Date: 4th July 2017

These are highly litigious times and the growth of mediation, arbitration and adjudication are all testimony to the difficulties that arise through poor interpretation of contracts, failure to adhere to contracts or, as in often the case, a poorly constructed contract.

The forthcoming CMG MasterClass, focusing specifically on the issues and challenges pertinent to the construction industry, will provide you with a clear understanding of the golden rules regarding the principles that underpin the majority of contracts in the construction industry.

As most business is now done on a contractual basis, it is imperative that your contract is well constructed, clear and without common pitfalls and minefields that can be open to interpretation and perhaps, lead to costly disputes.

This CPD certified MasterClass will significantly strengthen the ability of all attendees to understand and evaluate key legal principles relating to construction contracts. Delegates will be made aware of the main contract terms and conditions, the impacts that arise from common mistakes and how they can be avoided. On leaving this course, attendees will be better equipped to spot potential problem areas, and ensure they go into any contractual situation better informed both practically and legally. All attendees will receive a highly useful course pack to refer back to at any time, gain valuable CPD points, and have a chance to engage in an informative Q & A on the day.

The General Contract Principles

  • Formation of a contract
  • Elements of a contract
  • Offer and acceptance
  • Express and implied terms
  • Offers and counter-offers
  • Contracts under seal and contracts required in writing

Construction Contracts and Related Documentation

  • The main contract
  • The sub-contracts – domestic and nominated
  • Tenders and estimates
  • Letters of intent
  • Assignments, novation and collateral warranties

Key Clauses

  • Exclusion clauses
  • Indemnity clauses
  • Forfeiture clauses
  • Vesting clauses
  • Copyright and IP clauses
  • Defects and maintenance clauses


  • Mistakes & Misrepresentation
  • Negligent misstatement
  • Frustration and impossibility
  • Illegality
  • Economic duress
  • Release
  • Force Majeure
  • Repudiation and termination

The Construction Contract and Equity

  • Estoppel
  • Waiver
  • Variation and rescission
  • Rectification
  • Specific performance
  • Quantum Meruit 

This course would be of interest to those who are currently working with, or intend to work with, any of the standard construction contracts (Public Works, RIAI, EI, NEC etc). Relevant to Contractors, Sub-contractors, Quantity Surveyors, Architects, Engineers, and would be relevant to anyone looking to better understand the basic principles underpinning construction contracts.

On completion you will receive your CMG MasterClass Certificate as well as your CPD Certificate containing 5 Structured CPD Hours. Please note certificates are issued only at the close of the training course to participants who complete the full five hours.


Fiona Forde – Barrister at Law

B.A. B.A.I. Mechanical Engineering; Postgrad Dip. (Trinity) Construction Law & Contract Administration; MCIArb; MSc (Kings College London) Construction Law & Dispute Resolution

Fiona is a practising Barrister and holds a Masters Degree in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution from Kings College, London, a Postgraduate Diploma in Irish Construction Law and Contract Administration and a Mechanical Engineering degree from Trinity College, Dublin. Fiona previously worked as Legal Counsel in the London and Dublin offices of Arup Consulting Engineers and is familiar with all the major forms of construction contracts from the traditional Irish RIAI and IEI forms to JCT, NEC, FIDIC and the Irish Public Works Contracts. Fiona has extensive experience of construction disputes including professional negligence, loss, expense and prolongation claims, public procurement and adjudication.

Training Environment:

CMG Professional Training courses take place at our state-of-the-art training facility in the Apex Building situated in the Beacon Quarter of Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18. The CMG Training Centre is accessible by the Luas, (Sandyford line, Stillorgan stop – 6 mins walk) several bus options (the number 11 travels from O Connell street Dublin and stops directly outside the training centre) and we are situated very close to the M50 at the Beacon Hospital corner. There are several car parks within a three minute walk from the training centre with very competitive ‘all day’ parking rates and we have a range of coffee shops (including Starbucks) as well as shops and restaurants nearby.

Date, Time & Venue:

Date:  4th July 2017

Times: 9.30 am to 3.30pm

Venue: Apex Building, Blackthorn Road, Sandyford Dublin 18

Course Cost:

This course costs €395 (2ND EARLY-BIRD), normal rate is €425. Includes course documentation and light refreshments. While the course fee does not include lunch, we do provide freshly made sandwiches, nespresso coffee and a range of teas and fresh juice for those who require a light lunch. Alternatively you can avail of the local food stores and coffee shops opposite the training centre for hot food or alternative lunch options.

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