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Singapore Academy of Law's 
Specialist Accreditation Scheme

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Specialists featured in SAL's Annual Review of Admiralty and Shipping Cases
27 July — Four of SAL's Senior Accredited Specialists Maritime and Shipping Law dissected the most salient 2019 shipping and admiralty cases.

Toh Kian Sing SC of Rajah & Tann and Vivian Ang of Allen and Gledhill, who co-authored the Admiralty and Shipping 2019 edition of the Annual Review of Singapore Cases journal, reviewed the 2019 cases of The Yue Yu 902 [2020] 3 SLR 573, Wilmar Trading v Heroic Warrior [2019] SGHC 143 and  The "Mount Apo" and "Hajin Ras Laffan" [2019] SLR 57, and their underlying issues. They were later joined by Ian Teo of Helmsman and Bernard Yee of Resource Law for the panel discussion where they spoke on the latest developments on Commodity Trading & Trade Finance and IncoTerms 2020 and maritime insolvency and restructuring issues respectively.

Look out for the webinar Annual Review of Building and Construction Law Cases, 8 October 10am-12pm, with Senior Accredited Specialists Christopher Chuah and Mohan Pillay, who will be joined by Chow Kok Fong and Darren Benger (moderator).


The Singapore Academy of Law's Specialist Accreditation Scheme (the "Scheme") confers recognition of a legal practitioner's expertise and experience in a specialised area of law. It is an assessment process which requires a legal practitioner to show evidence of his or her knowledge and expertise in their chosen area of specialisation. Specialist accreditation is a voluntary and an individual endeavour.

The Scheme's purpose is to:

  • recognise the high level of proficiency of legal practitioners in their chosen practice area and promote continued personal professional development and improvement
  • incentivise younger legal practitioners to hone their skills and knowledge
  • provide the legal industry and general public with a reliable means of identifying and accessing legal practitioners who have proven themselves as possessing the requisite skills and knowledge in a practice area
  • promote continued development and improvement of standards, quality and delivery of legal services

The Scheme aims to build an exhaustive directory of Accredited Specialists and Senior Accredited Specialists for the benefit of users of legal services.

To gain a better understanding of the Scheme’s framework, the Specialist Accreditation Scheme paper can be downloaded here 

The paper pertaining to the Maritime and Shipping Law specialist accreditation framework may be found here.

Legal practitioners interested in being accredited may apply to be:

  • An Accredited Specialist (for legal practitioners with more than 5 year's PQE) OR
  • A Senior Accredited Specialist (for legal practitioners with more than 10 year's PQE)

For 2020, specialist accreditation is offered for the following practice area: