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Dispute Resolution in Construction Conference, Scotland

Conference Edinburgh, 7 Dec 2017

Best practice guidance for managing disputes in construction.

Construction disputes carry with them huge costs both in terms of resolution and the resulting time delay. The RICS Dispute Resolution Construction Conference, Scotland will provide practical strategies choosing the best form of ADR to help your clients avoid disputes altogether or resolve them as efficiently and inexpensively as possible.

Aimed at those in the construction sector and RICS Panel members the conference will provide a roundup of the latest case law to ensure you translate the principles from these into your everyday practice.  The conference will also examine how to challenge third party decisions, navigating international dispute and delay and disruption claims.

Attend to network with your colleagues and gain useful tips, strategies and dispute resolution mechanisms which can be applied in your own business practices.

Attend this conference to:

  • Assess the pros and cons of different alternative dispute resolution methods to best advise your client
  • Get up-to speed with wealth of payment case law over the last few years to ensure you know what employers, main contractors, and sub-contractors should be including in their contracts
  • Understand both the contractor and client perspective to avoid future conflicts

Here's a sample of what your day will involve

Common contracting pitfalls – Gain the latest case law round up to understand what employers, main contractors, sub-contractors should be including in their contracts.

What form of ADR is best for construction cases? – Review the different form of ADR methods to assess what form is most appropriate for your construction dispute.

Conflict avoidance: understanding the contractor and client perspective – Strategies for managing stakeholder relationships and incentivising co-operation.

Adjudication – Understand the role of the surveyor in the adjudication process and hear an on the key legal cases.

Delay and disruption claims – Guidance on how to present and structure different delay and disruption claims in a meaningful way, for the best outcome.  

Challenging the decision of a third party – Benefit from a session exploring the steps you need to take to challenge a ADR outcome.

3am Clauses and how to make the right choices - Know how parties to international commercial agreements can make informed choices.

It’s about more than just a dispute resolution conference

Networking is a critical part of working in this sector, but as a busy professional it can be a struggle to find the time to do this effectively.

With this in mind we've set aside time in the day to give you a chance to catch up with your peers and network with our expert panel of speakers.

On top of that, attending the event also gives you 5 hours of formal CPD to tick off against your annual 20-hour requirement.

Here’s what to do next

Price to attend the conference is below:

RICS member rate £140 + VAT
Non-member rate £189 + VAT

We've also got some great group discounts when you book your seats together with your colleagues:

  • Book 3 or more places and get 10% off
  • Book 5 or more places and get 15% off
  • Book 7 or more places and get 20% off

As soon as you've placed your booking you'll get an email from us confirming your place with further details on what happens next.

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2017 Programme

08:30 Registration and refreshments

09:15 Chair’s opening comments  

09:20 Keynote address
The Hon Lord Tyre 

09:50 Case law update
Latest case law roundup
How to translate case law into your practice
What employers/main contractors/sub-contractors should be including in/looking out for in their contracts?
Iain Drummond, Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn

10:30 Networking refreshment break

11:00 Payment notices

11:45 Conflict avoidance – understanding the contractor and client perspective
Managing stakeholder relationships and incentivising co-operation
The powers of the panel
Contractual frameworks
John Fletcher, Product Group Director ADR, RICS

12:30 Networking lunch

13:30 Adjudication 
The role of the surveyors in the adjudication process
Key cases
Enforcement of the decision
Lisa Cattanach, Director, Construction Dispute Resolution 

14:15 Challenging the decision of a third party 
The process for challenging a decision
What steps do I need to take?
Case law update
David Anderson, Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn

15:00 Networking refreshment break 

15:15 Design liability in construction contracts
Allocation of construction design risk and design responsibility in law
Colin Archibald, Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn

15:45 Don’t score arbitration out of your contract
Review of the different forms of ADR
Pros and cons of the method for construction dispute
Len Bunton, Director Bunton Consulting

16:30 Conference close 

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