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Building Voices


April 2021

Welcome to the ICE Disputes podcast series, 'Building Voices'.

The CMS ICE Disputes team has launched a new podcast series, Building Voices.

Building Voices is a new podcast series that focuses on the topical issues impacting dispute resolution and dispute management in the construction and infrastructure industries, as well as general developments across these sectors.

The series is hosted by Frances Gordon-Weeks and Rebecca Taverner, both Associates in our ICE Disputes team, and features a range of guest speakers including internal CMS market-leading lawyers, as well as external Counsel and industry experts.

Subscribe, download and listen to the CMS ‘Building Voices’ podcasts here.

*NEW* Episode #2 - What next for construction contractors in 2021?

In this second episode Frances is joined by Partners Lukas Rootman and Catriona Aldridge, and Associate Kathryn Moffett, to discuss the key legal and commercial issues likely to impact construction contractors in 2021.

Following a turbulent year of pandemic restrictions and market uncertainty there are many issues to consider. The following topics are included in the discussions:  

  • The Fire Safety Bill and the key takeaways for those working in the construction industry following the implementation of the bill later this year;
  • The UK’s exit from the European Union and how this will impact the Construction industry from an employment perspective; and 
  • Recent technological advancements and how the construction industry can benefit from these innovations.

For more information on the topics discussed during the podcast, please read our publication Key legal issues for contractors in 2021.

Episode #1 - The use of experts in international construction disputes: conflict of interest and multiple instructions

In the first episode, Frances is joined by Adrian Bell, CMS Partner and Co-Head of the ICE Disputes team, to discuss the recent Secretariat Court of Appeal decision, and the issues that can arise when opposing parties try to appoint experts in the same global professional services firm. This potential conflict issue frequently arises during technically complex cross-border construction disputes where it can often be the case that finding the expert with the appropriate specialism is not a straightforward task.

The podcast follows on from the CMS LawNows that consider the TCC and Court of Appeal decisions. Links to the LawNows are set out below:


Portrait of Kathryn Moffett
Kathryn Moffett
Portrait of Lukas Rootman
Lukas Rootman
Portrait of Catriona Aldridge
Catriona Aldridge
Frances Gordon-Weeks
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