FIS Members Meeting - Better Contracting: Contract Management, Dispute Avoidance and Managing Risk

Event Details

Date: 29 March 2023
Location: Material Source Studio, 1 Federation Street, Manchester, M4 4BF
registration from 15:00
Meeting: 15:30 – 17:30

Followed by networking and drinks at nearby O’Neill’s.

15:30 Welcome: Angela Mansell, Managing Director Mansell Building Solutions

Introduction and FIS Update– Iain McIlwee, FIS CEO
A quick update on FIS activities including headline findings from our Procurement Research

Better Contracting:  Tendering, Bottoming out Risks and Learning when to say no – Damian James, Damian James, Delay and Quantum Experts
A look at common challenges, how to set yourself up to avoid disputes, when to walk away and how to avoid conflict and disputes

Improving the Supply Chains Commercial and Contractual Management of Building Contracts – Pat Loftus, Anderson Strathern
A look at how to review a contract, a look at design development and how to make best use of new Standard FIS Contracts

Open Discussion on Better Contracting

Followed by networking and drinks at nearby O’Neill’s at The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, Greater, Manchester M4 2BS

Damian James

Damian James

Damian James is a leading expert in the area of quantum, delay, disruption and cost evaluation. He has been appointed as advocate in arbitrations and as expert in adjudications. He is widely experienced in engineering and construction claims and dispute resolution. He has particular expertise in the preparation of detailed claims to recover client entitlements.

Damian is skilled in the complex discipline of delay analysis and disruption valuation. He is able to disentangle global claims to establish the relationship of particular cause and effect, particularly in matters of dominancy and concurrency.

 Damian is also qualified as an arbitrator and was recently accepted as an arbitrator at the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC).

Pat Loftus

Pat Loftus

Partner, Anderson Strathern

Pat has more than 15 years of experience providing advice on the terms of commercial contracts and the risks associated with them, concentrating especially on the urban regeneration and renewables sectors. He specialises particularly in construction law, negotiating and drafting how these risks are positioned in documentation such as development agreements, building contracts, professional appointments, guarantees, bonds and warranties.

Pat’s advice encompasses all kinds of construction documentation for developers, contractors, sub-contractors, commercial tenants, public authorities, investment purchasers and funders. His expertise covers all the major standard form building contracts such as JCT, SBCC, NEC, GC/Works and FIDIC. He also drafts bespoke contracts.

Pat is dual qualified in Scotland and England & Wales. He is a real specialist in his field as he is a Law Society of Scotland accredited specialist in Construction Law and also has a Masters degree in Construction Law.

In a previous life Pat worked as a postman, so you might say that he’s always been a man of letters…In his spare time he frets about Manchester United and his fantasy football team.