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Practical Completion - the Law & Practice

Date: Tuesday, 21 Jun 2016, 18:30 - 21:00 Location: The Offices of Dentons LLP, The Pinnacle, 170 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK9 1FE Member cost: £0.00 (including VAT) Non-member cost: £0.00 (including VAT)

‘Practical Completion - the Law & Practice’

Getting it right for busy practitioners

Presented by

Murray Armes BA(Hons) DipArch MA MSc RIBA FCIArb, MAE

James Bowling BA(Hons) DipLaw

Architects & Surveyors are required by standard forms of contract to determine when practical completion has been reached.  Many other issues flow from this vital decision and yet time and again professionals get it wrong - leading to disputes and complications.  This talk will try to unravel the essential elements of practical completion from both a theoretical and practical viewpoint.  The presentations will consider:-

·                     What ‘Practical Completion’?

·                     What is its purpose?

·                     When is it achieved?

·                     What are the consequences of Practical Completion?

·                     What are the consequences of it not being certified?

·                     What about ‘Partial Possession’?

·                     What is the true status of ‘Snagging Lists’?

·                     Does ‘Beneficial Occupation’ matter or mean anything? 


Murray Armes is a Chartered Architect and Chartered Arbitrator and is Managing Director of Sense Studio, forensic architects.  He specialises in dispute resolution work in the construction industry, where he regularly undertakes appointments as an arbitrator, adjudicator, mediator, dispute board member or expert witness.  He is a council member of Soc. of Construction Law.

James Bowling of 4 Pump Court is a leading junior barrister and named in the directories as a “rising star” in construction and engineering disputes.  He was nominated as construction junior of the year at the Chambers Bar Awards in 2014.