Shannon is a partner with the firm’s International Arbitration and Construction Projects practice group. Shannon's areas of practice include various contentious as well as non-contentious work, particularly in the area of building and construction law.
Shannon's main area of practice is dispute resolution. She is regularly engaged in court litigation, international arbitration, adjudications proceedings under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (SOPA), expert determinations and mediations. She has been involved in a broad spectrum of civil and commercial disputes and has developed a niche in infrastructure disputes as well as energy sector disputes, particularly in the areas of long term mining and gas supply contracts. Apart from being an advocate/ counsel, she also adjudicates disputes when she sits as an arbitrator from time to time.
Apart from contentious work, with a view to providing her clients with comprehensive legal advice as well as a means of combining the extensive commercial and technical knowledge gained from her work in dispute resolution, Shannon is also involved in various non-contentious work in the area of building and construction law. She has been involved in the drafting and review of construction and engineering contracts and is familiar with the various local and international standard form contracts (eg. the PSSCOC, SIA, NEC, FIDIC etc).
Shannon has acted for a broad range of clients including developers, contractors, sub-contractors, specialist contractors, suppliers and government bodies. She has represented clients from many jurisdictions, including Singapore, Indonesia, Maldives, People's Republic of China, the Middle East and India.
Notable Dispute Resolution work (i.e. Litigation/ Arbitration/ Adjudication)
- Acting for the OSBL main contractor for the construction of a one of the world’s largest integrated aromatics plants in various disputes with its sub-contractors for the project (i.e. Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (“EPC”) sub-contractors for civil engineering works, piping works, pipe jacking works, flare system, vapour destruction unit and spherical tanks). The total claims exceeded US$30 million. The client is part of an Indian headquartered multinational company with business in infrastructure, energy, steel and services and with operations in more than 29 countries.
- Acting for a major international mining contractor in two (2) separate arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. The contractor’s claims arose from a “Life of Mine” contract for one of the largest open cut coal mines in the world, under which it was to provide mining services for a period of 20 years. The 1st arbitration involved complex issues of pricing and escalation arrangements and the claim amount exceeded US$37 million. The 2nd arbitration involved complex issues of pricing arrangements as well as novel legal issues on the expert determination process provided for in the contract. The claim amount exceeded US$200 million.
- Represented a joint venture between a leading international oil and gas company and one of the world's largest chemical producer, in an SIAC arbitration against the largest importer and retailer of natural gas in Singapore. The dispute involved claims by the joint venture for the repayment of tariffs imposed by the Singaporean entity, following the enactment of legislation in Singapore which required the latter to divest its ownership of gas pipelines.
- Acting for a supplier of glass reinforced plastic panels in a suit brought against it by a roofing contractor. The glass reinforced plastic panels were used as architectural rain screen panels for an integrated resort development in Singapore. The plaintiff contractor alleged defects in the panels supplied and breaches of the requirements of the Sale of Goods Act. Claim amount was approximately S$14 million.
- Acting for a contractor in an arbitration commenced by a developer in respect of alleged defects arising from design and workmanship issues in the construction of a commercial building. Claim amount exceeded S$8 million.
- Involved in various litigation suits commenced by the management corporation of condominium developments against the developer, main-contractor and various other relevant third parties.
Other commercial matters
- Acting for insurers in the appeal in the local landmark case of Stork Technology Services v. First Capital Insurance, the first Singapore decided case wherein the Court of Appeal confirmed the recognition and application of the common law principle of strict compliance with condition precedent notice provisions in insurance contracts.
- Acting for insurers in a suit commenced by the insurers against its agents and policyholders of certain investment-linked policies. This suit involved a claim by the insurers for restitution based on the doctrine of mistake. The insurers’ case was that the fund switches carried out under the defendants’ policies were effected under a “mistake” of the insurers. An appeal involving the defendants’ application for interim payment was heard by the Court of Appeal in May 2009 and the Court of Appeal in its judgment dated 26 June 2009 set out for the first time in Singapore the relevant rules and/or tests to be applied in deciding whether to grant an application for interim payment under Order 29 of the Singapore Supreme Court Rules of Court.
- Acting for a quantity surveyor in a dispute with its ex-employee with regard to breach of employment contract and illegal use of the company's information.
- Acting for a multinational company is obtaining an injunction against its ex-employee to prevent the ex-employee from breaching a non-compete clause.
Notable Non-contentious work
- Advised a power generation company on its contracts relating to construction related work (tendering documents, consultant agreements and construction related contracts).
- Advised a management corporation in the review of full set of contract documentation pertaining to proposed refurbishment works to a condominium development.
- Advised global leader in speciality mechanical engineering in the review of draft contract documentation in respect of the supply and erection of a wet cell cooling tower to be built in Singapore.
- Advised owner/ developer in the drafting of a construction main contract involving the NEC3 (New Engineering Contract) form of Engineering and Construction Contract in relation to a township development project.
Memberships / Directorships
- Member, Law Society of Singapore
- Member, Singapore Academy of Law
- Co-author of Workplace Safety and Health: A Practical Guide, 2007, published by LexisNexis, Singapore.
- Co-author of the Singapore Chapter on GAR Construction Arbitration know-how , Global Arbitration Review.