11 Key Contractual Problems: 1 Day Seminar

Claims Class and Fenwick Elliott combine their expertise to bring you an exclusive 1-day seminar where leading experts within the industry will examine 11 key contractual problems. We will focus on what goes wrong on projects, why it goes wrong and how it can be avoided. Given the imminent release of the long-awaited 2017 updates to the FIDIC suite of contracts, we will also tell you what those updates mean and how they will change the way you currently administer contracts on your projects.


10th May 2017.


Media Rotana Hotel, Tecom, Dubai.

What Time?

Registration: 08:30 – 09:00

Seminar: 9:00 – 5:30

Seminar Title

11 Key Contractual Problems: What goes wrong, why and how it can be avoided.


Claims consultants and lawyers invariably get involved in construction projects when things have gone wrong. Unfortunately for the industry, resolving problems at this stage becomes time consuming, very costly and good will and reputations are frequently damaged.

Nicholas Gould, Jeremy Glover and Andy Hewitt have many years’ experience in working with the industry and consequently, are ideally placed to identify what frequently goes wrong on projects, why it goes wrong and much more importantly, how it can be avoided.

This seminar focuses on 11 key contractual problems that frequently occur.  Our experts will share their experiences and, by way of case studies and personal involvement on local projects, explain how almost all problems could have been avoided if dealt with in the right way. We finish the day with a case study that asks you to put what you have learnt throughout the day into practice.

We will also provide a preview of the forthcoming 2017 Editions of the FIDIC contracts and explain how FIDIC have identified frequent problems and attempted to include provisions to manage them more efficiently.

The 11 Key Problems

Contracts: Choosing the right contract for the project and making sure that it clearly reflects the intentions of the parties.

Contract Administration: How it can severely affect your bottom line.

Programming and Planning: Misconceptions, frequent errors and good practice.

Variations, De-scoping and Changes: Good administration, measurement and evaluation.

Financial Matters: Certificates, payment, rights and remedies and the effect on the project.

Taking-Over on Completion: How taking-over should be managed and what happens when things don’t go according to plan.

Notices: What constitutes a notice? How it should notices be served? Can time bars be enforced?

Contractor’s Claims: What is a claim? What constitutes detailed particulars? Why are poorly presented claims amongst the top causes of disputes?

Engineer’s Responses and Determinations: What should it achieve and why? How should it be presented? Why are responses and determinations frequently mismanaged?

Dispute Boards: How do they add value to projects? Dispute adjudication or dispute avoidance? Why they work. Why local objections to their use are all wrong and contrary to world-wide industry experience.

Dispute Avoidance: How to save money and time and maintain good relationships.

Case Study: Putting what you have learnt into practice.

Who Should Attend
  • Developers
  • Consultants
  • Engineers
  • Contractors / Subcontractors
  • Project Directors / Managers
  • Project Controllers / Planners
  • Contract Managers / Administrators
  • Commercial Directors / Managers
  • Quantity Surveyors / Cost Consultants
  • Claims Managers / Consultants
  • Construction Lawyers
11 Key Benefits to you
  1. Learn from the personal experience of three engaging and skilled industry experts.
  2. Understand the importance of the time, cost, quality equation.
  3. Understand how risk allocation and management can significantly affect projects.
  4. Receive an exclusive preview of the 2017 FIDIC contracts.
  5. Increase the bottom line of your projects.
  6. Control cost, time and quality on your projects.
  7. Maintain good will and enhance relationships.
  8. Avoid costly, time-consuming and damaging contentions and disputes.
  9. Examples and illustrations based on personal experience on real projects and not theory.
  10. Put what you learn throughout the day into practice via a case study given to you to discuss in groups at the end of the day.
  11. 7 Continual Professional Development (CPD) hours.

Want more information? Learn more about the experts who will deliver this seminar to you.