RICS Contract Administration Seminar – 27 July 2017

In this seminar, David addresses all aspects relating to the contract
administration process, from record keeping and administering payment
provisions to managing dispute triggering events.

Full details on the RICS Website.

Date: 27 Jul 2017
Time: 7:30AM-9:00AM
Location: Perth
Venue: 197 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA, 6000
1 Hour Formal CPD

It doesn’t matter whether you work for a supplier, a subcontractor, a builder, the
client’s representative or the client themselves, if you’re currently involved in, or
about to commence a construction contract, this seminar will provide you with
the tips and advice on how to maximise your profits and minimise your risks.
Who should attend?

Any individuals who are currently (or about to be) involved in the contract
process – including project managers, contract administrators, programmers
and supervisors.

Speaker
David Court FRICS, CIArb – Managing Director of Contract Solutions International
David is a chartered quantity surveyor, a fellow of both the RICS and the
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and Registered Adjudicator, with extensive
experience in preparing and defending quantum and time related claims and in
providing contractual advice and training in a broad range of construction
sectors, including civil engineering, marine, oil and gas (LNG), mining, semiconductor,
building, mechanical and electrical sectors.

David specialises in provision of dispute avoidance and resolution services in
project, contract, claim, dispute and commercial management and regularly
conducts training and workshops.

AIPM Seminar – Adjudications on the Rise

CSI’s MD David Court is talking to AIPM Members at the George Hotel, Wednesday 27 July 2016.

Details are here and a link to the flyer is below 20160727 – AIPM Breakfast.

The topic is an old favourite:

“Contractors deserve fair payment for the work they perform in the same way as developers deserve to get what they believe they have paid for. But unfortunately a high proportion of subcontractors, contractors, owners and developers are writing off thousands of dollars each year because they believe payment dispute resolution is too costly, too time consuming and requires a law degree to navigate.  However, it does not have to be this way!”

AIPM Event 20160727

 

NECA WA Hold FREE Security of Payment Seminars

NECA WA are holding free Security of Payment Seminars. These seminars are run by CSI’s MD, David Court.

Anyone who has watched the television or read the newspapers recently will have seen a number of stories about contractors not being paid on both large and small jobs throughout Western Australia, for example the Perth Airport and Perth Children’s Hospital. Contractors are going broke as they wait to be paid and that in turn causes other companies to go broke. Even though the maximum payment terms for construction contracts are 50 days, we’re seeing examples like Rio Tinto trying to extend their payment terms to more than 90 days.

Read more here.

CCFA WA’s new series of Contract Administration & Commercial Awareness Seminars

CSI’s MD, David Court, is presenting a series of seminars to CCF WA members (and interested non-members).

You can view the CCF flyer here:
CCF WA Seminars

 

The dates are as follows. Please contact CCF WA (details on the brochure) if you want to attend.

SEMINAR LOCATION DATE AND TIME Members Non-members
Session 1 CCF WA Skill Centre
70 Verde Dr, Jandakot WA 6164
Thursday, 28 July
4.00pm – 6.00pm
$50/person $85/person
Session 2a CCF WA Skill Centre
70 Verde Dr, Jandakot WA 6164
Thursday, 25 August
4.00pm – 6.00pm
$50/person $85/person
Session 2b CCF WA Skill Centre
70 Verde Dr, Jandakot WA 6164
Tuesday, 20 September
4.00pm – 6.00pm
$50/person $85/person
Session 3 CCF WA Skill Centre
70 Verde Dr, Jandakot WA 6164
Thursday, 27 October
4.00pm – 6.00pm
$50/person $85/person
Session 4 CCF WA Skill Centre
70 Verde Dr, Jandakot WA 6164
Thursday, 24 November
4.00pm – 6.00pm
$50/person $85/person

 

From the flyer:

The public uproar that erupted recently after one of our largest mining companies unilaterally doubled its payment terms for payments relating to contracts over $3 million from 45 to 90 days has highlighted the issue of security of payments.

With the mining boom a fading memory, margins in commercial work constantly being driven downwards and contractors who had traditionally worked in different sectors of the industry now aggressively competing against you for the limited work available, it is now more essential that your business maximises its opportunities and minimises its risks during the contractual process.

