Essential Contract Law

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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.

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


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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 an adjudicator and consultant specialising in NEC, JCT and PFI contracts. He advises clients on disputes and contract issues in construction and engineering. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer, an Accredited Mediator and an Adjudicator for disputes under construction contracts. Patrick is on the panels of adjudicators of The Institution of Civil Engineers, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, The Technology & Construction Solicitors' Association, the Royal Institute of British Architects, The Association for Consultancy and Engineering and the Construction Industry Council. He is also on the ICE's Register of Mediators/Conciliators. He delivers a range of training courses in the areas of NEC, JCT & PFI contracts, contract law and commercial practice. He is a tutor for the NEC4 and NEC3 Project Manager, Supervisor and Service Manager Accreditation Programmes.

Patrick is an advisor to PFI project companies in respect of dispute resolution and high value contract changes.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this course delegates should understand:
  • The essential aspects of law applying to construction activities
  • The legal framework within which operations are carried out
  • The 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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