What is this course about?
This is a highly focused one-day course, which deals exclusively with engineering contracts and the use of legal skills to manage risks and to provide solutions to problems. Only those aspects of the law and related practice that are relevant to engineering and that the engineer or manager will be able to use on a day-to-day basis will be discussed – this is, above all, a practical programme.
Examples, case studies and practical work will deal with the legal issues that engineers are most likely to encounter and the course will include suggested solutions and techniques for dealing with these issues.
Key topics covered
- Negotiating and structuring engineering contracts
- Time and the engineering contract
- Price, payment and additional costs
- Key clauses about obligations of the parties
- Terms and obligations relating to quality
- Relationships involving other parties
- Title to goods in intellectual property
- Guarantees, bonds and other undertakings
Who would benefit?
- Engineering managers
- Engineers aiming to make a transition to managerial positions
- Project managers and engineers
- Buyers and sellers of engineering products or services
- Contract / commercial managers
At the end of the course those who have attended will gain:
- A thorough understanding of the structure and content of public and private engineering contracts, including how to make a balanced risk analysis of such contracts
- An understanding of the principles of contract law relating to all engineering practice and examples of their most recent application will be discussed, to help ensure that you avoid the problems and pitfalls
- A valuable insight into the practical application of engineering contracts, to help you ensure the success of any engineering projects in which you are involved
Key topics covered
1. Negotiating and structuring engineering contracts
- Different types of forms
- How engineering contracts may come into being
- Letters of intent and instructions to proceed
- Authority to contract
- Work commenced in the absence of a contract
2. Time and the engineering contract
- The date of the contract
- The commencement of the date of the project
- Key dates for information and approvals
- The importance of the programme
- Failure to meet stated times or dates
3. Price, payment and additional costs
- Ways in which the price can be formulated in an engineering contract
- Legal requirements
- Methods of payment
- Additional cost clauses
- Variations and their effect on cost
- The relationship of force majeure to costs
4. Key clauses about obligations of the parties
- The role of the engineer or other person appointed
- Contractor’s obligations
- Indemnities and their meaning
5. Terms and obligations relating to quality
- Express terms
- Implied terms
- Remedies under common law
- Limits of liability and the different ways of setting them
6. Relationships involving other parties
- Assignment and sub-contracting
- Some problem areas involving third parties
7. Title to goods in intellectual property
- The importance of establishing title to goods
- Different times or methods by which property can pass
- Intellectual property rights in an engineering contract
8. Guarantees, bonds and other undertakings
- What are bonds and guarantees and what commercial purposes do they serve?
- How and when the obligation to provide them arises
- Who provides the bond or guarantee?
- Conditional and on-demand bonds and their legal implications
- Values of bonds in relation to the price and method of payment
- Risk appraisal
- Some practical points to bear in mind when dealing with bonds and guarantees
Are you interested in running this course for your team or organisation?
This programme can be delivered on a date of your choice and at a location of your choice, in other words exactly where and when you need it!
From the outset we will provide you with expert advice and you will be assigned your own personal training adviser who will stay with you throughout the process. Every team is different so we will provide you with a tailored training programme, designed around your team’s needs and focused on your desired outcomes.
All courses are followed up by a full training evaluation report and certificates of learning for each delegate. For groups of up to 12 delegates per course, our in-company training is a very cost-effective way to develop your people and improve team performance.
Get in touch today for a full quotation to suit your budget. To discuss your requirements in more detail with one of our friendly advisers please call on 0845 130 5714 or email one of the team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can complete the short contact form below.