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Jam-packed November 2018 

Talk with Sarah at these events:

1 November PMI Synergy, London: speaker on the role contracts can play in controlling project outputs

3 to 8 November 2018 Deltek Inc's Insight 2018 conference in Dallas TX USA: speaker on transport infrastructure in the world of Planning & Project Management technology. Plus a seat on the inaugural PPM panel for a Q&A 

13-14 November ProjCon Expo, London: delighted to be invited to co-host the awards ceremony and to run the Subject Matter Expert Zone on NEC contracts 

It's going to be a fabulous month! See you there!  

PMI Malaysia Symposium 2018
23-28 September 2018 

Sarah will be in Kuala Lumpur between 23 and 28 September 2018 at the kind invitation of PMI Malaysia to fly speak at the annual Symposium on how contract management can be streamlined by technology to enhance project delivery and success rates   

Deltek UK PPM conference 19 September 2018 London

Speaking on increasing the visibility and purpose of project controls as the heart of project success, plus panel discussion on industry topics of interest, plus a special report on the UK Acumen Customer Group.  

Autumn's a'coming! Headline events...

Another busy project management season ahead: In the UK, I will be at PMI UK Synergy conference on 1 November, and ProjCon Expo on 13-14 November. International events to be announced very shortly once the logistics are lined up!  

Shaping up for a busy September 2018 

Sarah will be in London on 19 September 2018 at the invitation of Deltek UK to talk all things law in the world of Projects Controls. Register here See you there!  

Shaping up for a busy September 2018 

Sarah will be in London on 19 September 2018 at the invitation of Deltek UK to talk all things law in the world of Projects Controls. Register here See you there!  

Summer 2018 diary!

We have a jam-packed few weeks of conferences, corporate sporting events and plain hard work! See you at NECPeople on 19 June in London for a special surprise, NEC4 workshop

Link to the recording coming soon!

Member of PMI Kazakhstan? Diarise 17 April 2018 18.30 local time for *live* webinar with #SCLGlobal ! 

30 minutes of insight into "Legal aspects of project management" + Q&A 

Join Sarah at PMI NYC live webinar talking about issues for women in Project Managment profession to mark #InternationalWomensDay

By kind invitation of PMI NYC I will be speaking at 17.00 GMT on life in the projects world, hopes, dreams, obstacles and challenges! 

Inspiring to listen to female PMs and those in support sectors! .

Stop press: 

6 March Webinar 2 for APM went brilliantly. 377 attendees (and it was a lot of fun!). Listen to it here. Tune in for Part 3.... 

20 to 26 February 2018: #SCLGlobal in the Philippines with our partner Peridot Consulting International 

Advising on infrastructure projects and running training workshops. Let us know if you are in Manila and would like to meet...

11 to 18 February 2018 #SCLGlobal in Dubai

Infrastructure and mega projects: let's explore collaborating! 

New for 2018: partnership with the Association of Project Management APM to bring "Basic Contract Law for Project Managers"

Join the APM for 3 x 1 hour webinars on 16 January, 6 March and 24 April where I will be presenting the first-ever series of webinars on contract law for project managers. We will be tackling contract formation, letters of intent and contracting strategy risk, then how to build a contract so it doesn't fall down, then a practical look at issue resolution and dispute avoidance. A whistlestop tour of essential for PMs.  Sign up through APM website. More info available via contact us 

Fabulous exhausting trip to Manila. Back soon! 

Fabulous exhausting trip to Manila. Back soon! 

Recording for Webinar 1 now available here

Stop press: 

Jan 16 Webinar 1 went brilliantly. 537 attendees - an APM record! (and it was a lot of fun!) Tune in for Parts 2 and 3.... 

Happy New Year 2018 to all our clients and partners. Read our Christmas 2017 Newsletter on the Publications page

23 November 2017 *Newsflash* NEW for 2018: dedicated workshops for project managers, planners and project controllers

Using case studies, group work and role plays to promote a deep retention in learning, and to keep it fun


Half day and full day workshops covering all the essentials which these professionals need to know: project strategy, governance and structure; contract law; contract management; professional indemnity insurance; ADR and dispute resolution; adjudication; expert adviser/ witness services; and technology / PPM/ BIM and contracts.  Contact us to learn more and book your place!

