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Our Team 2021-04-07T08:23:12+00:00

EXPERT TEAM. WORLD CLASS RESULTS.

Raymond CHAN, Senior Partner

“Our clients trust us because we are the best at what we do.”

Raymond has practiced in the specialised area of Building and Construction Law for over 30 years and is one of the most recognised names in the construction legal industry: he is identified in the 2002-2017 Editions of International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers as one of the leading construction lawyers in Singapore and is one of 13 senior members of the Singapore Bar who has been recognised as Senior Accredited Specialist in Building and Construction Law by the Singapore Academy of Law. He is also a Senior Adjudicator of the Singapore Mediation Centre, Chairman of the REDAS Conciliation Panel, Honorary Legal Advisor to the Singapore Real Estate Developers Association (REDAS), the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) and the Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers (SISV).

Raymond has represented developers, contractors and design consultants in disputes in the High Court and in arbitration proceedings and was counsel for an international engineering consultancy firm in the Commission of Inquiry on the collapse of Nicoll Highway. He is also widely recognised in the field of arbitration: he is a Past President of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and has been identified by Euromoney Legal Media Group as one of world’s leading experts in commercial arbitration. He drafted the SIA Arbitration Rules and the Arbitration Rules of the National Energy Market of Singapore. He was the Course Director of the Fellowship Assessment Course conducted by the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators from 2012-2015. He has been appointed by the ICC, SIAC, SIArB and the Law Society as both Sole Arbitrator and member of a Tribunal in numerous local and International Arbitrations.

Raymond is currently on the Panel of Arbitrators of: the Singapore International Arbitration Centre; Kuala Lumpur Regional Arbitration Centre; the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators; the Law Society of Singapore; and the National Electricity Market of Singapore. He has also been appointed as a member of the Inquiry Panel of the Law Society of Singapore, which regulates legal profession in Singapore.

Raymond co-authored the textbook on Construction Law in Singapore and Malaysia (2nd Edition) and The Singapore Standard Form of Building Contract – An Annotation. He was also involved in the drafting of various Standard Forms of Building Contracts for private sector building works in Singapore including the 5th to 9th Editions of the SIA Conditions of Main Contract, the 1st to the 3rd Editions of the REDAS Design & Build Conditions of Contract and the REDAS Design & Build conditions of Sub Contract 1st Edition.

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 practiced exclusively in Building and Construction law for almost 30 years. She 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.

She also presides as sole arbitrator in construction disputes, and is on the Panel of Arbitrators of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb) and the Law Society Arbitration Scheme (LSAC).

She is also a Tribunal Magistrate of the Singapore Small Claims Tribunal, a Board Member of the Strata Title Board, an Associate Mediator on the Singapore Construction Mediation Centre (SCMC) Panel of Mediators, and a member of the Disciplinary Panel of the Council of Estate Agencies (CEA).

She has also regularly been appointed as the Investigative Tribunal of the Law Society of Singapore which regulates the legal profession in Singapore.

Monica also serves as Honorary Legal Advisor to SCAL, and has served as a Legal Advisor to the Institution of Engineers. She has also lectured at the Singapore and Temasek Polytechnic, and tutored at the School of Architecture of the National University of Singapore.

She is a lecturer of the Certificate Course in Construction Law & Contracts conducted by the Singapore Building Control Authority, and has written a number of books and/or commentaries on construction law and construction contract, 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), and the chapter on “Construction Contracts” in Law Relating to Specific Contracts in Singapore (Sweet & Maxwell 2008).

She is also involved in the drafting of the 1st edition of the REDAS Design and Build Conditions of Contract. In the 2008/2009 edition of the Asia Pacific Legal 500, she is described as being “respected” in the Projects and Energy sector.

