ICE Alternative Dispute Resolution workshop, London

18 January, 2017 | 09:00 - 16:30

How to resolve disputes in construction?
How to resolve disputes in construction?

About this event

Online registration for this event is now closed, if you wish to attend please call the ICE Events Team on 020 7665 2226.

The ICE Alternative Dispute Resolution workshop, designed for the construction sector, is back for its ninth edition on Wednesday 18 January 2017.

At the 2017 event attendees will hear tips from the bench on ‘hot tubbing’ and strategies for cross-examining expert evidence, learn what’s new in the law for adjudicators, and get an update from the ICE dispute resolution service.

In addition to benefiting from the four morning sessions, delegates will also tailor the day to suit their personal experience and organisational needs by choosing from three highly focused afternoon workshops.


Workshop 1: Adjudication
This workshop will deal with the skills and qualities that are necessary to be a competent and successful adjudicator, and explore the ways in which these can be maintained.
Leader: Mr. Christopher Dancaster

Workshop 2: Dispute resolvers and apparent bias
Delegates will learn more about Apparent Bias, how to recognise and avoid it to prevent the removal of the Dispute Resolver and/or a Decision not being enforced by the Courts.
Leader: Mr. Robin Gupta

Workshop 3: Dispute resolution lessons and the future 
Recommended for ICE Dispute Resolution registered members.
Leaders: Mr. Raymond Joyce and Mr. James Golden

Find out more about the speakers and workshop leaders >>

Since its first edition eight years ago, ICE’s ADR workshop has established itself as the definitive event for those working as construction dispute resolvers.

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 Registers
  • Have an interest in, or work in the area of 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

Why attend?

  • Hear best practice from experienced arbitrators, adjudicators and mediators
  • Get up-to-date with the latest  developments in the field
  • Benefit from interactive  sessions  offering opportunities to discuss issues and ideas with respected ADR specialists 
  •  Network with  peers from across the sector at the prestigious home of the Institution – One Great George Street in Westminster

Preview the programme >>

Who will you meet?

In the past the event was attended by:

  • Arbitrators, adjudicators and mediators
  • Consultants
  • Directors
  • Heads of Procurement
  • Technical Directors
  • Managers
  • Engineers
  • Barristers and solicitors 

Preview the sample delegate list >>


Here is what past delegates said:

  • “Most enlightening workshop, well attended and presented by eminent persons in the relative fields” 
  • “A very worthwhile annual refresher.  Wouldn't miss it"
  • “A very worthwhile day - workshops were excellent”
  • “The content was good, appropriate and well-presented. I liked the format of the workshops with part presentation and part directed group discussion”
  • “As ever, an excellent training day with the ability to share experiences with other adjudicators”
  •  “A professionally arranged event. The organisers were courteous, most helpful and extremely competent”
  • “I have little experience of adjudication or mediation but have been involved with a couple of cases of litigation. I found it very interesting to be amongst adjudicators and hearing of their experiences.”
  • “A good well organised day with useful speakers and an excellent workshop leaders”
  • “Well run, friendly, and very informative”
  • “I thought it was the best ICE workshop day I have been to for some time”

Registration fees

The registration fee covers the full day at the venue, access to the workshop, lunch and light refreshments.

ICE members and members of the ICE Dispute Resolution Register: £235+VAT
Non-members: £275+VAT


09:00 Arrival, registration and refreshments

09:20 Welcome from the Chair – Mr. Raymond Joyce, Chair of the ICE Dispute Resolution Panel

09:30 Keynote address - Professor Tim Broyd, ICE President

10:10 What’s new in the law for adjudicators – Ms Claire Packman

10:50 Questions and answers session

11:00 Refreshments and networking

11:30 Concurrent expert evidence and hot-tubbing - strategies for receiving expert evidence – His Honour Judge David Grant
This session will ​review the recent paper prepared by the Civil Justice Council on concurrent evidence and hot-tubbing, the proposals for amending Practice Direction 35.11, the proposed guidelines for both experts and for legal practitioners, and consider the new or changed types of procedure which experts may encounter in various forms dispute resolution in the future​.

12:00 Adjudicator Fees – Mr John Barber, King's College London​
Complaints to ICE DRS and anecdotal evidence from party representatives reveal a problem that the fees charged by the adjudicator in some adjudications are perceived by the parties as disproportionate to the amount in dispute or the complexity of the matter.  The instances of this are not commonplace, but it appears to be a growing problem, and it causes disillusionment with ANBs who exercise no control over the fees that will be charged by the adjudicators they nominate.  It is the view of the DRP that this could be inhibiting use of the ICE DRS appointment service.  John Barber will present for discussion, proposals for introducing a fee arrangement that takes the value and complexity of a matter into account.

