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SHORT COURSE

Infrastructure Law: Delivering Projects and Managing Risks

Good planning and contracting are essential to success in major infrastructure projects. Clear and effective communication between professionals from different disciplines is crucial. In this short course, you’ll engage with aspects of major infrastructure projects, with a focus on risk allocation and stakeholder protection in the contracting process.

About this course

Major infrastructure projects are on the rise – and so too are risks to stakeholders. This UTS Open short course will introduce you to the legal and commercial elements of these major construction initiatives, equipping you with the expertise to plan, contract and allocate risk effectively.

This course is part of a planned suite of infrastructure law short courses designed for legal and construction professionals. During this short course, you’ll explore major infrastructure risk management, delivery and pricing structures, costs and contracts, expanding your knowledge of the concepts and terminology that underpin these projects.

Course content will be delivered by leading law academics and building industry experts, divided into four modules, including (1) Delivering projects, (2) Managing project risks, (3) Pre-contract planning and (4) Managing liability. By the end of your studies, you’ll able to communicate more effectively with the many disciplines involved in major infrastructure initiatives, helping to avoid misunderstandings in performance of contracts.

Key benefits of this course

Through undertaking this short course, you will:

  • Gain valuable knowledge of risk management and contract drafting for major infrastructure projects
  • Examine the life-cycle of a project through a series of case studies
  • Benefit from multi-disciplinary expert insights
  • Build your knowledge of key legal and construction concepts and terminology
  • Network with other infrastructure professionals
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - For NSW lawyers, the Law Society of New South Wales advises: “If this particular educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) "unit" for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included."

Price

Full price: $1800 (GST-free)*

Special price: $1620 (GST-free)* This early bird price is available until 12 September 2022.

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information.

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Additional course information

Course outline

Course content will be delivered by leading law academics and building industry experts, divided into the following four modules:

  • Delivering projects
  • Managing project risks
  • Pre-contract planning
  • Managing liability.

By the end of your studies, you’ll able to communicate more effectively with the many disciplines involved in major infrastructure initiatives, helping to avoid misunderstandings in performance of contracts.

Join us for the exciting cross-discipline workshops on the afternoons of the 7th and 14th October 2022! Speakers will include: 

  • Andrew Chew, Consultant, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Professorial Fellow
  • Alberto Sanchez, Head of Planning, Lendlease and NSW Committee Chair of AACE Australia Section
  • Owen Hayford, Principal, infralegal
  • Associate Professor Peter Smith, Associate Head of School and Program Director - Construction Project Management (DAB)
  • Dr Robin Bowley, Lecturer, UTS Law.

Course structure and learning objectives

Course structure

Day 1 – Friday 7 October (topics 1 & 2)

12:30pm to 5:30pm with 60 mins of break(s)

Topic 1: Delivering projects (12.30 to 2.30pm)

  • What is a project?
  • Stakeholders
  • Project cycles
  • Risk
  • Procurement and bidding for projects.

Presenters: (1) Andrew Chew, Consultant, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Professorial Fellow, UTS Faculty of Law, and (2) Associate Professor Peter Smith, Associate Head of School and Program Director - Construction Project Management, School of the Built Environment, UTS Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building (DAB).

Topic 2: Managing project risks (3.30 to 5.30pm) 

  • Delivery structures
  • Contract forms
  • Pricing structures.

Presenters: (1) Owen Hayford, Principal, infralegal, and (2) Andrew Chew, Consultant, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Professorial Fellow, UTS Law.

Day 2 – Friday 14 October (topics 3 & 4)

12:30pm to 5:30pm with 60 mins of break(s)

Topic 3: Pre-contract planning (12.30 to 2.30pm)

  • Project objectives: time, cost, quality, performance
  • Level of influence over the project life cycle
  • The impact of contract type on time (and cost)
  • Developing the contract program
  • Documenting the contract program basis (and program obligations)
  • Common causes of delays and basic concepts of delay claims.

Presenters: (1) Alberto Sanchez, Head of Planning, Lendlease and NSW Committee Chair of AACE Australia Section, and (2) Andrew Chew, Consultant, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Professorial Fellow, UTS Law.

Topic 4: Managing liability (3.30 to 5.30pm)

  • Liabilities (including limitation and exclusions)
  • Indemnities and releases
  • Indirect and consequential loss
  • Insurances
  • Managing counterparty risk.

Presenters: (1) Dr Robin Bowley, Lecturer, UTS Law, and (2) Andrew Chew, Consultant, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Professorial Fellow, UTS Law.

Course learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this short course participants should be able to:

  • Identify legal and commercial risk in major infrastructure projects
  • Anticipate and manage time, cost, quality and performance issues through effective planning and contract drafting
  • Understand major infrastructure projects from a multi-disciplinary perspective, including the practical and legal implications of the relationships between the parties
  • Contribute to and, where appropriate, lead team exercises such as group presentations
  • Demonstrate high standards of professional communication in written and oral work.

Requirements

Mandatory

To complete this online course, you will need a personal computer with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas, Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

Discounts

Discounts are available for this course as follows:  

  • Multiple enrolments from the same organisation: 10% discount for 2-4 participants, 15% for 5+ participants
  • 10% discount for UTS alumni and staff

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

Multiple enrolments from the same organisation

To take up this offer, email law.shortcourses@uts.edu.au with:

  • Your organisation’s name
  • The course name and date 
  • The number of people you’ll be enrolling (minimum of 2 participants).

