For the first time, the Malaysian High Court has found that party-appointed experts owe implied duties to the court.  It is well-established that expert witnesses owe a duty to assist courts and arbitrators, but this is typically understood as requiring experts to provide their evidence independently and impartially.  The Court’s decision in Linsun Engineering Sdn … Read more

Mainland China Increases Proportion of Construction Progress Payments for Government Related Projects

In June 2022, the Ministry of Finance (“MOF”) and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (“MOHURD”) jointly released the “Circular on Improving the Methods for the Settlement of Construction Price”, which became effective on 1 August 2022. Mainland China has long regulated the proportion of the contract price in government projects, which must be … Read more

Getting paid: A new bill to streamline construction disputes in Thailand

Construction disputes between contractors and employers in Thailand can take years to be resolved in court or arbitration. This can result in construction work being delayed and sometimes abandoned, and contractors facing financial difficulties. In response, Thailand is considering the introduction of a draft bill titled “Act on the Settlement of Disputes regarding Payment in … Read more