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Thursday 16 March (1830 - 2030)
Friday 17 March (0845 - 0900)
Friday 17 March (0900 - 1020)
There is plenty of advice against amending standard forms. However, the reality is that parties cannot resist amendments, particularly as amendments may be required by funders or to address aspects of the applicable law. The panel will discuss the pros and cons of amendments to FIDIC conditions which they have seen agreed.
Friday 17 March (1040 - 1140)
Friday 17 March (1140 - 1240)
What are the best ways of avoiding disputes which go to arbitration? Panellists will present and debate the procurement methods and contractual provisions which they consider to be the most effective.
Friday 17 March (1340 - 1510)
Friday 17 March (1630 - 1730)
Friday 17 March (1900 - 2200)
Saturday 18 March (0900 - 1020)
It is commonly accepted that party appointed experts in arbitrations should give independent and impartial evidence. The perception, if not also the reality, is that this often does not happen. What, if anything, can be done? The panel will present its recommendations for discussion with delegates.
Saturday 18 March (1040 - 1140)
Construction disputes often include many low value claims (eg, low value variations which are disputed in principle and/or quantum). Addressing them like other claims risks disproportionate costs. What are the options for addressing such claims (eg, sampling)? The panel will produce a menu of options and debate their advantages and disadvantages.
Saturday 18 March (1140 - 1240)
We each have a ‘friend’ who has worked on a big claim which was dismissed. What common lessons can be learned from discussing our friends’ unsuccessful cases? The panel will present a list for discussion with delegates, who are asked to bring tales of their friends’ unsuccessful cases to this session.