How to Avoid Construction Disputes – A Contractors Guide

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Course duration: 1 Day

Course Overview

The course will examine ways in which contractors can avoid construction disputes.

Contracts, their application and interpretation are fundamental to every construction project and a wide range of contract forms and procurement options are available to clients each with their own principles of formation and essential steps to create a binding and enforceable contract.

In the event of disputes arising there is a hierarchy of dispute resolution techniques available to the parties which may include negotiation, mediation, conciliation, expert determination, early neutral evaluation, adjudication, arbitration and litigation.

This course will present an overview of the principal forms of contract and the hierarchy of dispute resolution methods adopted within the construction industry with case studies and role play culminating in the identification and application of dispute avoidance strategies and tactics.

The tutors are a chartered civil engineer and a construction lawyer, both widely experienced across many construction dispute types and with extensive commercial experience both nationally and internationally.


At the end of the course, participants should be able to:
• understand the principal forms of contract;
• explore options for the identification, risk analysis and management of disputes;
• identify strategies for dispute avoidance.

Intended for

Civil Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Estimators, Construction Lawyers and other professionals operating within the contracting sector of construction.

Outline Programme

• Session 1 – Contract forms and procurement options
• Session 2 – Principles of contract formation
• Session 3 – Hierarchy of dispute resolution techniques
• Session 4 – Risk identification
• Session 5 – Dispute case studies
• Session 6 – Dispute case studies
• Session 7 – Dispute avoidance – strategies
• Session 8 – Dispute avoidance – tactics

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