Brilliant working with the PMI New York City Chapter to present a specially-commissioned paper on International Project Risk and Technology. 

#SCLGlobal back in the USA!
13 to 19 November 2017

Newsflash - back in the NYC for a specially-commissioned presentation to PMI New York City Chapter on Wednesday15 November at the SUNY Centre 5.30pm. Thrilled to be invited to talk to a Chapter full of experienced members from varied sectors on International Project Risk and Technology. More info here


I will spend a few days in the city so tweet SCL or Sarah with hashtag #SCLGlobal to meet up

#SCLGlobal in USA 20 to 28 October:
- Nashville TN 20 to 26
- Deltek Insight 2017 23 to 26
- New York City 26 to 28 

Delighted to be invited to present at Insight 2017 - for the second year in a row! I'm going to be presenting on risk, governance and contract controls using 3 Deltek products Acumen Fuse, 360 and Risk


This year Deltek has given speakers the honour of a badge. Isn't it great?! Watch this space for more info..

I will be celebrating 20 years since I was working at Opryland as a student. Photos may be available (-: 


Update 11 September 2017: check out the official attendee badge 

Update 13 October 2017: full dates available above

#SCLGlobal in Dublin, Ireland 4 - 6 October 2017, speaking at the PM Summit on 5 October 2017

Sarah will be making her first trip to Dublin, Ireland, (but not to the Green Isle) in conjunction with John Rayner of Scalar Limited to present at PM Summit 2017 on what is new in NEC4.  Please connect if you are going to attend the conference... or will be in Dublin on 4th or 6th and would like to meet...

Whirlwind trip to USA!

Fabulous Insight 2017 - thrilled to have presented again, and on an emerging topic of interest for industry.

Excellent short trip to NYC too to catch up with collaborators!

What a great bunch of people at the PM Summit 2017 and thank you for the warm feedback on my joint presentation on what is new in NEC4 - plus stepping in at the last minute for a speaker who couldn't make it, talking about Using PPM software to facilitate governance and manage project risk. Showcase of event photos here!

Process Innovation Forum, London

Continually delighted to be involved in The PIF. Check out the video of our first Contracts and Innovation Forum: BIM, cyber-security, ethics and contractual tools for encouraging collaborationContact me if you are interested to learn more.  

NEC4 launch webinar for LexisNexis UK, available to LN subscribers 1 August 2017

Delighted to be invited to co-write and co-present the NEC4 launch webinar for Lexis Nexis UK and ConstructionPSL. I had such fun!  Check out the promo here!  

A little teaser promo video here

Prime Dispute August 2017

Always a pleasure to make the grade for Prime Dispute and August 2017 is no exception! Follow @sarahschutte1 and @schutteconsult for news on #ADR #ODR #mediation #disputeresolution

#SCLGlobal in Belfast, Northern Ireland 23- 25 July 2017

We are making our first trip to Northern Ireland and very excited. Please connect if you are there and would like to meet... 

#SCLGlobal in Belfast, Northern Ireland 23- 25 July 2017

We are making our first trip to Northern Ireland and very excited. Please connect if you are there and would like to meet... 

Excellent trip to Belfast and the sun shone. Hopefully not the last! 

APM Contracts and Procurement Special Interest Group (C&P SIG) conference Wednesday 12 July 2017, London, UK

Delighted to be an invited guest of Dr Jon Broome, Chair of the APM C&P SIG at this year's conference. Look forward to seeing APM members there, and launching the new Handbook and informing members about the plans for a *NEW* Contract Law workshop for Project Managers starting Autumn 2017!   

Deltek UK PPM conference 13 July 2017, near Gatwick, UK

Looking forward to a refreshed PPM conference, and to introducing the team's plans to take the UK User Group meeting in new and exciting directions

NB Conference is invitation-only... contact me if interested. 

Very interesting and insightful day with the APM C&P SIG, finding out what members are interested in and the challenges they face. Looking forward to developing the contract law course with the Committee!  

Deltek UK PPM conference 13 July 2017, near Gatwick, UK

Looking forward to a refreshed PPM conference, and to introducing the team's plans to take the UK User Group meeting in new and exciting directions

NB Conference is invitation-only... contact me if interested. 

