Contracting and Client Relationship Workshop

“Quite simply fantastic and possibly the best 1 day course I’ve been on regarding this subject area.” (course delegate)

“Excellent delivery by a knowledgeable trainer, info on Applications for Payment, Retention & Variations was worth the journey alone.” (course delegate)

Aim of this workshop

Better understand the contractual aspects of supervising or managing works on site to avoid potential pitfalls and penalties by ensuring your company meets its obligations.

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This training is designed to improve delegates commercial acumen, thereby increasing their appreciation and understanding of contractual obligations with all parties within a project, so they can work effectively to avoid potential disputes and legal claims.

Delegates will learn how to:

  • How to ensure their company meets its contractual obligations
  • How to avoid legal and contractual pitfalls
  • How to look after their company’s interests
  • How to obtain their company’s entitlements
Small and medium contractors and companies may lack the experience and/or expertise in-house to effectively manage or supervise works on site to ensure the company delivers on their contractual obligations. The challenge of effectively managing contracts with all parties involved in a project can be a daunting one. It is an essential process though for any company’s commercial success.

Managing contract requirements effectively, avoiding pitfalls, delivering on obligations etc can help companies to maximise profits through avoiding costly disputes and potential legal action. It can also help safeguard company reputation.

Collateral warrantees are increasingly being used to create a direct relationship between a contractor/designer and a third party with an interest in a building (e.g funder/owner). By giving a third party a direct legal avenue to claim losses direct form the party which has caused the loss, such as a designer or contractor, it is essential that companies understand all contractual implications they sign up to and take steps to manage and document works on site effectively. This will help them to guard against ever finding themselves in the position of a collateral warranty claim for example.

Who should attend this training course and why?

Managing directors, company owners – anyone responsible for the overall profitability of a company. Make sure you understand what your company obligations are and the consequences of not delivering them. Make sure you understand who in your team needs to understand them as well and what they should be doing on site.

Site managers, foremen, team leaders, project managers – anyone who works physically on site and is responsible for works being delivered within the scope of work and defined contract requirements; anyone responsible for overseeing subcontractors.

Sales engineers – understand the contractual implications when drafting/agreeing scope of works proposals for clients.

How is this workshop structured?

“Extremely knowledgeable [trainer] and he tailored the day to encompass specific issues that we were concerned about.” (course delegate)

A one day workshop comprising classroom based learning which also provides an opportunity for delegates to offer their ideas and share their experiences. Learning from fellow professional’s experiences can be a highly valuable way to put learning into context.

The day covers the following topics:

  • The Contract
  • Scope of Work
  • Drawings
  • Variations and Payments for Variations
  • Instructions
  • Programme
  • Delays and Extensions of Time in Brief
  • Practical completion
  • Monitoring progress
  • Defects
  • Retention
  • Attendance and facilities
  • Payment in brief
  • Claims, Set Off and Contra Charges in brief
  • Meetings
  • Communicating and Recording Information

About the Trainer – Mark Standley

In 1978 Mark started his career in the construction industry working as a mechanical and electrical quantity surveyor. Mark’s experience has been gained working for major contractors as a quantity surveyor and also working within a busy contract claims department. Mark also has experience working as a PQS setting cost plan budgets and analysing contractors’ accounts and has worked in consultancy since 1988.

Joining MaitlandQS in 1992 Mark worked as a senior quantity surveyor and was appointed director in 1996. Mark has completed a MSc in Construction Law and in 2002 he became an accredited Mediator. Mark works on matters of dispute resolution and claims recovery. Whilst still working for MQS he also acts as a trainer for the CCS for accredited BTEC construction and dispute avoidance courses.

Contracting and Client Relationship Workshop Dates

Month Course Date
November 2017 Wednesday 22nd
June 2018  Wednesday 27th
November 2018  Thursday 22nd
Contracting and Client Relationship Workshop Fees

Fees for PCA Members
£185 + VAT

Fees for non-PCA Members
£240 + VAT

Please note that there are a limited number of places on each training course and places can only be reserved with full payment. Please check back here for additional dates as they are announced.

Click here to download a Booking Form or contact Jo or Jade on tel. 0844 375 4301.

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