Essential Contract Law

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   London 20/03/2019  1 Day £300.00 +VAT
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   London 26/09/2019  1 Day £300.00 +VAT
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This training course has been mapped to:
  • UK-SPEC Competence E5: Exercise responsibilities in an ethical manner
  • ICE Key Attribute 5A: Ability to prepare and control budgets
  • ICE Key Attribute 5C: A high level of commercial and contractual understanding and an ability to use it within own area of responsibility

A useful one day training course focussing on the essentials of contract law. It enables delegates to understand and appreciate the key requirements inherent in a contract, how it is operated and the key clauses that need to be interpreted.

Contracts, their application and interpretation are fundamental to every construction project. Construction contract forms, although specifically developed to aid efficient and effective delivery of engineering projects, are based on common principles of English law.
A broad introduction to English law and the UK legal system establishes the basis of the course. This is expanded to define essential requirements for contract formation that ensure legal status. The various options for formation are considered and discussed.
Contract terms, breaches, remedies and interpretation are presented and supported with key case law.
The law of tort is outlined and its application to claims of negligence most common to construction contracts is detailed.
Tutorial questions are used throughout to illustrate key points and demonstrate legal decisions and precedents in respect of contract law in the construction industry.




Training courses on set dates, in ICE Training venues across the country. Suitable for those looking to attend a training course and share knowledge and practical experiences with like-minded others in an interactive learning environment.


Bespoke training programmes. These are delivered by our tutors at a time, in a location and based on a curriculum completely tailored to your needs. Ideal for organisations that have several employees wishing to take training in the same subject area, and/or have organisation-specific ideas for learning and development.

Programme overview
Sessions begin at 9:00 and finish at 17:00. Morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunch are included in the programme.
Session 1 Introduction
Session 2 Forming a contract
Session 3 Breach of contract
Session 4 Term of a contract
Session 5 Purchasing and subcontracting
Session 6 Interpretation of a contract
Session 7 Law of tort

Patrick Waterhouse

Patrick is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) 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. Patrick is a past Chairman of the Arbitration Advisory Panel and the Conciliation and Adjudication Advisory Panel at ICE, and current Chairman of the Legal Affairs Advisory Panel. He is legal correspondent for a leading construction publication.

Learning objectives
  • The essential aspects of law applying to construction activities
  • The legal framework within which operations are carried out
  • Consequences of the legal effects of negotiations carried out
  • How contracts are interpreted by the courts
  • How to assess the positional strengths of all the parties in any dispute
Who should attend?

This training course has been developed for all involved in construction projects who would benefit from a clear understanding of construction law. Delegates will include:

  • Clients
  • Consultant
  • Contractors
  • Subcontractors

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