• Covid-19 – Effects on Construction Contracts
  • Professional Indemnity Claims in construction
  • Adjudication • Notices & fair valuation of claimsAcceleration claims
  • Sub Contractor V’s Main Contractor – Contracts + Dispute Resolution
  • Conciliation – How does conciliation really work?
  • Unforeseen ground conditions

A one-day conference

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

Date: 23rd September 2020

Due to a number of requests to run a conference on both construction contracts and claims, this event will provide an excellent overview of what you need to prepare for when dealing with construction contracts and claims associated.

Contracts can be hugely complex with a range of different challenges associated with each form of contract. This conference will examine the most commonly used contracts, challenges associated with each and successful project outcomes to use for future contracts.

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


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5 Structured CPD Points

This conference will be of great interest to all in the built environments both public and private sector including; contractors, engineers, local authorities, government departments, quantity surveyors, project managers, suppliers, manufacturers, semi-state agencies.

Full Day Programme 8.50am to 4.30pm

Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Covid-19 – Effects on Construction Contracts

  • Which party bears the costs of COVID 19 site closure?
  • How to apply for preliminary costs for period of closure on Public Works Contracts?
  • What costs are recoverable?
  • Is COVID 19 closure a suspension of the works?
  • Does “force majeure” in private sector contracts encompass COVID 19?

Mel O’Reilly, Former Building Contractor

Preparing & Defending Construction Contract Claims

Speaker: Billy Morrissey, BE LLM CEng MIEI FCIArb MMII Dip Adj, Chartered Civil Engineer, LLM in Construction Law and Arbitration

  • Causes of construction contract claims and related disputes
  • Fundamentals of a Successful Claim
  • Claim Responses and Determination
  • Means to avoid or minimise construction contract disputes
  • Covid -19 related contractual claims: Moving beyond the rhetoric!
Adjudication – How to run one from start to finish

Speaker: William Brown, Senior Associate, Quigg Golden

  • Identifying when a dispute has crystallised and when to make the decision to adjudicate
  • Drafting a valid and effective notice of adjudication
  • Appointing an adjudicator
  • Dealing with challenges to the adjudicator’s jurisdiction
  • Preparing a referral notice and dealing with the responding party
  • Enforcing the adjudicator’s decision if the responding party fail to comply with it
  • Success/failure of the implementation of findings of adjudications – parties abiding or not to the findings of the adjudicator
Notices and fair valuation of claims

Speaker: John Lyden– Conciliator and Arbitrator

  • Clause 10 of Public Works Contract
  • Notice requirements
  • Monthly updates
  • ER Determinations
  • Reference to conciliation
  • Fair valuation of claims
  • Global claims

Acceleration claims

  • Directed acceleration
  • Constructive acceleration
  • Acceleration as damages for breach of contract
  • Can acceleration re recovered under the Public Works Contract
Sub-Contractor V’s Main Contractor – Contracts + Dispute Resolution

Speaker: Keith Kelliher, Quantity Surveyor, Accredited Mediator, Accredited Adjudicator, Kelliher & Associates Quantity Surveyors

  • Having a Contract / Signing the Contract / Raising Objection
  • Payment Provisions (Payment Claim Notices v Interim Valuations, Dates)
  • Dealing with Payment Response or No Response
  • Agreed Records / old school paperwork
  • Communication
  • Issuing Notices
  • Records, Records, Records
  • Avoiding Disputes / Early Intervention
  • Getting an answer…. Adjudication or Conciliation
Concerns for funders on development financings’

Speaker: Siobhan Kearney, Associate, A&L Goodbody

  • Development finance structure
  • Security package (Property, Bank Accounts, Material Contracts)
  • Step-in rights
  • Lender specific insurance requirements
  • Development undertakings and events of default
  • The role of the Project Monitor
  • Typical development condition precedents to funding
Conciliation – How does conciliation really work – the current trends and issues?

Speaker: Denise Kennedy, Construction Consultant, Ronan Daly Jermyn

  • Optimising success in Conciliation
  • Top tips for claimants and respondents
  • How to prepare
  • Typical issues to be aware of
  • Current trends in conciliation
Design & Build Contracts: Roles & Responsibilities of Client and Contractor

Speaker: Chris Wheeler, (DWF Dublin) Partner, Construction and Energy

  • PWC contracts
  • NEC4
  • JCT D and B contracts
  • RIAI Contract
Unforeseen ground conditions

Speaker: Martin Cooney, Partner, ByrneWallace

  • Common law position
  • Site inspection clauses
  • Does employer have to disclose information re ground conditions
  • Misrepresentation
  • Claims under Public Works Contract
Dealing with Delay; The Do’s and Don’ts  

There will be 5 CPD points awarded to attendees at this conference. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award


Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

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