Charmelia advises on the allocation and management of development risks in construction, engineering, energy, and infrastructure projects.

Charmelia’s practice is centred on negotiating and drafting project documentation based on a range of procurement models, and providing strategic input on effective risk management throughout the life-cycle of a project. Her practice extends to dispute avoidance and resolution – she has acted as counsel in arbitration, litigation and adjudication proceedings.

Charmelia’s portfolio encompasses development projects for rail and highway infrastructure, airports, military facilities, power plants, data centres, pharmaceutical plants, and waste to energy facilities. She has been extensively involved in complex and large-scale projects in the Asia-Pacific region. Charmelia regularly advises statutory bodies, government-linked entities, and multi-national corporations on a broad spectrum of construction law issues.

Charmelia has a keen appreciation of the legal intricacies and practical realities of project delivery. She was part of the inaugural batch of select practitioners to be accredited as Accredited Specialists in Building and Construction Law in 2018. She was seconded to Keating Chambers, London, a leading set of barristers’ chambers specialising in construction, engineering, energy and infrastructure. During her secondment, she assisted in editing the book entitled “The Belt and Road Initiative: Chinese Engineering Contractors Operating Overseas - Risk Assessment and Management”, which has been published by the Sixth Working Group of the Permanent Forum of China Construction Law (PFCCL).

Work Highlights

  • 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 a 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 a project value estimated at S$3.2 billion.
  • Advised government-linked entities in relation to the development of a rail-based public transport network.