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Dispute Cases in NEC Contracts in Hong Kong – New Approach Versus Old Misunderstanding

Please find the PPT for the seminar from below link:

(jointly organised by HKIE Civil Division and Hong Kong Construction Association)


Date: 25 September 2023 (Monday)

Time: 06:30 pm to 08:00 pm

Venue: Chan Yat Mei Sophie Room, HKIE Headquarters, 9/F Island Beverly, No. 1 Great George Street, Causeway Bay



Programme Highlights


Further to a series of webinar/seminar on NEC held in the Hong Kong engineering construction industry in the past 12 months as summarized below:


  • 24 August 2022, “NEC Q&A Forum” by Mr Robert Gerrard;
  • 15 December 2022, “The Effective Collaborative Safety Leadership” by Dr Angel Li, Ir Victor Wu and Ir Tim Leung;
  • 13 May 2023, “Project Audit on NEC Contracts” by Mr Robert Gerrard; and
  • 19 May 2023, “NEC Case Update and It’s Development in HK” by Mr Alvin Ho, Mr Bernard Ang, and Miss Isabelle Chan

This talk is to be given by Ir Harrison Cheung and Ir Vincent Li, both being Registered Professional Civil Engineer as well as practising barrister in Hong Kong focusing on construction disputes; and Ir Tim Leung with his over 30 years of experience in civil infrastructure construction and design in the Hong Kong construction industry.


By switching to use the NEC form of contract in public works projects in lieu of the traditional form of General Conditions of Contract (“GCC”) which had been used by practitioners for many years, there is a need to abandon some of the old ideas developed through using the GCC and to adapt to the new approaches embedded in the NEC form.


To illustrate this point, the speakers will share and discuss with the audience some of the real life dispute cases handled by them in acting as the Dispute Resolution Advisors and NEC Specialist in some construction projects in Hong Kong (with specific details relating to the particular projects omitted for confidentiality reason).


It should be emphasised that whilst the analyses and views presented by the speakers on these dispute cases may have been accepted by the parties concerned, they have not been subject to test through court or arbitration proceedings. Any different views offered by the audience are welcome. 




  1. Ir Harrison Cheung
  2. Ir Vincent Li
  3. Ir Tim Leung

(Speakers' Bio refer to


Registration & Enquiries:


This seminar is free of charge. The number of participants is limited to 70 and accepted on a first-come first served basis. Priority will be given to Members of the Civil Division.


Please complete the online registration at The deadline for registration is 20 September 2023. Email registration will not be accepted. Only successful applicants will be informed by email. Attendance certificate will be issued after the seminar. The seminar will be conducted in English.


For enquiries, please contact Ir Tim Leung at 9627 6889 or Mr Kent Sin at 5592 1203 or via e-mail: