A forum to discuss key issues arising on the ground, in boardrooms, within contracts and possible solutions / responsibilities of each party

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

Date: 4th December 2019

Now in its 14th year, the annual Irish Construction Law Conference returns for 2019 this December.

It has been a busy year for the construction sector, and this year’s conference aims to give construction professionals a better understanding of how to overcome key challenges that have arisen over the last 12 months, as well as ensuring you are as prepared as possible going into 2020.

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Some topics of discussion this year includes:

  • Drafting contracts to ensure poorly performing contractors are excluded from future tender lists
  • Dispute boards, what are they and where do they fit with the traditional methods of dispute resolution?
  • “Future-Proofing” construction projects from a legal perspective
  • Human rights and corruption considerations in construction projects
  • Analysis of the success of adjudication in Ireland to date
  • How to limit your liability in contracts and collateral warranties
  • NEC4 contracting – What are we learning from its use?
  • How the courts deal with ambiguity in contracts

This CPD conference has become a significant calendar diary date for those in construction and related sectors, and typically sells out well in advance. On top of hearing from the very best in the industry, from engineers, barristers, solicitors, arbitrators and consultants, one of the key benefits of attending this conference is the extensive networking and Q & A opportunities provided at the coffee/networking breaks and at the end of the day, allowing you to establish connections, potentially create new business, and talk directly to industry experts on specific issues.

Who Should Attend?

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.




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Chairperson & Opening Remarks:

David J Savage, Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys


Drafting contracts to ensure poorly performing contractors are excluded from future tender lists

Speaker: Robert Rooney, Associate, A&L Goodbody

  • Claiming under bonds – Huntington v HCC (Irish High Court September 2019)
  • Contractors can be excluded for prior poor performance – but how should public bodies prepare for that under their contracts?
  • Register of Suppliers’ Poor Performance – the Northern Irish experience
  • Setting damages triggers with teeth
  • Evaluating contractor performance – risks and rewards


Dispute boards and standing conciliators

Speaker: Stephen Proctor, Partner, McCann Fitzgerald

  • What are dispute boards?
  • Where do they fit with the traditional methods of dispute resolution?
  • Is it a without prejudice and confidential process?
  • Are they binding?
  • Do you still need to give notices for disputes before the project board?


“Future-Proofing” Construction Projects from a Legal Perspective

Speaker: Jamie Ritchie, Associate Solicitor, LK Shields Solicitors

  • Why does a project need to be “future-proofed” and what does this mean?
  • Funder and investor requirements for construction projects
  • Project structuring and the impact of commercial objectives on construction contracts
  • What is typically negotiable
  • Best practice and strategies


Q&A Session


Coffee break


A Practical Analysis of the Success of Adjudication in Ireland to Date

Speaker: Anthony Hussey, Solicitor, Chartered Arbitrator and Accredited Mediator, Hussey Fraser Solicitors

  • Why has adjudication not been availed of in Ireland to the same extent as in the UK and elsewhere?
  • How has conciliation been affected by adjudication?
  • How has, and will, arbitration be affected by adjudication?
  • How have adjudicators been interpreting the term “Payment Disputes”?
  • How have adjudicators been interpreting Section 4(3) i.e. does Smash and Grab apply in Ireland?
  • How does the cost of adjudication in Ireland compare with that in the UK?
  • Have adjudicators felt obliged to hold hearings?


Social, labour, environmental, human rights and corruption considerations in construction projects

Speaker: Eamonn Conlon, Partner, A&L Goodbody

  • The legal framework
  • Exclusion, labels, selection and award criteria, abnormally low tenders
  • Duties of contracting authorities and contractors
  • Civil and criminal liability
  • Due diligence
  • ‘Soft’ law


Q&A session


Lunch and chance to network


Construction case law updates

Speakers: Finola McCarthy, Partner, Ronan Daly Jermyn

  • This update will cover recent cases on essential issues including:
  • NEC
  • Conditions precedent
  • Practical Completion
  • Liquidated Damages
  • Letters of Intent


Ways of Limiting your Liability in contracts and collateral warranties

Speaker: Niav O’Higgins, Partner, Arthur Cox

  • Time Bars
  • Financial Caps
  • Extent or type of liability

Performance and payment security

  • Securing Performance
  • Bonds
  • Parent Company Guarantees
    – Retention
    – Collateral Warranties
  • Securing Payment
    – Contractual Remedies
  • Statutory Remedies
  • Bonds/Letters of Credit?


Interpretation of Contracts

Speaker: James Golden, Director, Quigg Golden

How the courts deal with ambiguity in contracts or conflicts between several different provisions in contracts including the recent decision of the Supreme Court in The Law Society of Ireland v MIBI

Unforeseen Ground Conditions

The allocation of risk between employer and contractor of natural or man-made unforeseen difficult ground conditions including the position at common law, misrepresentation, site inspection clauses and the position under the Public Works Contract.

Solicitor’s amending standard contracts, and dramatically changing the risks involved – Clause 26 Insurance of Existing Structures, which is supposed to be by the Employer, but explicitly or subtly, becomes the Contractors risk. Do Contractors know this as it can be very subtle, or do they feel obliged to assume these greater risks?


Q&A session


Conference close

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

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Robert Rooney

Robert Rooney

Associate, A&L Goodbody

Robert Rooney is an associate in the A&L Goodbody’s Projects & Infrastructure and Construction Group.

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Robert has ten years’ experience in making and assessing construction claims, during the contractual process, and as part of adjudication, conciliation and arbitration. Robert advises a wide range of clients across a variety of business and industry sectors including infrastructure, development, retail, pharmaceutical and food and beverage. Robert’s also advises on non-contentious construction issues and leads the legal input on significant construction projects.

Stephen Proctor

Stephen Proctor

Partner – Construction Group, McCann FitzGerald

Stephen specialises in construction law advising both the public and private sector on many of the significant construction and engineering projects in Ireland over the last 10 years.

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He has particular experience in the construction, operation and maintenance of large scale projects including, agri-food and drink, data centres, transport, life science, water and energy.

He advises on contentious matters representing clients in mediation, conciliation, adjudication, arbitration and court.

Stephen also lectures on renewable energy as part of the Law Society’s Diploma in Environmental and Planning Law.

Jamie Ritchie

Jamie Ritchie

Associate Solicitor, Construction and Energy, LK Shields

Jamie Ritchie is a key member of the Projects & Construction team at LK Shields and has built a reputation as being one of the “go-to” resources within the firm on construction issues both contentious and non-contentious.

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Prior to embarking on a career as a solicitor, Jamie worked in the construction sector and has first-hand experience of working with primary stakeholders to coordinate successful project delivery. Clients appreciate his extremely commercial approach to complex technical issues both contentious and non-contentious.

Eamonn Conlon

Eamonn Conlon

Partner, A&L Goodbody

Eamonn Conlon is a Partner in A&L Goodbody’s Projects & Infrastructure and Construction Groups.

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He has specialised in construction for more than 20 years and has been involved in many of the largest and most complex projects undertaken in Ireland. Eamonn’s practice involves procurement advice, contract negotiation and drafting, strategic mid-stream advice and dispute resolution. His clients include public authorities, private owners, sponsors, funders, contractors, and designers. Eamonn drafted Ireland’s standard public works contracts. His dispute resolution experience includes mediation, conciliation, adjudication, arbitration and litigation.

Niav O’Higgins

Niav O’Higgins

Partner, Construction & Engineering Group, Arthur Cox

Niav heads up the Construction & Engineering team in Arthur Cox, and, having specialised in construction for almost 25 years, has extensive experience of advising on the range of issues arising on construction projects, including drafting and negotiating construction contracts and design appointments, together with all ancillary documentation.

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Her experience extends to advising on all key standard forms, both Irish and international, including the GCCC suite of contracts and international forms such as FIDIC, JCT and NEC. Her familiarity with the imperatives driving contracting authorities and semi-state bodies, as well as developers, contractors and funders, enables her to provide pragmatic and tailored advice, with a focus on ensuring that key risks are appropriately managed through the construction documentation. She also advises on efficient contract administration and the management of issues arising during the construction process, as well as providing timely and solution driven advice on dispute resolution.

Anthony Hussey

Anthony Hussey

Solicitor, Chartered Arbitrator and Accredited Mediator, Hussey Fraser Solicitors

Anthony Hussey is a partner in the firm of Hussey Fraser solicitors. He specialises in construction law and has been involved in hundreds of construction conciliations, mediations and arbitrations.

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Anthony is a former Chairman of the Law Society ADR Committee and is a former member of the equivalent committee within Engineers Ireland. He has spoken at numerous seminars on arbitration, conciliation and construction related matters. He is the editor and co-author of Construction Projects: Law & Practice published by Thomson Reuters. He has recently had a new book, Construction Adjudication in Ireland, published by Routledge. He has been involved in many of the largest construction arbitrations and conciliations ever held in the State. He is highly experienced in drafting and negotiating terms of contract and is familiar with procurement and all other aspects of construction law.

Finola McCarthy

Finola McCarthy

Partner, Ronan Daly Jermyn

Finola is a Partner in Ronan Daly Jermyn and head of the construction team with 25 years’ experience.

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She advises on all types of construction and engineering projects both public and private sector from initial procurement through to dispute resolution. She is vastly experienced in all principal forms of contract used in design build, EPC, construction, infrastructure and energy projects from NEC, FIDIC , RIAI and public works to bespoke forms. Finola is a recognised construction lawyer in Chambers Europe, Legal 500 and Best Lawyers.

David Savage

David J. Savage

Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys

David is a construction partner and Construction & Infrastructure Sector lead at international law firm Charles Russell Speechlys.

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He is qualified as both a solicitor and a barrister, and joined legacy firm Charles Russell in 2005 to establish and lead its construction practice. David has an extensive following on LinkedIn and Twitter, where he writes about construction law, the construction sector, and technology issues impacting in the construction and legal sectors. His twitter handle is @DavidSavage_Law.

David specialises in both UK & international construction law. Chambers describes him as “extremely impressive & client-focused in all matters” with “first-class knowledge” and “extremely persuasive and yet wisely diplomatic negotiating style.” ​ Chambers 2019 also lists him as a Band 1 “Leader in his Field”​. Legal 500 described him as “the kind of litigator you want on your side – good with the law, a fantastic thinker and able to engage in commercial bargaining with the other side”, listing him as Leading Individual.

David acts for developers, institutions, contractors, sub-contractors, funders, designers and construction consultants. He also acts for HNW individuals undertaking major residential construction projects.

In his international work, David is particularly focussed on the middle east, and is currently advising a government client on one of the largest infrastructure projects in the region. He also delivers training on FIDIC and IChemE contracts throughout the MENA region, including in Bahrain, UAE, Syria and Oman.

Finola McCarthy

James Golden

Director, Quigg Golden

James has over 30 years’ experience working with major consultants and contractors throughout the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong and the Middle East.

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He has extremely strong practical and theoretical knowledge on all the standard forms of building contracts used in the UK and Ireland and has provided advice to central governments, local governments and contracting organisations on contractual and disputed issues.  He regularly represents parties in ADR forums, including adjudication, conciliation, mediation and arbitration. 

James is experienced in all aspects of dispute resolution and large-scale project management.  Always commercially minded, he has a reputation of grasping the key issues quickly and thoroughly and an ability to explain them to decision makers and clients alike.

He is a practising adjudicator: a member of a number of appointing body panels including the Institution of Civil Engineers, TeCSA and the ministerial panel in Ireland.
James’ experience includes acting as an Expert Witness in arbitration and litigation.  He has acted as an expert on programming and commercial matters in litigation and arbitration.

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

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