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FIDIC and the new forms

FIDIC has long been renowned for its standard forms of contract for use between employers and contractors on international construction projects.

Thu 26 Apr 2018
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Business Link, Zebra Building, Ul. Mokotowska 1, 00-640, Warsaw, Poland
2 hours formal CPD

Event programme

Erwin Hanslik, Head of the Taylor Wessing CEE Real Estate Practise Group), Introduction

Laurence Cobb (Taylor Wessing UK) will cover:

  • Introduction to FIDIC;  
  • the key changes on the FIDIC contract update, 
  • common pitfalls and mistakes regarding FIDIC projects;
  • new trends on dispute resolution, particularly mediation, and “things to watch out for” under FIDIC contracts;

Dan Hutchings (Taylor Wessing UK) will cover:

  • claims and the need for notices under FIDIC contracts;

Bill Godwin (UK Barrister, guest speaker, member of the FIDIC drafting committee) will cover:

  • FIDIC in practice from the perspective of a construction and engineering lawyer; 
  • FIDIC in practice from the perspective of a member of the FIDIC Updates Task Group responsible for drafting the 2017 (2nd) editions of the Red, Yellow and Silver Books;

Erwin Hanslik, Sylwester Żydowicz (Taylor Wessing Prague, Taylor Wessing Warsaw) will cover:

  • FIDIC in Poland.

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About the presenters

Laurence Cobb is a consultant and International Head of Construction & Engineering. He specialises in construction and engineering law; with considerable experience in dealing with dispute management for all forms of projects, ranging from traditional building contracts to complex infrastructure schemes, both national and international. Laurence advises clients in mediation, litigation, adjudication, arbitration and expert determination, as well as during negotiated settlements and in meeting pre-action requirements.

He advises a broad range of clients from large corporations to small contractors, local authorities, employers, sub-contractors, members of the professional team and public bodies on wide ranging matters. 

Recent projects include residential, commercial and industrial developments in the UK, multi-party mediations, international disputes and numerous adjudications including jurisdiction and enforcement issues. 

Laurence is a member of the Society of Construction Law and writes articles for the construction press and lectures to industry bodies and clients. He is referred to as an expert in both Chambers and Legal 500 Directories. He was educated at King Edward VII School, Lytham, Manchester University and Chester Law College. 

Daniel Hutchings is a Senior Associate in the Construction and Engineering group specialising in contentious construction and engineering advice. Daniel has represented a broad range of interest groups, from employers, contractors, sub-contractors, and funding institutions. Daniel’s experience ranges across a number of sectors including construction, energy, oil and gas, telecommunications, hotels, and healthcare. Daniel's experience includes:

  • Advising a contractor on 'open' non-conformance notices ('NCRs') relating to a $1 billion project procured under the FIDIC Yellow Book in circumstances where the contractor encountered significantly more work on site than expressed in the NCRs. The engagement addressed Variations and deliberate concealment / misleading of the contractor.
  • Providing an employer, procuring drilling operations in one of the largest oil reserves in the Middle East, with pre-arbitration advice in a $14 million claim where there was a disconnect between the actual drilling and completion operations and the contractual regime concerning liquidated damages; changes in clusters of production wells; changes to the completion process; delay in notices of mobilisation of drilling and completion rigs and in the hand-over of well clusters.
  • Advising a South Korean contractor on a claim for cost reimbursable items to be installed in gas turbine units. The works were procured under a bespoke turnkey EPC contract for the construction of a $1 billion gas-fired power and water project in the Middle East.
  • Advising a cinema developer on a claim for liquidated damages against a contractor in a delay scenario. The engagement addressed the contractor's claims for alleged Changes and extensions of time.
  • Advising an NHS Foundation Trust on its options and strategy in a claim following poor performance of its sub-contractor under a long-term service contract for the provision of 'hard' facilities management services.
  • Advising one of the UK’s leading food waste recycler and operator of anaerobic digestion plant on the development of a facility, treating different types of organic material, procured under the NEC3 form of contract.
  • Acting for a national developer on multiple student accommodation facilities in cities across the UK including prime London sites

Daniel has also presented seminars on suites of contracts to Bouygues, London Underground and Balfour Beatty and lectured at the ICE on statutory regulation of construction contracts and agreements.

William Godwin QC was legal member of the FIDIC Updates Task Group responsible for drafting the 2017 (2nd) editions of the Red, Yellow and Silver Books. He is a specialist construction and engineering lawyer (Queen’s Counsel) at 3 Hare Court barristers’ chambers in London and much of his work involves cross border projects. William has extensive experience of acting as counsel in international arbitrations and sits as an arbitrator and adjudicator. He writes and speaks regularly on construction and arbitration law and is the author of International Construction Contracts: a Handbook (Wiley Blackwell 2013) which includes a commentary on the FIDIC contractor-design forms.

Erwin Hanslik is CEE Head of the Real Estate & Infrastructure, the Environment, Public & Regulatory as well as the Energy and the Hotels & Leisure group. In addition, Erwin advises national and international clients in all areas of Corporate law and is well known for his expertise in M&A. He has a particular industry focus on Consumer & Retail, Healthcare and Life Sciences. Erwin heads the offices in Prague and Brno.

Sylwester Żydowicz is a partner and specialises in Real Estate & Construction. He is also a member of the Banking & Finance, the Dispute Resolution as well as the Restructuring & Corporate Recovery group. Together with his team he advises national and international clients in all areas of these legal services. In addition, Sylwester has a particular industry focus on Financial Institutions.

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