of Singapore, becomes the fifteenth partner in our growing Singapore office.
We are pleased to announced that a team of motor and general insurance lawyers from Withers KhattarWong in Singapore has joined us, making us one of the largest local providers of volume defence work and one of the largest motor insurance teams at any law firm in the country.
As a proud global partner of this year’s Dive In Festival, and in support of the annual theme of #InclusionImpact, we spoke to a number of our people around the network to find out about their individual career journeys. In the second instalment of our career stories, we spoke to Claire Brockington, a HR Manager based in our Singapore office.
We have bolstered our Southeast Asia operation with the hire of partner Akramjeet Khaira and his team in Singapore and the promotion of Ian Johnston to partner in Bangkok.
We are pleased to announce that we have boosted our global corporate practice with the appointment of partner Eng Wee Chong to our Singapore office.