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Fire safety claims: pursuing the original construction team

  • Type HQN Event (Virtual)
  • Venue Virtual workshop
  • Start 17 Dec 2021 10:30
  • End 17 Dec 2021 13:00


Fire safety claims: pursuing the original construction team

Virtual workshop

The question of who should pay for fire safety remediation work is the subject of hot debate. This exclusive workshop is designed to assist housing associations and local authorities caught in the crossfire – and help them recover costs.

Deficiencies in the fire safety aspects of a building’s design and construction may constitute a breach of obligations by the original construction project team and lead to a recovery of losses.

Legal requirements and acceptable standards (including for design, construction and record keeping) have moved on significantly since the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in 2017. At this exclusive virtual workshop, construction lawyer Neave Maguire and quantum expert James Thomas will talk through the key considerations to be borne in mind.

These include:

  • Who may be liable? Causation and breach
  • What can be recovered? Notification, coverage, recoverable cost triggers
  • Causation – Understanding the recoverable scope
  • Direct costs – Procurement, tendering, time constraints
  • Indirect costs – Fees, insurance, monitoring
  • The claim – Administrative preparation, coding, resource allocation
  • The claim – The substantiation requirements for ADR arena
  • Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 9980:2021 (which provides a new code of practice for fire risk appraisal and assessment of external wall construction and cladding of existing blocks of flats, and which gives recommendations and guidance on undertaking a fire risk appraisal and assessment (FRAA) of the external wall construction of a multi-storey, multi‑occupied residential building): the potential effects of the new code on claims against developers.

Our speakers:

Neave Maguire, Associate, Construction & Engineering Team, Built Environment Practice, Norton Rose Fulbright

Neave is a full-service construction lawyer based in London. She advises on and negotiates both standard form and bespoke contracts and also provides guidance on a wide range of issues, including construction disputes and insurance coverage. She has experience of the full range of dispute resolution processes in the construction sector including adjudication, arbitration, and civil litigation, as well as mediation. Acting for and against large multi-disciplinary consultancies, engineers, architects, project managers, developers and employers, and tier 1 and 2 contractors, she has developed a strong commercial awareness and a comprehensive understanding of industry issues. She is a frequent speaker and host of the EWS1 workshops for HQN.

James Thomas, Regional Director, Quantum Expert, CCi

James has worked for consultant quantity surveyors, main contractors and sub-contractors, in numerous construction sectors. Since being first appointed as quantum expert in 2012, he has been appointed as expert in many construction sectors including, Energy, Manufacturing, Civil Engineering and Buildings sectors such as Residential, Retail, Commercial, Education, Transport, Hospitality etc.

James has advised clients and their legal teams on a wide variety of projects within the public and private sectors. This has involved undertaking detailed complex quantum analysis of claims, preparing estimates for his expert reports, and preparing joint statements in expert meetings.

The breadth of James’s clients is varied and includes private developers, major insurance groups, contractors, major infrastructure joint ventures (JV), local authorities, design and management consultants and utility providers.

He has worked on projects based in many countries within Europe and the Middle East and provided expert services on projects including values from £1m to £1bn, which include complex multi-party disputes.

Who should attend?

All key staff from teams working in:

  • Building and fire safety
  • Development
  • Asset management
  • Finance
  • Audit and risk
  • Leasehold management
  • Legal
  • Governance and compliance
  • Business assurance.

If you are members of the following networks, this event will be beneficial. Not a member? Click the below links to find out more:

The Housing Quality Network | The Leasehold NetworkThe Health and Safety Network | The Asset Management Network | The Housing Finance Network.

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Full price: £125.00 *
Members of any HQN network: £99.00 *

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