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An Introduction to Public Works Contract

  • Date(s)
    Friday, 27 September 2019
  • Time(s)
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members: €345
    Non-Members: €395

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.

  • CPD Credit
    6.5 hours   C2



An Introduction to Public Works Contract (PWC) is a full one-day course intended for both public and private sector companies whom are currently working with or are interested in working with PWCs in the future. This course is intended for participants with varying experience in using the PWC and will provide an in-depth understanding on the various contractual provisions within the PWC. 

Course Aim

The aim of the training is to provide a general overview of the Public Works Contract and to improve the awareness and knowledge of the attendees on the various contractual provisions and procedures that are applicable to PWCs. Our objective is to ensure that attendees understand the terms and operation of the PWCs and approach them practically and professionally.

Course Programme

This course will include an introductory level focus on:

  1. Introduction to the PWC;
  2. PWC Objectives;
  3. Risk Management;
  4. Roles and Responsibilities;
  5. Delay and Compensation Events;
  6. Payment Provisions; and
  7. Dispute Resolution and Termination

Course Objectives

The objectives of the training include:

  • Ensuring that participants understand implications of the contractual terms of the PWC
  • Ensuring that participants understand the contractual mechanisms of the PWC
  • Ensuring that participants understand the impact and effect of the procedures as set out in the PWC and their obligations of different parties within them
  • Improving the timely completion of projects and provide the knowledge necessary for participants to approach PWCs practically and professionally

Learning Outcomes

After this course, participants should be better able to understand the:

  • Objectives of the PWC;
  • Changes and amendments made to the PWC
  • Roles and responsibilities of the Employer, the Employer’s Representative, the Contractor’s Representative, the Specialists/Sub-Contractors and the Quantity Surveyor
  • Procedure involved with compensation events and dispute resolution
  • Payment mechanism under the PWC

Who should attend

This course is open to all whom are affiliated or are interested in the PWC and would specifically be useful to Employers, Employer’s Representatives, Students, Graduates, Engineers, Project Managers, Quantity Surveyors, Contractors and Subcontractors whom want to learn more about the PWC.

Trainer profiles

Ryan Murphy LLB, Solicitor

Ryan is a dual-qualified solicitor in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with over seven years dispute resolution experience. Ryan is regularly involved in contentious and non-contentious procurement issues and often provides advice to contracting authorities in relation to the drafting of documents with a view to minimising the potential risk of challenge and ensuring compliance with the applicable Regulations.

Ryan has acted on behalf of clients in litigated proceedings as well as various forms of alternative dispute resolution including adjudication and conciliation under various forms of construction contracts including the NEC, FIDIC, PWC and NEC. 

Ryan regularly delivers in house seminars and training sessions for clients and contracting authorities.  Ryan is a course leader on an ICE Law and Contract Management course that we are currently delivering for a client. 

Claire Graydon LLB, MSc

Claire is a law graduate with a masters in International Law and Business.  Claire is regularly involved in contentious and non-contentious procurement issues and works on behalf of contracting authorities to draft, implement and manage entire procurement processes using bespoke documents and standard CWMF documents.

Claire advises on contract management and disputes under various forms of construction contracts including the NEC, FIDIC and PWC.

Claire develops and delivers training programmes on a wide range of topics and lectures on Quigg Golden's in-house Law and Contract Management course.  Claire also speaks at external events, most recently delivering a talk at the National Construction Summit on debriefing tenderers.

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27 September 2019


"Found it very informative and a very good introduction to public procurement"

"Very good, knowledgeable!"

"Excellent overview, and course was delivered by a very knowledgeable trainer"

"Very well presented"

Daniel Duignan, RPS Group Ltd.: "Excellent"


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