With COVID-19 and resulting social distancing and gathering restrictions, it seemed a great way to engage with the industry was via topical webinars. Augusta is pleased to host a series of live webinars for its clients and the broader industry network with presenters who are experts within their fields. Details of the first three webinars are set out below. Further webinars are planned covering matters relating to payment and insolvency.
Webinar 1 – 18 April 2020
Property damage or defective works?
Sophy Woodward, Special Counsel at HFW, spoke on how to distinguish between property damage and defective works in the context of construction insurance claims, including providing some practical guidance following R&B Directional Drilling (in liq) v CGU Insurance Ltd (No, 2)  FCA 458. Sophy’s wealth of experience includes 15 years specialising in contract works, property damage/business interruption and liability insurance claims.
Webinar 2 – 21 April 2020
Quantification of loss caused by delay and disruption in construction and engineering projects
Thought leader and Director of Aston Consult, Robert Gemmell shared his valuable insights on the distinction between delay and disruption in construction and engineering projects and how you might go about quantifying the loss suffered. Robert has over 25 years of experience in the construction and engineering industry and is best known for his book “The Quantification of Delay and Disruption in Construction and Engineering Projects”, described by His Honour Justice Vickery QC in the foreword as “an Australian work of legal scholarship and authority”.
Webinar 3 – 29 April 2020
Demystifying the black art of delay analysis
This engaging title presented by John Donnelly, Regional Director, DGA, covered some common methods of delay analysis from the SCL protocol and compared and contrasted the results of applying 3 of the most commonly used. The overwhelming enthusiasm from some attendees to sign in from a 3.30am time zone, saw John kindly re-present his topic later in the day to ensure all participants could log in at a convenient hour. John has over 30 years of experience in the construction and engineering industry, much of which has been spent preparing and/or analysing contractual claims, including detailed delay analysis. John has run over 300 seminars for all levels of the construction industry and is a regular guest lecturer for the ‘Masters in Construction Law’ course at the Melbourne University.
If you would like to find out more on the construction webinar series and forthcoming webinars, please contact our in-house construction legal specialist, Sarah Adams.