Training: Seminars

Construction Insurance: Understanding Your Risks and Avoiding Disputes

Join top legal, construction and insurance experts on 20th October in Manchester

The world of insurance is a fascinating and complex. Like most things in the construction industry, it is never as straight forward as it may seem. Take ‘Construction All Risks’ insurance for example. Does it really cover all risks?

Join us for breakfast in Manchester this October as we bring together top experts in construction insurance and law. Our speakers will help you better understand the world of construction insurance and avoid costly disputes.

Date & Time: 8:00am – 10:00am, 20th October 2021

Venue: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, 151 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3WD


8:00am – Welcome and networking

8:30am – Construction All Risks Insurance – Jonathan Ward, Kings Chambers

8:45am – Professional Indemnity: When to Notify? – Nathan Penny-Larter, Beale & Co

9:00am – Dealing with Delays – Tom Francis, Decipher

9:15am – Panel discussion

9:45am – Networking and close


Tom Francis, Decipher Consulting

Tom Francis is an expert in project planning and forensic delay analysis. He is director of Decipher and manages a team of planning and delay specialists. The team provide tender, live planning and expert witness services to clients from businesses across the process, building and civil engineering sectors.

Tom’s particular interest is de-mystifying complex infrastructure disputes. He is experienced in live project planning and delay analysis using appropriate prospective delay analysis techniques. He is also familiar with programme management under the NEC3 form of contract. Tom has particular skill in developing robust programmes and the correct assessment of compensation events.

For projects experiencing delayed completion, Tom is able to undertake forensic analysis of the facts and determine the most appropriate method of retrospective delay analysis. Tom has drafted expert reports on delay and disruption and supported the ADR proceedings thereafter.

Paul Gibbons, Decipher Consulting

Paul Gibbons is a Chartered quantity surveyor and Chartered member of the CIOB with over 23 years’ experience in construction. His core discipline is in quantity surveying. Other disciplines have been developed over the course of the last 10 years, mainly in claims, disputes, project programming and construction law.

Paul has been involved in a wide variety of construction projects within various sectors – power, civil engineering, aviation, nuclear, railways, utilities and hospitals.

Paul’s career has seen him take on senior contract and commercial positions and undertake many roles involving adjudication and development of final accounts for contractors and subcontractors. He has been Managing Director and latterly, CEO of Decipher Consulting since 2001.

Nathan Penny-Larter, Beale & Co

Nathan is a Senior Associate in the London office and specialises in defending professional negligence claims against Architects, Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Building Surveyors, Cladding Consultants and other construction professionals. He has also defended claims against Directors and Officers, Solicitors, Accountants, Surveyors and Brokers. He has over 12 years’ experience in dealing with professional indemnity matters.

Nathan also regularly advises Insurers on all aspects of policy coverage issues.

He has considerable experience of various forms of alternative dispute resolution including Adjudication, Arbitration and Mediation.

Jonathan Ward, Barrister, Kings Chambers

Jonathan’s practice encompasses technology and construction disputes, as well as general commercial matters, particularly those with a technical or scientific aspect. He has appeared as sole counsel in multi-day trials and heavy applications in the High Court, has regularly appeared in arbitrations and adjudications and upon the enforcement of resulting awards, both at home and abroad. He has also served as part of a counsel team in several multi-week trials, both in the English High Court and in the Commercial Court of the British Virgin Islands.

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