Hill Dickinson Contractors’ Conference

Date: - 17:00
Organiser: Hill Dickinson
Location: Haydock Park Racecourse, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside WA12 0HQ
Phone: 0151 600 8752.

Better times ahead, let’s make it happen!

Hill Dickinson’s Construction Team presents a unique opportunity for construction professionals to meet face to face with fellow engineers, contractors, investors and private sector clients to discuss shared problems and solutions. As the industry continues to recover from the economic downturn we will explore, with the help of industry professionals, the key challenges facing the construction industry and how we can overcome those challenges.

The economic outlook Brian Sloan, Deputy Agent, Bank of England

Brian will offer the Bank’s view of the economic outlook and prospects for inflation, as well as a look at particular trends in the property and construction sector, as viewed from the Bank’s Agencies, including lending and investment.

Government plans for the construction industry Professor Peter McDermott, Professor of Construction Management, University of Salford

Four months after the General Election, what are the consequences for the construction sector? Peter will investigate the opportunities for public sector construction procurement can be exploited as part of the delivery of governmental objectives.

Procurement Challenges Sarah Hannaford QC, Keating Chambers

One of the key areas of concern for contractors is challenging procurement. Sarah will look at the pitfalls and issues associated in doing so, including criteria and weightings, abnormally low tenders, late tenders, two-stage tenders, material variations. Sarah will also highlight the potential remedies available to contractors.

Legal update Michael Woolley,  Partner, Hill Dickinson

Mike will review recent cases with a particular emphasis on payment and specifically the notices regime and the decision in ISG Construction Ltd V Seevic College.

The Contractors’ View Andy Flowerday, Managing Director, Barhale Plc

Andy will outline his thoughts on what key challenges the construction industry will be facing over the next couple of years and will highlight where he feels some of the opportunities will be for contractors.


13.00 Registration & light lunch

13.50 Presentations begin

14.50 Break

15.20 Presentations continue

17.00 Close & networking