Property developers, architects, civil engineers – contractual questions, environmental challenges and current trends


18 - 20 October 2018

Cyprus’ year round sunshine and strategic location in the Eastern Mediterranean - at the crossroad of three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa - coupled with the recent discovery of offshore gas and an attractive inward investment programme centred on granting Cypriot citizenship and permanent residency to high net worth individuals who successfully enter the property market, have established Cyprus as an ideal location for Professional Services, Real Estate development and Energy. Services and tourism are the backbone of the Cypriot economy and contribute significantly to the country’s GDP.

The Cypriot economy has in recent years returned to growth and construction and property development are accelerating throughout Cyprus with Limassol at the heart of some impressive development schemes already completed. Limassol is being transformed through the development of the beautiful marina and old port and the arrival of a high net worth class of residents who are driving the economy.

In view of the above, the island of Cyprus in general and the city of Limassol in particular couldn’t be a more appropriate location for a seminar titled “Property developers, architects, civil engineers – contractual questions, environmental challenges and current trends.

The seminar will be co-hosted by the Environmental & Energy Commission and the Real Estate Commission. The scientific programme covers questions of contract law (especially consultancy agreements), insurance contracts and environmental challenges. Furthermore, Building Information Modelling (BIM) will be discussed. The scientific programme will be closed by two panels on liability and litigation & arbitration.

Our conference hotel is located on the beachfront promenade, overlooking Akrotiri Bay and is the closest beach hotel to the city centre. While in Limassol, one can relax on one of the many beaches and beach cafes; alternatively walk on the seafront known as "Molos promenade", followed by Old Port and Limassol Marina, explore the Limassol Castle and nearby Old Town area. Old Town's Saripolou square in the evening offers an interesting night out experience with many bars & cafes. From a historical and cultural point of view a visit in Amathous Archaeological site, Kolossi Castle and Kourion are worth visiting. The social programme includes visiting beautiful sea front locations to sample delicious Mediterranean food and enjoy Cyprus hospitality. The optional social programme includes a cruise around the coast and snorkeling and swimming in the Mediterranean Sea.

AIJA Commissions

  • Environmental and Energy Law
  • Real Estate

Full programme

Property developers, architects, civil engineers. Contractual questions, environmental challenges and current trends

Thursday 18 October 2018

17:00 » 18:00
Registration at the Hotel Crowne Plaza Limassol
18:00 » 19:30
Welcome drinks at the Hotel Crowne Plaza Limassol
19:30 » 20:00
Transfer to the restaurant
Dinner at Forsos Tavern, Mouttagiaka village
Included in the registration fees
Transfer back to the hotel

Optional clubbing at Saripolou area (Not included in the registration fees, payable locally)

Friday 19 October 2018

Registration at the Hotel Crowne Plaza Limassol
09:00 » 09:15
Welcome address
Wiebe de Vries, AIJA Immediate Past President, BloomTax B.V., the Netherlands
09:15 » 09:20

Introduction to the seminar by the Organising Committee
Bernd Hauck, Kellerhals Carrard, Switzerland
Eoin Cassidy, Mayson Hayes & Curran, Ireland

09:20 » 09:40

Setting the scene: The different stages of a construction project from a consultant’s point of view
Dhruv Kakar, S.C. Ladi & Company, India

09:40 » 10:40

The legal framework for consultancy contracts in different jurisdictions
Richard Sahlberg, Foyen Advokatfirma, Sweden
Brandusa Tataru-Marinescu, Kingsley Napley, UK
Nino Sievi, CMS von Erlach Poncet, Switzerland
Myriam Desnus, Studio Legale De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani, Italy

10:40 » 11:10
Coffee break
11:10 » 11:55

General consultancy agreements vs. individual consultancy agreements: chances and risks for the principal
Martin Foerster, Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte, Austria
Cheng Chen, Kellerhals Carrard, China
Thilo Pachmann, Pachmann Rechtsanwälte, Switzerland