Super PPM conference today, and much enthusiasm for, the revamped UK User Group  

Prime Dispute July 2017

@sarahschutte1 and @schutteconsult are again making the cut on social media commentary on #ADR #dispute #mediation 

23 June 2017: Newsflash! We are recruiting again!

We are excited to announce that SCL is seeking experienced lawyers. Please read the JD and apply via the website with a CV and 1 page covering letter outlining why you would be a good fit with us. Closing date: 4pm Friday 14 July 2017. 

NEC4 Launch conference: 22 June 2017, London, UK

Looking forward to seeing fellow NEC specialists at the conference to launch a new Edition of NEC (NEC4) after 10+ years of NEC3. A new era!

Very interesting and thought-provoking day of talks and workshops to launch NEC4. Look out for SCL's new NEC4 workshops in September 2017

Prime Dispute June 2017

@sarahschutte1 and @schutteconsult are chuffed to be awarded top marks in social media commentary on #ADR #dispute #mediation 

Videos of the presentations now available

NEC People Annual Conference 2017: Taking projects to another level
Tuesday 20 June 2017, London, UK 

Delighted to make a presentation at this superb annual invite-only 1-day conference for NEC specialists. I will be talking about "Plate-spinning and bullet-dodging: a new job description for NEC3 Project Managers?" Let me know if you will be there! 

Sarah confirmed as a speaker at PMI Symposium, Manila, The Philippines 7-8 June 2017 

Honoured and delighted to announce that I am coming back to The Philippines to join its vibrant PMI community for the annual Symposium. The theme is 20|20 Unlocked: Pervasive, Inclusive, Diverse  

I will be speaking about UK major projects. The title is: The 3 Ts: Technology, Tools and Time: how project controls can maximise schedule health and minimise disputes in essential infrastructure projects in the Philippines.

The conference will be held at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel in Mandaluyong City on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 June


If you will be attending the conference, or in Manila and environs between 5 and 11 June, and want to meet for a face2face, do drop me a note.

Wow! What a fab PMI PH conference. Thanks to everyone who came and spoke to me, and gave positive feedback about my presentation. We really "Unlocked" so many projects! Sarah met dozens of new people and developed existing relationships too. Especially pleased to welcome teams from existing clients! Sincere thank you to the PMI PH team!    

Prime Dispute news May 2017

Here we are again in the top 10 of forward-thinkers in social media #ADR #mediation #collaboration @sarahschutte1 and @schutteconsult

SCL at BPP Law Opportunities Fair 9 May 2017, London UK #SCLGlobal #BPPOppsFair2017

We're proud to be exhibiting at the BPP annual Law Opportunities Fair in central London on 9 May 2017, one of 23 invited organisations offering students opportunities outside of traditional training contracts. Come along and hear Sarah give a talk on being entrepreneurial and "Setting up a law practice". Contact us for more info! If you're a BPP Student sign up at CareersHub! 

Super fun exhibiting and presenting at the BPP Law Opportunities Fair... students are enthused and working hard in a tough market. We think creatively about legal services and love tech! Resonates?  Check out our live Twitter feeds or contact us!

Prime Dispute Survey April 2017

Always a pleasure when @sarahschutte1 and @schutteconsult are listed by @PrimeDispute as leading promoters of #ADR

#SCLGlobal back in NYC 8 to 11 April 2017!

A short sharp trip to further a few business relationships. Why not contact us to start one? 

Very pleasurable trip to NYC. Renewed collaboration, fresh business and new friendships!

Prime Dispute March 2017

Springing in Spring's first newsletter with top-rated places for @schutteconsult and @sarahschutte1 on social media in the #ADR #disputeresolution world

1 March 2017: Newsflash! We are recruiting!

We are excited to announce that SCL is seeking paralegal and office support. Please read the JD and apply via the website with a CV and 1 page covering letter outlining why you would be a good fit with us. Closing date: 4pm Friday 17 March 2017. 

Prime Dispute February 2017

Rounding off Winter with cool spots in this month's newsletter for @sarahschutte1 and @schutteconsult rated as social media heavyweights #ADR #ODR by @PrimeDispute  

@sarahschutte1 has 100 followers on Twitter! Happy days!

