Engineering and Construction Contracts (Webinar)

Build a better foundation in contracts

About this webinar

Construction projects can be technically very complex and dynamic and involve a multitude of parties involving a fragmentation of responsibilities. Construction law underpins the construction process by creating a framework to regulate the actions of all parties involved. This webinar provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamental principles involved forming the basis of construction law. Where these can add to an understanding of subject cases are dealt with in reasonable detail.

The programme will include:

Session 1 : 20 August 2020

  • Definition and unique nature of the construction contract including Employer’s liability for harm caused by his contractor
  • Form and interpretation
  • The whole contract
  • Formation of construction contracts and letters of intent
  • Subcontractors and privity of contract
  • Retention and Construction guarantees
  • Concepts of design, materials, workmanship, defects and fitness for purpose
  • Contractor’s lien and unjust enrichment
  • Contractor’s insolvency

Session 2 : 21 August 2020

  • Key concepts in construction contracts
    • Possession of the site
    • Difference between risks and insurance
    • Scope of the work
    • Completion
    • Delay, disruption and acceleration
    • Extensions of time
    • Compensation for delays and or disruption
    • Payment for work done
    • Liability for defects
    • Default
    • Remedies for breach
    • “Time of the essence”
    • Notice
    • Supervening impossibility (Discharge by operation of law)
    • Retention and Construction gaurantees

Session 3 : 27 August 2020

  • Types of construction contracts
    • Lump sum contracts
    • Cost contracts
      • Cost reimbursable
      • Cost plus contracting
    • Target contract
    • Other forms
    • Choice of contract
  • Common standard form contracts
    • FIDIC
    • NEC
    • JBCC
    • ECC

Session 4 : 28 August 2020 (90 Minutes)

  • Construction dispute resolution


Gustav Weich comes from a consulting engineering background with 39 years of experience.  In addition to being a registered Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa and a Member of the South African Institute of Civil Engineers, he is an admitted Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and a Fellow of both the Association of Arbitrators (Southern Africa) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an accredited Commercial Mediator.

20 August : 12:00 – 14:30 (Two hour presentation and 30 minutes for questions)
21 August : 12:00 – 14:30 (Two hour presentation and 30 minutes for questions)
27 August : 12:00 – 14:30 (Two hour presentation and 30 minutes for questions)
28 August : 12:00 – 14:30 (Two hour presentation and 30 minutes for questions)Closing date for registrations: 13 August 2020Certification
All sessions are mandatory to qualify for a certificate.
Who should register?

Legal and other professionals, including government supply chain professionals involved in drafting, letting and managing construction contracts.


Registration fee categories (including VAT):

•    Practising legal practitioners and other staff from legal firms: R 2 800 per person.
•    Non-practising legal practitioners/others: R 3 500 per person.

How to register

Kindly note that you can only register online and that there are limited places available. Participants should be registered individually to enable the system to generate a unique username and password for each person.

Payment should be made by electronic funds transfer (EFT) only. Remember to upload the proof of payment (PDF) in step 2. (the online registration form)LSSA banking details: Account name: Law Society of South Africa | Bank: FNB Pretoria | Branch code: 251445 | Account no: 6200 9641 079 | Reference: ECC, your name, surname and cell number

Click on above link “Register here” 

Once you have successfully registered to participate, you will receive confirmation that we have received your registration documentation. You will receive a system-generated e-mail with a link (Microsoft Teams) to the webinar at least 24 hours before the webinar starts. Read the instructions in the e-mail carefully and test your link (Microsoft Teams) to the webinar page at least 20 min before it starts.
For more information about this webinar contact the Bettie Lubbe:

Email: | Please note we only communicate via e-mail should you need more information.

Please take note

  • The LSSA will not accept liability if the fees are not paid into the designated LSSA bank account.
  • The webinar is conducted in English only.
  • Should you need to cancel your registration, this must be done in writing within two business days before the closing date to avoid the full fee being charged.

Course Dates

20 August 2020 (Thursday) : 12:00 – 14:30
21 August 2020 (Friday) : 12:00 – 14:30

27 August 2020 (Thursday) : 12:00 – 14:30
28 August 2020 (Friday) : 12:00 – 14:30

Two hours each of one and half hour presentations and 30 minutes of questions

Closing date for registrations: 13 August 2020

Click here to register


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