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ACN Webinar - Thursday 29 October 2020

Conflict Avoidance & Dispute Resolution in challenging times.


Neil Thody - Cameron Consulting

Andrew Drennan - HKA

Time; 8.15 - 9.15am


Any person working on a construction project should seek to avoid disputes and have an understanding of dispute resolution. The RICS in their Guidance Note states that Conflict avoidance "involves carefully and properly planning, with clarity, the strategy for executing a project as disputes often arise from ambiguity or an unclear definition of risk". Dispute Resolution is about "recognising when a dispute has arisen and appreciating the escalation of that dispute". In addition, it is understanding the range of techniques that might be available to resolve the dispute.

Come and join us as our expert panel discuss these two areas and how in these challenging times, the use of these techniques will be important as the full impact of the COVID 19 on construction contracts start to manifest themselves.

  • What are the impact of disputes on Building Contracts?

  • What is the difference between Dispute Resolution and Conflict Avoidance?

  • What are the methods of dispute resolution?

  • How can we utilise Mediation and Independent Advisers?

  • What is the role of the Independent Advisor?

  • How do we incorporate clauses of this nature into Contracts


Neil Thody
Cameron Consulting

Neil Thody is Managing Director of Cameron Consulting, a leading procurement consultancy. A Fellow of the RICS and member of CIPS, Neil is a procurement specialist, having procured over £5bn of public sector contracts in the Higher Education, Leisure, Housing, Central Government and Healthcare sectors.


Neil is also a RICS and CEDR accredited Mediator, Expert Witness and Partnering Adviser. Neil is an advocate of collaborative working and alternative dispute resolution, tirelessly campaigning the benefits of investing time and resource in developing long-term relationships in the supply chain to avoid unnecessary disputes and problems. Neil instils an ethos of professionalism, flexibility and creativity in the business, with a clear focus on delivering bespoke solutions to clients that are sustainable and offer value for money.

Andrew Drennan

Andrew Drennan is a practising quantum expert and chartered surveyor with over 20 years of UK experience in quantity surveying, procurement, commercial and contract management.
As well has acting as quantum expert in adjudication, arbitration and litigation proceedings Andrew has held senior commercial management roles with several leading UK contractors, including ten years in a consulting role.

Andrew’s experience spans a wide range of expert assignments in the Nuclear, Power, Cabling, buildings, infrastructure and utilities sectors. He has been instructed as a quantum expert witness on several occasions, provided specialist advice on producing disruption claims, assisted in numerous dispute avoidance cases and also provides bespoke commercial and practical contract administration advice.
Andrew has a Masters in Construction Law and is well versed on FIDIC, JCT, ICheme, Logic and also delivers regular NEC3 and FIDIC training to contractors in the construction sector as well as commercial and NEC3 training schemes on behalf of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CInstCES).