Kelvin is a specialist in resolving complicated infrastructure, energy and resource disputes.
Kelvin joined Drew & Napier in 2020 from a magic circle international law firm, bringing with him years of global best practice honed in big-ticket construction arbitration. His specialisation in construction was developed in an international firm known for its expertise in the energy and infrastructure sectors. This is blended with his in-depth familiarity with local market practice and dispute resolution mechanisms.
Kelvin is well recognized in the market for his expertise in construction and arbitration with accolades in various legal directories such as Chambers, Legal 500, asialaw, SBR and LMG Expert Guides. Clients have commented that that he has “great in-depth industry knowledge”, he has “a keen ability to grasp complex technical issues and break them down into coherent and concise descriptions that can be readily understood by arbitrators”, and that he is “an extremely creative lawyer who thinks of solutions that no one else can”.
Kelvin’s practice focuses on renewable energy projects and sustainability. His sector expertise covers a variety of renewable projects such as solar, offshore wind, hydropower and geothermal projects, mirroring the tremendous growth in the global and regional transition to clean energy.
Kelvin’s experience also covers nuclear power plants and more traditional infrastructure projects such as refineries, mines, railways and expressways; civil works such as buildings, factories, soil remediation and foundation works and even giant Ferris wheels.
Kelvin advises on various aspects across the entire lifecycle of the project, including on the day-to-day legal issues during the construction phase of infrastructure projects. He has advised parties and projects in Singapore, France, Korea, Greater China, Middle East, Mongolia, Taiwan, Italy, Laos, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, US, Italy, and India, amongst others.
Kelvin is experienced in carrying out his own advocacy across the entire spectrum of dispute resolution – adjudication, arbitration, mediation, expert determination and evaluation, and litigation, both within and out of Singapore.
Kelvin is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and sits as an arbitrator. He is an assessor for construction cases under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act. He sits as a mediator, and also on a panel promoting neutral evaluation, and an experts group on e-discovery issues.
Kelvin is a thought-leader who regularly speaks and publishes articles on construction law and arbitration practice issues. He heads the Thought Leadership subcommittee, sits on a Environmental Sustainability Group and is a Council Member of the Society of Construction Law (Singapore). He also sits on the newly-minted Building and Construction Law Committee of the Law Society, and heads a Singapore Academy of Law Promotion of Singapore Law Sub-committee (Energy and Oil and Gas). Kelvin has recently spoken on webinars on ESG, Energy Law and Energy Transition issues.
Kelvin in conversant in English and Mandarin and various Chinese dialects.
Further details can be found in his detailed CV at https://www.drewnapier.com/Our-Lawyers/Kelvin-Teo.