12/10/2021 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
1 Great George St
Westminster SW1P 3AE
Patricia Guerra-Escobar

20th BGA Invitational Lecture: “Managing Legal Risk: A Geotechnical and Geosynthetic Perspective”
Speaker: Russel Jones, Golder Associates.

JOINT MEETING with British Geotechnical Association
Tuesday 12th October 2021

Lecture Start: 18:00 (Refreshments from 17:30)

Online and in-person (subject to UK Covid19 regulations).

Location: One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA

Registration is required to attend in-person or watch online:



This presentation will focus on the legal risks that need to be managed by geotechnical and geosynthetic professionals. Contractual risks such as onerous contract terms, uncertain contract terms and liability for the actions of others will be discussed, and specific issues such as warranties, indemnities, elevated standard of care, force majeure and the contra proferentem rule will be considered. Tortious risks will be described together with an overview of the professional’s duty of care. Other more technical risks such as design responsibilities, unexpected ground conditions, quality control, quality assurance and inappropriate use of geosynthetics will be discussed. Consideration will also be given to the role of appropriate insurance in the risk management process.



Dr Russell Jones is currently a Senior Legal Consultant with Golder Associates, part of WSP, and a legal director of the Golder UK and Irish companies. He liaises with the company’s business units, providing a strategic blend of business and legal advice and the reviewing and negotiating standard industry and bespoke contracts, subcontracts, master services agreements, non-disclosure agreements, reliance letters and collateral warranties. Prior to his current role, Dr Jones was a Project Director involved in the technical direction and review of a range of geotechnical engineering and expert witness projects. He is also a recognised international leader in the field of containment engineering and geosynthetics, and is currently Immediate Past President of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS). Russell is a past Chairman of the IGS UK Chapter.


This is a joint meeting of the British Geotechnical Association (BGA) and the UK Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS).

This event is free to attend, advance booking is required, a link will be provided on this page nearer the event.

Covid restrictions

The Institution of Civil Engineers are following the Government guidelines surrounding Covid-19 in order to make events as safe as possible.

Recommended safety measures when inside the building are:

  • Making use of the hand sanitizer available upon entering the building as well as in each of the meeting rooms.
  • Where possible wear a face mask when walking around the building, especially in confined areas such as toilets or lifts.
  • Check-in to the venue via the NHS Covid QR code. This is displayed at the entrance to the building on the reception desk.

The event will be webcast live – to view on-line please register and select the on-line option. The viewing link will be sent 1 week before the event and reminder 1 day before.

This event is free to attend.


Flyer: IGS UK Flyer – IGS BGA Invitational Lecture R Jones_12Oct21

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