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Within the industry the failure of organisations to appreciate the risks and requirements placed on the by Construction and Contract Law regularly leads to major problems on projects and disputes between the parties. Similarly staff often fail to appreciate the commercial issues behind standard forms of construction contract and the responsibilities that they place on the parties involved.

Construction Study Centre have a wealth of expertise on all the major construction contracts including NEC 3, JCT and PPC 2000. We also have a number of experts who can train you in managing delays and damages or give you advice on adjudication. Find the right course for you below.

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For the full list of all current contracts courses see below:
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Delays, Damages and Compensation in Construction

This 1 day course deals practically with the law and its application to real construction time and/or money claims. This course has been developed and delivered by barristers and adjudicators who are actively practising in the field and have used their extensive knowledge to develop a course that will support all people who have delays, damage and compensation events.

It covers all main contract publications including NEC and JCT, and is relevant to all mainstream contracting, including traditional (with BOQ), design-build, target cost and partnering. There are many ways in which projects can be affected by delays, damage and compensation events. This course will cover areas where all parties involved can take actions to reduce or remove the risks involved, not only on receipt of the claim but upstream allowing for a successful claim event or winning defence.

It will also benefit those who have an active contract management and delivery role to understand the risks and opportunities within the clauses. The course is delivered to employers, contractors and sub-contractors allowing for an understanding and discussion and strategies for both sides.

Construction Study Centre also run contract specific courses that are built and delivered to highlight the areas of change, risk and opportunity within them.

Benefits of this course:
• Understand how the different standard forms of contract approach delay and damages
• Appreciate the importance and quality of records
• Get to grips with the rudiments of delay analysis
• Recognise allowable, and unsustainable, heads of claim
• Be conversant with how changes in time and money are dealt with in contracts
• Hear real practical anecdotal evidence of pitfalls from professionally qualified and practising speakers
• Interact with the speaker to resolve questions throughout the day
• Delays and Damages NEC3/ Delays and Damages JCT
• Benefit from a post seminar helpline facility
Public Course Delegate Rate: £325 plus VAT
Available - 3 Dates

JCT: At the Cutting Edge of JCT 2016 Contracts

Category: Contract and Law
This 1 day course prepares delegates to proficiently deal with the JCT contracts suite in the construction industry. The revised 2016 JCT contracts are mandatory knowledge for contractors, sub-contractors, project managers, designers and construction professionals, and this course caters to everyone by introducing the whole suite and explaining the 2016 changes.

Our highly experienced speakers will delve into the world of JCT contracts, and guide delegates to feeling confident in approaching and dealing with JCT Standard Building, Intermediate Building and Minor Works Contracts, and Framework Agreement, Repair and Maintenance and Measured Term Contracts; as well as understanding and being aware of the other contracts in the JCT 2016 suite.

Benefits of this course:
• Hear real, practical, anecdotal evidence of pitfalls from professionally qualified and practising speakers
• Interact with the speaker to resolve questions throughout the day
• Benefit from a post-seminar helpline facility
• Understand the evolution of the JCT contract suite
• Appreciate the extent of the suite of the JCT contracts
• Recognise the difference JCT has to other standard forms
• Be cognisant of the approach that JCT provides to contract
• Receive tips to ensure maximum recovery though the contracts and minimise delays, poor quality and losses.
Public Course Delegate Rate: £325 plus VAT
Available - 4 Dates

JCT: How to Succeed with the JCT Design and Build Contract 2016

Category: Contract and Law
The JCT Design and Build Contract is widely used, allowing a reasonable certainty over employer costs during the contract, whilst increasing the contractor’s risk. It is important for Employer and Contractor to understand their responsibilities on change management, quality and additional time. Revamped to explain the new and amended provisions of the 2016 contract this course provides everything needed for those working with JCT Design and Build 2011 or 2016 editions.

This 1 day course has been built by practicing barristers to summarise the main changes in the latest JCT Design and Build Contract 2016 to provide an appraisal of the form, common misunderstandings and highlighting the differences with its predecessor. The JCT Design and Build Contract is widely used. In contrast to other JCT forms, it allows a reasonable amount of certainty over employer costs during the contract, whilst also increasing the contractor’s risk.

The course has been developed, using wide ranging experience and contract knowledge of Contract agreement and dispute resolution to highlight a comprehensive understand of the 2016 changes which include: use of Contract particulars, schedules, relevant events and L+E matters. The course also highlights the provision for PI insurance, a contractor’s design submission procedure, third party rights and payment provisions.

This course is a must for all who have a commercial or project responsibility within a JCT Design and Build Contract 2016 delivery, For both employer and contractor.

