Do you want to attend a Dispute Board Hearing!. Alone, the Dispute Adjudication Boards (DABs) term is frightening the construction professionals…. But now you have a chance to attend to a mock dispute board hearing.
one of my projects there was millions of dollars (literally) disputed amount that was basically the result of the different point of views to the works executed and of course interpretation of the Contract. But at the end, millions of dollars were on the table waiting for a resolution. I was telling myself “just the total amount of the basic interest rate and man hours spend for the disputed works could start and finish a middle scale construction project”. As a result, I witnessed myself how costly and time-consuming can be for those kinds of unresolvable disputes.
Last years, I got a chance to attend a training by UAE Society of Engineers called “Arbitration in Construction under FIDIC Contracts”. In the training, I learnt the fundamentals about disputes, arbitration, boards, and etc.. Moreover main differences between Arbitration and Dispute Adjudication. But I was curious to see a live Dispute Board Hearing after the training…
Couple of days before I got an invitation mail from Dispute Boards MENA which was calling (me) for 2nd Dispute Borads Mena Seminar. At the end, I will have the chance to attend a Dispute Board Hearing even it is mock. If I would stay in Emirates up to meeting date which I don’t know yet. But if I am around, I will definitely attend Mock Dispute Board Hearing.
Besides, as indicated in the programme one-hour Networking will be another advantage of the day for you.
Part of the invitation mail which is self-explanatory:
The seminar will consist of an introduction to DABs followed by a mock dispute board hearing during where listed DB MENA practitioners will take on the roles of the Contractor, the Engineer and the DAB. Specifically, the Contractor will present his case to the DAB and the Engineer will respond on behalf of the Employer. Having heard both cases, the DAB will give a decision and share the reasons for reaching it.
Details for the Mock Dispute Board Hearing:
Date: Wednesday 13th April 2016
6:30pm – 7:00pm – Networking and Refreshments
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Mock DAB Hearing
8:00pm – 8:30pm – Q&A
Venue: Conference Centre, Block 1, Dubai Knowledge Village. A car park is located directly across the road from the Conference Centre for those driving to the venue.
Presenting the Mock DAB Hearing:
Representing the Contractor: Andy Hewitt
Representing the Engineer: Gordon Clark
Representing the DAB: TBA
Fees: Dispute Boards MENA is a non-profit initiative. We, therefore, ask for a fee of AED 100 per person to cover the costs of running the event.
For more information website of the Dispute Boards MENA: http://www.disputeboardsmena.com/
For Registering the event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-dispute-boards-mena-seminar-how-dispute-boards-save-time-and-money-on-construction-projects-tickets-21600080422