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September 2018

18 London

Proving liability and loss where fire stopping fails
8.00 for 8.30am
SCL Astra Breakfast Seminar

A case study focusing on:

o    Sources of liability (contract, building regulations, negligence)

o    Where does design responsibility lie?

o    Difficulties in proving causation and expert evidence required to deal with the issue

o    Difficulties in proving loss, including mitigation


Please note this event is open to SCL Members only and you need to be logged in to register.  Please also note this event will attract 1 CPD hour unless otherwise advised at the beginning.

Daniel Churcher, 4 Pump Court
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Adelaide House, London Bridge, London EC4R 9HA

13 South West

Riva Properties v Foster – what duties does an architect have?
5.30 refreshments for 6pm

Mark and Stephen, who were appointed in this case by the successful claimant, will provide a review of the case, and consider its impact upon Architects and Expert Witnesses.

Both contentious and non-contentious construction professionals will benefit from the insights imparted.

Attendance is free for SCL Members and guests: please register.

Mark Wheeler, Global Chief Operating Officer, Driver Trett and Stephen Homer, Partner, Ashfords
Andrew Evans, Gregg Latchams
Bristol Hotel, George White Room, Prince Street, Bristol BS1 4QF

12 London

Introduction to Basics 2018

This annual seminar is for those considering specialising in construction and for junior or recently appointed staff encountering construction issues for the first time. It provides a general introduction to many of the widely encountered principles, as well as identifying some current ‘hot topics’

The expected themes and speakers are: Procurement and Tendering (Julie Teal – Withers LLP) Claims (Liam Holder – Navigant) Defects and their legal remedies (Sarah Williams – Keating Chambers) Dispute resolution (Nicholas Gould – Fenwick Elliott LLP and Kings College London) Development and Finance (Helen Garthwaite – Wedlake Bell LLP)

Presentations and discussions start at 2pm and end at around 6pm. The presentations will be followed by a drinks reception in Chapters, 1st Floor, King’s Building. For further details please contact Sue Hart on (+44)(0) 20 7848 2643 email or

King's College London, Room K2.31, King's Building, Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS

11 Sheff-Derby-Notts

Does Your Contract Mean What It Says?

Please note this event will attract 1 CPD hour unless otherwise advised at the beginning.

Kim Franklin QC, Crown Office Chambers
Jonathan Cope, SCL Chair
Hallmark Hotel, Midland Road, Derby DE1 2SG

07 Leeds

The SCL Lunch in Leeds
12.15 for 1.00pm

Cost £75 pp incl VAT.  Bookings are open to non SCL members. All places will be allocated on a first paid, first served basis.    

Andrew Parker, FRCS Consultant & ENT Surgeon
Leeds Marriott Hotel, 4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane, Leeds LS1 6ET

06 Leeds

Introduction to Building Contracts – Understanding Key Clauses

Please also note this event will attract 1 CPD hour unless otherwise advised at the beginning.

Tom Owen (Keating Chambers) and Nicholas Maciolek (Atkin Chambers)
Jonathan Cope, SCL Chair
Leeds Beckett University, Lecture Theatre B, The Rose Bowl Building, Portland Way off Portland Crescent, Leeds LS1 3HB

06 East Anglia/Milton Keynes

NEC 4 - What's new? Evolution or Revolution

Please note this event will attract 1 CPD hour unless otherwise advised at the beginning.

Lindy Patterson QC, 39 Essex Chambers
Alistair Cull
Network Rail, Quadrant MK, Elder Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 1EN

05 Manchester

Professional Liability for Construction Professionals : case law, trends and practical guidance
5.30 for 6.00pm

This event is now FULLY BOOKED.

Please note this event will attract 1 CPD hour unless otherwise advised at the beginning.

Sarah Hannaford QC and Tom Owen, Keating Chambers
Fraser Askham
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, 1 The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3AP

04 London

When the walls come tumbling down: Fraud in Adjudication, Arbitration and Mediation

(Please note that bookings must be made online for this event, and SCL will not take bookings by email)

Please also note this event will attract 1 CPD hour unless otherwise advised at the beginning.

Matt Molloy, MCMS
Mrs Justice O’Farrell
National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London SW1

August 2018

09 London

SCL Networking Evening

Please note this event has now SOLD OUT.  If you wish to be placed on a waiting list, please email

The Oyster Shed, The Observation Deck, Angel Lane, London EC4R 3AB

July 2018

19 London

Joint Organisations' Boat Trip

SCL Astra, RICS Matrics London & CIOB Novus present the joint organisations’ Boat Trip on the River Thames.  Cost £45 including VAT. The ticket price includes a Pizza Express dinner and a free bar of draft beer, cider, house wine and non-alcoholic drinks.


Festival Pier, River Thames, London

17 South West

An introduction to design obligations in English law: Where did they come from and where are we now?

Please also note this event will attract 1 CPD hour unless otherwise advised at the beginning.

Peter Brogden, Keating Chambers
Radisson Blu Hotel, Broad Quay, Bristol BS1 4BY

13 Manchester

The SCL Manchester Summer Lunch
12.30 for 1.00pm

Bookings have now closed for this event.

Edwina Currie
The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Salford, Manchester M3 5LH

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