July 08, 2014
KLRCA #1 Practical Drafting And Defending Of Adjudication Claims
5 July 2014 – KLRCA continued its commitment towards empowering the public and relevant stakeholders on pertinent aspects relating to the CIPAA 2012 Act that was enforced on 15th April 2014; by conducting a practical course on the drafting/formulation, presentation and defending of adjudication claims. This comprehensive one day course that was held at Renaissance Hotel, Kuala Lumpur attracted close to 80 participants that encompassed a mixture of in-house counsels from prominent organisations around the country, recently certified adjudicators, a large number of representatives from the construction industry as well as several members from the legal fraternity.
KLRCA’s Director, Professor Datuk Sundra Rajoo began proceedings with an opening speech to welcome all participants. The speech covered a brief history of the CIPAA 2012 Act before reiterating the importance of understanding the fundamentals and effective methods of drafting a CIPAA claim. Ir Harbans Singh, an expert in Construction Law and Lam Wai Loon, a partner at Skrine who specializes in dispute resolution of building construction disputes took over the torch as they began a series of lectures that encompassed comprehensive CIPAA modules; An overview of the adjudication process, Preliminary stage: how to make and respond to a claim per sections 5 & 6, Initiating the adjudication stage pursuant to Section B, How to select and appoint the adjudicators per sections 21-23, Steps in commencing the actual proceedings and Preparing the various submissions (i.e adjudication claims, responses and replies).
Chong Thaw Sing, a renowned Chartered Arbitrator then took stage to present on ‘Typical Payment Dispute Claim Scenarios’. He engaged the participants into an interesting case study, setting the tone and building momentum rather ideally towards the breakout workshop session that was to follow after a quick networking lunch. Participants soon found themselves grouped into separate breakout rooms for the workshop session upon returning to the function hall. Six groups were formed with a tutor being assigned to each one; Harbans Singh, Lam Wai Loon, Samrith Kaur, Daniel Tan, Chong Thaw Sing and Thayananthan Baskaran. Another case study was given with each group being allocated sufficient time to fill up the claims themselves. The tutors then took their respective stages once more to run through the answers with the participants while clarifying enquiries along the way.
A second workshop session began after the evening networking break with participants once more being handed a technical CIPAA case to tackle. Freshly armed with hands on experience from the earlier workshop, participants fortified their understanding of filling up CIPAA claims accurately and efficiently by finishing their assignments well within the time allocated. The CIPAA Training soon drew to a close with Professor Sundra joining all the six tutors on stage to chair the Q & A Session and Review slot.
*For those who could not make this edition of the practical course, a second edition of “#1 Practical Drafting And Defending Of Adjudication Claims” has been scheduled to take place on 22nd September 2014.
**Interested in becoming a certified adjudicator and to be able to conduct adjudication proceedings? KLRCA is organizing its latest “Adjudication Training Programme” this coming 9th to 13th August 2014 at the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Registration is officially open. Drop us a call soonest to ensure you secure a seat at this much sought after programme
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