En Puerto Rico 11 - 18 February 2017

Contactenos si se interessa en Gerencia de Proyectos y quiere encontrarnos en San Juan hasta la tarde del 18 februar! 

Next quarterly Deltek UK Customer Meeting: Warwick, 8 February 2017

Join PPM software enthusiasts and me at the next quarterly Deltek UK Customer Meeting in Warwick on Wednesday 8 February 2017. An exciting line up of speakers and debate guided by me as the Chair. Register your interest here!

10 day countdown to our next Acumen Fuse Customer Meeting!

If you have not already registered for our next quarterly meeting please do so via this link. We look forward to seeing you in Warwick on Wednesday 8th February. Do get in touch if you have any queries about the programme, venue, travel etc.

Prime Dispute January 2017

Bursting into 2017 with spots for Sarah and SCL in the latest Prime Dispute analysis on ADR and dispute avoidance! 

PMI UK North (Yorkshire and Humber) event rescheduled! 11 January 2017, 6.00 - 8.30pm, Leeds

So happy that this event is open for booking through this link. Come along for £1 and learn some cool stuff about NEC3 and slick P3M (project, programming and planning management). Look forward to seeing as many P3Ms as possible!  

An energetic evening of PM and Law and NEC3, kindly hosted by PMI UK North last night in Leeds. 20+ fantastically enthusiastic and curious PMs and project professionals. Please feedback your thoughts so we can plan the next one! 

New York City 18 to 24 January 2017!

Come and talk all all things project management, planning, project controls and contracting strategy related with #SCLGlobal in NYC Wednesday 18 January through Tuesday 24 January. Contact us to book face time, coffee, drinks...   

Wonderful evening at PMI NYC, Inspirational talk on leadership through humour 

December 2016 Prime Dispute - #SCLGlobal and Sarah shortlisted again! 

I am always proud when SCL and I make it on to Prime Dispute's list of movers and shakers in the ADR world. Read the December newsletter here

6-7 December 2016: #SCLGlobal in Paris

Whistlestop trip to Paris. Connectez-vous avec moi si vous y serez!

24 November 2016: Sarah's article is published by PMI Lévis-Québec!

Delighted that the article, specially commissioned by my PMI friends in PMI Lévis-Québec, Québec, Canada, has been published... In French. Click here to read. Click here to request an English-language version!

Deltek Insight 2016, Washington D.C. 14th to 17th November

Delighted to be invited to talk at this prestigious conference - on UK mega-projects. A double act with my co-presenter Niall Faris, Head of Project Controls at CH2M explaining all about the Tideway Tunnel. I will speak about legal and contractual frameworks and report on exciting news about the growth of the UK User Group. If you are going to be there, please register for our session (PPM20 Wednesday 16th, 11.25am to 12.25pm), and schedule a meeting with us #SCLGlobal

November 2016: Prime Dispute survey October 2016

Sarah and SCL continue to be vocal in promoting ADR at the highest levels of social media interaction, as measured by Prime Dispute's latest survey of global contributors

What an epic week for Deltek and #SCLGlobal!

I had an incredible conference. The feedback on our presentation was really positive. The hospitality shown by Deltek was wonderful. I have made many new connections and consolidated existing ones. Really looking forward to next year's conference already!

November 2016 #SCLGlobal back in the USA! Washington D.C. 12th to 17th a.m. and New York 17th p.m. to 19th

Contact me to schedule meetings, coffees, drinks and more. Explore training, projects, professional services, project management. Make or develop USA-UK links to facilitate your business's growth in construction and engineering.   

SCL UK Advocacy 1-day course Friday 11 November, London UK

Very excited to participate again in this annual event for SCL. Presenting "The In-house Lawyer's perspective: advocacy and construction adjudication" in the morning. Pretending to be adjudicator in mock adjudications in the pm - always good fun and lots of surprises along the way. Looking forward to meeting the talented class of 2016!

Wow PMI UK, what an incredible event Synergy 2016! Central Hall Westminster was buzzing with all things project management. Thank you for all the feedback on my challenge to PMs. Look forward to next year! 

