We are pleased to announce that we have rescheduled a new date to host our first construction law seminar for 2018 on Thursday 17 May 2018, which was postponed in early March due to the heavy snow. We would be delighted if you and your colleagues could join us for a lively discussion and networking.

This seminar will be led by Nik Haria, and will include presentations by Brenna Baye and guest speaker, David Pliener, Barrister from Hardwicke.


  • Construction Bill and Retentions update – a review of the Government’s consultation on retentions in the construction industry and the development of the Construction (Retention Deposit Schemes) Bill, along with a general discussion about retentions including alternatives to retentions and what can be done if monies are not released by an employer.
  • Professional Negligence in Construction Claims: “Did the rules just change and nobody told us?” – will focus on whether the well-established rules in ‘Bolam’ still apply or whether the developing jurisprudence in the sphere of clinical negligence in cases such as Montgomery will be applied to construction professionals.


Who should attend

The seminar is suitable for construction professionals, in-house legal staff, commercial directors and other decision makers. This is a complimentary seminar.


Nik Haria

Head of Construction, Edwin Coe LLP

Nik Haria

Nik specialises in construction law and dispute resolution and handles both contentious and non-contentious construction work.

He has a wealth of experience in providing strategic advice to clients involved in construction disputes. He is regularly instructed to act in adjudications for both the paying party and the payee to a construction contract and has been involved in a number of reported decisions in the adjudication arena.

Nik also acts for a number of property developers and advises on the construction aspects of property development work and is regularly instructed on high-value and complex construction projects. Nik’s broad spectrum of clients means that he has experience in drafting bespoke and standard form construction documentation for all types of transactions involving construction operations.

Brenna Baye

Construction Associate, Edwin Coe LLP

Brenna Baye

Having joined Edwin Coe LLP as a trainee in September 2011, Brenna qualified into the Property and Construction teams in September 2013. Since qualification, Brenna has dealt with a wide range of both real estate and construction matters.

Brenna specialises in construction law, advising individuals and companies from a wide array of sectors on various aspects of both non-contentious and contentious construction matters. Brenna is regularly instructed by employers, funders, developers and consultants advising on and drafting all manner of construction documentation including building contracts, appointments, guarantees, bonds, warranties, development agreements, fit-out contracts and agreements for lease.

David Pliener

Barrister, Hardwicke

David Pliener

David is an expert in Construction and Engineering, Insurance and Commercial work. He also specialises in Property Damage and Professional Negligence work.

Well versed in complex and high value representing clients in litigation, arbitration, adjudication and mediation, his expertise covers the international as well as the domestic and he has worked across a number of jurisdictions including the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands.

“Clearly a silk in the making” (Legal 500), he is known as “very insightful, a good advocate” (Chambers UK). Recognised by clients and legal directories alike for the fact that he is “a very commercial problem solver, who is brilliant with lay clients and an active part of the legal team” (Chambers Global), David is someone who “is very incisive and picks out the important issues from a significant number of documents” (Legal 500).

David is a regular and popular speaker both internally and for external conference providers. He also writes for Practical Law, LexisNexis and other publications.

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