Introduction to Public Works Contract


1-day course

CPD Credit: 6.5 hours, C1

Course Overview

An Introduction to Public Works Contract (PWC) is a full one-day course intended for both public and private sector companies who are currently working with or are interested in working with PWCs in the future. This course is intended for participants with varying experience in using the PWC and will provide an in-depth understanding on the various contractual provisions within the PWC.

Course Aim

The aim of the training is to provide a general overview of the Public Works Contract and to improve the awareness and knowledge of the attendees on the various contractual provisions and procedures that are applicable to PWCs. Our objective is to ensure that attendees understand the terms and operation of the PWCs and approach them practically and professionally.


This course will include an introductory level focus on:

  1. Introduction to the PWC;
  2. PWC Objectives;
  3. Risk Management;
  4. Roles and Responsibilities;
  5. Delay and Compensation Events;
  6. Payment Provisions; and
  7. Dispute Resolution and Termination

Learning Outcomes

After this course, participants should be better able to understand the:

  • Objectives of the PWC;
  • Changes and amendments made to the PWC
  • Roles and responsibilities of the Employer, the Employer’s Representative, the Contractor’s Representative, the Specialists/Sub-Contractors and the Quantity Surveyor
  • Procedure involved with compensation events and dispute resolution
  • Payment mechanism under the PWC

Who Should Attend?

This course is open to all whom are affiliated or are interested in the PWC 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 the PWC.

Trainer Profiles

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 well delivered. The trainer kept the course interesting and encouraged everyone to engage. Highly recommended."
  • "Content and delivery was brilliant and presenter is very knowledgeable and able to respond to any queries asked."
  • "Very informative and well presented. Highly detailed and relevant to me"
  • Ronan Toft, Kildare County Council: "Very well presented with good knowledge of content."
  • Caroilín Liston, Kerry County Council: "Very good course. One day is ideal."
  • Joseph Reilly, J B Barry: "The course was very informative and encouraged participant interaction."

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