Start Time
9:15 AM
End Time
3.45 PM
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About this Conference

The Irish Construction Law Conference is a key annual event for the construction sector. This conference ensures you are up to speed on the most topical legal issues, gives you an insight on upcoming changes, and always offers practical guidance on key issues relating to handling construction claims.

This year we will discuss Competition (Amendment) Bill and new civil investigation regime, recovery of cost increases as a result of increased inflation. We will also explore what information is required in challenging or defending a claim, how to go about challenging an adjudicators decision, contracting alternatives and increased talk of recession, what do we need to get into contracts now.

A word from our conference chairperson


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

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

The Competition (Amendment) Bill

  • Bid-rigging
  • Stiffened “dawn raid” powers
  • New civil investigation regime allowing more serious investigation / enforcement
  • Construction industry competition activities in the UK worth reflecting upon

Alan McCarthy, Partner, A&L Goodbody LLP

Recovery of cost increases from increased inflation

  • Government initiatives to deal with inflation in public works contracts
  • New approaches to inflation in the private sector
  • Subcontractor and tender risk

Robert Rooney, Senior Associate, Mason Hayes and Curran

Required Information in a Successful Claim or Defence

  • Parties identifying contractual entitlements
  • Factual evidence
  • Identification of key staff
  • Writing a narrative
  • Clear presentation
  • Suitable use of appendices

John Lyden– Conciliator and Arbitrator

Contracts - Suspension and termination provisions

  • Contingencies for a possible recession - What can be put into contracts now?

William Brown, Director, Civil Engineer, Solicitor, Fortfield & Brown

Professional Indemnity Cover, Project Security and Collateral Warranties

Lisa Maloney, Associate Solicitor, Byrne Wallace Construction, Projects and Procurement Team.

Challenging an Adjudicators Decision

  • A brief overview of the binding (in the interim) nature of an adjudicator’s determination
  • Circumstances in which a decision may be challenged:
  • Lack of jurisdiction
  • Breach of natural justice
  • Can an error in law lead to a successful challenge of an adjudicator’s determination?
  • How have the Irish courts approached enforcement applications to date?

Fiona Egan, Senior Associate in the construction team at Arthur Cox

Bonds in Construction

  • Evolution of Bonds Market
  • Types of Bonds
  • Purpose and Scope
  • Impact of Caselaw & the Future

Hugh Cummins, Partner, Philip Lee

Civil Liability Acts and concurrent wrongdoers

  • Overview of the Act
  • What is a Concurrent Wrongdoer?
  • Key Issues where there are Multiple Defendants
  • Recent case law

Deirdre Hennessy, Senior Associate Solicitor, Byrne Wallace Construction, Projects and Procurement Team.

Contracting alternatives – Frameworks, Partnering Arrangements

  • Private Sector vs Public Sector
  • Consortiums and Joint Ventures
  • Quasi Partnering Arrangements (eg. Development Agreements and EPCM / EPCI arrangements)
  • Consideration: Bespoke payment, equity arrangements and performance milestones
  • Allocation of risk and issues to consider

Jamie Ritchie, LK Shields

Who Should Attend?

This conference will be of interest to barristers, solicitors, construction professionals, contractors, construction dispute resolution practitioners, and all of those interested in construction law.


Martin Cooney
Partner and Head of Construction at Byrne Wallace
Alan McCarthy
Partner, A&L Goodbody LLP
John Lyden
Conciliator and Arbitrator
William Brown
Director at Fortfield & Brown
Lisa Maloney
Associate, Byrne Wallace
Fiona Egan
Senior Associate - Arthur Cox
Hugh Cummins
Partner, Philip Lee
Deirdre Hennessy
Senior Associate Solicitor, Byrne Wallace
Jamie Ritchie
LK Shields


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.