Creating Effective Construction Claims Processes

A one-day conference

Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Blackrock, Dublin 4

Date: 21st March 2018

Due to a number of requests to run a conference on this topic, this event will provide an excellent overview of what you need to prepare for when dealing with construction claims, what’s involved in presenting claims, what decision makers are looking for, claim prevention and how to deal with claims arising from government contracts.

There will be a full line up of expert speakers on the these topics covering all practical and legal elements, using case studies and real life examples to help you fully understand all important areas.

See below event programme for a full list of key topics to be covered on the day

CMG events typically sell out quickly, so prompt booking is strongly advised to secure your place at the early bird rate and save €100.00 – Early Bird Rate is €395.00 + VAT (Normal rate €495.00 + VAT)

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain amount of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

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This event will be of real interest to all build and design professionals, public sector bodies, contractors, sub-contractors, engineers, architects, local authorities, semi-state agencies, government departments, manufacturers, suppliers, universities and legal consultants to name just a few.

Full Day Programme 8.50am to 4.30pm

Construction contract claims arising in government and private contracts

Claims – Prevention, Preparation & Presentation
Speaker: John Delaney, Associate Director, HKA

  • Presenting Construction Claims
  • Claim Prevention’ and/or ‘Risk Management of Claims’
  • How decision makers (judges / adjudicators / conciliators / arbitrators) deal with claims and best strategies to adopt for success before them.

Adjudication under the Construction Contracts Act.
Speaker: Barry Mansfield, Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

Public liability claims

  • Utility type works
  • How to protect the organisation from claims
  • How to handle an incident should one occur
  • How to defend against claims once lodged

Assessing contactor claims – what employers look for?
Speaker: Robert Rooney, Associate, A&L Goodbody

  • Compliance with notice provisions
  • Is the claim grounded in the contract?
  • Testing the facts
  • Assessing quantum

Responding to claim submissions

  • How should you reply to a Claims submission from a Contractor

Writing Construction Claims

  • How to write an effective construction claim.
  • How to layout and format your claim and the contents of the claim
  • What information should be written in the main body of the claim
  • What information should be provided as backup (Appendices)

The Future of Construction claims and dispute resolution
Speaker: David Savage, Partner & Head of Construction & Infrastructure Sector, Charles Russell Speechlys

  • How will technology changes and AI impact on construction claims and dispute resolution?
  • What are the new skills needed for effective construction claims management and dispute resolution lawyers?
  • Who is leading in this area? Are these trends reflected in standard form contracts yet?

There will be 6 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service

Barry Mansfield

Barry Mansfield

Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

Barry Mansfield is a barrister specialising in commercial law.

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He has a particular interest in construction law and in arbitration. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at Trinity College Dublin and is the author of ‘Arbitration Act 2010 and Model Law – A Commentary’ (Clarus Press). He previously practised as an attorney with the US firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in both New York and London.

John Delaney

John Delaney

Associate Director, HKA (formerly Hill International)

John Delaney is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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He has 15 years commercial experience on a range of projects in civil engineering, transport, airports, mixed-use, high rise, commercial, residential, industrial, health and local authority sectors. John is currently providing cost and commercial management services, expert witness services and dispute resolution services to a number of clients across a broad range of sectors specifically construction, civil engineering and gas pipelines. In the course of his career, John has acted as a Senior Consultant on multi million pound disputes, arbitrations, adjudications and provided claim preparation / management on a number of projects under both standard and bespoke contracts.

David Savage

David Savage

Partner & Head of Construction & Infrastructure Sector, Charles Russell Speechlys

David is head of the Construction & Infrastructure sector at Charles Russell Speechlys.

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He advises employers, contractors, and consultants on a wide range of building and civil engineering matters, both domestically and internationally. He also advises the firm’s private clients on high value residential construction projects. David has a wide experience of working on the various forms of standard conditions such as JCT, ICE, NEC, MF/1, IChemE and FIDIC, as well as numerous bespoke forms of construction contract. He advises on the full scope of construction issues ranging from procurement/contract strategies through to dispute avoidance/resolution.

In his international work, David is particularly focussed on the Middle East region, working closely with Charles Russell Speechlys’ Manama and Doha offices. He has delivered training on FIDIC and the IChemE international contracts in both the UK and throughout the Middle East region, including in Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Syria. David has had articles and commentary published in Building and Construction News, and is an editor of ‘Partnering and Collaborative Working’ (published by Informa Professional). He has a particular interest in digital disruption in the construction sector, and the legal issues flowing such disruption. He co-authored the firm’s recent report entitled ‘The New Real’ concerning the opportunities and gains to be made from smart buildings for anyone with an interest in commercial real estate.

David is ranked as a Band 1 partner in Chambers 2017 for Construction.

Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

Secure your place at the early bird rate and save €100.00 – Early Bird Rate is €395.00 + VAT – (Closing Friday 23rd February) – Normal rate €495.00 + VAT

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain amount of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

CMG Events Conference Discount

  • 10% discount for the third delegate booked or subsequent bookings thereafter from the same company.

The rate to attend includes morning tea/coffee and refreshments on arrival at registration, mid-morning tea/coffee and pastries and full buffet lunch. You will receive the speakers PowerPoint presentations within 24 hours after the event. 

 Tel: 01 293 4764


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