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In a construction project, the Conditions of Contract plays a pivotal role in governing the rights and obligations of the contracting parties, i.e. the Employer and the Contractor. The Engineer, as the agent of the Employer, has to carry out his duties in accordance with the Conditions of Contract. On the other hand, contractors often look into the Conditions of Contract to look for their rights and obligations. Disputes often arise during the interpretation of clauses in the Conditions of Contract; which, as a matter of fact, is challenging as the clauses are not written in plain English.

Over the years, there have been various literatures and case laws covering the interpretation of the difficult clauses in the Conditions of Contract. This course will equip participants with the essential knowledge so they have a thorough understanding on where they stand when issues are in dispute.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the operation of the Government Conditions of Contract
  • Interpret the more difficult clauses in the Conditions of Contract
  • Grasp the rights and obligations of the contracting parties
  • Avoid the loopholes of falling into difficult situations due to misunderstanding of the Conditions
  • Improve the project management skill especially in terms of dispute resolution

Target Participants

HKIE Member or engineer

Course Contents

  • Government Conditions of Contract Clauses
  • Will cover about 30 difficult clauses
  • Examples: Clause 16 Programme
  • Clause 23 Design Responsibilty
  • Clause 47 Commencement of the Works
  • Clause 50 Extension of time for Completion
  • Clause 52 Liquidated Damages for Delay
  • Clause 53 Completion of Works
  • Clause 58 Investigating Defects
  • Clause 59 Bills of Quantities and Measurement
  • Clause 60 Variations
  • Clause 61 Valuing Variations
  • Clause 63 Disturbance to the Progress of the Works
  • Clause 64 Notice of Claims
  • Clause 80 Maintenance Certificate
  • Clause 86 Settlement of Disputes
  • Case laws

Date & Time

10 October 2020 (Sat), 9:30am - 5:00pm




Certificate of Attendance

Medium of Instruction

Cantonese (course materials in English)


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