The Peruvian Society of Construction Law ("SCL") held its inaugural conference at the Universidad Del Pacifico in Lima on 9th and 10th April 2014. The SCL has not been long constituted in Peru and so it was gratifying that some 300 delegates attended the Conference. Goodman Derrick partners John Wright and Richard Bailey attended; Richard is the current Chairman of SCL UK and Vice President of the European Society of Construction Law.
The format of the sessions at the Conference was that a keynote speaker gave a presentation on a topic related to construction law and then a distinguished panel discussed that topic in detail. There were six such sessions; Richard gave a keynote speech on "Variations, Changes and related Financial Issues" and John spoke on the topic of "Disputes in Construction Projects; trends and best practices for prevention and resolution."
Other keynote speakers included the well international arbitrator, Professor Doug Jones AM from Sydney, Australia, Keith Kirkwood of Bennington Green in the UK (the immediate past Chairman of SCL UK) and Hector Mairal, a senior partner of Argentina's largest law firm, Marval, O'Farrell and Mairal.
The entire event was very well organised by the University and by an enthusiastic team led by the Chairman of the Peruvian SCL...