Dispute Resolution and Negotiation

Engineering context

Dispute resolution is a key skill for any professional, particularly those involved in the negotiation or management of contracts. In recent years, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has been recognized for its ability to save both time and money when compared to more traditional methods such as litigation.

This course will cover the various types of ADR such as arbitration, adjudication, mediation and good old-fashioned negotiation. The merits of each approach will be analysed, with a focus on refining negotiation skills to apply to engineering, project and contracting activities.

Upon completion, you will be able to confidently recognize and deal with disputes, apply the appropriate ADR methods, and know when to walk away from negotiations.

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Build your Chartered competencies

This training course builds skills and knowledge in the following Engineers Australia Chartered status competencies*:

5. Engage with the relevant community and stakeholders
8. Communication

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*Completing this course does not automatically guarantee a competency, it provides participants with the underpinning knowledge required to develop specific Chartered competencies.

Online delivery now available

This course can be delivered online as part of our Virtual Workshop program. Adapted for the online learning environment, our Virtual Workshops are interactive and outcomes-based.

Content, duration and format can also be customised for corporate clients through our Tailored Training services.

Dispute Resolution and Negotiation


"Excellent course, Sean is a great facilitator who encouraged lots of discussion and interaction among participants." - Rosemary, 2019

"Enjoyed the course, very informative, educational. Sean used our roles / work related [examples] to apply relevant concepts." - Samuel, 2019

"Sean is an excellent facilitator who is great at communicating legal, contractual and negotiation principles. I think his approach and use of the formal and informal discussion and scenarios is useful not just in work but also in your personal life." - Dan, 2019

 What was most valuable?

"Relating the subject matter to the individual's own situations" - Wojtek, 2019

"The interactive conversations and practice approaches of doing negotiation and dispute resolution were excellent. Very engaging and enjoyable course." - participant, 2019

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$ 1,100.00 - Non-member
$ 935.00 - EA member

For postal registrations, please download the pdf version of our registration form here.
If you are unable to attend the above dates, please contact to discuss upcoming dates.

We can deliver this course online in a number of different formats and even customise the content so that it’s applicable specifically to your work group and industry context. For groups of six or more we provide cost-effective, customised and outcome-focused training.

Find out more about how we can help you and your team by completing an enquiry form or calling us on +61 3 9321 1700.

Is this course for you?

Ideal for engineers and related professionals with 5 - 10 years experience looking to develop advanced dispute resolution or negotiation skills.

Particularly valuable for senior executives, project managers, contract and procurement professionals, finance and site staff.

Your facilitator for this course

Sean McCarthy is the Director of McCarthy Commercial and Construction Lawyers and has extensive experience in providing advice on construction and general contracts. As a lawyer, Sean has advised both government and private sector clients on a host of major projects and contract claims.  He worked in the building and construction industry for many years prior to studying law. Sean is an active educator on construction matters. Sean, as both a qualified training professional and experienced lawyer, brings an enthusiastic and participative approach to the courses he facilitates. 

Margaret Andre is a Senior Lawyer with McCarthy Commercial and Construction Lawyers who specialises in contract law having advised and represented a wide range of parties on their rights, obligations and risk exposure under a contract.  She has particular expertise in the building and construction sector and experience in dispute resolution of contract claim by way of mediation, adjudication, arbitration and court processes. Margaret has extensive experience as an educator and endeavours to create an enthusiastic, collaborative learning environment by scaffolding on the skills and experience of course participants.

Both Sean and Margaret have been involved in dispute resolution in various forms for their clients over many years and are strong advocates of old fashioned negotiation as an effective means to resolve such disputes.

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