Start Time
9:15 AM
End Time
3.45 PM
There will be CPD hours awarded to attendees. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award.

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About this Conference

This one-day conference will provide detailed guidance on several key issues when it comes to working with contracts in the construction sector, making and defending claims, important risk management strategies, and how to avoid potentially costly mistakes.

You will learn what to consider when preparing and defending claims, hidden risks you may not be aware of, and contract risk allocation. You will learn steps to minimise or avoid liability disputes pre-contract signature, and forward-facing dispute resolution strategies to calm conflicts and cut costs

A word from our conference chairperson


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Damien Keogh SC, Managing Partner, DKA Solicitors

Preparing & Defending Construction Contract Claims

Speaker: Billy Morrissey, Chartered Civil Engineer, LLM in Construction Law and Arbitration; Conciliator, Adjudicator & Project Manager

  • Have You come across the 6 Main Causes of Claims and Disputes?
  • The 4 Essential Pillars in Making a Successful Claim
  • Here’s what to Consider when Responding to a Claim
  • What Adjudicators and Conciliators should consider when Deciding on Claims?

Claims for Unforeseen Ground Conditions

Speaker: John Lyden, Conciliator and Arbitrator

  • Where contract is silent about ground conditions
  • Does the employer have to disclose existing site information?
  • Documents issued ‘for information only’
  • Tenderers to examine site for themselves
  • Implied warranty that site information is accurate
  • Site disclaimer clauses
  • Public Works Contract – ‘background information’
  • Pre-contractual representations
  • Misrepresentation in employer’s documents
  • Claims under Public Works Contracts for unforeseen ground conditions

Expect The Unexpected – Hidden Risks in a Volatile World

Speaker: Ciara Dooley, Senior Associate, Arthur Cox

Contract Risk Allocation & The Use of Standard Contracts and Clauses

Speaker: Robert Rooney, Partner, Mason Hayes and Curran

  • Influence on project risk by an early-stage integration
  • Latest industry trends
  • Influence on project risks by an early integration of the involved parties
  • Identifying deviations in different project stages
  • Allocation of design responsibility as a key risk determining factor
  • Views of clients, contractors and planners

Liability Issues During the Life of the Project and the Evolution of Disputes

Speaker: Kevin Harnett – Partner, Head of the Construction Team, Hayes Solicitors

  • Common liability issues
  • Steps to minimise or avoid liability disputes pre-contract signature
  • Effective project implementation
  • Establishing contractual entitlements
  • How disputes evolve during the life of the project

Types of Disputes & Issues on Projects

Speaker: Chris Wheeler, (DWF Dublin) Partner, Construction and Energy

  • Disputes involving delay, disruption, defects, and variations
  • Remedies and processes under contracts such as suspension and termination
  • Issues arising under contracts associated with the bringing of a claim, such as notices and early warning processes
  • How the mechanics work out in construction disputes
  • Contractual issues associated with disputes, such as design responsibility and ground conditions
  • Assessment and limitation of damages

Constant Risk Management & Regular Contract Review

Speaker: William Brown, Director, Fortfield & Brown

  • Constant communication/engagement
  • Scope definition
  • Variations
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Diverging priorities

Dispute Avoidance and Resolution

Speaker: Keith Kelliher, Kelliher and Associates Quantity Surveyors

  • Forward-facing dispute resolution strategies to calm conflicts and cut costs
  • Compromise approaches and ADR
  • Commercial negotiation
  • Adjudication
  • Expert determination
  • Dispute Boards: Greater use of review boards
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration

Who Should Attend?

This conference will be of great interest to all in the built environments both public and private sector including contractors, engineers, local authorities, government departments, quantity surveyors, project managers, suppliers, manufacturers, semi-state agencies and legal consultants to name just a few


Billy Morrissey
BE LLM FCIArb, Chairperson Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Ireland Branch)
Kevin Harnett
Partner, Head of the Construction Team, Hayes Solicitors
William Brown
Director at Fortfield & Brown
Damien Keogh SC
Managing Partner, DKA Solicitors
Ciara Dooley
Senior Associate, Arthur Cox
John Lyden
Conciliator and Arbitrator
Chris Wheeler
Partner, Construction and Energy, DWF Dublin
Keith Kelliher
Quantity Surveyor, Accredited Mediator, Accredited Adjudicator, Kelliher & Associates Quantity Surveyor
Robert Rooney
Partner, Mason Hayes and Curran


Early Bird Rate @ €435+VAT per person

Normal Rate @ €535 + VAT.

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain number of places fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment.

CMG Events Conference Discount

• 10% discount for the third delegate booked or subsequent bookings thereafter from the same company.