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Devan Nair Institute for Employment & Employability

80 Jurong East Street 21
#04-08, Singapore 609607
Tel: (65) 6563 4166
Fax: (65) 6563 4156
Email: enquiry@recc.com.sg

Executive Training Courses


Essential Knowledge for Building & Property Professionals

» Qualified for 7 PDUs by PE Board


Occupier’s liability is a tort. The law of tort provides the legal basis for most court claims for compensation for injuries or property damage.

Occupier’s liability is the relevant tort in connection with accidents that occur in or on premises as a result of the physical condition or state of the premises. It sets out the duties of persons occupying a property (such as the owner, manager or tenant) to visitors of the premises. The tort of Negligence complements it by addressing the negligent or careless activities or operations carried out on the premises that may have been the cause of the accidents.

Liability for accidents on premises can therefore arise from static causes meaning the defective conditions of the premises as well as dynamic causes which are the careless actions of owners, managers, their servants, independent contractors or tenants.

Property and Facilities Managers should be aware of possible risks visitors of occupied premises face and the obligation to ensure a reasonable standard of care to keep the premises hazard free.


The course will provide working knowledge on:

  • Common risks to visitors of occupied premises and facilities management mitigatory measures
  • The Difference between Occupier’s Liability and Negligence
  • Essential Elements of Occupier’s Liability
  • Relevant Elements of Negligence
  • Liability for the Defaults of Independent Contractors Hired by Occupiers
  • Effectiveness of Exclusion Clauses.

COURSE PROGRAMME (8.30 am – 5.30 pm)

  • Common Risks to Visitors of Occupied Premises
    • Types of Risks
    • Facilities Management Risk Management Measures
    • Handling Incidents and Accidents
  • Overview of Tort Law
    • What is Tort?
    • Occupier’s Liability: A Specialised Branch of Negligence
    • A Brief Comparison of Occupier’s Liability and Negligence
  • Negligence and Occupier’s Liability as Torts
    • Definition of Occupier
    • Definition of Classes of Visitors: Contractual Entrants, Invitees, Licensees and Trespassers     
    • Duties to Visitors
    • Some Special Consideration for Children Visitors
    • Signs and Notices
  • Negligence          
    • Duty of Care
    • Proximate Relationship between Person Carrying Out Negligent Activity and Injured Visitor        
    • Other Considerations
  • Damage
    • Causation of Damage
    • Remoteness of Damage
    • Other Considerations
  • Exclusion Clauses as a Defence for Occupier’s Liability and Negligence
    • Contractual
    • In the Course of Business
    • Statutory Prohibition Against Excluding Liability in Cases Resulting in Injuries and Death


Joel Lim Junwei
Mr Lim is a Senior Associate at Allen & Gledhill LLP. His work spans a wide range of civil and commercial disputes, spanning international arbitrations involving professional negligence and construction projects, just to name a few.  Mr Lim graduated from the National University of Singapore with an LLB (Hons) degree in 2009 and was placed on the Dean’s list for academic excellence. He was called to the Singapore Bar in 2010. 

Dr Quah Lee KiangFRICS

Dr Quah is the Director of the Real Estate & Construction Centre and the Real Estate & Construction Academy in Singapore. She has extensive regional and international experience in Project and Facilities Management & Maintenance research, advice and academia.

Dr Quah led the EU funded project BE4213 Condition Assessment and Maintenance Strategies for Buildings and Building Components, which among other things, sought to develop an objective building condition assessment system. This project formed part of ongoing research over the last 20 years which culminated in Dutch Standard NEN 2767 on Condition Assessment of Buildings, believed to be a ‘world first’.

Dr Quah’s professional and research affiliations include being Coordinator of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) Working Commission 70 on Facilities Management and Maintenance for a decade and past President of the Chartered Institute of Building Singapore Centre.  She was also a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Asia Board, Singapore Board and Asia Pacific Sustainability Board.

Dr Quah was conferred an Honorary Fellow by Oxford Brookes University for her work in real estate and construction education and the unusual impact her career has had on this particular academic field in Asia.


  Full Course Fee  Funding (Source) 
Company Sponsored $595.00 $112.50 (e2i)* valid till 30 Jun 2016
Individual (NTUC Members only)  $595.00 Up to $250.00 (UTAP)


Tuesday 21 Jun 2016

Devan Nair Institute for Employment & Employability
80 Jurong East St 21, Singapore 609607


The course has been approved for 7 PDU units under the PE Board Continuing Professional Development programme. Attendance certificates will be issued; they may also be suitable for meeting the CPD requirements of other relevant professional bodies not operating a CPD course accreditation system.


The course will benefit those who have a vested interest in buildings including:

  • Developers
  • Building Owners
  • Government Officials
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Contractors/Sub-Contractors/Suppliers
  • Property Managers
  • Facilities Managers
  • Maintenance Managers
  • Management Corporations
  • Town Councils
  • and Others


Cancellations made one week before the scheduled commencement date of the course will be subjected to an administrative fee of $100.00. The full fee of $595.00 will be payable thereafter for any cancellation; substitutions can be made at any time.


Mr Ken Chew
Tel: 6563 4166
Fax: 6563 4156 
E-mail: exectrg@recc.com.sg


It may be necessary for reasons beyond RECC’s control, to change the content and timing of the programme and the identity of the course leader/s.



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