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Construction Law

City Colleges’ Professional Diploma
  • Designed for construction, engineering and legal professionals
  • Delivered on Demand or Online
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  • Starting September 2024

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The Professional Diploma in Construction Law course is designed for construction, engineering and legal professionals.

The course provides a detailed overview of the Irish construction law landscape.

In this rapidly developing area of law, this diploma analyses the core regulatory provisions of the construction site from the perspective of employers, contractors, sub-contractors, and architects.

Week 1 Overview of Construction law and introduction to the Irish legal system
• Court structures
• Precedent
• The construction process from initial conception of the project to demolition
• Key construction stakeholders

Week 2 Overview of the law of contract and tort
• Duty of care
• Liability for defective products
• Causation and remoteness
• Essential elements of a contract
• Agreement
• Conditions and warranties
• Vitiating factors to a contract
• Remedies

Week 3 The construction contract and the key stakeholders
• How construction contracts differ from other forms of contracts
• RIAI contracts
• FIDIC contracts
• PWC contracts
• Contractual amendments
• Key trends in construction contracts
• Construction administration

Week 4 Introduction to construction procurement
• Introduction to procurement contracts
• Tendering process
• Features of a tender
• Traditional build only contract
• Design and build contract
• Construction management contract
• Management contracting
• Public procurement directives

Week 5 Risk allocation
• Roles and responsibilities
• Practical certificate of completion
• Construction administration
• Delay
• External factors

Week 6 Health and safety on the construction site
• Overview of health and safety regulations
• Risk allocation
• Recording of health and safety obligations
• Hazards and risks

Week 7 Construction insurance
• Interaction between construction, insurance and the law
• Responsibility and liability in construction
• Indemnities
• Insurance clauses
• Professional indemnity insurance
• Alternative methods of insuring

Week 8 Alternative dispute resolution
• Advantages of non-litigious forums of resolution
• Arbitration
• Arbitration Act, 2010
• Mediation
• Mediation Act, 2017
• Conciliation

Week 9 The Construction Contracts Act
• Payment disputes
• Delay disputes
• Suspension of works under the Construction Contract Act
• The role of alternative dispute resolution in the construction process
• Construction adjudication

Week 10 Construction litigation
• Difficulties associated with construction litigation
• Civil procedure introduction
• Parties to litigation
• Who to sue?
• Law of evidence
• Comparative analysis

A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma in Construction Law. A fail grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded.

The Diploma in Construction Law is assessed by way of written examination (70%) and continuous assessment (30%).

Lecturers

Catherine Dunne

Catherine was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2017 and is a qualified attorney in the State of New York. She has a broad civil practice with an emphasis on taxation, construction and common law matters. She is also a committee member of the Construction Bar Association and editor of its Periodical. She has previously lectured in Construction Law at the Law Society of Ireland.

Course Award

A City College’s Professional Diploma Course is a focused, practical programme designed and delivered by an industry practitioner, that consolidates, upskills or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications that indicate that you have been trained in a particular area or specific subject matter.

City College Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects. They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study here by their organisation.

Corporate Training

In addition to our scheduled Professional Diploma courses, City Colleges can provide bespoke training over 3 – 4 days, please contact Kevin.Coyne@citygroup.ie for further details.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the legal foundations surrounding a construction contract
  • Understand the diverse range of stakeholders to a construction contract
  • Appreciate the impact and interaction of the law of tort and contract law in the construction process
  • Demonstrate an understanding of statutory obligations surrounding the area of construction law inclusive of any health and safety legislation
  • Be aware of and be able to advise on the appropriateness of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms specifically designed for construction disputes.
  • Assess the implications of developments in relevant case law and legislation
  • Evaluate and analyse how construction contracts are discharged, performed or breached

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Please call the College on +353 1 416 0034 or email info@citycolleges.ie.

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