Alternative dispute resolution conference, Belfast

5 May, 2017 | 09:00 - 13:30

Join this special event by the ICE Commerce & Contracts Group.
Join this special event by the ICE Commerce & Contracts Group.

About this event

The ICE Commerce & Contracts group invites you to this unique conference on managing disputes effectively.


9.00 – 9.30am: Tea, coffee & networking

9.30am: Introductions

9.30 – 10.15am: Session 1 – Key Things To Know About Resolving Any Dispute
By John Riches, Arbitrator/Adjudicator, Henry Cooper Consultants Limited

  • making sure you are clear on your contract
  • knowing what you want at the end
  • record keeping
  • assessing the risks

10.15 – 11.00am: Session 2 - Selection Of Dispute Resolution Mechanism
By James Golden, Director, Quigg Golden

  • knowing when your dispute is worth pursuing
  • getting your records in order
  • the pitfalls of lodging a dispute

11.00 – 11.15am: Comfort Break

11.15 – 12.00pm: Session 3 – Adjudication
Jarlath Kearney, Director, Elemental Consultants

  • overview of process, timescales, key features and experiences of use within the construction industry
  • qualification and experience requirements to become an Arbitrator

12.00 – 12.45pm: Session 4 – Mediation/Conciliation
Siobhan Fahey, Chartered Engineer & Chartered Arbitrator

  • overview of typical process, timescales, key features and experiences of use within the construction industry

12.45 – 1.00pm: Closing and General Questions/Discussion

1.00pm: Lunch

Each 45 minute session will consist of 30-35 minutes of a presentation and 10-15 minutes of Q&A and discussion.


ICE Member early bird: £80 + VAT
Non-member early bird rate: £110 + VAT

After 14 April, the delegate rates will increase to:

ICE Member rate: £100 + VAT
Non-member rate £130 + VAT

Student rate is £10 + VAT



John L Riches is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Chartered Builder with more than 30 years' experience in the construction industry. His experience covers all types of construction works including large and medium scale building works, power stations, nuclear and process engineering installations, roadworks, riverworks and sea defences.

In May 1990 he formed Henry Cooper Consultants with a wide remit of consultancy services to the construction industry.

He acts as Arbitrator, Adjudicator and Mediator. He is an Arbitrator on the RICS Arbitration Panel. Receives arbitral appointments on a regular basis. Has carried out Adjudications under the old regimes for Sub-Contracts (50+ appointments) and has been trained for the new regime under the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996. Has to date carried out 30 Adjudications under the new regime. These have ranged in value from £5000.00 to £1.2m and covered value, liability, loss and/or expense, damages and quality.

The current adjudications have primarily been in connection with building works but have included large building services installations including a pharmaceuticals plant where the parties had voluntarily provided for Adjudication in their contract. Acts as tutor and assessor for Adjudicators on the RICS and CIOB Panels. Qualified as a tutor for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators on their Adjudication courses. Acts as assessor for the RICS Arbitration Panel.


James Golden

James has experience with many major consultants and contractors throughout the UK and Ireland. He has worked in Hong Kong and has considerable international experience.

James is widely experienced in all aspects of dispute resolution and large scale project management. Always commercially minded, he has a reputation of grasping the key issues quickly and thoroughly and an ability to explain them to decision makers and clients alike.

James' experience includes acting as an Expert Witness in arbitration and litigation. He specialises in the growing area of dispute resolution under the NEC.

James is also a training tutor on the NEC forms of contract for the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Jarlath Kearney BSc(Hons), PGDipArb PGDipAdj MRICS MSCSI FPD FCIArb

Jarlath Kearney

Jarlath has built his professional career on the delivery of effective dispute resolution, particularly adjudication and mediation. Jarlath is an Accredited Adjudicator and is also a Certified Mediator and can be appointed by party agreement.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Jarlath is often employed to provide early assessments of claims, both on quantum and liability. As a panel member of the CIArb list of arbitrators, Jarlath has been appointed as sole arbitrator in the resolution of arbitrations. Jarlath is also a Fellow of Prime Disputes, available for appointments through their panel nomination process.

A dual qualified Quantity Surveying and Construction law professional, Jarlath has extensive experience in the management and settlement of major construction adjudications, arbitrations, and mediations/conciliations ranging from large building and civil engineering companies, employers, public bodies and sub-contractors both in the Republic of Ireland and throughout the United Kingdom. Jarlath has been instructed as Expert Witness in significant court cases, delivering his report and evidence on the liability and quantum of contractual claims.

Jarlath has been involved in over 100 adjudications, arbitrations, mediations and conciliations, ranging from civil engineering, building and building services disputes under main contracts and sub-contracts where he has represented clients, main contractors and sub-contractors/suppliers.

Jarlath has extensive experience in delivering many public training seminars and courses on contract law and construction specific topics. Jarlath regularly lectures at Queens University Belfast and Ulster University. He has also provided numerous in-house training seminars tailored to suit individual company's needs.

As an active member in the Adjudication Society, Jarlath holds the position of Northern Ireland Chairman. He is also involved in the Northern Ireland Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, currently holding the position of Vice-Chairman.

Siobhan Fahey BA BAI LLB(Hons) CEng Dipl.Arb FCIArb MIEI MICE RConsEI

Siobhan Fahey

Siobhan is a Chartered Civil Engineer with legal qualifications and a Chartered Arbitrator. She has 25 years' experience in the construction industry, specialising in contractual/legal aspects of construction since 1995.

She is an experienced Arbitrator, Conciliator, Adjudicator and Mediator of construction disputes, involving detailed technical issues as well as complex legal arguments, of various values up to €10 million.

She has been an independent practitioner since 2004, acting as Arbitrator, Conciliator, Adjudicator and Mediator of numerous cases of construction disputes, advising on construction contracts, dispute avoidance and dispute resolution, and training in contracts and dispute resolution.

Siobhan has specific expertise in civil engineering and construction contracts, in particular the FIDIC (Fédération International des Ingénieurs-Conseils) forms of contract 1999, and Irish forms of construction contracts.

She is a regular speaker at FIDIC and FIDIC/ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) conferences and training workshops run by Engineers Ireland.