Contract conditions can be onerous and, without the records to support your payment claims, all your hard work may end up being for zero return.

And in a typical business that works on a 5% margin, it will need to generate an extra $2.4 million in revenue to make up the lost profit on a $120,000 bad debt. David Court of Contract Solutions
International is conducting a series of seminars starting in July on Contract Administration & Commercial Awareness.

In these seminars, David draws on his three decades of experience in dispute avoidance and resolution services to contractors to provide practical advice, guidance and handout notes on:
• Negotiating and reviewing contracts
• Administering contracts in relations to programming, planning, delays and time extensions
• Closing contracts and capturing variations, and
• Avoiding and dealing with disputes.

Which sessions suit your needs?

Session 1: Negotiating and reviewing contracts, ensuring your terms and conditions are up-to-date and
appropriate, your program is appropriate for your scope of works and the risks you have agreed to take on.

Session 2a: All aspects related to contract administration from record keeping, ensuring timely payments, dealing with variations and similar contractual issues that can cost you time and money.

Session 2b: Contract administration related to programming, planning, disruptions, extensions of time etc;
implementing and maintaining basic planning programs to basic planning programs to preserve your rights to extensions of time and protection from liquidated damages. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

Session 3: Closing contracts to ensure all variation works are captured and paid for, all delay and disruption impacts are acknowledged and paid for and all claims are submitted and/or resolved to ensure final payments are made and retentions are not wrongly withheld.

Session 4: Advice and guidance on how to deal with disputes at all stages of the contractual process; how to avoid or resolve disputes.

MPGA Seminars – Who can Afford Not To Be Paid?

CSI’s MD, David Court, is presenting a series of seminars for members of the Master Plumbers & Gasfitters Association of WA.

“Master Plumbers & Gasfitters Association of WA are conducting a series of Contract Admin sessions specifically designed to take you from pre-contract through to final account. This will provide our members with invaluable tips and advice on how to avoid disputes, maximize profits and resolve disputes if they become unavoidable”

You can view the MGPA flyer here:

MPGA Front Page

The dates are as follows. Please contact MPGA (details on the brochure) if you want to attend.

SEMINAR LOCATION DATE AND TIME Members Non-members
Session 1 MPA Skills Maylands 8 June 2016
4.30pm – 7.00pm
$50/person $75/person
Session 2a MPA Skills Maylands 15 June 2016
4.30pm – 7.00pm
$50/person $75/person
Session 2b MPA Skills Maylands 29 June 2016
4.30pm – 7.00pm
$50/person $75/person
Session 3 MPA Skills Maylands 6 July 2016
4.30pm – 7.00pm
$50/person $75/person
Session 4 MPA Skills Maylands 13 July 2016
4.30pm – 7.00pm
$50/person $75/person

 

Total cost for 5 sessions – Member = $250
Total cost for 5 sessions – Non-Member = $375

For further information feel free to contact Byron Davey, Operations/Membership Officer via email: byrond@mpawa.asn.au

 

Security of Payment – Don’t Leave it Too Late!

Contract Solutions International’s Managing Director David Court has been holding a series of seminars in conjunction with the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA). These seminars are aimed at helping NECA members to get paid the money due to them, on time.

See link to the article in NECA’s online newsletter.

Here is an extract from the NECA article:

You can’t afford to wait until the negotiations with the other party have reached an impasse, before making an application under the Construction Contracts Act.

How is NECA WA assisting members?

In conjunction with Contract Solutions International (CSI), we have delivered free seminars designed to provide practical tips and advice in relation to the Constructions Contracts Act. Security of Payment (CCA Awareness) seminars were delivered in February and again in July/August. To register your interest for Sept/Oct seminars, please click here.

If you want to know more about the seminars being held, more details are here.

Contract Administration and Commercial Awareness Seminars

NECA WA Contract Administration & Commercial Awareness Seminars

CAN YOU AFFORD NOT TO GET PAID?
With the mining boom a dim and distant memory, margins in commercial work constantly being driven downwards and contractors who had traditionally worked in different sectors of the industry now aggressively competing against you for the limited work available, it is now more than ever, essential that your business maximises its opportunities and minimises its risks during the contractual process.

