Construction Law seminar this March

Categories: School of Science, Engineering and Environment

A special half-day seminar on avoiding construction disputes featuring the Honourable Justice Brian Preston among other high profile speakers is being hosted by the University of Salford next month.

Organised by Professor Hisham Elkadi, the seminar on March 27 will interest professionals from sectors across industry including construction, law, finance, architecture, property, and estates management and will address how to avoid going to court for construction disputes from a wide range of perspectives.

Speakers like the Honourable Justice Brian Preston, Chief Judge of Land and Environment Court in New South Wales, Australia will attend and provide examples from real-world experiences on construction disputes and will detail the common causes and how to avoid and even fix them.

Her Honour Frances Kirkham CBE, a TCC judge for many years as well as a long-standing international arbitrator and mediator, coroner in the Lakanal House inquest and recently appointed Justice to the Qatar International Court will present, as well as Professor Jose Torero, Head of Civil Engineering at UCL who was heavily involved in the Grenfell Tower inquiry; and Professor Kim Lovegrove, a construction lawyer and senior law reform advisor to the World Bank.

Professor Hisham Elkadi said: “The seminar is topical as we are faced with the aftermath of Grenfell Tower Inquiry and a reflection of our global leadership in this area. Our postgraduate “LLM Construction law and practice” programme addresses stakeholders working across the international construction sector including both the legal and construction sectors.

“I will be delighted to welcome Honourable Justice Brian Preston, Her Honour Frances Kirkham and Professor Jose Torero to the University. Dame Judith Hackitt will also make an introduction to the forthcoming ground-breaking international guidelines on best practice approaches to product safety supply chains.”

Brodie McAdam, Director of Sustainable Natural & Built Environments, who is supporting the event added: “Fragmentation of the supply chain, unclear allocation of design responsibility, and inadequate regulatory regimes can all contribute to building failure and disputes.  Bringing these to an early conclusion without unnecessary process is what our eminent speakers will explore.”

Vice Chancellor Professor Helen Marshall said: “I’m looking forward to welcoming such esteemed experts in this field to Salford. It is a topic of vital importance and should prove to be useful for anyone who has any interest in construction disputes, how they arise and how they can be resolved or even stopped from occurring in the first place.”

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