Date: 1 July 2010, 8:45 - 12:00

Location: Davenport Green Hall, Manchester Airport, WA15 8UD

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Tenth Hill International masterclass

Date: 1 July 2010, 8:45 - 12:00

Location: Davenport Green Hall, Manchester Airport, WA15 8UD

Managing delay and disruption in construction contracts and the future of construction in 2010

  • Discover latest developments in construction and dispute resolution law
  • Obtain knowledge to manage and avoid disputes
  • Discuss the future of UK construction under the new Government
  • Minimise risks
  • Develop new skills with leading experts

Order of the day:

8.45am Reception and Introduction: by Dr Franco Mastrandrea,Hill International. An introduction to the masterclass and brief overview of the themes of the day.

9am Risk Management: Damian Wilkinson, Hill International

  • The effect of risk, and causes of project failure
  • The importance of risk management
  • Key principles of risk management
  • Introduction to practical risk management for all parties

9.40am Developing a Programme for Delay Analysis: Claire Wilkinson, Hill International.

  • Elements of a useful Master Programme
  • Ensuring suitability for later analysis
  • What to do if you didn't start with a suitable programme
  • What factors can affect delay analysis
  • Overview of analysis methodologies

10.20am Break

10.40am Contract Drafting and Modification: Barry Goodall, Davies Arnold Cooper LLP

  • Why is the contract so important?
  • How best to approach the contract
  • Do we need specialist help?
  • Reviewing the proposed contract

11.20 Record Management and Control: Andrew Glover, Hill International

  • Why keep records?
  • What to record and how – systems of document control
  • Ensuring records are effective and useful should a claim arise

12pm Lunch

1pm Notices, Claims and How to Manage Them: Simon Chamberlain, Eversheds LLP

  • Dealing with notices under standard contract forms
  • Why notices are crucial to success
  • Managing delay and disruption
  • Ensuring notices are issued correctly and in time to take effect

1.45pm Handling Claims and Presenting Them in Different Forums: Simon Palmer, Addleshaw Goddard LLP

  • Tips for ensuring successful presentation
  • What information to include
  • What information not to include
  • What is expected in adjudication, arbitration, and other forms of dispute resolution

2.30pm Break

2.45pm Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods: Ken Salmon, Mace and Jones

  • What alternatives to dispute resolution are available
  • Expert Determination, Mediation, Negotiation
  • What is the most cost effective solution?
  • How to determine the best form of resolution

3.15pm What Makes a Good Expert and Why? David Carrick, Hill International

  • What is the purpose of expert evidence?
  • What features to look for in a 'good' expert
  • Where to look for an expert
  • Why use experts?

4pm After the Election: The Future of UK Construction with guests:

  • Chair – Hazel Blears
  • Prof Peter McDermott, University of Salford
  • David Moss – Hammonds
  • Gary Blackburn – Hill International

A panel discussion/debate on the future of UK construction, particularly in the North of the UK, subsequent to the 2010 General election – featuring leading academic, technical, legal and political experts.

5pm Close and questions

5.15pm-7pm Drinks reception

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