Construction Projects and Dispute Management Training

Developed by:   

  • Ms Karen Gough, Dr Christopher Malcolm for the Caribbean Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution (CiADR) and the Jamaica International Arbitration Centre Limited (JAIAC)      

Facilitated by:   

  • The BVI International Arbitration Centre Limited (BVI IAC), in collaboration with the Caribbean Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution (CiADR)


  • Ms Karen Gough, FCIArb, DipICArb, CArb, FAiADR, Barrister (39 Essex Chambers, United Kingdom) & Attorney-at-Law (Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago).
  • Dr Christopher Malcolm, FCIArb, FAiADR, Attorney-at-Law, Secretary General, Jamaica International Arbitration Centre; Senior Lecturer & Director, Mona Law Institutes Unit, Faculty of Law, The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus; Partner, Malcolm Gordon, Attorneys-at-Law.
  • Mr Christopher Graham, MBA FRICS ACIArb, RICS Registered Valuer, Director, BCQS International (BVI).

Date:  19 November 2019

Time:  8:30am – 4:30pm

Price: $400 for the day. For registrations, please contact Claire Shefchik or the BVI IAC. If you want to also attend the main conference and to get a $600 packaged deal, please mention this in your email.

Venue:  BVI International Arbitration Centre, Tortola, BVI.

In collaboration with supporting institutions:


This is an interactive seminar requiring both individual and group participation. The driving consideration throughout the day’s training programme will be industry best industry practice as should be applied in the Caribbean.    


8:30 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.


8:55 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks and Introduction of Facilitators

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Setting the Stage

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  

Contract Basics I

  • General principles of contract law
  • From project idea to bankable proposal
  • Risk - Benefit considerations
  • Negotiating the implementation agreement

10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.


10:20 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Construction Contract Basics

  • Construction law in focus
  • Establishing the I A M (Identification, Allocation, Mitigation/ /Management)

11.30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Scope, Time and Money: the technical “must dos”

Contract construction law principles central to drafting/concluding a good contract; drafting the agreement

12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. LUNCH

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

The FIDIC and other Standard Forms

  • Key Features
  • The Dos and Don’ts
  • De-briefing and Tips from the inside 
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Dispute Avoidance and Resolution

4:00 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.   


  • Checking exercise
  • End of day recap
  • Announcements