This seminar is divided into two sections. The first part will give a general introduction to contract law, setting out the underpinning principles, and dispelling some of the misconceptions surrounding the subject. The second part of the seminar will initially focus on some of the contracts frequently used by architects, followed by a clarification of other contractual issues concerning architects. These include contractual obligations, fee recovery, as well as practical advice on dispute resolution and minimising the overall legal process and cost.
Areas to be covered will include:
- Contractual formation
- Contract interpretation
- Statutory control
- Breach of contract and its consequences
- What if there’s no contract?
- Standard RIBA contracts and JCT contracts
- Specialist clauses
- Methods of enforcement.
This talk is essential for practitioners taking on the contract administrator role, those needing help with enforcing the contracts, and also architects seeking effective advice on dispute resolution. This highly interactive seminar promises to be practical in approach. It will explain issues through the use of numerous case studies, focusing on practicalities rather than abstract concepts, with exercises designed to put principles into practice.
Speaker: Andrew Butler, Tanfield Chambers
Andrew is a barrister at Tanfield Chambers in London where he specialises in commercial and property law. He has extensive experience on cases involving architects and is fully aware of issues facing the profession in both residential and commercial sectors. As well as published articles in Estates Gazette and The Architects’ Journal, Andrew has widely written on contract law, including the chapter on the principles of contractual interpretation in Tanfield Chambers’ work Service Charges and Management: Law and Practice, currently in its third edition. Andrew was voted UK Business Barrister of the Year by Lawyer Monthly magazine in 2015.
Core Curriculum topics: 1. Procurement and contracts 2. Internal management
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