Latest news from the Centre of Construction Law
In the following video series, produced by the Centre of Construction Law, Professor David Mosey will be looking at the impact that King's research and the new legal framework has had across the construction sector.
1 - 'How can the law improve Construction Projects': click here
2 - What is the Impact of FAC-1 on Construction': click here
3 - 'How can FAC-1 Improve Value & Safety on Housing Projects': click here
4 - 'How has FAC-1 helped deliver better value highways?': click here
5 - 'Using FAC-1 to deliver a BIM alliance in Milan' click here
More to follow
"The MSc in Construction Law & Dispute Resolution at Kings College London is one that I could wholeheartedly recommend to any construction professional who seeks to widen their breadth of knowledge. The course isn't easy, it challenges the student to investigate construction law in an insight and thought provoking manner, where the emphasis is on forming original thought as an essential element of learning. Lectures are supplemented by the requirement to prepare written papers on selected subjects, which are then subject to critical review. The right answer to these papers is the one that results from structured research as the basis for articulated views, confirmed by authority. Lectures are rigorous in covering subject matter and organised to stimulate thought, where students are encouraged to engage in subject debate. The academic staff for the course are all drawn from the construction law industry, where many are recognised authorities, nationally and internationally in their field. The course, having been established for over thirty years, derives significant advantage from a DNA of renowned research and development particularly in new forms of contract. Located in the legal heart of London the course regularly calls upon practitioners, in some cases being alumni of the course, who are academic authorities and leaders in the continuing evolution of construction law" - Peter O'Malley, Architect, LOM Architects & Designers (full-time student 2018-2019)
News item from Sir Robert McAlpine:
Congratulations to Jason Gibbons MSc MRICS, Senior Commerical Manager here at Sir Robert McAlpine who recently passed his MSc in Construction Law & Dispute Resolution. He said "I could not have achieved this result without the support of Sir Robert McAlpine, colleagues, friends & family. I am immensely grateful to the course leader, David Mosey and his team at King's College London for delivering such an impressive course and for facilitating the opportunity to forge lasting friendships with like-minded students from around the world".
2018 - Kings Centre of Construction Law & Dispute Resolution leads Europe
At the recent European Society of Construction Law (ESCL) Awards 2018, one of our alumna, Edwina Udrescu, has won joint second prize for her thesis with the title 'What legal & contractual issues can determine the success or failure of a PPP project?'. In line with our recognised place at the forefront of leading academic achievement in the European & Global construction industry, our students have now won more prizes in the competition than any other European University!
King's FAC-1 alliance form adopted in the UK, Italy & Kazakhstan
The snow didn't stop 150 speakers and delegates travelling from around the world to the 1st March 2018 Kings College London conference on 'Alliances, BIM & Collaborative Contracts'. We were fortunate to have as our keynote speakers Ann Bentley who set out the Construction Leadership Council's vision of procuring construction projects for whole life value and Terry Stocks who explained his work in using BIM to improve accountability & asset data in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
The conference explored the methods adopted in a range of jurisdictions for improving value through alliances, building information modelling and collaborative contracts. Our speakers examined the ways in which these contractual systems can integrate procurement, digital technology and the law, both in Common Law & in Civil Law countries.
Our morning speakers offered a range of fascinating perspectives, including case studies of how the FAC-1 alliance contract is delivering improved results on public & private sector procurements in the UK worth a total of over £12 billion. These case studies included a £40 million alliance of 23 SMEs who have achieved over 9% savings for Future Housing Group plus a range of social value, the new £200 million national programme of modular changing rooms and mini-pitches being undertaken for the Football Foundation and a £54 million highways supply chain alliance being led by Kier.
The afternoon sessions comprised insights as to the potential for alliances, BIM and collaborative contracts in Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Brazil and the USA. Speakers announced the first two procurements using FAC-1 in Italy and its adoption as an integrator of multiple FIDIC contracts on a mining project in Kazakhstan. Many thanks to the Alliance Steering Group, the International Construction Law Association and the Society of Construction Law for supporting this conference and to our Construction Law MSc students and other delegates for contributing their own questions and comments.
