MPG expands it’s team and project portfolio in the first quarter of 2019

Since moving to our new offices at the start of the year MPG have expanded their team and are pleased to welcome Peter Toseland (Project Director) and Martin Cripps (Bid Manager), and Graham Vinters (Planner & Project Controls), who are now part of our Pre-Construction Team assisting our clients with their bid and tender requirements.

The first quarter of 2019 has brought over 20 new projects to the practice so far from both new and existing clients. New commissions include Expert Witness, Dispute Resolution and Commercial services on Fulham Gas Works, 15 Kean Street, IKEA Greenwich, Hanover Square, Hobhouse Court, O2 Cineworld, South Bank Apartments, Lewisham Ambulatory and Park Crescent in Regents Park. Demand for the expertise and experience of our dispute resolution team continues to grow.

Changes at MPG

We’re delighted to announce that due to expansion, our Watford office has moved to a new location. We’re also proud to have achieved RICS regulated status, and we have updated our company name to reflect this.

Our new address in Watford is 42-44 Clarendon Road, Watford WD17 1JJ. Please note we also have a new Watford telephone number. Telephone: 01923 312306. We’ve moved to make room for our growing dispute resolution team.

Please update your records with our new Watford details. You can find all our contact details across the UK and worldwide here: Contact

Having achieved RICS regulated status, we’ve changed our company name to more accurately reflect the business in 2019. We’re now MPG Chartered Surveyors Ltd.

Regulated by RICS designation shows that MPG:

  • practises to globally recognised standards
  • behaves ethically, and acts with integrity and honesty
  • has the required skills and competencies to do the job
  • manages conflicts of interests transparently
  • safeguards the security of client money
  • manages its finances appropriately
  • provides adequate and appropriate indemnity for your work
  • handles complaints and disputes fairly.

 

MPG hires Ryan Dando as Commercial Manager

International construction consultancy MPG has appointed Ryan Dando as Commercial Manager.

Ryan has more than 17 years’ experience in the construction industry, including over a decade working on various forms of the NEC contract.

He has worked across sectors including retail, social housing, stadia and residential as well as commercial offices, aviation, rail and design. His experience includes work on landmark projects, such as Westfield at White City, the London Olympic Games and the redevelopment of Heathrow Terminal 2.

Prior to joining MPG, Ryan was a commercial manager with Atkins, and previously worked as a senior cost engineer and contract administrator with Crossrail on the Bond Street station project and with Morgan Sindall as commercial manager for MEP and fit out of Crossrail stations.

His core skills include cost engineering, project controls and contract administration under the NEC form of contract. Other skills include anticipated final account management, procurement of works packages, tender analysis and contract negotiation as well as early warning and compensation event management.

Legal ruling highlights importance of preparation

Preparation is crucial when taking a construction dispute to court, a new legal ruling has underlined.

Construction consultancy MPG says the High Court decision should also serve as a reminder to contractors that they need effective programmes in place before commencing a contract in case there is a dispute in future.

The claimants in Clutterbuck and another v Cleghan lost because they failed to call an important witness, and the court refused to allow them to plug gaps in expert evidence at the last minute.

Michael Gallucci, managing director of MPG, said: “This is a wake-up call for anyone contemplating legal action, and their litigation team, that you must be fully prepared before you walk up the steps of the court building.”

Mr Gallucci, who advises leading construction companies and speaks internationally on contract law, said contractors must also prepare to protect themselves in the event of a dispute before even beginning work on a project. “Programmes are absolutely vital when claiming for delays or combating counter-claims,” he said. “They become yardsticks against which to measure the effects of delays, which are a frequent cause of disputes.”

An RICS accredited mediator, Mr Gallucci said too many property and construction disputes end up in court. “Instead of rushing headlong into what should be the last resort, the parties in a dispute should seek to resolve their problems through mediation, which is quicker and less expensive,” he said. “The Clutterbuck trial lasted 11 days in the High Court, no doubt racking up a big legal bill for the claimants who in the end walked away empty-handed. There is no way of knowing if they would have had a better outcome if they had settled by mediation, but in most cases, it is a better and less painful way to reach a conclusion.”

He added: “Settling out of court with the help of a qualified mediator can even mean that the parties don’t fall out irrevocably and can work together again. That’s rarely the case after an acrimonious court battle.”

Ten fatal errors to avoid with NEC construction and engineering contracts

Leading construction consultancy MPG has joined forces with award-winning law firm DAC Beachcroft to warn about deadly mistakes that contractors must avoid when using NEC contracts.

NEC contract templates are already widely used in the UK, from small procurement jobs to huge schemes such as the Olympic Park, and new templates in the latest version (NEC4) extend their use to new types of projects.

Their success is built on the efficiency of being able to use a ready-made and proven contract for project management and to define legal relationships. This is both more efficient and less expensive than writing a new contract from scratch.