Benefits of this course:
• Clearly understand the updates to JCT 2016
• Get to grips the updated contract conditions
• When using the contract, recognise requirements and proposals
• Access the speaker’s wealth of knowledge in the use of JCT contracts
• Participate in discussions throughout the day
• Benefit from a post-seminar helpline facility
Public Course Delegate Rate: £325 plus VAT
Available - 2 Dates

JCT: Working with JCT Minor Works and Intermediate Contracts 2016

Category: Contract and Law
This 1 day course reviews the JCT Minor Works Building Contract 2016 and JCT Intermediate Building Contract 2016 and the setting up and administration of the forms and explains their use in a practical manner revamped to explain the new and amended provisions of the 2016 contracts.

Often, due to their targeted use with small and intermediate scale works, minor works and intermediate contracts are entered without real understanding or knowledge about what the implications will be.

Benefits of this course:
• Recognising when IFC and minor works are appropriate
• Ability to select the correct contract to meet the project
• Appreciate the weaknesses and pitfalls of minor works and IFC focusses and when other forms are used
• Understand the roles and responsibilities within the JCT Minor Works Building Contract 2016 and the Intermediate Building Contract 2016
• Learn the impact of time issues and how they are managed within the contract
• Gain an understanding of payment requirements within the contract
• Benefit from a post-seminar helpline
• Understand the advances of the IFC and minor work contracts to ensure time, cost and quantity are managed successfully.
Public Course Delegate Rate: £325 plus VAT
Available - 2 Dates

NEC: Getting to Grips with NEC4 Contract Suite

This refreshed 1 day course provides an intensive updated overview of the full range of NEC4 contracts for construction professionals. The course sets out the various procurement options within the NEC4 suite of documents as well as dealing with the nuances of contracting under NEC4 forms.

NEC has become one of the foremost used forms of contract in the industry. It provides a project management solution through the whole life cycle, from concept to handover, be that in supply, professional service or works contracts

Delegates will gain an understanding of the evolution of the NEC form, and gather skills, expertise and hints to ensure the smooth running of projects.

As well as explaining the workings of the current editions the seminar identifies how previous editions evolved by explaining differences between 2nd, 3rd and April 2013 editions making this course suitable for those new to NEC or those with limited experience.

An appreciation and awareness of the scope of NEC4 contracts can be pivotal to successful projects; and it can serve as advantageous background knowledge across a vast array of industries.

Benefits of this course:
• Comprehend the use of the different NEC4 forms, and their significant features
• Appreciate the range of the NEC4 forms, and it’s evolution
• Recognise why the NEC4 is so different to other standard forms
• Benefit from a post-seminar helpline facility
• Gain from interaction with a qualified speaker, who has years of experience in the field to draw from
• Learn the vital mechanisms of the NEC4
Public Course Delegate Rate: £325 plus VAT
Available - 4 Dates

Principles and Practices of Commercial Awareness

Successful projects in construction are built on a foundation of efficient communication and process, which can have a significant impact on saving essential time and money.

This 1 day course provides delegates with the practical knowledge and understanding of issues relating to correspondence, common forms, certificates, privilege, letters of intent, notices negotiation and administration. Delegates will review the techniques, structure, content and purpose of correspondence, notices and forms.

Delegates will complete the course with a toolkit of skills to be applied in a range of construction projects; including a working knowledge of JCT, NEC3 and the Construction Act, where relevant.

Architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, managers and anyone else involved in setting up or administering construction contracts will find this course of great benefit to advancing their understanding of the principles and practices of commercial awareness. In the harsh climate of recession, it is essential to apprehend issues in setting up contracts, settling major risk issues such as price and scope and design responsibilities.

Benefits of this course:
• Get a firm grasp on all contractual contemplations, including procurement, subcontracts and negotiations
• Presented by one of our panel of established, practising speakers, with an opportunity to utilise their wealth of experience in discussions
• Learn how to deal with problems, should they arise, such as delays, claims and liquidated damages
• Consider design in your project and contracts
• Benefit from a post-seminar helpline facility
Public Course Delegate Rate: £325 plus VAT
Available - 1 Dates

The Golden Rules of Correspondence, Notices and Forms

Category: Contract and Law
Successful projects in construction are built on a foundation of efficient communication and process, which can have a significant impact on saving essential time and money.

This 1 day course, now covering the Commercial Awareness course provides delegates with the practical knowledge and understanding of issues relating to correspondence, common forms, certificates, privilege, letters of intent, notices negotiation and administration. Delegates will review the techniques, structure, content and purpose of correspondence, notices and forms.

Delegates will complete the course with a toolkit of skills to be applied in a range of construction projects; including a working knowledge of JCT, NEC, PPC 2000 and the New Construction Act, where relevant.

