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.

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    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.

    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.
  • Our speakers

    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.

    Scott Edwards, Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association Limited

    Scott is a experienced Chartered Construction Manager with a strong track record of achieving improvements in repairs and maintenance, planned major works and new build development for social housing. Most recently, he has led on transforming quality management on construction sites for new homes to reduce defects post-handover and am responsible for evolving the North River Alliance (Consortium) design brief to produce excellent quality homes.

  • Cancellations and substitutions

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email [email protected]

    Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable.

    If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance.

    Cancellations must be made in writing

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