But there are risks, which are highlighted by Michael Gallucci, managing director of MPG, and Michael Blackburne, a partner at DAC Beachcroft, in a new seminar being offered free to contractors, subcontractors, project managers, employers and other NEC users.

They have compiled this list of the top ten areas to focus on when using NEC contracts to avoid potentially catastrophic failures.

1.    Administrating the NEC

2.    Accepted programme and revisions

3.    Working areas

4.    Notifications

5.    Compensation events and time bars

6.    Early warning

7.    Defined costs, disallowed cost and defects

8.    Design – standard of care

9.    Completion

10. Compulsory adjudication

Michael Gallucci said: “With construction disputes on the rise, it’s obviously vital to have a suitable contract in place before embarking on a project. NEC is an excellent starting point, but it is crucial that contractors understand what they are getting into and manage the process properly.”

The seminar, which is offered free and on site at the contractor’s premises, also covers what it means for contractors to enter into an NEC contract and what they should be doing to ensure it works for them and not against them.

To book a seminar at your premises, email sarah.dexter@mpgqs.com

The seminar offers top tips for employers and project managers as well as covering how contracts should be administered and how to make claims through compensation events and early warning notices.

Key benefits of the new NEC4 contract suite are

  • Streamlined processes and updated definitions
  • Improved contract administration and reduce admin costs
  • Greater clarity and reduced potential for problems
  • Provision for BIM and early contractor involvement
  • Improved Risk Opportunity and Risk Management

There is more information at www.neccontract.com/About-NEC/NEC4-suite-of-contracts

MPG in the news

MPG has been hitting the headlines in recent months.

Our expert opinion pieces on two landmark court rulings were covered in print and online on channels including Audit & Risk, Business Link and CCR Magazine.

Meanwhile, the launch of our new report on Construction Claims and Defence made the pages of Project Manager Today.

You can download the report for free here.

For more information about the latest court rulings and other developments in construction, see our news section.

 

MPG joins high profile international bid team

MPG already has a track record of providing quantity surveying and other services for big design projects such as stadia, airports and rail stations worldwide. It now hopes to create more opportunities to work on similar large developments as part of the Design International consortium

Construction law expert qualifies as mediator

An international expert in construction law, Michael Gallucci, has qualified as an RICS mediator.

Michael Gallucci

Mr Gallucci, who runs London-based consultancy MPG, advises clients in the UK and the Gulf on construction law. A regular speaker at global conferences, he firmly believes that more businesses in the real estate sector should mediate to find a resolution to their disagreements.

“The construction sector sees a large number of disputes, often to do with late payment, and eight out of ten times when they do go to court, the parties will be instructed to go away and seek an out of court settlement,” he points out. “So it makes sense to go to mediation first and avoid the costs of a court case.”

As well as advising on legal matters, Mr Gallucci, a qualified RICS surveyor, and his team also act as management consultants on behalf of organisations involved in major construction projects. These have included the $30 billion Business Bay in Dubai where MPG provided contract administration, project management, quantity surveying, cost management and other services, and the £242 million Aquatics Centre for the London Olympics where the company provided contract administration, quantity surveying and cost management services.

He recently completed a successful speaking tour in the Middle East, including as a speaker at Big 5 in Dubai, the region’s largest construction industry event.

Nearer home, Mr Gallucci has joined the Civil Mediation Council, and is volunteering his mediation services to resolve family disputes via a St Albans charity. He is also mentoring two young professionals through their dissertations towards qualification as RICS surveyors.

As an RICS Accredited Mediator, Mr Gallucci’s name will be added to the list of qualified mediators managed by RICS Dispute Resolution Services.

Construction law expert qualifies as mediator

An international expert in construction law, Michael Gallucci, has qualified as an RICS mediator.

Mr Gallucci, who runs London-based consultancy MPG, advises clients in the UK and the Gulf on construction law. A regular speaker at global conferences, he firmly believes that more businesses in the real estate sector should mediate to find a resolution to their disagreements.

“The construction sector sees a large number of disputes, often to do with late payment, and eight out of ten times when they do go to court, the parties will be instructed to go away and seek an out of court settlement,” he points out. “So it makes sense to go to mediation first and avoid the costs of a court case.”

As well as advising on legal matters, Mr Gallucci, a qualified RICS surveyor, and his team also act as management consultants on behalf of organisations involved in major construction projects. These have included the $30 billion Business Bay in Dubai where MPG provided contract administration, project management, quantity surveying, cost management and other services, and the £242 million Aquatics Centre for the London Olympics where the company provided contract administration, quantity surveying and cost management services.

He recently completed a successful speaking tour in the Middle East, including as a speaker at Big 5 in Dubai, the region’s largest construction industry event.

Nearer home, Mr Gallucci has joined the Civil Mediation Council, and is volunteering his mediation services to resolve family disputes via a St Albans charity. He is also mentoring two young professionals through their dissertations towards qualification as RICS surveyors.

As an RICS Accredited Mediator, Mr Gallucci’s name will be added to the list of qualified mediators managed by RICS Dispute Resolution Services.