Monica NEO, Senior Partner
“Our clients come to us because of who we are”
Monica is a Barrister-at Law with Lincolns Inn, England, and an advocate and solicitor and a Commissioner for Oaths of the Supreme Court of Singapore. She has practised in the specialised area of Building and Construction Law for over 25 years, and has acted as Counsel in all sorts of construction disputes and in courts, arbitrations, adjudications under the Singapore Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (SOPA), mediations, and all forms of construction dispute resolution.
Apart from being a practicing lawyer, Monica is also a Court Referee of the Singapore Small Claims Tribunal (which is a part of the States Courts of Singapore), a Member of the Disciplinary Panel of the Council for Estate Agencies (which is a statutory board formed under the Ministry of National Development and empowered to administer the regulatory framework for the real estate agency industry), and a Member of the Investigative Tribunal of the Law Society of Singapore (a body that regulates the legal profession in Singapore).
Monica also presides as sole arbitrator in construction disputes and has been appointed by the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), and Singapore Contractors Association Limited (SCAL) as sole arbitrator in numerous arbitrations. She is on the Panel of Arbitrators of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb) and the Law Society Arbitration Scheme, and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and Fellow Member of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb).
Monica is also an Associate Mediator of The Singapore Construction Mediation Centre Panel of Mediators, and a Member of the Law Society of Singapore Panel of Neutrals under the Law Society Neutral Evaluation and Determination Scheme.
Monica also serves as Honorary Legal Advisor to SCAL, and is a lecturer of the Certification Course in Construction Law & Contracts conducted by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA). She has also lectured at the Singapore and Temasek Polytechnic, and tutored at the School of Architecture of the National University of Singapore. She also conducted courses for SCAL on the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) Standard Form of Main Contract and Sub-Contract and the Public Sector Standard Conditions of Contract for Construction Work (PSSCOC), and speaks regularly in construction and construction-related seminars and conferences.
Monica has authored and co-authored a number of books including “The Singapore Standard Form of Building Contract – An Annotation” (Lexis Nexis, 2000), “Construction Defects: Your Rights and Remedies” title of the Sweet & Maxwell’s Law for Layman Series (2004), the Singapore Court Forms and Precedents (2000 – 2006), the chapter on “Construction Contracts” in Law Relating to Specific Contracts in Singapore (Sweet & Maxwell 2008), and the Atkin’s Court Forms – Singapore (2006 – 2014). She was also involved in the drafting of the 1st edition of the REDAS Design and Build Conditions of Contract.
Indeed, Monica is well recognised in the construction industry and is frequently known by clients to be very knowledgeable, diligent, responsive, confident, practical, and always fights in the best interests of her clients. Her opponents find her very professional in the way she conducts her cases and yet fearful and formidable. She is described as being “respected” in the Projects and Energy sector in the 2008/2009 edition of the Asia Pacific Legal 500.