Key Topics

  • Challenges confronting clients in selecting the right consultancy firm in a softening economy: Are firms able to retain their specialised nature in the wake of layoffs, which could see the transfer of specialised MEP functions in the firm to general consultants
  • ASHRAE’s Owner’s Guide for Buildings Served by District Cooling as a useful reference for building owners on selection of the design consultant and the installation and operation of cooling systems
  • Hotel focus – Drees & Sommer study: With Dubai aiming to attract 20 million visitors in 2020 and overnight visitors to the Middle East exceeding 64 million in 2018, the opportunities to maximise profits have never been greater for the hotel industry. However, over 67% of new hotel openings delayed due to poor communication, contractor time pressures and delayed sub-contractor activities. Minimising the risk of budget overspend and delayed openings. Solutions in the forms of project stakeholder alignment, value procurement approach, technical building delivery, realistic opening date and asset performance strategy.
  • The quantum of time being spent on pursuing payments and in courtrooms, and the impact on productivity and quality of products from energy efficiency, reliability and occupant comfort points of view.
  • The perils of stakeholder engagement in a new-norm atmosphere of constantly shifting goal-posts?
  • The proper, nuanced approach to drafting of contracts and establishing mutually acceptable payment schedules
  • How best to navigate the way through tricky negotiation situations and persuade all parties concerned to adhere to a legal framework
  • How expensive is it to seek legal advice and have overall legal support through all phases of the contractual period?
  • What is the cost-benefit analysis on seeking legal services? Is the investment in legal services a security net that protects stakeholders from what would have been a situation of unforeseen disputes?
  • Is arbitration an appealing option in sustaining and stabilising relationships with clients? Or, is it possible to sustain an amiable relationship even within a legal framework?
  • It is being said that 90% of the time, people don’t read legal contracts thoroughly or give them the attention they deserve to protect their interests. In that context, how to study a legal document, and what redflags to look out for?