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5-week course: contracts

Event organised by ICE

13 May - 17 June 2024
18:00 - 19:30 BST (GMT+1)
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A useful course consisting of five sessions to develop knowledge and understanding of contracts in civil engineering. Delivered by industry experts, this course is designed for those progressing towards professional engineering registration and will help develop attributes in this area.

Attending this course contributes directly towards your Continuing Professional Development. We will issue you a certificate soon after the last session, provided you have attended all sessions either at each live event or from watching the recordings. An attendance register will be taken at the end of the course.

The online sessions are carried out on Monday evenings for five consecutive weeks as scheduled below.

Each session will be hosted via Microsoft Teams and joining instructions will be issued the week before to the email address you have registered with. Session titles and speakers will also be detailed.

For any session you cannot attend in person, a recording will be made available to you for a limited time so that you can catch up on the content you missed.


Grade Price (incl. VAT)
Student members £15
ICE members £30
Non ICE members £60


Richard Patterson

Richard Patterson

Mott MacDonald

Procurement and NEC specialist at Mott MacDonald

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Richard Patterson

Richard is a chartered civil engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE) and procurement and NEC specialist with global development, engineering and management consultant, Mott MacDonald.

He was part of the drafting team for NEC4, has been part of the ICE’s working group on procurement, contracts and carbon/net zero and contributed to NEC’s soon to be released secondary option relating to ‘net zero’.

Richard leads on NEC for Mott MacDonald and delivers in-house and client training and training for NEC Training, including their 4 day ECC Project Manager accreditation course.

He is very keen on getting NEC used more widely and has given NEC training in Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Ethiopia, France. Germany, Hong Kong. Ireland, New Zealand, Qatar, Peru, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka and the USA.

Mr Richard Patterson has contributed to two NEC books, had 7 NEC papers published in ICE’s Proceedings and sat on the Editorial Advisory Panel of the ICE’s journal, Management, Procurement and Law. He is also a frequent contributor to the NEC website and newsletter (52 articles at the last count). Most of his articles are linked from his Linked-in page at: 

Patrick Waterhouse

Patrick Waterhouse

Bowdon Consulting Ltd


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Patrick Waterhouse

Patrick Waterhouse is a chartered civil engineer and chartered quantity surveyor. 

He is a mediator, adjudicator, expert witness and expert determiner. His work as a dispute resolver tends to involve high value disputes and often NEC contracts. He is on the panels of 10 nominating bodies including ICE and RICS.  He is vice Chair of the ICE Dispute Resolution Committee. 

He also works as a contract advisor and training consultant.

Ania Gonzalez

Ania Gonzalez

Jacobs and Tideway

design assurance engineer and project manager

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Ania Gonzalez

Ania graduated at Gdansk University of Technology in 2008 and started her career in New Zealand as a Temporary Works Designer working for an international supplier RMD Kwikform. Following return to Europe, Ania joined Jacobs and the Tideway Engineering team in 2012. During the last 10 years Ania has been involved in the design for tender, tender evaluation, and design assurance after contract award. In 2019 Ania was appointed Project Manager for the King Edward Memorial Foreshore Park worksite and since then Ania has been working collaboratively with the Main Works Contractor to deliver works allowing to intercept the North Eastern Relief Sewer into the Tideway tunnel. In addition to that, Ania is a proud Mom of Alex (4) and Olivia (2).”

Lara Agoro

Lara Agoro

Buro Happold Limited

Senior Associate, Commercial & Legal

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Lara Agoro

Lara Agoro is a senior associate within the Commercial and Legal (CLT) division at Buro Happold Limited. 

Lara has over a decade of legal expertise in the construction industry, specialising particularly in engineering consultancy. Lara’s role involves close collaboration with project teams across various jurisdictions, offering timely and pragmatic legal and commercial guidance throughout the project life cycle. Lara’s responsibilities span from contract review and negotiation, to identifying risk mitigation measures and early dispute resolution.

Prior to joining Buro Happold, Lara worked at Capita’s property and infrastructure division (subsequently acquired by WSP) where she supported engineers in contract reviews, negotiations, and risk management strategies for project delivery. Prior to this, Lara practised as a solicitor in a foreign jurisdiction, advising clients across Corporate, Commercial and Banking sectors. Additionally, she has gained extensive experience in business risk management as a compliance professional in a FTSE 100 Professional Services firm.

Known for her collaborative approach, Lara enjoys working closely with project teams and clients to achieve optimal commercial outcomes on projects.

Lara holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, NG and is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales, as well as another foreign jurisdiction.


13 May
Week 1
  • 18:00 - 19:30 -

    Introduction to Construction Contracts  - Speaker: Ruth Wilkinson

20 May
Week 2
  • 18:00 - 19:30 -

    Procurement Strategy  - Speaker: Richard Patterson

03 Jun
Week 3
  • 18:00 - 19:30 -

    Introduction to NEC4   - Speaker: Lara Agoro

10 Jun
Week 4
  • 18:00 - 19:30 -

    Professional Liability  - Speaker: Patrick Waterhouse

17 Jun
Week 5
  • 18:00 - 19:30 -

    Case Study: Tideway - Speakers: Ania Gonzalez, Jennifer Daly, Dimitrios Nikou

For more information please contact:

Charlotte Chevalier