President's Newsletter Foreword (June 2023)
It is another year for the Institute and I’m happy that we were able to have our 2nd Accreditation Course on 27 April. This was held at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). It was a whole day affair. This year too we had more participants compared to our first run. We had 26 participants this year. More importantly, this time around after the general overview on the dispute resolution process and the law relating to expert evidence in Singapore, we had two specialist tracks for participants to choose. One specialist track was expert evidence in Civil Engineering and the other was Finance/Accounting. The Civil Engineering specialist track was conducted by Assoc Prof Tan Teng Hooi whilst the Finance/Accounting specialist track was conducted by Iain Potter and Jonathan Ellis.
I am pleased to report that the general feedback on the Accreditation Course has been good. Following on the course, we were also able to attract new members which is always a great thing for us!
I would also like to mention that earlier in the year, in February, we had a very exciting seminar which pitched lawyers against experts. It was certainly a most exhilarating event and the enthusiasm amongst presenters and attendees was evident. I would like to thank the presenters for their extremely interesting and entertaining contributions at this seminar. So, on behalf of the Institute, our thanks go to Ms Sapna Jhangiani KC, an advocate, arbitrator and mediator, Paul Aston, accredited arbitrator and mediator, and of course, our very own John Gibson of Brookes Bell.
In this issue of the Newsletter, we have two contributions from our members, namely Geoff Green and Koh Tieh Yong. The article from Geoff Green and the interview with Koh Tieh Yong make interesting reading. I would like to thank both members for their contributions to this edition of our newsletter.
As always, I would encourage all members to actively support and participate in our events as well as to help encourage others to join us.
In the meantime, all the best for 2023!
Prof Leslie Chew SC