Construction Law Webinar with CIOB: Avoiding and Resolving Disputes

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A CIOB webinar for contractors, sub-contractors and contract managers

Specialist Construction Law solicitor, Sam Bawden, to speak on CIOB (London Hub) webinar on Tuesday 10th November at 18:00.

If your project encounters a delay, disruption or you need to make a claim for loss and expense, are you in the best position to deal with it?

Join leading experts in construction and law for this brief discussion on disputes and their resolution, organised by the CIOB. Learn to avoid some of the costly mistakes people make when dealing with contractual matters and preparing claims.

Find out how courts and tribunals now work in the post-COVID environment, and how they can help you resolve disputes with the minimum of cost. Avoid and reduce potential legal costs and improve the efficiency of dispute resolution.

This event is free for CIOB members and £10 for non-members.

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Webinar Outline

  • Dealing with & Preparing Loss and Expense Claims, Edward Carolan
    • What do you need to prove loss and/or expense?
    • How can you ensure cause and effect are linked and demonstrated?
    • Tips for avoiding contractual pitfalls and preparing well-drafted claims & notices.
  • Resolving Disputes in 2020 & Beyond, Sam Bawden, Holmes & Hills
    • Adjudication or Court: Why might you use courts?
    • How do court hearings work in the current climate?
    • How long does it take? How can you resolve things quickly & efficiently?
    • Forewarned is forearmed: What might stop you getting a quick and cost-effective decision and what might frustrate the process.
  • War Stories: Dispute Hearings & Cross Examination, Carlo Taczalski, Crown Office Chambers
    • Experiences of preparing for court and other hearings.
    • What has changed from a barrister’s perspective in 2020?
    • Mistakes people make and how to avoid them.
    • Dealing with cross examination – how barristers can help (or not?).
  • Q&A And Interactive Discussion


Sam Bawden, Partner, Holmes & Hills Solicitors

As well as being a specialist Construction Law solicitor, Sam is a Partner at Holmes & Hills Solicitors and leads the firm's Civil Litigation Team. Sam works in partnership with and represents a range of clients throughout East Anglia and London. Sam regularly works closely alongside professional, regional and London-based professional contacts and has significant experience of Adjudication, Arbitration, and Litigation in all tracks in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. In addition, Sam advises clients on contracts and terms proposed by employers prior to engagement, as well throughout and at the conclusion of a client's engagement with an employer, contractor or sub-contractor.

Edward Carolan, Director, Lindford Consulting

As the founder of Lindford Consulting, Edward takes personal responsibility for delivering exceptional service to all the firm’s clients. Lindford’s services include construction contract and commercial advice, dispute avoidance and dispute resolution. Edward’s experience also includes the provision of expert witness opinion and advice, forensic support and contract claims preparation and defence. As a business, Lindford also support project delivery teams in providing advice on core services such as contract administration, commercial management, quantity surveying and project management and as such, have regular involvement in live project work.

Carlo Taczalski, Barrister, Crown Office Chambers

Carlo specialises in commercial (including insurance), construction, engineering and energy disputes and has been recognised as a Leading Individual by the Legal 500 in construction law and for professional negligence claims for a number of years.

Carlo regularly advises and represents contractors, employers and constructions professionals in Court, and in adjudications, arbitrations and mediations.  He is also an accredited adjudicator, and so appreciates how the case will look from the other side of the bench.  Many of Carlo’s instructions are in cases where issues of negligence and / or breach of contract overlap with questions of insurance coverage, and / or professional negligence: he is therefore perfectly placed to handle the less straight-forward cases, where there are significant disputes about the responsibility for, for example delay or defects. 

Recent cases include disputes about: the London Bridge refurbishment; a Canary wharf development; the installation of over-active MRI machines; the renovation of a Grade 1 quad, 100% over budget; the demolition and rebuilding of a well-known Oligarch’s flat(s)

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