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The Construction Law Seminar Series II: Comparing International Construction Disputes will deliver knowledge and information engaging students, specialists and international players.

The series is an initiative of the Westminster Construction Society in the Department of Property and Construction to advance the conversation about the main opportunities and challenges in the Construction Disputes sector.

Following the great success of the Construction Law Seminar Series I, this year’s seminar is bringing high profile partnerships such as governmental bodies, professional bodies, international funders, compliance and management companies, law firms, arbitrators and adjudicators, academics, researchers, other departments of the University of Westminster such as the Westminster Business School and the Westminster Law School, in order to provide students with the opportunity to develop skills for the professional environment. It will take place on the 29 November 2017, at the Marylebone Campus, room MG14, from 2-8pm.

Students on the Architectural Technology BSc, Building Engineering BSc, Building Surveying BSc, Construction Management BSc, Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management BSc and Construction Commercial Management MSc courses will be able to exchange experiences and knowledge with the most renowned professionals in the construction law sector.

In 2017, students on modules 6CNMN001W Management 7: Professional Practice (UG) and 7CNMN005W Construction Law for Contract Management (PG) will proactively contribute and participate in the seminars, having the opportunity to understand, discuss and develop a critique about the topics in four workshops that will take place in the four weeks prior to the seminars. Students from all faculties / departments of the University of Westminster (and other institutions) are welcome to the workshops and the Seminar, especially students from the Business and Law Schools.

The seminar in 2017:

One of the most relevant and debated aspects of the construction industry is the resolution of disputes, especially in international contracts. The UK has a sophisticated construction law system – a reference to be comprehended and maybe even assimilated by other jurisdictions, especially regarding the institute of Construction Adjudication, which does not exist in civil law legal systems. Construction dispute resolution also involves a range of professionals and specialities that go much beyond the legal activity, in which the role of experts is mandatory for the solution of a contest. This way, this year’s seminars will discuss these two main topics for the construction disputes sector. 

Panel 1: Adjucation v Arbitration


Peter Barnes, Director, Blue Sky ADR, Arbitrator, Adjudicator

Christian S B Lopes, Professor, Federal University of Minas Gerais Law School (Brazil); Partner, Vilas Boas, Lopes Frattari Advogados

Julie Forsyth, Arbitrator, International Construction Lawyer

Panel 2: Expert Evidence and Expert Witnesses


Simon Hems, Partner, INCE Law UK

Alexandra Aroeira Salles, Partner, Aroeira Salles Advogados

Chris Clements, Partner, Deloitte LLP


Tickets are free but space is limited so please book your ticket through Eventbrite