Specialist Accreditation

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Singapore Academy of Law's 
Specialist Accreditation Scheme


Latest Updates

Specialist Accreditation Scheme featured in Lianhe Zaobao

11 July 2018 — On 2 July 2018, Lianhe Zaobao published an article about the Specialist Accreditation Scheme which featured some of the Building and Construction Law specialists. An English translation of the article can be found on Singapore Law Watch.

Senior Accredited Specialist applications open on 1 July 2018

01 July 2018 — Applications open on 1 July 2018 for legal practitioners with at least 10 years' PQE to apply to be accredited as Senior Accredited Specialists in:


Applications close on 31 August 2018.

Click on the above links to download information guides on the accreditation process and criteria for the respective practice area.

You may forward your queries to accreditation@sal.org.sg.

Accredited Specialist Examinations

01 July 2018 — Accredited Specialist candidates are reminded to register for the examinations. The deadline for registration is 28 July 2018.

Senior Accredited Specialists connect with industry 

20 April 2018 — Senior Accredited Specialists in Building and Construction (B&C) Law met with in-house counsel/executives from various B&C companies and organisations to share the nuances of the law and practice from their experience.  “The Present and Future of Construction Practice in Singapore: A journey from Singapore through the Belt and Road,” organised by Legal Development Cluster provided a platform for discussion and networking between the specialist lawyers and the users of B&C law.

Justice Quentin Loh kicked off the event with an opening address. He pointed to how SAL’s Specialist Accreditation Scheme aims to recognise lawyers for their expertise and give users of legal services a ready reference from which they can select a specialist advisor.

The two panel discussions lasting one and a half hours touched on the latest case law  on serving payment claims under the Security of Payment Act  and  the concept of “fit for purpose” of a structure, and BRI-related topics such as FIDIC standard form contracts, regional infrastructure demands and opportunities.

The first panel comprising Senior Accredited Specialists Naresh Mahtani (Eldan Law LLP) (moderator), Raymond Chan (Chan Neo LLP), Christopher Chuah (WongPartnership LLP),
Ian de Vaz (WongPartnership LLP) and Soh Lip San (Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP) sharing
their knowledge on the latest legal developments in construction law. 
Alex Wong (Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee) (middle) moderating the panel on construction practice including RBI opportunities with fellow Senior Accredited Specialists (l-r) Ng Kim Beng (Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP), Paul Sandosham (Clifford Chance/Cavenagh Law), Eugene Tan (Clyde & Co Clasis) and Ho Chien Mien (Allen & Gledhill LLP). 


Building and Construction Law Course for Legal and Industry Practitioners
Maritime and Shipping Law Course for Legal and Industry Practitioners

2 May 2018 — SAL offers an examination preparatory course for both Building and Construction Law and Maritime and Shipping Law, which are now open for registration. While the courses are geared towards preparing Accredited Specialist candidates for the Speclist Accreditation Scheme examinations, other legal and non-legal industry practitioners are welcome to attend. The courses run over three weekends (Friday full day; Saturday half day) from 13 to 28 July 2018. Both courses are conducted by, in the case of Building and Construction Law, Senior Accredited Specialists, and experts in the field.

Registrants may use their SkillsFuture Credit to partially offset the course fees.


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 2018, specialist accreditation is offered for the following practice areas: