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Event Organiser: ICE

Alternative Dispute Resolution, London

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 22 January 2020
  • 09:00 - 16:30
Alternative Dispute Resolution, London

About this event

The ICE’s Alternative Dispute Resolution workshop is a definitive event, designed for those working in the construction sector.

You should attend this event if you:

  • Are a member of the ICE Dispute Resolution Registers?
  • Are applying for admission to an ICE Dispute Resolution Register
  • Have an interest in, or work in dispute resolution
  • Would like to hear interesting presentations on engineering dispute resolution
  • Would like to take part in the interactive workshops
  • Have an interest in construction law and dispute resolution
  • Need to maintain your CPD as a member of the ICE’s ADR Registers


9:00-9:20 Arrival - Registration and Refreshments

09:20-09:30 Welcome from the Chair – Mr Patrick Waterhouse

09:30-10:05 Mrs Justice O’Farrell DBE
Opening address by Mrs Justice Finola O’Farrell

10:05-10:35 Ms Claire Packman - Barrister 4 Pump Court
What’s new in the law for adjudicators?
An update on developments in the law in 2019 and their impact on adjudication procedures and the resolution of construction disputes.

10:35-10:50 Mr Robert Evans - Chair of the ICE Dispute Resolution Panel
ICE Dispute Resolution update
An update from the Chair of the ICE Dispute Resolution Panel.

10:50-11:00 Q&A

11:00-11:20 Refreshments and Networking

11:20-11:50 Mr Ben Patten - QC Four New Square
Adjudicating professional liability and negligence disputes
Ben Pattern will discuss Adjudicating professional liability and negligence disputes.

11:50-12:20 Mr Christopher Duff - Partner Brodies Construction Group
Getting Paid
Struggles with payment are becoming more common place. Christopher Duff will discuss best practice for your payment terms and conditions and other useful tips to help you get paid without a battle.

12:20-12:30 Q&A

12:30-13:30 Lunch and Networking

13:30-14:45 Workshop 1 Ms Lucy Osborne – Partner Ridge & Partners
Expert witnesses and their role in proceedings’ by Lucy Osborne
This workshop will provide a brief introduction to the role of an expert witness and the qualities required of an expert. The key stages of a dispute where an expert witness has significant input will be discussed, from accepting an instruction to issue of the award / decision. Lucy will provide an insight to the dos and don’ts and will provide examples of lessons she has learned, based on her experience of working with numerous opposing experts and lawyers in various jurisdictions.

13:30-14:45 Workshop 2 Mr James Golden – Director Quigg Golden
Adjudication from a party representative’s perspective by James Golden
The workshop will examine the role of a party representative and the various factors that affect performance in adjudication. The aim is explore how adjudicator decision impact on the Parties and their representatives and how adjudicators can influence that. The session will draw on the experience of everyone attending to derive lessons and identify best practice by adjudicators in dealing with parties and setting procedural directions.

13:30-14:45 Workshop 3 Mr Robin Gupta – Director Robin Gupta Consultants Limited
Mr Patrick Waterhouse – Director Bowdon Consulting
Prospective ICE adjudicators by Patrick Waterhouse and Robin Gupta
The workshop will be delivered by two experienced ICE adjudicators. They will explain the skills that adjudicators need and how to plan your career to become an adjudicator in due course. Whilst the workshop will look at the ICE’s requirements for members of its adjudication register, it will be useful to those seeking membership of any adjudication register or panel.

14:45-15:00 Refreshments and Networking

15:00-16:15 Workshop 1 As above

15:00-16:15 Workshop 2 As above

16:15-16:30 Close from the Chair


Patrick Waterhouse

Patrick is a Chartered Civil Engineer and works as a construction adjudicator and contracts consultant. He is on the panels of adjudicators of the ICE, ACE, CIArb, CIC, ConstructionAdjudicators.com, IChemE, RIBA, TeCSA and UK Adjudicators. His advisory practice is based primarily on NEC, JCT and PFI contracts.

Mrs Justice Finola O’Farrell DBE

Mrs Justice Finola O’Farrell DBE was called to the Bar in 1983 by Inner Temple and took Silk in 2002. She was appointed as a Recorder in 2007 and made a Justice of the High Court (Queen’s Bench Division) in 2016, assigned to the Technology and Construction Courts, part of the Business and Property Courts.

Prior to her judicial appointment, Mrs Justice O’Farrell DBE had over 30 years experience as a leading barrister in construction, engineering, energy, shipbuilding and information technology cases. She acted regularly as counsel or arbitrator in international arbitrations and is an accredited adjudicator and mediator.

