Date: 10 December 2020
Time: 3:00 PM UTC
Duration: 60 min
Language: English
Format: Online
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Worldwide: Construction Disputes: What Will 2021 Bring?

2020 is a year like no other. The construction industry is feeling the impact of Covid-19 from the front row. The question of who will ultimately foot the bill promises to give rise to heated debates. It is no secret that, behind the scenes, claims are being prepared from all sides (owner, contractor, subcontractor, consultant, engineer, ...). In this webinar, the construction law specialists from the law firm Schoups, located in the heart of Europe, take stock of the situation and look forward to 2021. Will the commendable intentions of working collaboratively in these trying times survive the turn of the year, or will the "new normal" quickly return to the "old normal", with claims escalating all too rapidly into fully-fledged disputes? The webinar will deal with common causes of claims (Covid-19 related and other) and take a closer look at how such claims are governed under the major international construction contracts. The different possibilities to avoid claims from evolving into disputes will also be explored, with a focus on current specific challenges such as more laborious communication due to social distancing and other restrictive measures. Dispute resolution evidently remains a major topic, as not all disputes can be avoided. Proceedings are becoming increasingly virtual, which has its pros and cons. The speakers will not only discuss new evolutions in litigation and arbitration, but will also elaborate on recent trends regarding alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and dispute boards. The webinar targets all persons who are active in the construction industry. It aims at giving guidance in these unprecedented times by providing an outlook for the future of construction dispute avoidance and resolution.
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Marco Schoups
Marco Schoups brings several decades of experience in both real estate & construction sector disputes and arbitration, as well as the full range of real estate & construction project development counsel. He is one of the chief editors of the Construction Law Manual, one of the most comprehensive works on Belgian construction and real estate law. He is ranked as a Leading Individual for Construction and Real Estate by Legal500, which praises his “experience and vast knowledge of the Belgian real estate and construction sector and important players”.
Siegfried Busscher
Siegfried Busscher is a partner at Schoups, heading the Private Construction and International Construction Contracts practice groups. He focuses on all aspects of real estate and construction, offering particular strength for clients in (international) private sector construction projects and public procurement processes. Siegfried is a co-author of several comprehensive works on Belgian construction and real estate law. He is described in Legal500 as offering “very hands-on and thorough counsel in construction matters”.
Geert De Buyzer
Described as “always looking for the best solution for the customer” and “able to think outside the box” in Legal500, Geert De Buyzer focuses on high-stake dispute resolution. He handles prominent construction, corporate and commercial disputes through litigation, arbitration and ADR. He is a partner at Schoups and heads the Arbitration and ADR practice group. He also heads the expert group on ADR at the Antwerp Bar. Geert recently co-authored a commentary on the Belgian Arbitration Act. He is also an accredited mediator and collaborative lawyer.
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