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Appointing an architect and adjudication survival kit

RIBA Exeter Branch is pleased to invite you to attend a special evening including the branch Annual General Meeting (AGM) and two talks on legal matters for architects.

The RIBA Exeter Branch is pleased to invite you to attend a special evening including the branch Annual General Meeting (AGM) and two talks on legal matters for architects.

Registration starts at 4.30pm - Event ends at 7.30pm

  • Registration – Drinks and nibbles
  • Andy Long, RIBA Exeter Chair: Branch AGM and future outlook
  • Stephen Homer, Ashfords: Constructing Excellence 'Appointing an architect' document
  • David Burley, Burley Partnership: Adjudication Survival Kit
  • Stephen/David: debate on representation in adjudication
  • End and departure

Stephen Homer will present the Constructing Excellence Guide to Appointing an Architect, a publication which he initiated and co-authored. Stephen will give a summary of the key points clients and architects should consider when agreeing terms of appointment.

David Burley will present the Adjudication Survival Kit: the essentials for the practising architect to advise clients on, defend and even instigate an adjudication, all in a bite sized 45 minutes.... including: 'what is adjudication?', 'how to...', 'smash 'n grab', 'bias', 'bear traps' and 'silly mistakes to avoid'.

The event will wrap up on the subject with a short debate open to the audience.


Stephen Homer

Stephen is a Partner and Head of Adjudication and Arbitration Services at Ashfords. He specialises in construction procurement and contentious construction and engineering matters; including projects support and drafting and negotiating construction contracts, court proceedings, adjudications, and professional negligence claims. With over 20 years of experience, he has recently acted for a number of major UK Contractors as well as developers, banks, local authorities, utility companies, and consultants providing contentious and non-contentious construction law advice in a number of sectors including the energy sector. Stephen is a construction adjudicator on a number of industry panels, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a practising mediator. He is also a member of the Association of Partnering Advisers.

David Burley

David is an Exeter based architect, principal and latterly director, of Burley Partnership since 1986.

He was one of the first batch of construction adjudicators when legislation first introduced the role in 1998 and undertook advanced adjudicator training at Warwick in 2005. He is a RIBA and CIC panel member and currently one of only 21 architect adjudicators in the UK. He has adjudicated on a wide range of disputes involving nationally recognised contractors, employers, developers, and architectural practices through to local small clients and builders, on valuation, quality of work, programme extension of time, and professional negligence, fee dispute and recovery matters. David has also represented adjudicating parties and acts as a construction expert witness in litigation. He has lectured regularly at Plymouth University and on the RIBA CPD circuit on contract law procedure, architects appointments and adjudication.

Your RIBA Branch

We are now seeking a Chair Elect to chair the RIBA Exeter Branch from September 2020 as well as other Committee Members to help with the role.

As Member of the RIBA, you are a powerful tool of influence and through Branch activities we all enhance our educational offering, raise the profile of the architectural profession and continue to champion architects and architecture in our region.

Contact your Branch, think about what you want the RIBA to do locally and how you might want to be part of a team of architects supported by the regional RIBA team.

The strength of the RIBA, and what we can achieve together locally, is defined by you as a member.