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Dispute Resolution in Construction Conference


Explore alternatives to litigation in construction disputes.

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

At 2017 conference delegates gained insight into the role of surveyors in adjudication procedures and heard an update on the newly formed RICS Arbitration Service in Construction and Engineering.

Over the last 20 years there has been a major transformation in the way dispute resolution is approached. At this high profile, in-depth forum our expert panel took attendees through approaches to the phases of dealing with disputes.

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.

Key highlights included:

  • The latest input from key players in UK infrastructure on best practice in conflict avoidance
  • An update on how Tfl has used conflict avoidance
  • An explanation of how Alternative Dispute Resolution can work best in smaller projects
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2017 Conference Programme

09:00 Registration and networking refreshments

09:30 Chair’s opening remarks
Jonathan Hosie, Partner - Construction & Engineering Group, Mayer Brown International LLP

09:40 Opening keynote panel discussion: Developing a collaborative approach to conflict avoidance

  • Collaborative contracting
  • Establishing cross professional dispute avoidance procedures
  • Driving a shift in culture

Wolf von Kumberg, BA, LL.B, LL.M, FCIArb, Member ArbDB Chambers London, Managing Director, Global Resolution Services Limited
Mark Entwistle, International Dispute Resolver, Mark Entwistle Limited
Christopher Miers, Managing Director, Probyn Miers Limited

Session 1: Conflict avoidance

10:20 Conflict avoidance – understanding the contractor and client perspective
Andy Dixon, Rail Sector Commercial Director, Costain

11:00 Networking refreshments

11:30 Adopting an evaluative approach to mediation based resolution

  • Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a case
  • Providing insight into possible outcomes
  • ACRE Mediation – a new approach

12:10 Dispute boards

  • The powers of the dispute board: advice and recommendation versus binding decision powers
  • Major works projects for dispute boards and smaller value/works projects for conflict avoidance panels which suit their respective contract value bands
  • Practical strategies to implement to avoid disputes altogether
  • Successes and lessons learned

John Papworth, Dispute Board and Dispute Adjudication Board Chairman and Member, International Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Mediator and Conciliator - Advisor on Contracting Strategy and Procurement in Infrastructure
Robert Sliwinski, Barrister, Chartered Arbitrator, Accredited Adjudicator and Mediator, Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Dispute Board Member, SWL Chambers
Julie Forsyth, Partner - Construction and Engineering, Gunnercooke

12:50 Lunch

Session 2: Adjudication and arbitration

13:50 Afternoon keynote address: Case law update
This session will provide an update on recent cases involving construction disputes, where issues of impartiality and integrity have been raised.

14:30 An adjudication update

  • Adjudicators and conflicts of interest (Eurocom v Siemens - Cofely v Bingham)
  • Adjudicating low value disputes
  • 5 year review of statutory changes to adjudication procedure

15:10 Afternoon networking refreshments

15:30 Alternative dispute resolution for SMEs
This session will address the key considerations for SMEs when dealing with disputes, including:

  • Ensuring early intervention for successful outcomes
  • Issues around third-party intervention
  • Adopting a streamlined process

Member, Federation of Master Builders
Peter Gracia, Director, Gracia Consult

16:10 A return to arbitration in the construction sector – analysing the pros and cons
Shy Jackson, Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP
Abdul Jinadu, Barrister, Keating Chambers

16:50 Chair’s closing remarks
Jonathan Hosie, Partner - Construction & Engineering Group, Mayer Brown International LLP

17:00 Close of conference

Price excl. VAT

TBC for RICS members

TBC for non-members


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