NEC Asia Pacific Users’ Group conference 2017, Hong Kong

29 September, 2017 | 08:00 - 17:00

Join us for our Asia Pacific User Group conference 2017.
Join us for our Asia Pacific User Group conference 2017.

About this event

After the successful launch of NEC4 in June in London, NEC is now bringing its biggest gathering of NEC users to Hong Kong.

NEC3 has been widely used for public sector construction projects in Hong Kong. Now, the The Development Bureau, HKSAR Government, endorsed NEC4 and the progressive transition from NEC3 to NEC4 in public works projects in Hong Kong.

This event will provide valuable insight into the new NEC4 suite and will increase attendees' confidence in using the new contracts.

HON Chi-keung Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) at Development Bureau of HK SAR and NEC Asia-Pacific Users' Group Chair is confirmed to speak at the event.

NEC4 contracts' drafters and experts will cover in detail the new suite. During the afternoon session, you'll also get the chance to join practical NEC4 workshops.

Designed to promote discussion and engagement, our interactive panel sessions will enable you to get involved and share experiences of using the contracts. In addition, a series of workshops will allow attendees to improve their practical knowledge of the NEC Contracts.

Why attend?

  • Network with the NEC4 Contract Board and NEC4 drafters
  • Enrich your knowledge of the progress, challenges and developments for NEC with key speakers from across the industry and government agencies
  • Learn about the successful application of NEC across large-scale public and private projects across the world
  • Be clear on how the application of NEC to your projects will ensure smoother project management and greater collaboration between parties
  • Take part in the breakout sessions which provide practical learning from NEC experts
  • Get involved in the interactive panel session designed to promote discussion and allow users to share experiences with the contracts
  • Network and strengthen working relationships with delegates at the cocktail reception which concludes the event at the prestigious five star venue

NEC3 to NEC4: From Partnership to Collaboration

08:00 Registration and breakfast 
09:00 NEC Introduction
  Rekha Thawrani
NEC General Manager
09:05 Chairman Opening Address
  CK Hon
Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) at Development Bureau of HK SAR 
09:15 Keynote Address: transitioning from NEC3 to NEC4
    Albert Cheng
Executive Director, CICHK
09:35 NEC4 from a legal perspective
  john-hughes-daeth-std.png John Hughes-D'Aeth
NEC4 Contract Board member and Partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner
09:55 Major changes from NEC3 to NEC4
  Ian-Eaphy.jpg Ian Heaphy
NEC4 Contract Board
10:15 NEC4 Design, Build and Operate Contract (DBO): a solutions based contract
  Ian-Eaphy.jpg Art McInnis
Independent Legal Consultant
10:35 Speakers' panel session
10:55 Morning refreshment break and networking
11:30 TBC
11:45 NEC3 Case Study: Leighton Asia
    Speaker TBC
12:05 NEC3 Case Study: Lam Tin - Tseung Kwan O Tunnel Project
    Mr. Wang
Director of China Road & Bridge - Build King JV
12:25 Speakers' panel session
12:45 Lunch and networking 
14:45 Workshops
  Tendering for NEC Contracts
Speaker TBC
NEC4 ECC: Key changes affecting the management of the contract

Robert Gerrard
NEC4 drafter
Evolution of the service contracts

Ben Walker
NEC4 drafter
Dispute Resolutions processes under NEC4

Ian Heaphy
NEC4 Contract Board
15:45 Afternoon refreshment break and networking
16:15 NEC Awards 2017 winner presentation
  ?NEC Client of the Year 2017
Development Bureau, Hong Kong SAR Government

Francis Leung 
Development Bureau
Contract Innovation Through Additional Clauses Award 2017
Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme
Mr. HS Kan 
Chief Engineer, DSD
16:45 Closing Address
17:00 Cocktail Reception


