Start Time
9:00 AM
End Time
4.00 PM
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About this Conference

The Construction Contracts and Claims Conference focuses on addressing the complex challenges faced in construction projects related to contracts and claims, including the role of AI in resolving construction disputes. Attendees will gain practical insights into managing concurrent delays, understanding the nuances of disputed variations, and navigating the termination of construction contracts. The conference also covers essential topics such as performance bond claims, contract interpretation by courts, risk allocation, and the latest in dispute resolution techniques.

A word from our conference chairperson


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Martin Cooney, Partner and Head of the Byrne Wallace LLP Construction Law Team

Valuing Claims Using 10.6.1 – 10.6.4

Speaker: Gerry O'Sullivan, Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Barrister-at-Law & legal consultant with Mulcahy McDonagh & Partners (MMP)

  • Valuation of varied works
  • Rules of Valuation-case law
  • Contractual basis for Rates in the Pricing Document
  • Fair Valuation as defined in PWC
  • Preliminaries
  • Overhead and profit
  • Variations of claims under Schedule Part 1 K 17 -Pricing document error
  • Cost basis under 10.6.4
  • Effect of ERs conclusive direction to value under 10.6.4
  • Valuing variations to “Named Specialist’s “ work
  • What is Delay cost under 10.7?

Construction Contract Act - “Smash and Grab” Adjudications

Speaker: William Brown, Director, Fortfield and Brown

  • What is a “smash and grab” adjudication?
  • Using this tactic offensively, and defending against it

Key Considerations When Terminating Construction Contracts

Speaker: Kevin Harnett, Partner and The Head of The Construction Team, Hayes Solicitors

  • Alternatives to Termination: Exploring Viable Solutions
  • Legal Rights and Obligations in Contract Termination
  • Contractual Procedures and Documentation Prior to Termination

Performance Bond Claims

Speaker: Shane O'Connor, Partner, RDJ

  • What is a performance bond?
  • What is a surety bond claim?
  • Who can file a claim against a performance bond?
  • What causes performance bond claims?
  • How to handle a performance bond claim

Contract Interpretation: How Courts Resolve Ambiguities in Contract Documents

Speaker: Chris Wheeler, Senior Fixed Share Partner, Construction and Energy, DWF (Ireland) LLP

Standard Forms of Contracts – Focusing on Key Conditions and Clauses

Speaker: Jamie McGee, Partner, McCann FitzGerald LLP

  • Delays, damages disruption and notification methods
  • Timings for compliance
  • Time and cost recovery
  • Quantifying costs and what is permissible under the contracts

Disruptions Caused By Clients - De-mobilisation of Subcontractors

Prolongation Claims

Speaker: Alan Brady, Barrister at Law, The Law Library

  • What are prolongation costs?
  • Key case law relating to prolongation costs and their recovery
  • What do the standard forms provide for in respect of prolongation costs?
  • Things to think about re key types of “prolongation” costs:
    • Increased preliminaries or site overheads
    • Labour, plant, equipment and subcontractor costs
    • Increased off-site costs

Concurrent Delays in Construction Projects

  • Extension of time
  • Damages for delay
  • Contractor risk events and liquidated damages

Recovering for Omitted Work

Speaker: Robert Rooney, Partner, Mason Hayes and Curran

  • Can the Employer simply omit this element of the works and then place an order with another contractor, or can I reject the instruction?
  • Am I entitled to claim for Loss of Profit where work is omitted?
  • What do I have to reasonably provide to recover profit where work is omitted?
  • When can I claim the loss of profit for omissions to contract works?
  • Does the amount of variations affect if I can claim for loss of overhead and profit when work is omitted?

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.


Alan Brady
Barrister at Law, The Law Library
Jamie McGee
Partner, McCann FitzGerald LLP
Martin Cooney
Partner and Head of Construction at Byrne Wallace
Gerard O Sullivan
Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Barrister-at-Law and legal consultant with leading QS and Project Management practice, Mulcahy McDonagh & Partners (MMP)
William Brown
Director at Fortfield & Brown
Kevin Harnett
Partner, Head of the Construction Team, Hayes Solicitors
Chris Wheeler
Partner, Construction and Energy, DWF Dublin
Robert Rooney
Partner, Mason Hayes and Curran
Shane O'Connor
Partner, RDJ




Normal Rate@ €575 + VAT

The early rate 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.