NI Conference 2019


9:00am, 5 April, 2019


Titanic Hotel, Belfast.

About The Event

Construction Law Conference Northern Ireland 2019

A full day of talks, workshops, panel discussions and more. All centered around Construction Law in Northern Ireland.

CIArb and The Adjudication Society are proud to have speakers from the highest level of construction law in Ireland. We also look forward to providing tea/coffee, lunch and a drinks reception at the Titanic Hotel. We look forward to seeing you there.

Event | schedule

A full day from 9:00AM including coffee break, lunch and drinks reception.

8:30 - 9:00AM

Jarlath Kearney

Registration & Introduction

9:00 AM
Justice Horner

The Honourable Mr Justice Horner

Business & Property Hub Update from the Courts

Mr Justice Horner was called to the Bar in 1979. He was appointed a QC in 1996. At the Bar he had a wide and varied practice with a particular interest in commercial disputes, Chancery and professional negligence cases and personal injury litigation. His areas of special interest include practice and procedure in this and other jurisdictions, chancery, commercial litigation and public law. Mr Justice Horner is the Chairman of the Judges’ Council, Chairman of Northern Ireland sub-committee of European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ) looking into minimum standards for judges across Europe, a Coroner appointed to hear legacy Inquests and President of the Lands Tribunal.

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Jackie Simpson QC

Early Neutral Evaluation

Jackie has been involved in many high profile banking cases and has appeared in a number of important commercial actions. She has also been involved in numerous mediations and adjudications.

Craig Dunford

Mr Craig Dunford BL

Appointing Proper Experts Properly

Over thirteen years’ experience specialising in commercial and chancery litigation, insolvency law and company disputes. Extensive experience in advising and representing government departments, insolvency practitioners and private clients in commercial and insolvency-related matters. Author of Litigation in the Commercial List in Northern Ireland published in 2012. Part-time tutor at the Institute for Professional Legal Studies in Belfast, and coaches and supports senior school students interested in the legal profession, and in providing training for expert witnesses in civil court cases.

10:50 - 11:00AM


11:10 AM
Michael humphreys

Michael Humphreys QC

Concurrent Delay - North Midland Case.

Michael practises mainly in the areas of Chancery and Commercial law, which extends to litigation, arbitration, adjudication and mediation as forms of dispute resolution. He particularly specialises in construction disputes, public procurement challenges, banking and professional negligence actions for and against solicitors, architects, surveyors and financial advisors. Michael is currently Chair of the Commercial Bar Association and member of the Commercial Court Liaison Committee.



Challenging Adjudications on Lack of Payless Notice

Where are we now ??

Up until the recent decision in Grove Developments Limited v S&T, employers who failed to serve a pay less notice on time often ended up on the wrong end of a ‘smash and grab’ adjudication decision, resulting in a requirement to pay their contractor, as well as legal and other fees involved in the process. However, the TCC has now given its blessing to a way for employers to try and gain the upper hand. We will be looking at the current position of the courts and what is the best way to advance and defend actions on a Payless point.

12:10 PM
David Sharpe


Amending Standard Contracts - what should you be aware of?

David Sharpe is a practicing Barrister in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and England & Wales. He has extensive legal knowledge in a multi-jurisdictional context with strong dispute resolution skills. David is an experienced Arbitrator and Mediator and has undertaken many high profile ADR cases as both Arbitrator/Mediator and Counsel in domestic and international arenas.

12:50 - 1:30PM


1:30 PM
David Meade


the Role of leaders in law

Working with clients that include PWC, Institute of Directors, Bombardier Aerospace, and EasyJet, David designs custom development programmes that fit the specific needs of organisations large and small. Cultivating decades of cutting edge management and leadership research from some of the world’s most eminent sources, David has shown some of the most successful organisations in the world how they can work more efficiently and effectively.

2:30 PM
Annaliese Day

Ms Anneliese Day QC

Professional Liability & Negligence Claims

A highly sought-after silk described as a “leading lawyer of her generation” who handles some of the most high-value and complex cases in the world, both as Lead Counsel and as Arbitrator, Anneliese has extensive expertise in commercial, energy, construction, investment treaty, insurance and professional liability disputes in both a national and international context. Described as having “extraordinary talent, eloquence, and ability to explain complex issues to lay clients”, she is a firm believer in seeking to bring added value to any case whatever her role. She was named as Construction Barrister of the Year at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2018, Construction and Energy Silk of the Year 2018 at the Legal 500 UK Awards, Barrister of the Year 2014 by The Lawyer and selected as one of the 500 most influential people in the UK by Debretts in 2015.

3:10 PM
Rob Mc Causland

Mr Rob McCausland BL

Procurement Issues

Rob has extensive expertise and experience in construction law. Clients see him as committed to providing the best advice legal advice, in conjunction with a practical strategic understanding of the commercial pressures specific to the construction industry, and the highest standards of client care. Rob has formidable experience in all the stages of a construction dispute: from EU procurement issues and early initial advisory work, to mediation, adjudication and litigation or arbitration.

3:40 PM
Jarlath Kearney

Jarlath Kearney

Panel Discussion

Jarlath is a Chartered QS who has specialised in Contractual issues and dispute resolution for almost 20 years. He is Director of Elemental Consultants and has extensive experience in the management and settlement of major construction arbitrations, adjudications and mediations. He is qualified to act as Arbitrator, Adjudicator or Mediator in commercial matters and also receives appointments as Expert Witness on quantum matters and valuation of loss and expense. Jarlath is the Chair of the NI Chapter of the CIArb and local convenor for the Adjudication Society.

4:00 - 5:30PM


Pricing | registration

All tickets can be purchased from Event Brite. Please get in touch if you have any questions about tickets or admission.