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ICE HKA & HKICAdj: what lies beneath and who bears the risk?

Event organised by ICE

15 November 2022

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Claims for unexpected ground or physical conditions under construction contracts can be challenging. These claims can arise out of a variety of matters, are impacted by the conditions of contract and/or bespoke provisions, site investigation material provided, circumstances arising after the work commenced and how the engineer reacted. This presentation will consider the evolution of ground condition claims, with emphasis on Hong Kong. The presentation will briefly consider the evolution of the allocation of risk for ground conditions; the alternative approaches that have developed for claims for ground conditions, including the physical impossibility argument; and finally consider current contractual provisions which share risk for ground conditions.

Technical Report Prize

The event is designated by the HKA committee and is eligible for the Technical Report Prize. ICE HKA awards prizes to ICE members who reside in Hong Kong and prepare reports of a high standard on the caption technical event. Winners will be given a prize of HK$500.

For the eligibility and more information about the prize, please visit ICE website (ICE Hong Kong Awards | Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)). Submit your report and below info to [email protected] by 15 December 2022 and win the prize!

The webinar is jointly organised by Institution of Civil Engineers, Hong Kong Association (ICE HKA) and Hong Kong Institute of Construction Adjudicators (HKICAdj)


Nicholas Turner

Nicholas Turner

Pinsent Masons


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Nicholas Turner

Nicholas is an International Arbitration expert with 20 years legal experience. He advises clients in international commercial arbitrations related to major infrastructure, energy and process plant projects across Asia, the Middle East and Africa under the DIAC, HKIAC, ICC, QICC and SIAC Rules.

Nicholas has extensive practical knowledge of the infrastructure industry gained through working for Main Contractors and Consultants as a quantity surveyor for 10 years prior to qualifying as a solicitor. His legal, and previous construction experience, enables him to provide practical legal advice to all stakeholders. His experience and knowledge is recognised by clients and peers. In the Who's Who Legal directory for 2020 Nicholas was noted as being “very experienced in construction matters”.

Nicholas is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and is the immediate past chairman of CIArb East Asia Branch.

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Ms Crystal Fung