The Construction Industry Federation has announced that law firm Maples and Calder as sponsor of the CIF Annual Conference, which will take place in the Hogan Suite, Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin on Tuesday 1st October.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Activity, Jobs and Solutions”. The construction industry is now in recovery phase with 13,100 jobs created in the industry in 2014 and 6,300 created in Q1 2015.   This year’s conference will focus on those areas which are key drivers of activity, foreign direct investment and housing. There will be a line-up of top level speakers along with panel discussions to allow delegates to gain insights into the latest information on the industry.
Announcing this year’s conference, Tom Parlon, CIF Director General said, “We are delighted to secure this partnership with Maples and Calder as sponsor of the CIF Annual Conference. Maples and Calder provides legal expertise and insight on construction matters to members of the CIF so having this partnership is very welcome”.
Commenting on the sponsorship, Dudley Solan, Partner and Head of the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group in Maples and Calder’s Dublin office, said: “We are delighted to partner with the CIF for this notable conference as we witness the continued recovery and growing vitality of the construction sector. The construction industry has seen a recent resurgence, responsible for a 45% upsurge in additional jobs created in the economy in 2014, with further growth continuing into 2015. This is evidence of the industry’s pivotal position in the wider recovery”.
“Maples and Calder has Ireland’s foremost construction dispute resolution practice. In the last few years our market leading team of more than 20 lawyers has successfully represented our clients in a variety of high profile and complex building and civil engineering disputes, in both the public and private sectors. In the current, more active market, our clients are also turning to us to help them avoid disputes before they occur – particularly at pre-contract stage.”
Tom Parlon added: “The continued jobs growth in the industry is good news, not just for the sector itself but also for the economy as a whole. Activity in the construction industry is a key driver of activity in all areas of the economy. However we cannot take it for granted and we must continue to work as an industry to consolidate the recovery.
“We are looking forward to an informative conference where our guests will be able to come away with the most up to date insights on the construction industry from speakers who are all experts in their given fields,” he added.
Our image shows Tom Parlon, CIF Director General, Michael Stone, President, CIF and Dudley Solan, Partner and Head of Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group, Maples and Calder at the photocall to announce the offical launch of the CIF Annual Conference 2015. The photocall took place on Tuesday 1st September at the National Gallery, Dublin, where CIF member firm John Paul Construction is currently working on a major renovation project