550px contract solutionsNECA WA are hosting a series of Contract Admin & Commercial Awareness sessions specifically designed to take you from pre-contract through to final account, providing their members with invaluable tips and advice on how to avoid disputes, maximise profits and resolve disputes if they become unavoidable.

Who should attend?
Any staff who are currently (or about to be) involved in the contract process – including project managers, contract administrators, programmers and supervisors.

The sessions will be run throughout the year and repeated as demand requires, allowing participants to attend whichever sessions they choose, whenever they choose.

CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION & COMMERCIAL AWARENESS SERIES

  • Session 1 – Deals with matters such as negotiating and reviewing contracts, ensuring your terms and conditions are up to date and appropriate, making sure your programme is appropriate for your scope of works and the risks you have agreed to take on within your contract price.
  • Session 2a – Deals with all aspects related to contract administration throughout the duration of the contract, from record keeping and administering payment provisions to ensure timely payments, to dealing with variations and similar contractual issues which, if not dealt with appropriately, invariably cost you time and money.
  • Session 2b – Specific focus on contract administration related to programming, planning, delays, disruptions, extensions of time etc. Essentially if you ‘fail to plan, then you plan to fail’. This session will demonstrate how to implement and maintain basic planning programmes to help preserve your rights to extensions of time and protection from levy of liquidated damages.
  • Session 3 – Deals with issues related to closing of a contract to ensure all variation works are captured and paid for, all delay and disruption impacts are acknowledged and paid for and all claims are submitted and/or resolved, to ensure final payments are made and retentions are not wrongly withheld.
  • Session 4 – Provides advice and guidance on how to deal with disputes encountered at all stages of the contractual process, offering practical tips and experiences on how to deal with disputes from an avoidance basis initially but failing that from a resolution perspective, touching on contractual letter writing and record keeping to claim generation and dispute resolution via Adjudication under the Construction Contracts Act 2004.

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SEMINAR LOCATION DATE AND TIME COST
Session 1 CET Jandakot
5 Avior Avenue
JANDAKOT
Monday, 13 July
4.30pm – 7.00pm
Members: $50
Session 1 NECA WA
18/199 Balcatta Road
BALCATTA WA 6021
Wednesday, 15 July
4.30pm – 7.00pm
Members: $50
Session 2a CET Jandakot
5 Avior Avenue
JANDAKOT WA 6164
Monday, 10 August
4.30pm – 7.00pm
Members: $50
Session 2a NECA WA
18/199 Balcatta Road
BALCATTA WA 6021
Wednesday, 12 August
4.30pm – 7.00pm
Members: $50
Session 2b NECA WA
18/199 Balcatta Road
BALCATTA WA 6021
Wednesday, 16 September
4.30pm – 7.00pm
Members: $50
Session 2b CET Jandakot
5 Avior Avenue
JANDAKOT WA 6164
Monday, 21 September
4.30pm – 7.00pm
Members: $50
Session 3 CET Jandakot 5
Avior Avenue
JANDAKOT WA 6164
Monday, 5 October
4.30pm – 7.00pm
Members: $50
Session 3 NECA WA
18/199 Balcatta Road
BALCATTA WA 6021
Wednesday, 7 October
4.30pm – 7.00pm
Members: $50
Session 4 CET Jandakot
5 Avior Avenue
JANDAKOT WA 6164
Monday, 16 November
4.30pm – 7.00pm
Members: $50
Session 4 NECA WA
18/199 Balcatta Road
BALCATTA WA 6021
Wednesday, 18 November
4.30pm – 7.00pm
Members: $50

Non-NECA members $75/person

SECURITY OF PAYMENT SEMINARS

Due to popular demand we are repeating the seminars delivered in February. Find out what the Construction Contracts Act 2004 covers, how it could assist you in securing (wrongly) disputed payments, and the requirements and possible pitfalls of the Act – such as tight timeframes to lodge and respond to adjudication claims.

