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Management, procurement and law lecture: Law through the ages, London

Event organised by ICE

20 January 2015
18:00 - 19:55 GMT
Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
, SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

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From the Great Pyramid to the Shard, from the first construction laws enacted by Babylonian King, Hammurabi to the operations of the Technology and Construction Court humans have been building in a permanent or semi-permanent form for at least 9,000 years, so we can be sure that there have been building disputes for 8,999 years.

In this lecture The Honourable Mr Justice Akenhead considers where we get parts of our construction law from and why it matters today. Covering the topics of delay, equity and good faith, fitness for purpose, war, compromise and mediation and ultimately the need for construction law.


  • The Honourable Mr Justice Akenhead,
    Judge in Charge of the Technology and Construction Court

    Sir Robert Akenhead (born 15 September 1949), styled The Hon. Mr Justice Akenhead, is a British judge. He was previously a QC and Head of Chambers at Atkin Chambers, and has been a specialist in construction law since 1973.

    He was educated at Rugby School and Exeter University.[1] Called to the Bar, Inner Temple, in 1972, he later became a Bencher in 1997.[2] He officiated as an Assistant Recorder between 1991 and 1994 and as a Recorder from 1994 until 2007, when he was appointed a Judge of the High Court, Queen's Bench Division.[3] In recognition of his appointment, he was also conferred with a knighthood in October 2007.

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