Ms Claire Packman

Claire’s practice is predominantly construction and engineering disputes, and construction-related professional negligence (engineers, architects, surveyors). She is an elected member of the Council of the Society of Construction Law, she is a contributing author of LexisNexis online Adjudication KnowHow and is a former editor of the Adjudication Society newsletter. Claire is recommended in Legal 500, Chambers & Partners UK and Chambers Global for construction disputes and in Legal 500 for professional negligence which describe her as “‘Brilliant to work with: when the pressure comes on you want her on your side’ and ‘Highly intelligent, tactically astute, hardworking, efficient and friendly.

She is regularly instructed in high-value TCC litigation and arbitration (international and local), and in adjudications, adjudication enforcement proceedings and disputes relating to payment. Recent cases relate to the construction of airports, motorways, hotels, student accommodation, government offices, naval dockyard premises, a solar power plant, wind farms, housing developments and high-end residential projects. She has an established international practice in the Middle East and, as a Spanish speaker, she has a particular interest in Latin America.

Mr Robert Evans

Robert Evans began his career as a civil engineer, working for international consultants and contractors in the UK and in Hong Kong, specialising in marine works and dredging. He was admitted as a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1985 and was made a Fellow in 2008.

Robert was called to the Bar in 1989 and as a member of Keating Chambers he specialises in construction, engineering and energy disputes and professional negligence work in the UK and abroad. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Robert now predominately acts as arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator, in international and domestic disputes. He is a CEDR accredited mediator.

Ben Patten QC

Ben is a QC specialising in construction and professional negligence at Four New Square. He was called to be Bar of England and Wales in 1986 and became a QC in 2010. He is also called to the Bar in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. He is the co-author of Professional Negligence in Construction [Routledge] and the co-editor of the Construction Professionals Chapter in Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability [Sweet & Maxwell]. He is a member of the Technology and Construction Bar Association, the Professional Negligence Bar Association and the Society of Construction Law.

Ben has very extensive experience of acting both for and against architects, engineers, quantity surveyors and project managers. He is particularly experienced in cases involving civil and structural engineering. He also has experience of acting for specialist construction concerns such as curtain wall contractors, demolition contractors and contractors carrying out asbestos works where “professional liability” issues often arise. He appears regularly in cases involving construction professionals in Arbitrations and the Technology and Construction Court. He has considerable experience of construction professional indemnity insurance issues and contribution disputes. In addition to appearing as an advocate he is an accredited mediator. He is married and lives in London with three children.

Christopher Duff

Christopher specialises in contentious construction and engineering disputes. Christopher is part of Brodies Construction Group (Band 1, Legal 500), has spent time on secondment at several UK Contractors and is an accredited specialist in Construction Law (Law Society of Scotland).

Christopher acts on behalf of employers, contractors, consultants and insurers. He represents clients in various forms of dispute resolution including adjudication, arbitration, litigation and mediation. He has extensive experience advising clients and helping to resolve disputes under JCT/SBCC, NEC, ICE, CECA, FIDIC, EPC and PFI/NPD forms of contract.

Lucy Osborne

Lucy is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE) and fellow of the Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) with 26 years of experience in the construction industry, including six years in Dubai, as a consulting structural engineer, project manager and dispute consultant. She has experience in the design of steel, concrete, masonry and timber building structures, project management, the design process, and FIDIC contracts. Lucy has been cross examined by prominent QCs on numerous occasions in high-profile international arbitrations and in litigation. She is regularly instructed as an expert in the Gulf States and in the UK, in addition to Greece, Scotland and Australia.

Lucy also holds a CPE qualification in law, completed a mini pupillage at Atkin Chambers, and was awarded a major scholarship by Middle Temple Inn of Court. She is a regional coordinator for the Society of Construction Law in the North West and is a member of the ICE Dispute Resolution Panel.

James Golden

James has over 30 years’ experience working with major consultants and contractors throughout the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong and the Middle East. He has a strong practical and theoretical knowledge on the standard forms of construction contracts used in the UK and Ireland and has provided advice to contractors, private sector clients, central governments and local governments on contractual and disputed issues. He regularly represents parties in ADR forums, including adjudication, conciliation, mediation and arbitration.

James is experienced in all aspects of dispute resolution and large-scale project management. He is a practising adjudicator: a member of a number of appointing body panels including the Institution of Civil Engineers, TeCSA and the ministerial panel in Ireland. He leads Quigg Golden’s dispute resolution practice and provides advocacy and representation regularly on a very wide range of issues.

James is an active member of a range of organisations including the ICE, the Society of Construction Law, the Adjudication Society, the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, the NEC users group and also serves on the ICE DRP committee.

Robin Gupta

Robin is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Adjudicator and Solicitor (Robin Gupta Consultants Limited).

Event venue

Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Elira Alushi

e: [email protected]