Conrad leads the Infrastructure, Building & Engineering practice for South East Asia at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP and has considerable experience in cross-border advisory and dispute resolution work.
He advises on Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects in South East Asia, including the formation of consortia to bid for greenfield and brownfield development projects. He is both a CFA charterholder and an Accredited Specialist in Building and Construction Law under the auspices of the Singapore Academy of Law.
Conrad also has considerable experience in dispute resolution and mediation, having successfully represented clients in a wide range of corporate, commercial, investment and construction disputes before the Singapore Court of Appeal, High Court and in arbitration proceedings.
Legal 500 describes as “recommended for construction disputes”. His clients describe him as “accessible, effective and strategic, with solid industry knowledge” and as having “strategic thinking” and “high standards of services”.
He is the founding member of the Special Needs Trust Company and has been a member of the Appeals Board of the Commission for Foreign Manpower since February 2013.
Below is a listing of Conrad’s more significant recent engagements. In the annexure is a fuller listing of a representative sample of his previous engagements:
- Advising a consortium on its bid for the design, build, finance and operation of a cancer hospital in Jakarta under the PPP procurement scheme by the Indonesian Ministry of Health.
- Advising major private Swiss private bank on recovery of loan from a Jersey-domiciled discretionary trust, which assets including those located in Singapore are subject to Saises Judiciaires (freezing orders) of the Royal Court of Jersey.
- Represented main contractor of two Housing Development Board projects in Sembawang in Suit 1352 of 2016 in its claim against the electrical sub-contractor for damages for delay, including the cost of labour supplied by the main contractor to help the electrical sub-contractor speed up with its works. The complexity, which required expert evidence, arose from the multiple causes that affected the actual progress of the works, and how to determine whether the sub-contractor had sufficient workers to complete the work on time. After a 13-day trial in the High Court, judgement was given in favour of the Plaintiff.
- Represented main contractor in ad hoc arbitration under the SIA Rules, involving issues of non-payment of certified sums, valuation of variation orders under the SIA conditions of building contract (9th edition) (lump sum), extension of time and liquidated damages, requiring delay analysis, including whether time was set at large. Matter settled on second day favourably to client.
- Defending a US S&P 500 company in the High Court in relation to a mechanical engineering dispute as to the causes of failure of a tug boat marine diesel engine, requiring extensive discovery in relation to incidents encountered by tug boat before diverting to Singapore for repairs. Succeeded in mitigating damages.
- Defending a subsidiary of a Singapore oil & gas listed company in a dispute with an Australian private equity company relating to US$19.2 million 3-year investment agreement in connection with an Operations Cooperation Agreement made with a subsidiary of PT Pertamina (Indonesian state oil & gas corporation) for the exploration and development of an oil & gas field in West Jambi, South Sumatra, Indonesia. The Australian private equity company had alleged misrepresentations in relation to the prospective leads in the gas field. Succeeded in dismissing claim in High Court, but overturned on appeal on interpretation of contract.
- Successfully represented a logistics listco in defending, negotiating and settling a breach of contract damage claim for loss of profits and general damages, in connection with the termination of a lease of a property as a showroom. The main issue in relation to the valuation of loss and damage was whether post-breach factors could be taken into account in valuation of business loss.
- LL/B (Hons), National University of Singapore [July 1991]
- Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore [June 1992]
- Accredited Specialist (Building & Construction Law), Singapore Academy of Law
- Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
- Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder
- Member of the Appeal Board, Commission for Foreign Manpower (2013 – Present)
- Director & Founding Member, Special Needs Trust Company (Director 2008 – 2017, Founding Member to present)
- Member, Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) Enabling Masterplan Implementation Committee, 2012-2016.
- President, Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (2009 to 2013) & Supervisor, Minds Special Education Schools (2007 to 2013)
- Steering Committee member and sub-committee chairman, MSF Enabling Masterplan (2011)
- Member, Workgroup on Enhancing Financial Security of Persons with Disability, Ministry of Community Development, Youth & Sports (2006)
- Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitration
- Member, Singapore Academy of Law
- Member, Singapore Law Society
- Member, CFA Institute
Executive Director, Oil & Gas listco:
“We have benefited from Conrad’s legal advice and representation in defending a claim brought against us. Conrad’s understanding and application of the law has demonstrated his intellect, reasoning and objectivity. In addition, in the course of this case, Conrad developed an understanding of the issues around oil & gas exploration, which helped us to enhance the merits of our case on several fronts. Despite Conrad’s busy schedule, he always made time to address our concerns, and was always quick to turn drafts around, leaving ample time for us to develop a sound case based on law, evidence and strategy. The near-perfect Court documents that were lodged effectively leveraged upon teamwork between client and solicitor. His commitment to the case and strategic thinking enabled us to progressively enhance our chances of success in the course of the litigation, which was the eventual outcome in this case.”
Commercial Director & Head, Singapore subsidiary of major Hong Kong construction company (listed in HKEX)
“I have worked with Conrad and his team since more than 2 years ago, and I am very happy with the
experience and the successful outcomes. I find the team accessible, effective, and strategic, with solid industry knowledge. Conrad was able to see through the complexity and ambiguity and present a persuasive case. I would recommend RHTLaw Taylor Wessing to others.”
CEO, Malaysian Electronics Contract Manufacturer:
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank for the legal assistance rendered to us. We were very impressed with your high standard of services and the international legal knowledge that you have. With your strategic and detailed legal advice, you helped us to navigate the international legal terrain, assess the legal risks, and eventually succeed in obtaining compensation for our loss. We would strongly recommend your services to others who need business legal advice. Once again, thank you so much, and if we ever need a solicitor in the future, we certainly would be coming back to RHTLaw.”
Professor Lim Pin, Chairman of the Board, Special Needs Trust Company (former vice-chancellor of National University of Singapore):
“From a small set-up with less than three employees, SNTC has grown into an established non-profit trust company with a stable staff strength of I7, serving close to 500 trust accounts today. This would not have been possible without the unstinting contribution and hard work of our Founding Members and Directors who have dedicated their service to SNTC since its inception. I would therefore like to take this opportunity to thank you for your long service and invaluable contribution as a Founding Member and Director of SNTC since its inception.”
Appreciation letter dated 24 October 2016 from Mr Tan Chuan Jin, then Minister, Social & Family Development:
“It is my greatest pleasure to pen this note to thank you for your support and invaluable service as a member of the Enabling Masterplan 2 Implementation Committee (EMIC) for two terms from I July 2012 to 30 June 2016.
2. The EMIC has enabled many of the plans drawn up in the second Enabling Masterplan to be achieved and implemented well. All these would not be possible had it not been for the contribution of your valuable time and effort to the Committee.
3. Thank you once again for partnering us to create a more caring and inclusive society for persons with disabilities in Singapore.
I wish you all the very best in your future endeavours.”
Acc. Spec. (Building & Construction), SAL
Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore
Key Areas of Expertise:
Infrastructure, Building & Construction; Corporate & Commercial including Company and Partnerships; Commercial Transactions (international/domestic); Employment and Labour; Insolvency; Private Wealth; Professional Negligence; Trusts and Estates
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