"I just wanted to write a few words by way of appreciation in respect of the course. At the outset, you explained that the course would change the way that we view things and that was right. I very much appreciated the opportunity to study law in a rigorously academic but still highly practical setting. It certainly challenged me to consider why we undertake projects in the way that we do and how we can better identify the ensuing obligations (and their own particular interactions) that arise as a result. I recommend the course to anyone who is serious about construction law, because it is a serious commitment and all the more satisfying and worthwhile as a result" - David Sawtell, Barrister, Lamb Building (graduated 2017).
MSc students at the Centre of Construction Law were awarded the following prizes at a meeting hosted by the Society of Construction Law at the National Liberal Club on Tuesday 6 February 2018:
David Sawtell - Society of Construction Law prizes for best overall graduate & for joint best dissertation on the subject of 'Unjust enrichment for a Quantum Meruit in construction disputes, where there is an anticipated, repudiated or varied contract', plus the KCCLA prize for best second year exam results.
Richard Harvey - Society of Construction Law prize for joint best dissertation on the subject of 'Good faith & procurement: Analogous means to achieve legal certainty?'
Omar Jassam - Society of Construction Law prize for best performance in Module A examinations
Grzegorz Grzeszczyk - Bickerdike Allen prize for the best performance in Module AL examination
The winners are pictured with Centre Director Professor David Mosey and with Roger Jowett of Bickerdike Allen.
As reported in the Daily Telegraph on 16 February 2017, Professor David Mosey spoke as Principal guest at a dinner on 15 February 2017 of the Worshipful Company of Constructors. His hosts were Master Ian Mason & Sir Vivian Ramsey, former Head of Technology & Construction Court and Visiting Professor at Kings Centre of Construction Law.
Professor Mosey described how multi-party construction contracts enable stronger team integration & generate improved economic & social value. He illustrated how these contacts have been used on award-winning projects led by the City of London Corporation, including new schools, office buildings & major engineering works at the Hampstead Ponds & the Central Criminal Court.
October 2016 - Professor David Mosey is presented with a copy of the first ever FAC-1 Framework Alliance Contract by John Thornhill, Procurement & Contracts Manager for Futures Housing Group. For more information on the FAC-1 research contract, see the Research Projects section of this site.
ICLA Conference 2016
The International Construction Law Association held its inaugural conference in June. Chris Howard spoke at the event, of which Kings was an academic partner. Full details of the event and of future plans can be found in the attached ICLA newsletter.
On Thursday 9 June 2016, the Centre of Construction Law was very proud to host a conference entitled 'Construction, the Consumer and the Law: Time for Change? The conference was convened by Professor Philip Britton, supported by a team comprising individuals both from within and outside the Centre.
Some 96 delegates attended the conference, including professionals and clients from across the industry, plus many distinguished guests from overseas. There were also 26 speakers, representing 6 different jurisdictions.
The conference was the first of its kind in addressing the problems faced by residential construction clients when trying to navigate the range of legal options to them. All of the speakers and delegates agreed that it was high time that this under-served area of construction law was investigated and were delighted to have the opportunity to share ideas and explore the issues.
The keynote presentation as provided by TCC Judge The Honourable Mr Justice Fraser, which was followed by a series of presentations on issues as diverse as off-plan purchases, building quality and defects insurance. Breakout sessions on issues such as new construction methods and cross-jurisdictional comparisons, offered delegates the opportunity to hear talks of particular specialist interest.
The day concluded with a talk from Catherine Aird, one of a series of speakers all the way from Australia, describing her role in an innovative Building Tribunal in Melbourne.
All agreed that the conference was ground-breaking and were very grateful to be a part of a unique forum, which it is hoped will lead to further research and discussion in this hugely important area of concern.
The slide presentations and other documents from the conference are available HERE