SEMINAR LOCATION DATE AND TIME COST
Construction Contracts
Act Awareness
CET Joondalup
20 Injune Way
JOONDALUP WA
Tuesday, 21 July
4.00pm – 7.00pm
Free
Construction Contracts
Act Awareness
CET Jandakot
5 Avior Avenue
JANDAKOT WA 6164
Wednesday, 5 August
4.00pm – 7.00pm
Free

Non-NECA members $25/person

PRESENTERS

David Court – Managing Director of Contract Solutions International (CSI)
David will present at these seminars, providing advice, guidance and handout notes derived from his three decades of experience in provision of dispute avoidance and dispute resolution services to contractors. As a Registered Adjudicator, David brings a unique insight into all aspects of the dispute process. Additionally, David provides contractual administration advice and understanding in a broad range of construction sectors, including the electrical industry.

NECA Legal
Professionals from NECA Legal will also be attending the seminars to assist with your legal queries. Remember, NECA WA members have exclusive access to free generalist legal advice, including the preparation of Terms and Conditions and Construction Contracts Act applications as well as assistance with dispute resolution and debt collection matters.

To attend any of these NECA-hosted events, please contact NECA directly or Contact Us for more information.

Security of Payment – Who Can Afford Not To Get Paid

Security of PaymentNECA WA, MPGA and MP&DA are holding regular Contract Administration & Commercial Awareness seminars, providing the opportunity for participants to receive advice on their own specific contracts
and commercial issues, while learning from the experiences of our presenter and other members of the group.

The seminars will be facilitated by our very own David Court. David has an extensive background in contract dispute resolution. David’s experience includes both preparing claims brought under the Act and providing advice to contractors who are pursuing or defending claims. As a Registered Adjudicator, he brings a unique insight into all aspects of the dispute process. Additionally, David provides contractual administration advice and understanding in a broad range of construction sectors, including the electrical industry.

The seminars will incur a small fee of $50 and will alternate between Joondalup (NECA) and Maylands (MPGA) locations. Monthly seminars commencing in May will be scheduled midweek from 4.30pm – 6.30pm. If you are interested in attending these seminars, please contact NECA to receive further details.

NECA Presentation – Good Contract Administration – A Nicety or a Necessity?

The Construction Contracts Act 2004 (the Act) provides contractors with a simple, low cost, quick, powerful, legally enforceable and importantly lawyer-free means by which to settle disputed payments. However, recent feedback from members indicates that many are either unaware of the Act and how it can assist them in securing (wrongly) disputed payments, or of their entitlements in relation to prohibited provisions their clients impose on them in an attempt to delay or reject payment.

Majors Breakfast

CSI’s Managing Director CSI presents a talk for NECA WA breakfast.

David will impart some of his experiences and practical tips gleaned over the past two decades whilst working globally as a specialist contracts advisor working with and for contractors.
Presented with a light hearted anecdotal approach, David will demonstrate the important link between disciplined administration and the goal of minimising risk, maximising opportunity and therefore hopefully avoiding disputes.

As a Registered Adjudicator, David will also provide helpful hints and tips on what he and other Adjudicators consider make a strong Adjudication Application, should a payment dispute require third party determination under the Construction Contracts Act 2004.

CSI Presents CCF Planning Seminar

Darryl Goringe is delivering a seminar to CCF members.

Click here for the flyer.

The seminar will be held on 6 August 2014 between 9.30am and 10.30am.

This is a CCF member-only event.


 

The programme is essential for the project and commercial management of any project. Failure to produce a robust programme at the start and to provide appropriate controls during execution is likely to lead to failure in achieving the contractual, time and commercial objectives, exposing you to liability for financial damages (liquidated damages).

A well thought out programme which is regularly maintained and used proactively can provide tremendous benefits in enabling all members of the project team to work more efficiently in delivering the contract objectives as well as assisting in identifying opportunities and aiding in establishing cause and effect of delay and disruption which can provide the benefit of recovering costs and maximising profit.

Darryl Goringe of Contract Solutions will be presenting a workshop on Wednesday 6th August 2014 to the Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) in Perth where he will give an overview of the importance of the programme from its development stage, highlighting some of the recommended controls and best practices that integrate project, commercial and risk management, as well as providing a view on some of the problems that can occur when best practice has not been implemented.

Darryl Goringe | Senior Consultant | Contract Solutions International

Darryl has over 25 years experience in Engineering and Construction as an Engineer, Project Manager, Planner and Delay Analyst. He is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Project Managers.