11:55 » 12:40

Obtaining consents in environmentally sensitive locations.  What are the programme and cost risks?  Community engagement and environmental PR
Anna Wyrzykowska, Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr, Poland
Madeleine Edqvist, Lindahl, Sweden
Jeroen De Coninck, De Coninck Advocatenkantoor, Belgium

12:40 » 14:00
14:00 » 14:30

Will building information modeling revolutionise the building industry?
Bernd Hauck, Kellerhals Carrard, Switzerland
Emma Niemistö, Merilampi, Finland

14:30 » 15:15

Need for speed - risks for  the consultant when contractors do not meet their deadlines
Mads Fuglesang, Selmer, Norway
Jerzy Sawicki, JS Legal Advisory, Poland
Thomas Bekkevold, Bang-Olsen & Partners, Denmark
Henning Jensen, BNT Attorneys, Latvia

15:15 » 15:45
Coffee break
15:45 » 16:30
Consultant as contract administrator: Duties of care and conflicts of interest
Eoin Cassidy, Mayson Hayes & Curran, Ireland
Mikkel Andersen, Bang-Olsen & Partners, Denmark
Edward Banyard Smith, Farrer, United Kingdom
16:30 » 17:15

Dealing with contamination, antiquities and unforeseen ground conditions
Caterina Carreman, Foyen Advokatfirma, Sweden
Stephan Korte, Korte Rechtsanwaltskanzlei, Germany

17:15 » 17:35
Economic and real estate landscape in Cyprus - future challenges for real estate developers
Andronicos Antoniou, Aristo Developers, Cyprus
18:30 » 20:30
Seaside apéro at the Columbia Beach
Included in the registration fees
20:30 » 22:30
Dinner at the Epsilon Restaurant in Limassol Marina
Included in the registration fees
Optional drinks and dance at Marina Breeze
Not included in the registration fees, payable locally

Saturday 20 October 2018

08:30 » 09:15
Registration at the Hotel Crowne Plaza Limassol
09:15 » 10:00

"Uuups, my cost estimate was not correct?" - fighting against the consultant's liability
Benjamin Leventhal, Siegel-Goldshmidt & Leventhal, Israel
Keith Newman, Mason Hayes & Curran, Ireland

10:00 » 11:00

The consultant's liability for defects of the building
Jason Kellogg, Levine Kellogg Lehmann Schneider + Grossmann, USA
Gunnar Pickl, Dorda, Austria
Hannah Sissons, Farrer, UK

11:00 » 11:30
Coffee break
11:30 » 12:15

"No problem. I have insurance cover, haven't I...?" - typical pitfalls in the consultants' insurance contracts
Maximilien Mattéoli, Pech de LACLAUSE, France
Per-Ola Bergvist, Foyen Advokatfirma, Sweden

12:15 » 13:15

Litigating or arbitrating consultancy agreements - some war stories
James Martell, Withers LLP, UK
Elena Konnari
, Andreas Konnaris and Co., Cyprus
Stavros Strouzas
, Stylianou & Strouzas, Cyprus
Olivier Mosimann
, Kellerhals Carrard, Switzerland

13:15 » 14:15
Boat trip on the Mediterranean Sea with drinks and snacks
Not included in the registration fees, payable in advance
Bar at Limassol Marina
Not included in the registration fees, payable locally




Thursday Welcome Cocktail

Friday Cocktail

Practical information




Please book your room at the Crowne Plaza Limassol prior to 18 August 2018 following this LINK.

Cancellations are accepted up to 30 days prior to arrival without any cancellation fees.

Organising Committee

Mason Hayes+Curran (IRELAND)

Pitkowitz Foerster Rechtsanwälte GmbH (AUSTRIA)

Kellerhals Carrard Basel KlG (SWITZERLAND)

Withersworldwide (UNITED KINGDOM)

Stylianou and Strouzas LLC (CYPRUS)