Construction Contract Law: Fundamentals

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An introduction to contract law, where you will gain the essentials of law as it typically applies to construction and engineering projects, from pre-tender through to contract, payment, variation, change and disputes.

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The essentials of law for constructors is an important step in assuring your business against the threat of claims and disputes.  On this course you will learn about contract law and tort throughout the lifecycle of a project.  It covers pre-tender and tender activities, through to contract management, liability, completion, mitigation, third parties and even handling disputes.

Taught through lots of discussion and case study based exercises, this interactive course will prove highly essential to managing your contracts successfully, and recognising how to protect your organisation.


This course is designed for those who are involved in the procurement, project management and contract administration of construction projects.

It is the ideal introductory course for those with no formal learning in the area of contract law and torte in construction.  Learners can attend with limited to no experience of construction, however it is best suited to those with some to significant experience who are seeking to gain in-depth knowledge in a single day.

It is suitable for project managers, client’s representatives, site managers, quantity surveyors, project planners, project controllers, contract administrators, procurement staff, design consultants and sub-contractors.


All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for their CPD records and the learning objectives are:

  • Understand and apply contract law and tort in construction
  • Analyse and evaluate management of contracts throughout the full  lifecycle
  • Identify methods to protect the business from risk
  • Understand the process of contract management from a legal perspective
  • Analyse third parties and dispute resolution


Your course will cover:

  • Overview of contract law and tort
  • Pre tender stage
    • Bribery and Corruption
  • Tender stage
    • Tendering process and fairness
    • Public Procurement
  • General Obligations under contracts including:
    • Good faith/ mutual trust and cooperation
    • Design Liability/ fitness for purpose
  • Valuations and payments
    • The Construction Act
    • Late payment
  • Variations or changes
    • Management of change
    • Legal issues
  • Certification and Defects
    • What is completion
    • Mitigation
  • Third Parties
    • Bonds, Guarantees and warranties
    • Third Party Rights
  • Dispute Resolution
    • Mediation and Conciliation
    • Adjudication, Arbitration and Litigation


Peter Curtis BSc(Hons) MCIOB MCIArb MAPM

Peter is a project management consultant, adjudicator, mediator and trainer with over thirty five years of experience in construction.  He has worked on all sides of the industry for contractors, client organisations and as a consultant.

Peter has a wealth of practical project management experience both in the UK and overseas. This experience and expertise in invaluable in assisting clients improve the way they manage their projects and to develop their people.

The approach to training is highly innovative and he has developed major corporate in house programmes for apprentices, graduates and senior staff covering a wide range of project management, contract law and technical topics.

He also acts as a claims consultant, mediator and adjudicator in contractual disputes. Peter is passionate about helping people and businesses to achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution to the success of their projects.