The Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum is launching a series of free advice webinars to help industry professionals improve their contractual and commercial awareness on construction projects.
Hosted by leading industry experts and running fortnightly across six sessions from September to November, the online discussions are aimed at public and private sector employers, contract and commercial managers, architects, quantity surveyors and project managers.
The new webinars follow four successful Forum online events in May and June, during which experts gave advice on health and safety, cashflow, contract issues and a range of employment matters.
Fiona Hodgson, chief executive officer of SNIPEF and chair of the CICV Forum’s commercial sub-group, said: “Since March, the CICV Forum has helped countless professionals across Scotland and beyond with a wealth of information. This new development is yet another way in which the industry is coming together to help each other and assist in the rebuilding of the industry.”
Fiona added: “One of the most commonly asked questions we’re currently hearing is, ‘How can we improve cashflow and get paid on time?’ It’s clear there’s a demand for more commercial information, so like everything the Forum does, we’re listening to what people need and responding with clear and relevant advice that will help Scotland’s businesses.”
The Forum’s first webinar will be held on Tuesday 15 September, during which Rudi Klein, chief executive officer of the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group, will discuss the features and benefits of project bank accounts (PBAs), with particular focus on the supply chain. He will also outline how the PBA process operates, discuss the latest Scottish government Construction Policy Note CPN 7/2020 and answer any questions submitted by delegates.
This session will be followed by a second module on Tuesday 29 September that will discuss changing the culture in the industry, problem contractual clauses, things to avoid, high-risk contract amendments, negotiating better terms and the ‘battle of the forms’.
Held on Tuesday 13 October, the third online session will cover payment terms, getting paid on time, how to present payment applications and variations etc.
The fourth webinar will be held on Tuesday 27 October and will cover giving notices, extensions of time, loss and expense, while the fifth seminar on Tuesday 10 November will cover suspension and contract termination of contractors and sub-contractors.
The topics covered in the final session, held on Tuesday 24 November, will include conflict avoidance procedures, pitfalls and benefits of adjudication, the low-cost value adjudication process and expert determination.
Each webinar will start at 11am and will run for between 60-75 minutes, with sessions recorded and hosted on the Forum’s YouTube channel. Other presenters will include:
- Ian Honeyman, commercial director, Scottish Building Federation
- Deborah Harrison, legal manager, The British Constructional Steelwork Association
- Angus Pearson, industry consultant and director of Fortis Contracts
- Len Bunton, experienced dispute resolution consultant and consultant to the CICV Forum.
To register for the first webinar, please click here or email: email@example.com.