Construction Contracts in a Changing World – Are your construction contracts sufficient in times of uncertainty?

Construction Contracts in a Changing World – Are your construction contracts sufficient in times of uncertainty? Join our one-hour webinar with technical and legal experts from Gleeds and Freeths to discuss whether the contracts used for international construction projects address the sometimes unforeseen events we increasingly face – the pandemic, climate change and price increases being just three key examples.

The FIDIC 1999 suite of contracts remains enduringly popular in the Middle East. It is now over 20 years old and was built for a different time. We discuss whether parties should be paying closer attention to the forms of contract they use given increasing uncertainty and the different risks the world now faces. In particular we will consider how well contracts deal with unexpected events.

During this webinar, we will discuss the issues facing international construction projects and how they may need to change in future. We will also offer you the opportunity to ask the construction contract questions that really matter to you and your projects.We hope you can join us!

Date: Wednesday 14th July 2021 Time: 12pm UK time / 2pm AST


John Refaat, Gleeds SME (BSc, MRICS, MCIArb):

John joined Gleeds in Egypt in 2013, having previous international experience in both owners and contractors’ organisations. He has wide experience across of a variety of regions and sectors, including commercial, retail, leisure and residential, and of a range of tendering procedures and contract types. John is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and a Member of the Charted Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb).

Chris Soffe, Global Supervisory Board at Gleeds (Vice Chairman Gleeds Americas):

Chris Soffe heads up Gleeds’ global dispute advisory offering. He is a Past President of the Chartered Institute of Building, a Fellow of the RICS, a Member of the CIArb and a national panelist of the American Arbitration Association. He has 50 years of diversified project and cost management experience in the USA, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. Chris worked for regional and international construction companies prior to specializing in professional construction consulting. From 1991 to 2019, Chris was President and CEO of Gleeds Americas, forging growth and worldwide relationships with Gleeds’ global partners. He is a strong advocate of conciliatory and collaborative dispute solutions and settlement.

Alex Johnson, Partner, UK, Freeths LLP:

Alex specialises in international engineering and construction disputes at Freeths LLP. He has a track record in advising clients on major engineering and construction projects around the world particularity in the UK, Europe and Middle East. Alex’s CV includes some of the largest projects in the world advising owners and contractors. His experience covers the entire project lifecycle—Alex specialises in dispute management including international arbitration, but he also carries out contrary advisory work and assists clients in avoiding disputes.


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