International Construction Disputes – How to manage them and how to succeed

Chartered institute of Building

Half-day CPD seminar on

International Construction Disputes – How to manage them and how to succeed


This seminar will be presented in the English language in Beijing


Delegates will be presented with a CIOB certificate confirming 4 hours CPD



China encourages qualified and suitable Chinese contractors to explore opportunities for overseas construction and engineering work. The Chinese contractor must establish complete and effective systems in respect of business development, culture, commercial management, project management, environment, dispute management and risk management.

Working in a global marketplace brings Chinese contractors new challenges, and it is to meet the growing education and training requirements of the Chinese contractor working overseas, that the CIOB is offering this CPD seminar International Construction Disputes – How to manage them and how to succeed’ .


According to global revenue 65 Chinese contractors are now in the list of the world’s top 250 contractors working overseas, so the seminar is not only relevant and timely; it is essential to help Chinese contractors perform successfully overseas, developing and maintaining long term profitable relationships.


At the end of this training seminar, you will know how to:-

  • Navigate culturally sensitive issues with confidence
  • Use the Array of Dispute Resolution Methods
  • Protect your organisations entitlement and rights by using the Contract
  • Negotiate more efficiently
  • Evaluate commercial risk in disputes
  • Choose and use the best dispute resolution method
  • Build and create systems and teams to manage international disputes
  • Ingrain dispute prevention and management habits in daily business practices.


Disputes – Practice and Procedure – Niall Lawless Chartered Arbitrator & Engineer

Session Time Subject
1.0 14.00 pm – 14.15 pm Introduction
2.0 14.15 pm – 15.00 pm An Array of Dispute Resolution Methods – Mediation, Conciliation, DAB, Adjudication and Expert Determination.
3.0 15.00 pm  – 16.00 pm The Process of International Commercial Arbitration.
16.00 pm – 16.30 pm Break
4.0 16.30 pm – 17.30 pm Practice and Procedure – Knowledge and Skills:-

·         Using the Contract properly – How to avoid construction claims, and what to do about them if they occur – Michael V. Griffin Professional Engineer

·         Competent contracting and record-keeping

·         Evidence in adjudication

·         Evaluating commercial risk in disputes

·         Building the best team

·         Managing disputes costs and time.

5.0 17.30 pm to 18.oo pm Questions & Answers


Personal and Organisational Impact

The organisation will benefit from personnel who:-

  • Are confident working in the international construction and engineering environment
  • Use the Contract properly, and know the importance of keeping good records.
  • Can manage claims to protect the organisations entitlement
  • Know how to prepare for disputes and thus to avoid disputes
  • Can use a formal method for evaluating commercial risk
  • Can minimise the cost and time used in managing and resolving disputes
  • Use realistic methods of handling disputes in large infrastructure projects.


Who Should Attend

This seminar will benefit the personnel of Chinese contractors working overseas. Participation is appropriate for a wide range of professional and technical staff including:-

  • Business development managers
  • Contract administrators, and managers
  • Commercial managers
  • Engineers
  • Project managers
  • Legal support personnel.


Seminar Consultant – Mr. Niall Lawless

Delegates will gain a greater understanding of the subject through presentations from the Seminar Consultant Niall Lawless. Mr. Lawless is specialised in all components of alternative dispute resolution – providing arbitration, adjudication, mediation and expert witness services in commercial, construction, engineering and technology disputes. Mr. Lawless is a CIArb and CEDR accredited mediator. He is an experienced Chartered Arbitrator, Mechanical Engineer, Building Services Engineer,

Information Systems Engineer, Chartered Builder and Construction Manager. As an experienced International Commercial Arbitrator (‘ad hoc’ and ICC), Mr. Lawless has published awards involving a broad spectrum of international businesses. Mr. Lawless is Chair of the Construction Industry Council (UK) Adjudicator Nominating Body (ANB) Management Board, and has been adjudicator in statutory and non-statutory adjudication. He is a member of the £16 billion Crossrail Adjudication Panel. Mr. Lawless is currently co-authoring a series of ‘Adjudication Practice and Procedure’ textbooks for three countries. For further information refer to:-


Delegates Details Returns Slip

The cost of attending this CPD seminar is RMB 1250




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