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Online Foundational Training Course: Expert Evidence and the Expert Witness (2nd Run!) (4 March 2021)
Thursday 04 March 2021, 09:00am - 01:00pm
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Course Synopsis

This webinar seeks to provide an introduction to the world of Experts and expert evidence and will examine the role of evidence in disputes resolution, both in the courts and before other tribunals such as arbitral tribunals.  Participants will be acquainted with the law relating to opinion evidence (expert testimony), the role of experts in dispute resolution and the relevant Singapore law applicable to expert evidence.

This webinar will be useful for those who come from a technical background and has aspirations of acting as an expert witness.  It would also provide a ‘basic refresher’ for those who are already practising as expert witnesses.

The webinar is in two parts.  The first part will be a lecture but with an interactive element so that participants may ask questions and discuss relevant issues on the topics as the webinar progresses.  The second part will be a panel discussion by practicing experts moderated by the lecturer, again with opportunity to engage the panelists.

Participants who attend the Course in full will receive a e-Certificate of Participation from APIEx.


Who Should Attend
All those who practise as lawyers, experts and those who instruct lawyers and experts as well as those aspiring to practise as experts. 
Part 1:  
0900 – 1000
  • Overview of the dispute process
  • Law of evidence
  • Court and arbitration processes

- Prof Leslie Chew SC

1000 - 1010 Break
1010 - 1110
  • The Expert and Expert evidence
  • The role of an expert
  • Discussions based on case studies

- Prof Leslie Chew SC

Part 2:  
1110 - 1140

Expert’s Viewpoint:

  • Forensic Accounting – Mr. Iain Potter
  • Marine Engineering– Mr. John Gibson
  • Civil & Structural Engineering – Dr Tan Teng Hooi
1140 - 1240

Panel Discussion with Experts moderated by Prof Leslie Chew SC

Panellists:  Mr. John Gibson, Mr. Iain Potter, Dr. Tan Teng Hooi

1240 - 1300


 About the Facilitator/Speakers

Prof. Leslie Chew SC - President, Asia Pacific Institute of Experts; Dean, School of Law at the Singapore University of Social Sciences; Senior Consultant, RHT Law Asia LLP, Singapore
Prof. Leslie Chew SC is the founding and current Dean of the School of Law at the Singapore University of Social Sciences.  He has practiced law in one form or another for over 4 decades.  He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2000.  In 2007 he was appointed a judge in the State Courts where he remained until his retirement in 2014.  At the State Courts he was the Senior District Judge leading the Civil Justice Division.  He retired from the judiciary in 2014. Upon his retirement from the Singapore Legal Service, he returned to law practice. Currently, he is a Senior Consultant at RHT Law Asia LLP.  He has an active practice as an arbitrator in International Commercial Arbitrations.
Mr. John Gibson – Director of Asia, Marine Engineer, Brookes Bell Singapore
Mr. John Gibson was at sea for twenty years before joining the Brookes Bell in 1996. He is a Chartered Engineer, with a Master’s degree, and since 2001 John has been a partner at Brookes Bell. An expert in his field, John uses his extensive consultancy and investigative experience to provide comprehensive assessments of marine and offshore casualties and disputes. The type of investigations John conducts are as diverse as they are thorough. As a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers John also reports on fatal and non-fatal fires. John has provided technical evidence for court proceedings and arbitration around the world and for the last 6 years he has been based in Singapore having set up the Brookes Bell office there. John is also a supporting member of the LMAA and a member of SCMA


Mr. Iain Potter – Partner, Matson Driscoll & Damico Pte Ltd
Mr. Iain Potter specialises in litigation support and expert witness assignments, in particular those involving business valuations or complex loss of profits claims.  He has been instructed as an expert in proceedings before courts and arbitral tribunals in a number of jurisdictions including the UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Australia and the BVI and has been appointed as a tribunal expert in an UNCLOS arbitration.  He is currently pursuing a number of areas of research, including a PhD with the University of Leicester and is overseeing research projects with teams from the National University of Singapore’s Business School, focussing on shareholder derivative actions and on Singapore-listed companies’ cost of capital.  Iain is a Fellow of the Expert Witness Institute and a founding Committee Member of the Institute’s Singapore branch.

Dr. Tan Teng Hooi – Associate Professor and the Head of the Building and Project Management Programme, School of Science and Technology, Singapore University of Social Sciences

Dr. Tan Teng Hooi is presently an Associate Professor and the Head of the Building and Project Management Programme, School of Science and Technology, Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). He is a Chartered Engineer and Professional Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK) and the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES). In his forty years of engineering career, he has worked in the academia where he lectures, conducts research, provides consultancy in civil and structural engineering and in the industry as a practitioner. He has also served in many technical committees on standards in SPRING Singapore relating to the construction industry and has served as an Expert Witness in several cases in Singapore.

Registration Fees

APIEx Members

Member of Supporting Organisations:

1. Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Singapore Chapter (ACFE)

2. The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES)

3. Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

4. Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb)

5. Society of Construction Law (Singapore) SCL(S)

6. Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Singapore (SNAMES)

Others S$180


Continuing Professional Development

Practice Area: Others/Multi-Disciplinary

Training Level: General

Public CPD Points: 3.5

Location Zoom Webinar
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