Construction & Infrastructure Sector | Beyond force majeure | COVID-19

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

SESSION: 04:30 PM – 05:30 PM (IST)


Society of Construction Law in association with Nishith Desai Associates, invites you to join us for a stimulating discussion on impact of COVID-19 on Construction & Infrastructure space in India. The session will also mark the beginning of Mumbai chapter of Society of Construction Law, India.

With the extension of countrywide lockdown by government of India, the work in construction and infrastructure space continues to be at standstill. The disruption has hardly left any party untouched right from employers to contractors, sub-contractors, project managers, labors etc. The situation will inevitably delay construction projects and lead to cost escalations. Amongst other things, there is a growing confusion as to whether the global pandemic will afford parties the benefit of “force majeure”. The supply chain management and the labour workforce management has thrown its own set of challenges. Hence, the need to be aware about rights under construction contracts, and also at the same time, have an effective strategy to counter the effects of pandemic, was never more apparent. Join our experts for a live session on impact of COVID-19 on construction and infrastructure industry and effective strategies to wade through these difficult times.

Focus Area

The webinar will focus on important aspects such as:

  • Force Majeure in construction contracts
  • Extension of Time / Prolongation Costs
  • Price Escalations
  • Termination and Suspension
  • Claims Administration in times of crisis
  • Notification
  • Early Warning Signs
  • Mitigation of damages, where possible

Flow of the session

04:30 PM – 05:15 PM (IST) :

Panel Discussion

05:15 PM – 05:30 PM (IST) :

Q & A


Ratan Singh

Founder Chairman of Society of Construction Law, India

Mr. Ratan K. Singh heads “Chambers of Ratan K. Singh”. His area of practice includes Arbitration (domestic & international), Construction, Infrastructure, Engineering & Technology Law, Real estate, Commercial Law (Domestic and International), Mining law, etc. He did his Masters in Geology and Bachelors in Law from Delhi University in 1996. He is Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), UK and has done Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from CIArb (UK).

He is the founder Chairman of Society of Construction Law, India. He is also Director of India Branch of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) UK and Member of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Task Force on Dispute Resolution. Mr. Singh is also accredited tutor of CIArb, UK. He is visiting faculty of Indian Society of International Law (ISIL).

He sits as arbitrator and has chaired or participated as tribunal member or counsel in many domestic and international arbitrations, ad-hoc as well as under the rules of International Chambers of Commerce, Paris (ICC), UNCITRAL, Singapore International Arbitration Center (SIAC), Indian Council of Arbitration (ICA), Delhi International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) etc. He is on the panel of Arbitrators of Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA), Indian Council of Arbitration (ICA) etc. He is also in the database of arbitrators maintained by London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), Mauritius International Arbitration Centre, (MIAC) Mauritius etc.

Vyapak Desai

Leader, International Dispute Resolution & Investigations Practice

Nishith Desai Associates

Vyapak Desai leads the International Dispute Resolution & Investigations practice at Nishith Desai Associates. Vyapak is also a Senior Attorney in the Corporate and Securities Practice group at the firm. Vyapak is a Co-chair- Council of MCIA, Director of CIArb India Branch. He is listed on SIAC Panel of Arbitrators, LCIA Database of Arbitrators and BVI IAC Panel of Arbitrators.

Ashish Kabra

Leader, International Dispute Resolution & Investigations Practice

Nishith Desai Associates

Ashish leads the International Dispute Resolution & Investigations practice of Nishith Desai Associates at Singapore. He focusses on cross border commercial disputes and has successfully represented clients across various forums including domestic and foreign arbitrations (SIAC, LCIA & UNCITRAL), High Court, Supreme Court of India, Company Law Tribunal etc. He specializes in advising investors and joint venture partners in contentious situations and is particularly adept in managing shareholder and construction disputes.

Kshama Loya

Leader, International Dispute Resolution & Investigations Practice

Nishith Desai Associates

Kshama specializes in international commercial and investment arbitration, civil litigation and pre-litigation strategies. She has special focus on advocacy and cross-examination of witnesses in international arbitration, and has acted as counsel in litigations in Indian courts, and in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. She has substantial experience in Energy, Oil and Gas, Mining, Telecommunication, and Infrastructure.

She is presently an Executive Board Member of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and a Steering Committee Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Young Members Group, India branch. Kshama holds an LL.M. from King's College, London and has studied Negotiation at Harvard Law School.

Mohammad Kamran

Senior Member, International Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice

Nishith Desai Associates

Kamran focuses on international commercial arbitrations, cross-border litigations and strategic litigation and pre-litigation advisory. He represents clients from a wide range of sectors and industries including private equity funds, construction and infrastructure, banking and finance and several others. He regularly advises clients in complex contentious construction projects.



The Society of Construction Law (SCL) was founded in 1983 in the UK, and since then it has worked to promote for the public benefit education, study and research in the field of construction law and related subjects (including ADR, Arbitration and Adjudication), both in the UK and overseas. The Society of Construction Law – India is the Indian branch of the SCL. SCL – India is a national organisation whose members are drawn from all professions related to the construction industry, who share an interest in construction law.

The vision of the Society of Construction Law – India, as stated in its Constitution, is to promote the education, study and research (and publication of the useful results of such research) In the field of construction law and related subjects both in India and overseas for the benefit of the public and the construction industry.