Hon Chi-Keung
NEC Asia-Pacific Uses’ Group Chair & Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) Development Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government
Ir Hon Chi-keung has been appointed Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) since April 2015.
Ir Hon graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Hong Kong in 1980. He also obtained a master degree in Public Administration from the University in 1997. He is a fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Ir Hon joined the Government as an Assistant Engineer in 1983. He was promoted to Chief Engineer in 1999, to Government Engineer in 2005 and to Principal Government Engineer in 2008. He was Project Manager of Hong Kong Island and Islands Development Office of the Civil Engineering and Development Department from 2008 to 2011. He has been Director of Civil Engineering and Development from January 2011 to April 2015 before his appointment as Permanent Secretary for Development (Works).
Robert Gerrard
NEC Users' Group Secretary & NEC4 drafter
Rob specialises in procurement and project management and is also involved in extensive NEC training and consultancy work. Rob is experienced in financial control, contract preparation and administration, including the consideration, evaluation and resolution of contractual claims mainly in civil engineering projects.
He is an Examiner for the ICE Law & Contract Procedure he has also held the position of NEC Users’ Group Secretary from 2006 to date.
His publications include NEC2 and NEC3 Compared, 2005, as well as drafting the NEC3 Professional Services Short Contract guidance notes, some of the flow charts and ‘How to…’ guides along with being a part of the working group who drafted the NEC3 April 2013 suite of contracts and NEC4. 
John Hughes-D'Aeth
NEC4 Contract Board and Partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
John is a senior partner in the non-contentious team within the market leading Engineering, Construction and Procurement group at City of London law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. He has over 30 years' experience of advising developers, funders, utilities and public bodies on procurement strategy and the drafting and negotiation of construction documentation for major building and infrastructure projects, both in the UK and overseas, with a particular focus on NEC contracts.
Clients with whom he has worked on NEC-based procurements include Highways England, National Grid, Thames Water, Airport Authority (Hong Kong) and the Olympic Delivery Authority.
John is recognised in the Chambers UK and Legal 500 legal directories as a leader in his field. He is a member of the consultation board of Practical Law Construction, for whom he blogs regularly on construction-related topics and has also authored various practice notes on NEC3. He is the Deputy Chairman of the City of London Law Society’s Construction Law Practice Committee and is a regular conference speaker.
Ian Heaphy
NEC4 Contract Board and Director at IN Construction Consulting
Ian has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, including aviation, oil & gas, rail, water, highways and building. He has worked with clients across the UK, Middle East, Far East and North America including government bodies, private employers and international contractors. He specialises in the development and implementation of innovative procurement strategies with particular expertise around incentivisation, partnering, alliancing and target cost / cost reimbursable contracts for major projects and programmes of work.
Ian is a member of the NEC4 Contract Board has been directly involved in drafting and shaping the next generation of NEC contracts.
Ian regularly facilitates workshops and delivers training in contract forms and
procurement & contract strategies. He also frequently speaks at industry events and has had numerous articles published in construction journals.
In addition to his NEC and procurement work Ian also acts as adjudicator, dispute resolver and quantum Expert Witness.
Dr Arthur McInnis
Independent legal consultant
Arthur is an adjudicator, independent legal consultant, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and General Editor of Emden’s Construction Law Hong Kong, 2 vols. looseleaf, Lexisnexis, Singapore.  He is an Adjunct Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne and a Visiting Fellow at the Asian Institute of International and Financial Law at the University of Hong Kong.  Arthur has an international reputation in the field of construction law and projects which is tied to his many years of teaching in Hong Kong at both the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong as well as practice with Baker and McKenzie, Denton Wilde Sapte and Clifford Chance.  He has over 100 publications including Hong Kong Construction Law, 3 vols. looseleaf, Lexisnexis, Singapore;  Construction Law and Practice in Hong Kong, (2011) 2nd edition. Sweet and Maxwell, Hong Kong (co-author); Project Finance for Construction and Infrastructure: Principles and Case Studies, (2008) Blackwell, London (co-author); The Butterworths Hong Kong Building Law Handbook, (2007) 2nd edition. Lexisnexis, Singapore; and The New Engineering Contract: A Legal Commentary, (2001) Thomas Telford, London, and has given over 50 conference papers and addresses.  Arthur was the Honorary Legal Advisor to the Joint Contracts Committee, the body which published the new Standard Form of Building Contract (Private) for Hong Kong in 2005; a Chairman for 10 years of the Appeal Tribunal Buildings (Hong Kong); and a founding member of the Society of Construction Law Hong Kong.  
Ben Walker
NEC4 drafter and CEO at CEMAR
Ben has 16 years’ experience working within the construction industry on a variety of construction and maintenance contracts. In 2005 Ben founded the cloud-based CEMAR system, currently administering over £50 billion of the UK’s strategic infrastructure programmes.
Ben is an NEC4 drafter and consultant. He has lectured extensively on NEC since 2008 as a tutor for Thomas Telford Limited. Since 2012 Ben has worked as an examiner for the ICE Law and Contracts Management Examinations.  Ben has a degree in civil engineering and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.