HKA Breakfast Forum on “Know your risks: Professional liability issues for engineers”, Hong Kong

14 October, 2017 | 09:00 - 10:15

Venue address:

Level 25, One Pacific Place
88 Queensway
Hong Kong
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About this event

This one-hour presentation aims to provide an overview of the common legal issues that confront engineers.

Topics include:

  • contractual and tortious duties imposed on consultant / design engineers
  • recent case law development on the "fitness for purpose" obligation and "the duty to warn", including a review of the latest UK Supreme Court decision in MT Højgaard A/S v E.ON Climate & Renewables UK Robin Rigg East Limited and another [2017] UKSC 59
  • potential liability of Registered Structural Engineers (RSEs) and Registered Geotechnical Engineers (RGEs) under the Buildings Ordinance, including the practical matters to bear in mind in the event of a prosecution by the Buildings Department.

Capacity: 80pax
Free: Member: HKD 150 per person; Non-member: HKD 270 per person
Breakfast included from 8:30am -9:00am


*Priority will be given to ICE members.
*Upon receipt of payment, ICE will send confirmation e-mail to successful applicants.

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Steven Yip, Partner, MinterEllison

Steven Yip is a partner in the Projects, Infrastructure & Construction group of MinterEllison. He is one of the region's leading advisors on construction issues and dispute resolution across Hong Kong and Asia. As well as rich private sector expertise, he has considerable experience in disputes involving government and public sector works.

Steven has handled numerous major arbitration and litigation proceedings. Most recently, he acted for the Hong Kong Government in court proceedings arising from the construction of ferry piers as well as a proposed development in central Hong Kong.

Steven is also a skilled mediator, instrumental in settling many major civil engineering and building disputes. He is currently handling disputes for several foreign clients on major projects in China, as well as Chinese investors and contractors working outside China.

Recommended for his contentious capabilities, Steven is described as a "leading individual" in Hong Kong / China for construction by Chambers Asia Pacific, and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. He was praised by clients in Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 as "very sharp, very efficient", "a solid guy who is knowledgeable about the market", and "always tries to find a solution that is good for both parties."

In addition, Steven is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (East Asia Branch) and the current vice chairman of the construction interest group of the Hong Kong Mediation Council.

Malcolm Chin, Partner, MinterEllison

Malcolm Chin is a partner in the Projects, Infrastructure & Construction group of MinterEllison and has over 18 years of experience advising on dispute resolution and construction procurement, including arbitration, litigation and mediation.

He has handled a large number of major arbitration and litigation proceedings. Malcolm advises and acts for government, developers, main contractors, specialist sub-contractors and consultants on a wide range of construction issues in Hong Kong and around Asia.

Malcolm also has extensive experience advising on domestic and international commercial matters in litigation, arbitration and mediation. He has represented clients in international arbitration proceedings in jurisdictions including Hong Kong, Mainland China, Dubai, Singapore, France, Switzerland and the United States under the rules of ICC, HKIAC, UNCITRAL, CIETAC, DIAC and SIAC.

Malcolm is recognised as a 'Leading Individual' for Construction (International Firms) (China) in the Chambers Asia Pacific 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17.

Rachel Chan, Consultant, MinterEllison

Rachel Chan is a consultant in the Projects, Infrastructure & Construction group of MinterEllison and has over 13 years of experience advising on construction and commercial litigation and international arbitration.

Rachel has handled a number of large scale construction and commercial disputes in Hong Kong and other jurisdictions, including Mainland China, Macau, Dubai, the Philippines and the Latin America. She has substantial experience representing employers, main contractors, suppliers, corporate and private clients in international arbitration and regulatory proceedings. She also advises on front-end contract review and non-contentious matters on a regular basis.

Rachel is admitted in Hong Kong and England and Wales. She is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.