Sathia is Co-Head of the Firm’s Construction & Engineering Practice. Sathia’s area of practice encompasses a wide range of contentious and non-contentious work in building, construction, engineering and infrastructure projects.
On the contentious side, Sathia regularly appears as counsel for statutory boards, government-linked companies, international developers, contractors and consultants in complex and large-scale domestic and international arbitration, litigation, adjudication and mediation concerning building, construction, engineering and infrastructure disputes. On the non-contentious side, he regularly advises on tender and project documentation under various procurement models in relation to domestic and regional building, construction, engineering and infrastructure projects.
Sathia is recommended for his expertise in both front-end work and disputes in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Chambers Asia-Pacific. Sathia is the youngest amongst a select group of lawyers recognised as Leading Individuals for Construction in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2019) where he is described as “very knowledgeable, wise, eloquent, patient and cares about his clients”. In Chambers Asia-Pacific, he received “positive praise from clients who describe him as being ‘approachable, thorough, up to date with the developments in construction law, solution-orientated and impressively prompt’” and the publication notes that he has an “excellent understanding of market practices in the construction industry”, “a high level of specialist knowledge in construction law and is clearly an expert in that field” and that he “draws praise from clients for ‘his legal knowledge, swift thinking, linguistic abilities and convincing lines of argument’”. He is recognised as a Dispute Resolution Star for Construction in Benchmark Asia-Pacific 2018.
Sathia joined the Firm in 2003, was seconded to 4 Pump Court Chambers, London in 2007/08 where he worked with leading Queen’s Counsel and became a Partner in 2009. Sathia is recognised as an Accredited Specialist in Building and Construction Law by the Singapore Academy of Law and is an Accredited Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre.
- Advised Jewel Changi Airport Trustee Pte. Ltd on the project documentation in relation to the development of Jewel Changi Airport, a mixed-use development, with a project value estimated at S$1.57 billion.
- Advised the consortium of developers comprising, amongst others, Lendlease on the project documentation in relation to the development of Paya Lebar Quarter, a mixed-use development with project value estimated at S$3.2 billion.
- Advised a government agency in multiple SIAC arbitrations instituted by a turnkey contractor arising out of the design and construction of a major infrastructure project where claims were in excess of S$300m.