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Contracts, Terms and Conditions with Alan Sargent - 24 September 2019 - £57 + processing fee


Contracts, Terms and Conditions with Alan Sargent - 24 September 2019 - £57 + processing fee

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Alan Sargent is the founder of The Association of Professional Landscapers and The Professional Garden Consultants Association and a visiting Management Lecturer at Kew Gardens (Final Year Kew Diploma). He is an award winning columnist for The Horticulture Week and contributor to The Professional Gardener and Expert Witness Journal magazines. He also the author of The Landscapers Survival Manual and a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Horticulture. He is called upon to be an expert witness and is a consultant to various property and commercial clients including the Cadogan Estate, Harrow Boys School, Eton College, Savills (London), Knight Frank (London) and Oxford University.

During this workshop, Alan will examine a selection of genuine cases, involving projects that have failed through lack of detailed specification, attention to detail in quoting and terms and conditions of contract. He will also look at redacted cases, including history and recounting step by step how these projects played out through the Courts, results and ramifications of Legal Action.

Relying on Standard Terms & Conditions for all projects can produce many problems, unless a more bespoke system is available and in place. He will look at Variation Orders, plus Alterations and Additions to an original quotation which can negate or change the nature of that document.

This workshop will guide you through the perils and pitfalls of producing bespoke contracts for domestic Designers and Design and Build Contractors.

Alan will introduce his methods of ensuring that the customer is completely at ease with a project, working with the designer in the first instance, introducing Contract (Design Management) 2015 as an integral element of the Contract.

 He will explain how he separates Terms from Conditions, creating Contracts that include Method Statements, CDM and Conditions that are underpinned by Terms.

 This technique enables Designers (and Design & Build Contractors) to control both the project and the client from Initial Survey to Practical Substantial Completion and beyond as a way of marketing and selling your services.


Course Leader: Alan Sargent

Date: Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Time: 9.45am.  Start 10.00am.  Finish: 4.00pm

Venue: The Greyhound Inn, Market Street, Lutterworth LE17 4EJ (see below for directions and parking)

Cost:  £57.00 + 3.88 online processing fee

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This is a technical course aimed at Garden and Landscape Designers, and Landscape Contractors (Design and Build).

What to bring
Please bring your preferred form of note taking.  Contract papers and other course material will be handed out on the day (at no additional cost) and will be yours to take home.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided upon arrival and in the breaks.  Please make own arrangements for lunch - lunch can be purchased at the venue or at nearby cafes and supermarkets. You are more than welcome to bring your own. 

The Greyhound Coaching Inn is ideally situated on J20 of the M1 with easy and convenient access to the M1, M6, A14, A5 and A50 as well as to the towns of Rugby, Coventry, Leicester, Hinckley, Market Harborough and Birmingham. Being located at the crossroads of all these major routes, the hotel is just 2 mins from M1 J20, 10 minutes from J1 M69, 5 minutes from J1 M6, only 20 minutes from Donnington Race Track and just 30 minutes from The NEC. When you enter Lutterworth look out for the Brown Tourist Signs for the Greyhound. These will direct you to the nearest public Car Park, located directly behind the hotel. How to find The Greyhound Inn.


£57 + £3.88 online processing fee. There is Pay and Display parking at the venue and at various nearby locations. *Students: please confirm you have student ID(s) for each attendee booked, and forward a copy of your valid student ID(s) to following check-out to be confirmed on the course.

Terms and conditions
Bookings are taken on a first come, first served basis.  We are not able to give refunds for cancellations.  However, you are welcome to nominate someone to take your place provided you have notified us of their name and contact details prior to commencement of the course. We reserve the right to cancel any course at any time.  In the rare event that we need to cancel a course, you will be contacted and given the option to receive a full refund of your payment or transfer to another course of the same value, subject to availability. 

*Where a student rate is selected, proof of a valid student ID must be sent to us via email (see contact information) prior to us being able to confirm your booking.  One student ID required per attendee.  We reserve the right to refuse admission on the course should proof of valid ID not be supplied prior to the commencement of the course.  A refund will be given for the course fee paid less an administration charge of £10. By registering on this course you have read and agree to our Disclaimer and Privacy statements.