Contractual nightmares - management of construction delays and conflict

02 October 2012

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Oculus, Aylesbury


The seminar will provide a topical and informative look at typical delays that occur on construction projects, who is responsible for them, what the parties obligations and responsibilities are in respect of delays and the assessment of their impact and how to set about presenting or defending claims for an extension of time. They will also consider the competing views on concurrency, mitigation and entitlement of loss and expense.

The seminar will commence with a brief review of contract formation and letters of intent together with contract amendments and bespoke contracts in the context of how delay disputes can arise from them.

Consideration will then be given to the parties obligations and operation of typical contract mechanisms, some anecdotal bespoke contract conditions and condition precedents.

Contract programmes, their contractual significance and usefulness will discuss, looking in particular at the importance of the critical path, float and keeping the programme up to date.

This will lead into an overview of assessing the impact of a delay, different accepted forms of impact analysis and how to select the most appropriate to the circumstances. The presentation will also consider what mitigation means and how it affects delay analysis and entitlement.

The seminar will conclude with a brief discussion of how to go about both presenting and defending claims for an extension of time including the subjective matter of concurrency; what it is and what effect it has on the entitlement to an extension of time and loss and expense.


Speaker: Simon McGrail, Head of Construction and Dispute Resolution (South), Blake Newport

As Head of Construction and Dispute Resolution for Blake Newport in the South, Simon and his team provide comprehensive commercial management and dispute resolution consultancy to public and private sector clients ranging from rail and infrastructure, healthcare and higher education to commercial and luxury residential development. He is a highly experienced contract and commercial consultant, with over 30 years' experience, both nationally and internationally.


RIBA/CIAT members - £55 + VAT (£66)
Others - £80 + VAT (£96)
RIBA Student members - £15 + VAT (£18)


Adam Turner
0118 9874900


RIBA South

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