Benefits of this course:
• Save time and money with a comprehensive grasp of issues relating to correspondence, forms and administration
• Lead by highly qualified practitioners of the construction industry
• Learn how to approach legal issues, such as Common Law
• Focus on negotiation skills, to ensure prompt settlements
• Gain an awareness contracts such as JCT and NEC
• An advantageous review of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009, and its impact of payment and adjudication provisions
Public Course Delegate Rate: £325 plus VAT
Available - 4 Dates

A Practical Guide to Adjudication and Dispute Resolution

With disputes on the increase, a knowledge and understanding of adjudication, its procedures and rules, and other means of dispute resolution such as mediation and arbitration is becoming very important, as these cases are taking up more and more of people’s time.

This 1 day course is aimed at those in the construction industry who get involved in disputes from time to time, whether on behalf of employers, contractors or subcontractors, but who do not specialise in disputes work. The course will deal with the nature of adjudication, the process and the procedures, review the Construction Act and the Scheme, as well as the procedures of the JCT and the NEC. There will also be two workshops to apply the information. The course will also consider other forms of dispute resolution such as Mediation and Arbitration.

Benefits of this course:
• Gain knowledge of adjudication and what it is
• Get to grips with the construction act
• Understand the rules behind contract adjudication
• Compare other forms of dispute resolution
• Benefit from a post seminar help line
Public Course Delegate Rate: £298 plus VAT
No scheduled dates currently available. In-house only.

A Practical Guide to using the BIM Protocol

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a process that involves creating and using an intelligent 3D model to inform and communicate project decisions. This brand new half-day course has been created by a practising adjudicator, who has published NEC contract books and is a highly competent knowledge transfer speaker.

The course has been designed to meet the needs of commercial and project managers and aims to provide a greater understanding of the BIM Protocol and how it will impact UK construction contract law. Anyone whose job role has a contractual aspect, and would benefit from a rounded understanding of the impact the BIM Protocol will have on the laws that underpin the majority of contracts in the construction industry, would benefit from this course.

To keep up to date with all of our BIM course news, please email your details to enquiries@constructionstudycentre.co.uk, using ‘BIM Update’ as the subject title. Alternatively, if you are not receiving regular e-news from Construction Study Centre, register for regular course updates using the button above.

The course plans to begin by reviewing all the legal principles and will consider the following topic areas:
- Background to BIM and the development of the BIM Protocol
- Principles of the BIM Protocol
- How the Protocol Works
- The Model Enabling Agreement
- The Clauses
- Preparing and Completing the Agreement and the Appendices
- The Roles created by the BIM Protocol
- Summary of Benefits and Risks

In addition to the CIC BIM Protocol, the course also plans to consider:
- the Government Construction Strategy (May 2011); and
- PAS 1192-2:2013 (Specification for information management for the capital/delivery phase of construction projects using building information modelling).

The above topic areas may expand or change as the course content is finalised.
Public Course Delegate Rate: £189 plus VAT
No scheduled dates currently available. In-house only.

A Practitioner's Guide to Procuring the Right Contract

The plethora of construction contracts and associated procurement strategies now available makes it difficult for clients to identify which alternative best fits their needs. For example, client’s advisors are caught up in decisions on how to transfer risk, how to tie in specialists or whether a partnering option might be preferable.

This 1 day course will demystify the choice, and supplies a straightforward process and checklist for occasional and regular clients and their advisors, to identify their procurement needs and select a contract that best fits their requirements.

Benefits of this course:
• Understand the decisions your client needs to make
• Recognise responsibilities
• Get to grips with the right contract for procurement
• Gain knowledge of the financial factors affecting procuring the right contract
• Benefit from a post seminar helpline
Public Course Delegate Rate: £298 plus VAT
No scheduled dates currently available. In-house only.

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JCT suite of contracts revisions: 2016 editions to replace the 2011 editions

24/01/17 11:06:09
2016 saw many revisions in the contracting world, most noticeably was the JCT suite of contracts which had 2016 editions to replace the 2011 editions. The new editions feature:
- Fair Payment, transparency and BIM
- CDM Regulations 2015
- Public Contracts Regulations 2015,
- Fair Payment principles, simplification and consolidation of payment provisions
- Easier third party arrangements including performance bond
- Insurance of Existing Structures cover for Contractors, Further changes to improve
- Named Specialists

2016 also saw the issue of the THE SOCIETY OF CONSTRUCTION LAW DELAY AND DISRUPTION PROTOCOL 2nd Edition, all be it as a consultation draft.

The 2nd Edition of the Pre Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes was also launched in 2016. It is similar in many ways to it’s predecessor, with the main change being the new edition introduces a Protocol Referee Procedure where by TeCSA appoint a referee who provides a binding Decision.

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