17 Jul '17, 9am

Precise timing needed for submitting construction payment claims, Singapore court confirms

In reaching its finding, the court considered how to interpret provisions contained in the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (SOPA). The case concerned a dispute between Kian Hiap Construction and Audi Construction, which it had engaged as a sub-contractor to carry out structural reinforcement works at a nursing home. Kian Hiap disputed the validity of a payment claim made by Audi. Audi served its claim on Kian Hiap ahead of the date specified in its contract with Kian Hiap for such claims to be made. Audi argued that SOPA did not preclude premature payment claims being submitted. However, Singapore's High Court disagreed with that assessment. Yong Neng Chan of Pinsent Masons MPillay, the Singapore joint law venture partner of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said the ruling was of significant importance to contractors and sub-contr...

Full article: https://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2017/july/precise-tim...

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