Start Time
9:15 AM
End Time
4:00 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.

About this Conference

Now in its 16th year, the annual ‘Irish Construction Law Conference’ returns for 2021 this December.

It has been a busy year for the construction sector, and this year’s conference aims to give construction professionals a better understanding of how to overcome key challenges that have arisen over the last 18 months and the impact the pandemic has had on the sector, as well as ensuring you are as prepared as possible going into 2022.

The Irish Construction Law Conference is a unique live virtual event from our own custom-built CMG Studios.  Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with attendees praising the additional interactive elements, as well as increased Q&A opportunities throughout the day, giving you more opportunity to gain real practical insights on the key issues that are important to you.


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Proposed Reform of Competition Law in Ireland

  • Competition law offence of bid-rigging
  • Increased enforcement powers and rights for the Irish competition regulator

Alan McCarthy, Partner, A&L Goodbody LLP

Price increases – especially material price increases post Brexit

  • Material prices increases and the PWC/RIAI/NEC contracts
  • Inflation Clauses- Long deleted from contracts.
  • Inflation pressures on materials and commodities with contracts over a short period.
  • This hit particularly when the industry  restarted following the 4-month Covid shut down in q1 2021.

Robert Rooney, Associate, A&L Goodbody LLP

Force Majeure – What we have learned and what needs to change?

  • Private Works Contract
  • RIAI revised Contract

Alison Bearpark, Partner, Ronan Daly Jermyn

New Construction Contracts a changing landscape or more of the same?

  • Private Works Contract  
  • RIAI revised Contract (what to expect)

Karen Killoran, partner in the Construction and Engineering Group, Arthur Cox

Professional indemnity insurance

  •  Coverage is harder to get,
  • Amounts of cover are falling. How to draft and negotiate clauses,
  •  What to do if cover cannot be maintained

Hugh Cummins, Partner, Philip Lee

Adjudication – some contemporary issues:

  • Are adjudication costs a barrier to the system, should there be a max fee?
  • In adjudication, are there consequences for not issuing a Pay Less Notice?
  • Dealing with adjudication procedural matters: Notice; jurisdiction, meetings.
  • What happens after the Adjudicator’s Decision?

Niall Lawless, Chartered Arbitrator and Engineer, Adjudicator, Mediator at Adjudication Solutions Limited

Conciliation - how can conciliation survive with the speed and binding nature of Adjudication?

  • Advantages and popularity of Conciliation over Adjudication in Ireland
  • How Conciliation and Adjudication can work side by side for you
  • Feedback on Conciliation from the industry, the importance of maintaining relationships.
  • Conciliation is an ‘Art’, what to look for in a Conciliator /Standing Conciliator
  • How can you approach Conciliation strategically?
  • Evidence in construction disputes
  • Important role of facts and evidence in construction dispute resolution

Billy Morrissey BE LLMFCIArb, Chairperson Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Ireland Branch)

Mica – Building Defects

  • Overview of problem and current status of redress scheme
  • Legal barriers to compensation for remedial works, including privity of contract and liability periods
  • The relevance of any implied terms within construction contracts and design team appointments
  • Contractual position in relation to latent defects and relevant case law
  • The current law on discoverability in Ireland, as compared with the UK. Is it time Ireland introduced a discoverability test for the clock to start ticking on how long a homeowner has to bring a claim for defective work or materials?

Jamie Ritchie, LK Shields

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 McCarthy
Partner, A&L Goodbody LLP
Robert Rooney
Associate, A&L Goodbody LLP
Alison Bearpark
Partner, Ronan Daly Jermyn
Karen Killoran
Partner in the Construction and Engineering Group, Arthur Cox
Hugh Cummins
Partner, Philip Lee
Niall Lawless
Chartered Arbitrator and Engineer, Adjudicator and Mediator
Billy Morrissey
BE LLM FCIArb, Chairperson Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Ireland Branch)


Early Bird Rate: €435 + VAT (LIMITED OFFER)

Full rate €535 + VAT

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

Discounts available for bookings of 3 or more.