FIDIC Masterclass


1-day course

CPD Credit: 6.5 hours, C1

Course Overview

FIDIC is the contract of choice for major utilities work in Ireland. The FIDIC Masterclass is a full day course intended for both public and private sector companies who are currently working with or are interested in working with FIDIC contracts in the future.

Course Aim

The aim of the course is to allow participants in understanding the FIDIC philosophy, choosing the correct form of contract and adapting it correctly and to give an overview of the various provisions within FIDIC such as payment, time and completion, defects and contractual limitations etc.

The course shall give participants an extensive introduction to the FIDIC forms of contracts.  The course will provide delegates with an understanding of how the contracts are applied in practice both at home and abroad with particular reference change and claiming time and money.

Course Programme

  • Choosing the Form of FIDIC
  • FIDIC: Red, Yellow, Green, Silver, Orange, Pink – A Brief Explanation of the Differences and when you might use different versions of the Contract
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Change management – notices, claims and assessment
  • Time and completion
  • Payment provisions
  • Defects and contractual limitations
  • Termination and dispute resolution

Learning Outcomes

After attending the course, participants will be familiar with the differences between the main forms of FIDIC Contracts. Participants will have understood the terms, operation and timeframes involved in the FIDIC forms of contract and further understand the time, risk, and money implications present when using FIDIC contracts.

After the course, delegates should be able to:

  • Understand the basic premise behind each FIDIC option and roles and responsibilities of all involved
  • Understand the various payment mechanisms throughout the options
  • Be aware of risk and change management procedures involved in FIDIC projects

Who Should Attend?

This course is intended for participants with varying experience in using FIDIC Contracts and would specifically be useful to Employers, Employer’s Representatives, Students, Graduates, Engineers, Project Managers, Quantity Surveyors, Contractors and Subcontractors whom want to learn more about FIDIC.

James Golden


James has over 30 years’ experience working with major consultants and contractors throughout the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong and the Middle East.  He has extremely strong practical and theoretical knowledge on all the standard forms of building contracts used in the UK and Ireland and has provided advice to central governments, local governments, and contracting organisations on contractual and disputed issues.  He regularly represents parties in ADR forums, including adjudication, conciliation, mediation, and arbitration.

James is experienced in all aspects of dispute resolution and large-scale project management.  He is a practising adjudicator: a member of a number of appointing body panels including the Institution of Civil Engineers, TeCSA and the ministerial panel in Ireland.

James’ experience includes acting as an Expert Witness in arbitration and litigation.  He has acted as an expert on programming and commercial matters in litigation and arbitration.

James is an active member of a range of organisations including the ICE, the Society of Construction Law, the Adjudication Society, the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, the NEC users group and also serves on the ICE DRP committee.

Claire Graydon

LLB (Hons), MSc

Claire regularly provides advice on both contentious and non-contentious procurement issues and works on behalf of contracting authorities to draft, implement, and manage entire procurement processes.  This experience has included every stage from advising on strategy, market engagement, publishing notices, drafting PQQ and ITT documents, managing clarifications, marking tender submissions, and drafting Regulation 6 notices.

Claire has experience in the management of PWC, FIDIC and NEC contracts.  Claire’s understanding of technical issues associated with the construction industry, coupled with her practical knowledge of the law and dispute resolution, ensures that she is ideally placed to evaluate and advise upon contractual issues faced by both client and contractor.  Claire regularly reviews contracts on behalf of clients to assist them in mitigating their risk and exposure.

Claire has also been involved in a number of contentious disputes.  Claire recently advised a large utility client on a final account dispute with a total contract value of €9m.  The dispute proceeded to adjudication and Claire played a key role in drafting the adjudication documents and managing the process.


  • "Very informative. Excellent presentation from the trainer"
  • "Great course and well worth it"
  • "Excellent and of the right level of detail"
  • Tadhg O’Keefe, Rossaveal Fishery Harbour Centre: "Very clear. Plenty of opportunity to ask questions."

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