Partner

Charmelia advises on the allocation and management of development risks in construction, engineering, energy, and infrastructure projects. She has a keen appreciation of the legal intricacies and practical realities of project delivery.

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, and regularly advises statutory bodies, government-linked entities, and multi-national corporations on a broad spectrum of construction law issues.

Charmelia was part of the inaugural batch of select practitioners to be recognised as Accredited Specialists in Building and Construction Law by the Singapore Academy of Law in 2018. 

She was seconded to Keating Chambers, a leading set of barristers’ chambers specialising in construction, engineering, energy and infrastructure, and assisted specialist judges of the Technology and Construction Court in London in 2018/2019. She has contributed editorial input to the book: “The Belt and Road Initiative: Chinese Engineering Contractors Operating Overseas - Risk Assessment and Management”, which was published by the Sixth Working Group of the Permanent Forum of China Construction Law (PFCCL) in 2019.

Charmelia was identified as “Next Generation Partner” in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2020).

Work Highlights

  • Advised government and government-linked entities on the project documentation on a wide range of public sector infrastructure projects including engineering, procurement and construction contracts for underground works in relation to mass rapid transit lines, roads, power, utilities and waste management facilities in Singapore and Malaysia.
  • 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 Surbana Jurong, on the project documentation in relation to the development of its global headquarters, campus and Centre of Excellence for Innovation with project value estimated at S$400 million.
  • Advised government and government-linked entities in relation to disputes arising out of a wide range of public sector infrastructure projects in Singapore and Malaysia.

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