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.

About this Conference

The upcoming Public Works Contracts conference will explore a number of new issues that have arisen over the past year and will shed more guidance on key issues that routinely arise. Firstly, we will be exploring if the PWC is still fit for purpose, particularly with material costs and rate inflation, should they be more flexible? We will also look at the dispute process, money and delay claims, adjudication procedures, how to avoid disputes.  Other important topics will include six different ways you can make the PWCs work for you, and the current position under the PWC for Contractors and Employers in terms of COVID.

This 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

Is the PWC regime fit for purpose when it comes to fundamental changes?

  • What is the Date of Knowledge?
  • Professional Indemnity insurance market challenges
  • High construction materials and rates inflation
  • Fire Safety post-Grenfell and the Building Safety Bill in the UK.
  • Should the standard forms be flexible?

Chris Wheeler, Partner, Construction and Energy, DWF Dublin

The disputes process- success or failure of the Project Boards/ Standing conciliator from the dispute resolver's perspective

Gerard O Sullivan FRICS FCSCI FCIArb

Has The Pendulum Over Tilted on Fairness?

  • Effective communication and avoiding disputes
  • The Employers Representative - should it be independent of the design team?
  • The Employers side of the contract has training programmes provided by the state at no cost to such offering to the contractor side of the contract...are we consciously designing and allowing an unfair system...

Keith Kelliher, Quantity Surveyor, Accredited Mediator,Accredited Adjudicator, Kelliher & Associates Quantity Surveyor

Six ways to make the Public Works Contracts work

  • Post tender clarifications – avoiding pitfalls
  • Using sections smartly
  • Managing performance specifications and fitness for purpose
  • Intelligent, commercial, and fair use of background information
  • How not to waive your rights
  • Understanding programme requirements  

Robert Rooney Associate, Construction & Engineering, A&L Goodbody

Money and delay claims under the Public Works Contract

  • What are included as Compensation events and Delay Events under PWC?
  • Procedural steps and notice requirements
  • Entitlement to pursue money and delay claims due to Covid-19?

Ciara Dooley, Associate, Arthur Cox

COVID and the current position under the PWC for Contractors and Employers  

  • How is mandatory covid closure dealt with in the CWMF template public works contracts published in July 2021 by the OGP
  • Covid Cooperation Framework
  • Compensation events and delay events

Finola McCarthy, Partner, RDJ Solicitors  


Contractual Claims and Mid-Project Risk Management

  • Money and delay claims
  • Management and communication
  • Disputes management
  • Project Board

Hugh Cummins, Partner, Philip Lee

Making or Defending a Claim under the PWC suite of contracts

  • What are the critical issues that Parties should watch out for?
  • Which is the preferred course of action if a dispute arises:Adjudication or Conciliation?
  • What are the pitfalls in each process?
  • What direction are things going and how are disputes being resolved?

Billy Morrissey, Chartered Engineer, Conciliator, Adjudicator, Arbitrator

Adjudication Under the Public Works Contract and Recent Case Law

  • Approach of the Court's to enforcement of adjudicator's decisions
  • Adjudication and judicial review
  • Time periods for enforcement
  • Does pay now actually mean pay now?

Conor Owens, Partner, Head of A&L Goodbody's Construction &Engineering group.

Who Should Attend?

This conference is relevant to contractors, sub-contractors, quantity surveyors, engineers, contracts managers, project managers, county councils, government departments, semi-state agencies and anyone looking to gain a greater understanding of the Public Works Contracts, as well as those who wish to learn about recent amendments.


Robert Rooney
Associate, A&L Goodbody LLP
Billy Morrissey
BE LLM FCIArb, Chairperson Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Ireland Branch)
Hugh Cummins
Partner, Philip Lee
Chris Wheeler
Partner, Construction and Energy, DWF Dublin
Gerard O Sullivan
Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Barrister-at-Law and legal consultant with leading QS and Project Management practice, Mulcahy McDonagh & Partners (MMP)
Keith Kelliher
Quantity Surveyor, Accredited Mediator, Accredited Adjudicator, Kelliher & Associates Quantity Surveyor
Ciara Dooley
Associate, Arthur Cox
Conor Owens
Partner, Head of A&L Goodbody's Construction & Engineering Group
Finola McCarthy
Partner, RDJ Solicitors


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.