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Construction Contracts: Hints, Tips and Solution-Focused Answers

  • Tuesday, 27th September 2022
  • The Gibson Hotel Point Square Dublin
  • 5 hrs CPD


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Answers to 7 Thorny Questions: Directly from 8 of Ireland's most Experienced Construction Lawyers

  1. Registration and coffee

  2. Chair's Introduction

    Construction contracts: hints, tips and solution-focused answers

    Chaired by: Kevin Kelly of McCann FitzGerald

    Kevin is "a real problem solver." "He is exceptionally well informed." He advised LinkedIn on a 17,000sq metre office block construction in a congested urban area.

  3. Price inflation

    How is material price inflation playing out in claims management/dispute resolution, including ex gratia payments?

    Answered by: Eamonn Conlon

    Eamonn is "pre-eminent for construction law - the guru you go to for all the angles." He drafted the public works contract and advised on the new children's hospital.

  4. Adjudication

    How are the latest - and most salient - adjudication enforcement decisions affecting practice and the main suites of contract?

    Answered by: Niav O'Higgins of Arthur Cox

    Niav is "a leading light, incredibly astute: a real star." She advised Hibernia Reit on the construction contracts and development of major projects right across Dublin.

  5. Morning coffee

  6. Indirect loss

    What is the current judicial thinking on indirect and consequential loss clauses following the spate of recent legal cases?

    Answered by: Finola McCarthy of RDJ

    Finola continues to impress with her "stellar" practice. She is vastly experienced in all principal forms of contract. "She translates complex contract clauses into layman's language."

  7. Latent defects

    Where - right now - is the legal wriggle room over latent defects insurance, home bonds and collateral warranties?

    Answered by: Margaret Austin of Addleshaw Goddard

    Margaret "knows the system inside out - her deep knowledge sets her apart." She advised on the development of a 600 plus bed student accommodation scheme in Cork.

  8. Overrun

  9. Lunch

  10. Force majeure

    To what extent can you rely on force majeure relief in relation to supply chain disruption, e.g. BREXIT, Covid and the Ukraine Conflict?

    Answered by: Jarleth Heneghan of William Fry

    Jarleth advised on the Dublin Airport Central office park and infrastructure at Dublin Airport. "His attention to detail, responsiveness and strategic ability is remarkable."

  11. Extension of time

    What is realistic and achievable when claiming an EOT for reasons of social distancing, people self-isolating, or material shortages?

    Answered by: Dermot McEvoy of Eversheds Sutherland

    Dermot is advising Ireland's largest contractors on claims for EOT and final account disputes. "He sees a commercial route through problems; he is tenacious and doesn't give up."

  12. Indemnity clauses

    How are the Courts interpreting indemnity clauses, including the level of loss recoverable and limitation periods, supported by practical examples?

    Answered by: Sean Carr of McCann Fitzgerald

    Sean acted for Lloyd's Syndicate Insurers in construction claims against architects, engineers and insurance brokers. "He is astute, incredibly clued-up and a great communicator."

  13. Over-run

  14. Close of conference

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