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GCC Design Risk in Construction Contracts

In light of the recent trends for more ‘D&B’ (Design and Build) style contracts in the region, and exploration of key areas of risk and duties under typical D&B contracts.

Tue 7 Aug 2018
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi - Yas Island, Yas Island, Golf Plaza, Abu Dhabi, UAE
1.5 hours formal CPD



Within the wider GCC there has been a broad move to deliver construction projects through D&B contracts rather than more traditional forms of contract. Employers remain keen to deliver high risk projects with more cost and time certainty and believe contractors are best positioned to carry such risk.

Whilst on face value, contracts appear to be traditional D&B, but looks can be deceiving.  This presentation aims to guide practitioners through the risks and pitfalls of some typical Contract Agreements in the region and provide guidance on who is ‘contracted’ to carry what type of risks.

Learning outcomes

Attendees of this session will:

  • Understand the key differences between the typical standard forms of contract in the region.
  • Explore risk share and who is responsible for carrying what risk.
  • Explore strategies for managing risk, particularly around responsibilities for giving and receiving instructions and who possesses duties to instruct and approve.

Meet the speaker

Andrew Woodward is a chartered civil engineer, with more than 25 years’ experience within the industry delivering complex civil engineering and infrastructure projects. Andrew has worked with major contractors, delivering large-scale highways projects, motorways schemes, bridge reconstruction works, marine works and process engineering type works. During these years and as a party to dispute, Andrew was involved in a number of arbitrations, adjudications and DAB processes and so understands closely the emotional issues that can also sometimes accompany contentious dispute resolution processes.

In later years, Andrew has drawn on his experiences and specialized in the dispute field, focusing on the ‘thorny’ issues of delay, disruption, critical delay, concurrent delay and matters of liability.  Andrew is both MCIArb and practicing Party Appointed Expert Witness, for matters of both Quantum and Delay, and is involved in claims and dispute resolution processes on major infrastructure projects throughout the wider GCC region.


18:00 – 18:30     Coffee, networking & registration
18:30 – 19:30     Presentation
19:30 – 20:00     Q&A

Please note

  • Do not send payment via bank transfer as this form of payment is no longer accepted for CPD events.
  • We are unable to reserve a place at this event unless payment is made.
  • The presentation will start promptly at 18:30. If you have not checked in by this time (18:30), you will not be able to claim your 1.5 CPD hours.
  • Just a gentle reminder that your recorded CPD hours are monitored by our Regulation team and you are unable to claim Formal CPD hours if you did not attend the event.

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