Co-presented by an engineer and a lawyer, this course will consider both the law and its application as well as how to best avoid and manage those liabilities and maximise insurance benefits.

With a focus on engineers’ potential legal liabilities and how they might be avoided, this course will cover:

  • The legal principles imposing liability on engineers
  • How those legal principles apply to the engineer’s everyday work with practical examples of when liability will arise
  • Identifying situations and behaviours that may lead to a claim being made
  • The legal and professional consequences of legal liability
  • What practical steps can be taken to avoid and minimize exposure to claims
  • A review of recent events that illustrate the legal liability exposure engineers face i.e. Lacrosse, Grenfell, Victopia and CTV
  • Understanding your insurance policy and making sure it works for you

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Key learning outcomes

By participating in this course, attendees will gain:

  • An understanding of how the law approaches questions of an engineer’s liability
  • An appreciation of how some practices you encounter in the workplace could expose one to claims and of the consequences that flow from this
  • An understanding of some steps one can take to ensure that one does not face those claims and if they do how to manage them
  • An appreciation of what you insurance policy may and may not cover

Intended audience

  • All engineers

In particular:

  • Engineers who wish to gain a greater understanding about the potential risks and liabilities surrounding the work they are undertaking
  • Engineers who are also managers or owners of engineering practices who may need to deal with issues regarding negligence and liability in the future

Course customisation

  • Your business’ special conditions
  • learning outcomes focused on your business values


Susan Thodey is admitted as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand and also as a solicitor in England & Wales. Susan has over 30 years’ experience in the resolution of professional liability disputes. She has a range of clients including insurance companies, professionals and local and regional government. Susan also has a general litigation practice.

Stuart Meakins has over 25 years’ experience of working in the construction industry in both the UK and NZ and has a master’s degree from the Auckland University Law School. Earlier roles in the UK included asset advisor to the Crown Estate and research manager for the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) before moving into construction contract management. Stuart has been a client-side project and contracts manager for the past 15 years and has managed a wide range of NEC, ICE and NZS 3910 contracts and has ‘real life’ experience of the challenges of working in this environment.

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