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20 October 2017

King's Awards – Celebrating our successful staff

King's Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of staff and alumni. Congratulations to our colleagues from Law shortlisted for an award.

King's Awards Certificate
King's Awards Certificate

“Being selected for the King's Awards shortlist is a great honour for the Centre of Constriction Law and for me personally. It provides a real boost to our work in developing new contractual models that create integrated teams and that deliver improved value.”

Professor David Mosey, Director, Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution

Professor David Mosey - Nominated project

Major construction and engineering projects the world over face the challenge of bringing multiple consultants, contractors and specialists together to integrate their work, services and supplies.

In response to these challenges, experts in the Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution consulted with over 120 organisations and developed the FAC-1Framework Alliance Contract, the first multi-party contract of its kind in the field of construction. Since its launch in June 2016, FAC-1 has transformed the way in which multi-party relationships are agreed and managed, and has already been adopted on public and private sector procurements worth a total of over £9.5 billion. Read more

Some of the impactful work Professor Mosey has been undertaking in relation to the FAC-1 contract includes:

  • FAC-1 has been approved as the agreed basis for King's to research and prepare a set of model agreements designed to accelerate the construction of much-needed UK affordable housing through the strategic procurement of modular and off site solutions (we have a grant from the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy)
  • Met with Crown Commercial Service and a group of leading UK architects and project managers to connect them under FAC-1 in a new initiative to offer improved value to public sector clients
  • The Ecological Sequestration Trust met with its partners at the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio earlier this month to agree FAC-1 as the basis for their worldwide programme of improved infrastructure in City Regions
  • The University of Milan collaborated with us on the Italian translation of FAC-1 which was launched last week under licence granted by King's, and three projects have already been put forward as Italian trials.

“I feel thrilled about the nomination. I love teaching, so it is very rewarding to know that students took time to put our names forward for this Award. That shows that their learning experience was very constructive and fulfilling and that is probably the best legacy a teacher can aspire to leave.”

Dr Manuel Penades Fons, Lecturer in Commercial Law

Dr Manuel Penades Fons - Nominated project

“I share the teaching of Private international law with Alexander Layton QC and both of us have been nominated for this Award. Instead of dividing the sessions between us, we decided to co-teach every seminar together. This gives us the opportunity to offer a more comprehensive and pluralistic vision of our subject, which combines elements of English and European law. We believe students need to understand that Law -both in theory and in practice- is multifaceted and frequently open to different points of view. The combination of our professional experiences and legal backgrounds (academic/practitioner, civil law/common law, etc) in every seminar enriches the learning of our students and encourages discussion in class. Each week one of us plays the leading role and the position of the other is to intervene at different stages of the seminar to insist on the key concepts, offer an alternative perspective on the controversial points and open the debate among students. We also appoint two student-experts per session; they prepare the topic in depth and act as our first port of call during the discussion. This helps to start student participation and increases their weekly engagement with the subject. Once the session has finished, the experts stay for 10-15 mins to receive personalised feedback on their performance. We also use that time to ask them about how they feel about the module in general and how we could improve it.”

“I am honoured to be nominated for my contribution to widening participation. Taking part in the K+ and Spring Up schools is a lot of fun and very rewarding in itself so to be nominated for an award is an excellent bonus.”

Estelle Marks, PhD Student (Law) and PhD Researcher (Social Science and Public Policy)

Estelle Marks PhD, Nominated project

Estelle Marks and Becca Farnum have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to King’s Widening Participation programmes. They have supported lower ability learners, who have English as an additional language and those with special education needs. Both have made a significant contribution to our K+ scheme and have cultivated an inclusive learning environment.