ICE Conditions of Contract

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Course duration: 1 Day

Cost: £295 + VAT

The ICE Conditions of Contract are a family of standard conditions of contract for civil engineering works, which are at the forefront of best practice and modern procurement methods. Designed to provide a simple and standardised contract specifically tailored for civil engineering projects, they are now in their 7th edition.

This one-day course delivers a key introduction to the ICE Conditions of Contract 7th Edition, highlighting the essential contract definitions as well as the style, operation and interpretation of key clauses. Attention is drawn to the differences between the 5th, 6th and 7th editions.

The conditions are introduced and key definitions outlined to establish the basis of the contract, including the documents that form part of the contract (tender, drawings, specification and priced bill of quantities).

A clear definition of the Employers’ duties, the Contractors’ obligations and the Engineers’ powers is given and the interaction between the parties during the contract discussed.

The operation of the contract is considered, from method statements, programme of works (including time related clauses and claims) and admeasurements through to materials and workmanship.

Contract variations necessary to complete the works are a common aspect of construction contracts. Their status, valuation and consequential effects are outlined supplemented with key case law.

Clause 12 – unforeseen ground conditions – is the a common source of contractual dispute under ICE conditions of contract. This clause is considered in detail and its practical application and interpretation is discussed with respect to all parties involved.

The use of sub-contractors and their legal status is considered and the course is concluded with discussion of variety of miscellaneous clauses, contract issues and delegate questions.

The tutor is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has extensive experience in the UK and international construction arena to director level. He now runs a consultancy specialising in the resolution of construction disputes and contractual advice. He is a past Chairman of the Arbitration Advisory Panel and the Conciliation and Adjudication Advisory Panel at the Institution of Civil Engineers, and its Chairman of the Legal Affairs Advisory Panel and is legal correspondent for a leading construction publication.


At the end of the course the delegates should be able to:

Understand the function of the standard Conditions
Recall the topics covered by the Conditions
Recall the obligations placed on the parties and the Engineer
Interpret the conditions to site situations
Appreciate how risk is shared by the parties
Appreciate how to evaluate claims

Intended for

Civil and structural engineers and construction professionals who require an introduction to the 7th Edition of the ICE Conditions of Contract.

Outline Programme

General Conditions of Contract
ICE Conditions
The duties and responsibilities
Clauses concerning time
Delay and disruption
Termination and disputes
Exercise on claims

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