UTS alumni and staff

Please contact the team at support@open.uts.edu.au with your student or staff number to request your discount voucher code. 

If you have forgotten your UTS student number, email support@open.uts.edu.au with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement. 

Contact us

Who is this course for?

This short course is suitable for professionals involved in the planning and delivery of major infrastructure projects, including:

  • Lawyers working in building and construction law at all levels
  • General counsel and other legal experts working in aligned industry sectors
  • Builders and other major infrastructure trade professionals
  • Architects, designers, engineers and planners
  • Project managers, quantity surveyors and sub-contractors
  • Government agencies concerned with major infrastructure projects
  • Postgraduate students in project management, property development or law.
$1,620.00

START DATE

07 October

MODE

Online

DURATION

8 hrs

Meet the Experts

Andrew Chew

Andrew Chew
Consultant, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Professorial Fellow, UTS Faculty of Law

Andrew is a Projects Consultant at Corrs Chambers Westgarth with wide-ranging experience in various infrastructure fields including public-private partnerships, transport, hospitals, telecommunications and property development.

As a qualified engineer, Andrew’s unique perspective has benefited his work on a number of Australia's most significant infrastructure projects. Recent projects include the Cross River Rail, North-East Link, Sydney Metro (NWRL), Sydney Light Rail, Sydney Gateway, Community Plus (Ivanhoe Estate), Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF 1 and 2) and New Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Andrew is a Chartered Professional Engineer and is recognised as a leading lawyer in Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, Best Lawyers Peer Review and International Who’s Who Legal. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law (UTS), a co-chair of the Society of Construction Law Australia Technology 2030 Committee and a member of the SOCLA Thought Leadership Committee.

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Alberto Sanchez

Alberto Sanchez
Head of Planning - LendLease, NSW Committee Chair of AACE Australia Section

Alberto is currently the Head of Planning of Lendlease and the NSW/ACT Regional Committee Chair of AACE. Prior to joining Lendlease he held senior international positions in planning and scheduling, cost engineering and decision and risk management at Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), Samsung Engineering, WorleyParsons, Toyo Engineering, UHDE and Leighton.

With over 25 years of experience delivering major capital projects worth up to $10 billion in Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Europe and Central Asia and Latin America, Alberto’s experience spans multiple sectors including infrastructure, energy, chemical and utilities, throughout all the project lifecycle phases.

Alberto has a degree in civil engineering, a Master’s in Logistics and Operations with distinction and a Postgraduate degree in Energy Studies. He has spoken and written extensively on the topics of decision and risk management, front-end planning, project assurance and modular construction for International Conferences and Universities.

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Owen Hayford

Owen Hayford
Founding Principal, infralegal

Widely recognised as one of Australia's leading infrastructure and construction lawyers, Owen recently founded infralegal - specialising in providing strategic legal and commercial advice on major projects. A former partner of Clayton Utz, PwC and DLA Piper, he has over 25 years’ experience in the structuring, procurement, negotiation and contract management of complex projects including dispute avoidance and resolution strategies.

Owen is experienced in all forms of contracting including traditional, collaborative and relationship-based contracting (alliancing, integrated project delivery, delivery partner model, managing contractor), operating franchises, facilities maintenance contracts and public private partnerships (PPPs). He is a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne, a council member of the Australian branch of IPFA and a past chair of Thought Leadership at the Society of Construction Law Australia.

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Associate Professor Peter Smith

Associate Professor Peter Smith
Associate Professor, School of Built Environment, UTS Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building

Peter is Program Director of the Construction Project Management program in the School of the Built Environment, UTS. His teaching covers project cost management, procurement and contract management, project risk management, project safety management and professional practice.

Secretary-General of the International Cost Engineering Council, Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and a corporate member of the Australian Institute of Project Management and the Australian Institute of Building. He is also engaged as an industry expert to provide advisory and expert witness services in relation to construction litigation matters. Peter has won numerous national and international awards for his teaching, research and industry engagement, including best paper awards, education/research awards and industry awards in Australia, Singapore, China, Slovenia, Brazil and South Africa.

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Dr Robin Bowley

Dr Robin Bowley
Lecturer, UTS Law

Robin commenced as a full-time lecturer with UTS Law in 2014, having taught sessionally since 2009. His principal fields of teaching and research are in Corporate Law and Insurance Law. As a lawyer with ASIC (2005-11), he was involved in numerous investigations into possible contraventions of the Corporations Act (2001) and related legislation – including continuous disclosure, insider trading, market manipulation, breaches of directors’ duties and insolvent trading. 

Robin is actively involved in the Australian Insurance Law Association (as a member of the NSW Council) and the Governance Institute of Australia (as a member of the Corporate and Legal Issues Committee) and is a contributing author to the Butterworths Corporations Law Bulletin, Australian Corporations Law Principles, Practice and Australian Consumer Credit Law and Robsons Annotated Corporations Legislation.

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Book a session

Fri 07 Oct 2022 -
Fri 14 Oct 2022
Expert: Andrew Chew, Alberto Sanchez, Owen Hayford, Associate Professor Peter Smith, Dr Robin Bowley
  • Online
  • Online
  • 2 sessions, 8 hours total

Enrolments are scheduled to close at 11.00am AEDT on Friday 7 October 2022

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