Commercial and Contract Management


1-day course

CPD Credit: 6 hours, C1

Course Aim

This course covers the practical aspects of commercial and contract management, including an interactive session on all aspects of a "deal", from tendering through to administration, management of the contract, and resolution of any disputes.

Course Overview

This course is an interactive and experience-based overview of commercial and contract management for all those involved in engineering projects or those working in the build environment.  It is designed to cover the commercial and contractual life cycle of a project, from inception and feasibility, through to procurement and delivery, and a focus on dispute avoidance and dispute resolution.

Course Objectives

After the course, the participants should be able to:

  • Better understand the commercial reality of a project and the importance of whole life costing;
  • Better understand the basis of contract law;
  • Appreciate the importance of handover between procurement and delivery teams within their business;
  • Better understand day to day contract management in terms of quality assurance, payment processes, passing risk through the supply chain;
  • Understand the importance of recording keeping and best practice for dispute avoidance;
  • Understand the main forms of dispute resolution in Ireland (Conciliation, Adjudication and Arbitration) and which is better for them

Course Programme

Morning session

  • Introductions.
  • Understanding Your Contracts.
  • Contract Administration: Payment, Subcontracting and Time and Programming.
  • Standard Form Contracts: NEC, FIDIC, RIAI.

Afternoon session

  • Dispute Avoidance: Record Keeping and Disputes.
  • Dispute Resolution: Conciliation vs Adjudication vs Arbitration.

Who should attend?

All those involved in engineering and construction projects in Ireland.  This course is suitable for those in both the public and private sectors.  It is essential for those procurement and managing projects; and is designed to cater for those involved in projects at every stage.

Trainer's profile

David McNeice

David is the Global Co-Head of DWF's Infrastructure, Construction and Energy team.  David practices in Ireland, Northern Ireland and England & Wales, with experience working across the MENA region on major infrastructure projects. 

David has worked with some of the Ireland and the UK's largest public sector bodies and private clients and is currently involved in some of the largest infrastructure or major projects in the UK and Ireland.   David is retained to advise on all aspects of construction law, including contract drafting, contract management (NEC3, JCT, ICC, FIDIC and IChemE), negotiation of contracts, settlement of issues and full dispute resolution processes.

David himself is an Associate Member of the Institution (AMICE) and the Convenor of the Adjudication Society for Ireland.

Please contact the Team for further information on scheduled course dates and In-Company options. You can reach us by phone: 01 665 1305 or email