12:30 Lunch and network

13:30 Workshop session one – three workshops repeated (1 hour 15 mins)

14:45 Refreshments and networking

15:00 Workshop session two

16:20 Closing remarks – Mr. James Golden, Chair, Dispute Resolution CPD Panel

16:30 Close and networking

The Café bar will be open for delegates to network and continue the day's discussions


Mr. Raymond Joyce

John Beswick

Raymond Joyce is the Dispute Resolution Panel Chairman (2013-2016) he is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a member of the ICE Legal Affairs Panel and BIM Action Group. Raymond is dually qualified as a solicitor and chartered civil engineer.

Ms Claire Packman, Barrister at 4 Pump Court

John Beswick

Claire Packman’s practice is predominantly construction and engineering disputes, and construction-related professional negligence (engineers, architects, surveyors). She acts for employers, contractors, sub-contractors and members of the professional team in cases involving a broad range of legal and technical issues. As well as litigation and arbitration, she is regularly involved in adjudications, adjudication enforcement proceedings and disputes relating to payment.

She is a contributing author of LexisNexis online Adjudication KnowHow and has extensive experience in all aspects of adjudication from drafting the Referral Notice to challenging enforcement. She is a former editor of the Adjudication Society newsletter. Claire is recommended in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners for construction disputes: the latest edition describes her as a “Quality junior who advises clients ranging from government departments to consultants and contractors. She has a robust domestic practice including acting on high-value negligence and defects claims.

His Honour Judge David Grant, Technology & Construction Court, Birmingham Civil Justice Centre

John Beswick

David has been the specialist TCC judge in Birmingham since October 2008. As such he has tried cases covering the whole range of TCC work, including: claims between employers and contractors; adjudication cases; arbitration appeals and applications; claims against professionals; procurement cases; cases arising out of fires, explosions, flooding or other disaster, cases involving some aspect of infrastructure; claims arising out of repairing obligations in leases, in which expert opinion evidence is usually from building surveyors; appeals under the Party Wall Act 1996.

Mr John Barber, King's College London

John Beswick

John Barber is a member of the ICE DRP.  He is a legally-qualified civil engineer, with experience both as adjudicator and as party representative in adjudications.  He also deals with adjudication and contractual provisions for dispute resolution from an academic perspective at the Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution,  King’s College London, where he has taught for the past 25 years, including 4 years as Director of the Centre.​

Mr. Christopher Dancaster DipICArb FRICS FCIArb C Arb, Independent Arbitrator and Adjudicator

John Beswick

After some time as Partner in a London firm of Chartered Quantity Surveyors, in 1991, having achieved Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and having a number of ongoing arbitrations and adjudications under the JCT Green Form of Sub Contract, Chris decided to strike out on his own as arbitrator, adjudicator and expert witness. Since then he has been awarded the Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration and became a Chartered Arbitrator when that accolade became available in 1999.

He has conducted in excess of 450 construction arbitrations and adjudications as Sole Arbitrator, Tribunal Member and Chairman and as Adjudicator. He has also provided Early Neutral Evaluations both in the UK and in other parts of the world. He is a past Chairman of the Dispute Resolution Faculty of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, was Founding Chairman of Construction Arbrix and is a Past President of the Society of Construction Arbitrators. He served on the Department of Trade and Industry Sounding Board in the consultation on the 2009 Construction Act. Chris was the 2009/2010 Master of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators.

Mr. Robin Gupta: BSc LLB CEng FICE, Solicitor

John Beswick

Robin worked as an engineer for Sir Robert McAlpine for 25 years. Following further study and qualification as a solicitor, Robin specialised in construction law and was, until recently, a partner in Clarke Willmott LLP in Bristol. Robin has been an adjudicator since 2001. Robin now works as a freelance consultant carrying out adjudications and training seminars.

Mr. James Golden, Quigg Golden Ltd

John Beswick

James is the CPD Panel Chairman and a Director at Quigg Golden. James is a qualified engineer and non-practicing barrister. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, CIArb committee member and an examiner on the ICE level 3 Law and Contract Management examination.

Professor Tim Broyd, President, Institution of Civil Engineers​​

John Beswick

Throughout his career Professor Broyd has worked at the interface between industry practice and academic thinking in the construction and infrastructure sectors, including in roles with a formal responsibility for influencing business and government leaders to embrace and drive innovation through their organisations. He has recently founded a national centre for construction innovation and excellence in Scotland, is the founding Chair of the ICE’s Policy Panel, and is actively involved in national innovation forums related to both construction and infrastructure.