Daniel TAY, Partner

“To achieve the best result and cost outcome possible for all clients, for all cases”

Daniel Tay has been in practice since 2007 as a commercial lawyer with specialties in the engineering, construction, hospitality, luxury boutique, F&B, retail fit-out and residential design and build sectors, advising on contract drafting and representing a broad range of industry and private clients as counsel in commercial disputes, design and engineering, building and construction project payment and completion issues, regulatory offences, defects, damage, insurance, professional indemnity, adjudication under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act, arbitration under construction standard form or bespoke contracts, and both commercial and construction Court litigation.

He is co-author of the Construction Arbitration and Litigation modules on LexisNexis, is a regular speaker on building and construction law for industry institutions and frequently cited on legal issues for news media. He is an elected Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, appointed to the Inquiry Panel of the Law Society, elected Honorary Secretary for the Insurance Law Association of Singapore, and selected in 2018 as Singapore Business Review’s 20 Most Influential Lawyers Under 40.

Daniel frequently provides legal advice on contract administration, payments and damage/defects issues with a strong emphasis on quality work and a successful outcome. His notable reported cases are a series of Court successes from 2014 to 2018 including a $4.7m bond demand against a contractor for Eon@Shenton: CCM Industrial Pte Ltd v 70 Shenton Pte Ltd [2014] SGHC 75, a 7-day trial for a contractor against a penthouse owner: Arte Associates v Chua Hock Seng [2017] SGDC 187, and against an insurer for alleged expiry of a bond: 1L30G Pte Ltd v EQ Insurance Company Ltd [2017] SGHC 242, with indemnity costs obtained in the last two cases. He obtained an interim injunction for a tunnelling contractor against a $1.2m bond demand by a main-contractor: Tactic Engineering Pte Ltd (in liquidation) v Sato Kogyo (S) Pte Ltd [2017] SGHC 103, eventually dismissed by the Court of Appeal, and for minority creditors securing appointment of a sole independent liquidator for Ryobi Tactics, subsidiary of Ryobi Kiso Holdings.

Karen OUNG, Associate

“Lawyering is not about promising clients the world, but delivering the best results possible based on the facts of each case”

Karen got her first taste of construction law (and the SOP regime) even before reading law at the University of Nottingham, when she interned at this firm way back in 2011. After graduating with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Karen returned to Chan Neo LLP to complete both her Relevant Legal Training and Practice Training Contract. This year of training further honed her understanding of construction disputes, in particular the adjudication process under the SOP regime. Drafting payment claims and responses taught her the importance of appreciating the technical aspects of the project and the project history, whereas drafting submissions (and at times, Adjudication Determinations) sharpened her ability to formulate arguments clearly and simply.

Since being called to the bar, Karen has successfully represented clients in adjudications and is familiar with navigating the intricacies of the SOP Act to assist her clients, whether they are in the position of Claimant or Respondent.

HO Yong Kin, Construction Advisor

“Legal efficiency is about both clients and lawyers working together towards a common outcome”

Ho graduated in 1996 from the University of the Greenwich, United Kingdom, with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying. Before joining the firm’s predecessor, Chan Tan & Partners, in 1999, Ho worked as Quantity Surveyor for a consultancy firm and a large Japanese construction company, involved in day-to-day commercial, tendering and contract administration matters in diverse infrastructure, residential and commercial property development projects such as Sepang Airport, KLCC, PNB KL Tower, Hilton Hotel Seremban, Sutera Harbour Resort Kota Kinabalu, among others.

Drawing on a wealth of industrial expertise and a passion for building science and engineering, Ho provides efficient and effective technical support to both contentious and non-contentious matters, including the reviewing and drafting of building contracts, advising on disputes relating to construction contracts, preparation, defence and resolution of claims for change orders and extra work, delay, disruption, acceleration and termination, and handling adjudication applications under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (Cap 30B).

Ho has been trained and is accredited as an Adjudicator by the Construction Adjudicator Accreditation Committee of the Singapore Mediation Centre.

Ho is also a Member of the Board of Quantity Surveyors, Malaysia and presently a candidate for professional membership to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.