Specialist Accreditation

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Singapore Academy of Law's 
Specialist Accreditation Scheme

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Examination Prepartory Course (25.5 public CPD points)
12, 19, 20, 26, 27 July 2019

2 May 2019 – As part of the Accredited Specialist accreditation process for Maritime and Shipping lawyers, candidates are to sit for an examination to be held on Saturday 31 August 2019. To assist them in preparing for the exam, an exam prep course will be conducted over 5 days (Friday full day and Saturday half day) in July: 12, 19, 20, 26, 27 July 2019.

The course is also open to all lawyers, in-house counsel and industry practitioners with some knowledge of shipping and maritime law, who would like to gain in-depth knowledge of the various topics covered. The course level is pegged at a legal practitioner with at least 5 years' PQE.

Course participants may avail themselves of the Maritime Cluster Fund (MCF) Training Grant which provides funding to partially offset the course fee by up to 50%. Terms and conditions apply. For more information, please visit the MPA website for information.

Course participants may also utilise their SkillsFuture Credit. Please email [email protected] for instructions prior to registration. The course can be found on the SkillsFuture Credit portal.

Gina Lee-Wan, Senior Accredited Specialist in Maritime and Shipping Law, recognised at Singapore International Maritime Awards

9 April 2019 – Gina Lee-Wan was presented the International Maritime Centre (Individual) Award at the Singapore International Maritime Awards, which "recognises individuals and companies for their outstanding contributions to Singapore’s development as a premier global hub port and a leading international maritime centre".

Maritime award clinched by woman lawyer for the first time


A chat with Ms. Thea Raman, Accredited Specialist in Building and Construction Law

13 March 2019 — Ms. Thea Raman sits down with SAL to talk about her accreditation as a specialist.

S Mohan, Senior Accredited Specialist in Maritime and Shipping Law: An Interview

13 February 2019 — Mr. S Mohan, Managing Director of Resource Law LLC, shares his thoughts on being accredited by the Specialist Accreditation Scheme and how it can benefit fellow practitioners.

Newly accredited specialists receive Certificates of Accreditation

24 January 2019 – 34 of the very best in Maritime and Shipping Law and Building and Construction Law received Certificates of Specialist Accreditation from Judge of Appeal Steven Chong and Justice Quentin Loh respectively. Judge Loh, Chair of the Specialist Accreditation Board (SAB), in his opening remarks, reminded the Senior Accredited Specialists to nurture younger lawyers by passing on their “wisdom and expertise” so that in time, the latter can take on the mantle left by their mentors. For the junior practitioners, he encouraged them to look to their seniors as inspiration to further hone their specialism and show that they can measure up to international practitioner standards and distinguish themselves as advocates in their chosen fields of practice. Justice Belinda Ang, SAB member Ms Joan Janssen of MinLaw and Ms Serene Wee, SAL's Chief Executive, were also in attendance at the ceremony which was followed by a tea reception where guests caught up with each other.

To find out who the new specialists are, refer to the directory of specialists here.

Clockwise from top left: Justice Quentin Loh addressing the newly accredited specialists; audience listening to Judge Loh; Senior Accredited Specialists and Accredited Specialists in Maritime and Shipping Law with Justice Belinda Ang, Judge of Appeal Steven Chong and Justice Quentine Loh; Senior Accredited Specialists and Accredited Specialists in Building and Construction Law with Justice Quentine Loh and SAB member Joan Janssen of MinLaw; Judge of Appeal Steven Chong having an exchange with Senior Accredited Specialists in Maritime and Shipping Law Jainil Bhandari, Mohan Subbaraman and Thomas Tan.

Security of Payment (Amendment) Act 2018: Making sense of the changes – 18 January 2019

21 January 2019 — On 18 January, 230 lawyers and practitioners from the building and construction industry gathered at the SMU’s Mochtar Riady Auditorium to learn about the latest amendments to the Security of Payment Act. The event was particularly significant considering this is the first time the Act’s payment and adjudication process has undergone considerable review and change. Mr Neo Choon Keong, Deputy CEO (Industry Development), Building and Construction Authority, delivered the opening address, which was followed by presentations by four of SAL’s Senior Accredited Specialists: Ho Chien Mien (Allen & Gledhill), Raymond Chan (Chan Neo), Ian de Vaz (WongPartnership) and Edwin Lee (Eldan Law), and a Q&A with fellow Senior Accredited Specialist Naresh Mahtani as moderator. Chow Kok Fong gave the closing remarks, rounding up the evening’s session. 

From left to right: Mr Neo Choon Keong delivering the opening address; the audience listening attentively; the presenters and moderator during the Q&A session; and with Mr Chow Kok Fong (centre) and Mr Sriram Chakravarthi (Senior Director and Chief Legal Counsel, SAL) (extreme left).



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 2019, specialist accreditation is offered for the following practice area: