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Dispute Resolution in Construction Conference

Conference London, 28 Jan 2017

A timely update on alternatives to litigation in construction disputes.

The 2016 conference has now passed, be the first to hear about the 2017 conference and register your interest today

Working through the chronology of a dispute, the conference looked in turn at conflict avoidance, adjudication and arbitration, while assessing options for all parties at each stage of the dispute resolution process.

Discussions were held on best practice approaches to early neutral evaluation and mediation, and an assessment of the emerging trend for the use of dispute boards. Delegates gained insight into the role of surveyors in the adjudication procedures and an update on the newly formed RICS Arbitration Service in Construction and Engineering.

Honourable Judge Frances Kirkham QC CBE provided a keynote speech on the UK as an international dispute resolution destination of choice.

“It gives me great pleasure as Chair of the RICS Dispute Resolution Conference to invite you to join us on 28 January 2016. Following the success of last year’s event, delegates will enjoy dedicated sessions on dispute avoidance and resolution in construction projects, with some of the most highly regarded mediators, adjudicators and arbitrators in the UK and by extension, the world.

As the UK construction market continues to show encouraging signs of recovery, the benefit to professionals of such high quality guidance (and 6 hours of formal CPD) is immeasurable. We sincerely hope to see you there.”
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2016 Programme

09:00 Registration and networking refreshments

09:30 Chair's opening remarks

Tony Bingham, Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Mediator and Barrister

09:40 Opening Keynote: The UK - international dispute resolution destination of choice

Her Honour Frances Kirkham QC CBE

Session 1: Conflict Avoidance

10:10 Introducing the RICS/TFL Conflict Avoidance Panel (CAP)

  • The partners on the panel
  • A new approach to conflict avoidance
  • Managing stakeholder relationships and incentivising co-operation
  • Explaining the powers of the panel
  • Contractual frameworks
  • Contesting a decision: the next steps

Martin Burns, Head of Alternative Dispute Resolution Research and Development, RICS

10:45 Networking refreshments

11:15 Practical approaches to mediation based resolution

  • Mediation and conflict avoidance
  • Different approaches: facilitative and evaluative
  • Effective preparation for a mediation
  • Presenting your case
  • Case studies
  • No resolution: next steps

David Richbell and Oliver Richbell, Civil and Commercial Mediators

12:00 Dispute boards: A case study

  • Introducing the case study
  • The powers of the dispute board: advice and recommendation versus binding decision powers
  • The role of the board over the life of the project
  • Successes and lessons learned

Christopher Miers, International Adjudicator, Probyn Miers

12:45 Lunch

Session 2: Adjudication and Arbitration

13:45 Essentials for surveyors acting as adjudicators

  • Nomination and appointment
  • Objections
  • Statutory frameworks
  • RICS best practice standards
  • Contractual frameworks
  • The adjudicator’s decision
  • Challenging the decision

John Riches, Managing Director, Henry Cooper Consultants

14:30 Introducing the RICS Arbitration Service in Construction and Engineering

  • Challenging traditional views of arbitration in construction
  • Two-level RICS arbitration service
  • Fast tracking arbitration in construction and engineering
  • Early successes and the story so far

Jonathan Cope, Director, MCMS and Panellist, TfL CAP

15:15     Afternoon networking refreshments

15:30     Panel discussion: Third party funding in construction disputes

  • Common law provisions for third party funding
  • Maintenance and champerty
  • Conditional versus contingency fees
  • Third party cost liability
  • Assignments of causes of action

Matthew Amey, Director, The Judge, Keith Levene, Legal Director - Costs Lawyer, Pinsent Masons LLP, Mick Smith, Partner and Co-Founder, Calunius Capital, Susan Dunn, Co-Founder, Harbour Litigation Funding


16:30 Chair’s closing remarks and close of conference

Price excl. VAT

TBC for RICS members

TBC for non-members