What Engineers Need to Know About Contracts

Topic Contract and Project Management

CPD Hours 6*

Price IChemE Member £760 + VAT / Non-member £950 + VAT


Live online course – from 14 June 2023, 14:00–17:00 BST.

Engineers need to understand the basis and practicalities of contract law in order to deliver successful projects and supplier relationships. Failure to understand the basics can prove very expensive.

If you are dealing with suppliers and managing contracts on a regular basis, it's important for you to be able to make informed decisions without waiting to consult with legal specialists.

This online course is designed to provide you with a grounding in contract law for engineering and construction contracts, and how it is used to help deliver successful projects and supplier relationships.

Teaching will be delivered via two live sessions (approx. two–three hours in length each).

An e-certificate will be issued at the end of the course to confirm attendance and CPD hours logged. Please note that you must attend all modules to receive the certificate.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will understand:

  • the role and purpose of contracts for engineering
  • the role of engineers in contract formation and management
  • how contracts are formed and ended
  • the terms and conditions and obligations placed on each party to the contract
  • how risk is allocated in different types of contract
  • processes for dispute and conflict resolution.

Who will benefit

  • Project managers
  • Contract managers
  • Contract administrators
  • Engineers
  • Administrators
  • Consultants
  • Consulting engineers
  • Quantity surveyors
  • Sales and purchasing managers/personnel
  • General managers
  • Graduate engineers

Course outline

  • Introduction to contracts – how and why they are formed
  • Common pitfalls: verbal contracts, modified contracts, battle of the forms
  • Key terms and conditions in contracts, express and implied terms of contracts
  • Warranties, guarantees, IPR and damages
  • Standard and specialist forms of contract
  • Discharge of contract, breaches and damages
  • The role of the engineer and project manager
  • Contract management and variation
  • Contracts, the law and ethics


Module 1

Wednesday 14 June 2023, 14:00–17:00 BST.

Module 2

Thursday 15 June 2023, 14:00–17:00 BST.

Not available then? Register your interest in future dates.


  • IChemE Member: £760 + VAT
  • Non-member: £950 + VAT


Discounts are available to companies booking more than one place:

  • 2 places–10% discount
  • 3 places–15% discount
  • 4 or more places–20% discount.

Bookings must be made at the same time to receive the discount.


Modules will be delivered via Microsoft Teams. If you don't already have this installed, you can join as a guest in order to access the training. We'll share information about how to do this after you've registered.

Train your team

This course can be delivered to corporate teams, either on-site or online. Content can be tailored to your specific requirements, and this could be a cost-effective option if you have several people requiring the training. To find out more and request a quotation, visit our in-company training page.

* CPD hours should be used as an approximate guide and will vary depending on the preferred approach of the delegate and to what extent additional learning is completed.

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IChemE Forms of Contract

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Paul Wright


Paul Wright

Paul was born in Hull and attended the University of Leeds where he studied Physics and completed a PhD in NMR of Polyethylene Melts. He then joined chemical industry multinational ICI where he had a variety of technical and commercial roles, latterly as Engineering Contracts Manager in the Contracts Purchasing Group (corporate procurement). As part of his duties there he led training in purchasing for a variety of ICI businesses, which resulted in him becoming a self employed trainer and consultant in 1998.

Since then he has worked extensively in the Middle East, frequently with leading oil and gas companies, and in the UK Public Sector. He continues to work with both buying and selling organisations to ensure that the process is a beneficial as possible. His UK consultancy has focused on developing supply chains in the public and private sectors and has covered a wide range of sectors including chemicals, engineering and sports. He is also an associate lecturer at the University of Bradford School of Management covering a range of commercial topics.

He is the author with Stuart Emmett of Excellence in Public Sector Procurement, Cambridge Academic 2011. 

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