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Dispute Resolution in Construction Conference, Scotland


Best practice guidance for managing disputes in construction.

The 2017 conference has now taken place. Please register your interest to be the first to hear once new date and programme are confirmed.

At the 2017 RICS Dispute Resolution Construction Conference, Scotland, delegates gained insight into practical strategies for choosing the best form of ADR to help 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 provided a roundup of the latest case law to ensure you translate the principles into your everyday practice.  The conference also examined how to challenge third party decisions, navigating international dispute and delay and disruption claims.

Key highlights included:

  • The pros and cons of different alternative dispute resolution methods to best advise your client 
  • Wealth of payment case law over the last few years ensuring you know what employers, main contractors, and sub-contractors should be including in their contracts
  • Understanding both the contractor and client perspective to avoid future conflicts

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.

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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 

Price excl. VAT

TBC for RICS members

TBC for non-members


1 day