03 - 04 June 2021 -Online

Managing Projects for Disputes and Claims

Who the Course is aimed at and Why

Claims and disputes are a common feature of construction projects in Australia and every business needs teams who are alive to this risk and have the skills that can respond. This intensive 2 day interactive workshop is designed to provide the participants with the knowledge and practical skills and tools needed to understand and navigate this very real risk. 

Day 1 is focused on setting the project up before the claim or dispute has emerged. You will learn how to build a project execution strategy that will help mitigate the risk of a dispute and claim arising, including practical sessions on how to build the templates and processes you will need, record management and working with your team and internal stakeholders.

On Day 2 we shift to when a claim or dispute has arisen. Here we cover dispute pathways, claim strategy, building and managing a claim team, and dispute resolution.

The course is ideal for both those delivering the projects, technical leads, project managers and commercial managers, as well as your in-house legal, finance and commercial teams.

Course Directors

Kiri Parr
Kiri spent the first 25 years of her career as a construction lawyer, 15 of which as regional general counsel for Arup.  She has handled some of the largest disputes facing professional service practices in Australia and has intimate knowledge of what it takes to build commercial and claim strategies on major projects.

Kiri is a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne law school where she lectures on major projects, is actively involved in the FIDIC Contracts Committee, and operates her own consultancy firm as a specialist in project strategy.

As an active participant in Consult Australia for over 15 years, including as president from 2017 to 2019,, Kiri is passionate about improving outcomes in the construction industry.

Heidi Schweikert
Over the past 25 years, Heidi has managed teams of lawyers, Counsel, technical experts and technology specialists in construction and resources disputes specialising in large and complex claims.  Heidi recognises the importance of project management skills and tools in managing claims and uses them to ensure our large disputes are run efficiently and delivered cost effectively.

Heidi also brings those skills and experience to major projects, working with clients to identify and manage risk throughout the project to improve delivery and to identify and minimise commercial risk and claims.Where it is not possible avoid risk altogether, we work to tailor creative dispute resolution and management solutions early with a view to maintaining commercial relationships.  

Having first used databases to manage complex disputes in the 1990s, Heidi has a particular interest in the strategic use of technology to improve outcomes for projects and claims. Heidi is a member of the Executive, Federal Litigation Section, Law Council of Australia and Chair of its Legal Technology Committee.  

In 2018 Heidi won the Lexology Client Choice Construction Award for Australia and she has appeared regularly in Doyles Guide for construction and commercial litigation since 2012.

Date: Thursday 3 June 2021 - Friday 4 June 2021
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Venue: Online - a link will be emailed to registrants prior to the event
Cost: $2,800 (Members); $3,600 (Non-Members) (inc GST)

Group booking discounts are available for 5+ registrations.

Course cost includes

  • Full 2 day online training program
  • Training materials
  • Certificate of Attendance

For more information contact the Consult Australia National Office on (02) 8252 6700 or email education@consultaustralia.com.au

Cancellation policy: A full refund will be made for cancellations received more than 20 working days prior to an event. Cancellations made between 5 and 20 working days from an event will incur an administration fee of $320 and the remainder of the course fee will be kept as a credit towards future courses. All cancellations need to be made in writing. NB refunds will not be given if a delegate fails to attend or cancels within 5 working days of the event. Substitutions can be made at any time without penalty. In the event that a course is cancelled by Consult Australia registration fees will be refunded in full however Consult Australia will not accept responsibility for delegate flights or accommodation for cancelled courses.