Speakers: Stephen Rockhill & Lauren Melnyk- Stevens & Bolton LLP Solicitors
Many professional consultants are appointed by clients without the basis of that appointment and its T&Cs being spelt out. This way leads to potential problems.
What is the appointment for? Who is it with? Is there a timetable for its completion? How is it to be performed? (e.g. complying with industry norms, arbitration or court ‘procedures’). What duties are owed, to whom and to what standard? Does this extend to 3rd parties? How much is the consultant to be paid, when and by whom? Do the services fall within the terms of the ‘Construction’ Act? What rights do consultants have if they are not paid? If things go wrong, does your professional institution require minimum complaint procedures? Can consultants limit their exposure from suit? Are net contribution and limited liability clauses permitted?
Stephen Rockhill is the perfect speaker for this topic because, not only is he a practising solicitor, he is also a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, having spent 25 years as a contractor and consulting engineer. He is a consultant and former head of the construction & engineering team at solicitors Stevens & Bolton. Stephen specialises in advising on procurement, the drafting and negotiation of building contracts, consultant appointments, bonds, guarantees, partnering & framework agreements as well as providing ‘live project advice’. He will be joined by his colleague, Lauren Melnyk. Lauren is a construction solicitor specialising in non-contentious and contentious construction law.