PMI UK Synergy 2016, 3 November London UK 

I am super-excited about Synergy 2016 conference, hosted by PMI, an organisation I love working with. This is going to be an awesome day. Synergy in project strategy and execution is the name of the game. Look at my badge! I will be presenting on my favourite topic: law and PPM. There will be a surprise. A few of you know, but most don't, so please shhh! The preview video on the website is stunning: check it out and then book your ticket here. I look forward to seeing you there.     ​​

October 2016: Sarah is Editor of the Month for GPM First and Gower Publishing!

Commissioned and published by GPM First and Gower Publishing is my "Challenge to Project Managers" . Are you up for the challenge to gain a pocketful of legal principles? If so, contact me....

October 2016: Prime Dispute survey September 2016

@schutteconsulting and @sarahschutte1 remain in the top 35 global social media contributors to the world of ADR. Changing attitudes and perceptions one at a time with our hashtags #SCLGlobal #SCLatSW11

PMI Yorkshire and Humber training event on Law and P3M, Leeds, 4 October 2016: open to non-members! Postponed new date TBC

Postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.  But keep a look out for the new date which will be posted on here and LinkedIn as soon as re-arranged. Scroll down a little to see event details

Process Innovation Forum, London, 20 September 2016

Delighted to have been invited to join this new group which seeks to innovate projects through the use of technology. Members have been drawn from public and private sectors, from all contractual tiers, and plus specialist industry advisors and academics. Tomorrow we meet for the first time and over 4 hours we'll be talking all things BIM, including cyber-security, ethics and contractual tools for encouraging collaboration. Right up my street! Contact me if you are interested to learn more.  

#SCLGlobal in Berlin, Germany 14 to 17 September

I'm going to be in Berlin Wednesday 14 through Saturday 17 September 2016 on PMI and other business. If you are in the area please connect to meet for "Kaffee und Küchen"!  

Schönes Abend bei PMI Berlin. Sehr interessant Präsentation über <agilen Organisationen>. Vielen Dank für die Einladung!   

Deltek UK User Group on Tuesday 6 September!

Looking forward to Chairing the Deltek UK User Group meeting on Tuesday starting 1pm and running all afternoon. Great speakers lined up. I'm excited to hear your experiences and faciliate sharing good (best!) practice! Grab a sneak preview of a Case Study on the Thames Tideway Tunnel hereContact me for more details...

Fantastic meeting of 60+ attendees. Lively debate and discussion stemming from user presentations on project controls, ways to improve schedule quality and a few tools to use as carrots and sticks!

September 2016: Prime Dispute survey rates SCL and me again!

Very happy that #SCLGlobal and I have been listed again by Prime Dispute as major players in its influential social media survey. Changing the face of dispute resolution! 

PMI Yorkshire and Humber training event on Law and P3M, Leeds, 4 October 2016: open to non-members! 

Delighted to have been asked to speak at the October PMI Y&H event on my favourite topic of law and P3M. The ticket portal has just launched. Really happy it is open to non-members of PMI as well, so we can encourage nascent project professionals and students to come along. Contact me for more information! 

Back to school Autumn 2016

SCL training events and conferences for Autumn are dropping like the leaves... interactive workshops and presentations lined up all over the UK and elsewhere! Check out our Services page and contact us to schedule face time. 

#SCLGlobal in the Philippines 6 to 10 August 2016

Excited to confirm plans for #SCLGlobal's first trip to the Philippines, arriving in 

Manila on 6 August and departing on 10 August.


I will meet with the local PMI Chapter in Manila and Pasig City and support training sessions for an infrastructure project based on NEC3 in Clark


If you would like to schedule a meeting, please contact me! 

August 2016: are you on our social media active members list? asks Prime Dispute in its July survey. Yes, we are!  

Freshly published fresh thinking from fellow ADR enthusiasts at Prime Dispute. See the latest here!

Mabuhay! Superb trip to the Philippines. Excellent meeting with PMI. Stimulating debates with the NEC3 teams. Even managed a recreational day to Puning Hot Springs to check out its credentials for team building. Verdict? Yes!  

Fabulous 3 hours of intense, stimulating discussion about strategy and project execution, and how to improve the success rate of projects

*Now available!* NEC3 People 2016 Conference: Guide to "How to really get Compensation Events implemented"

I am really excited to share with you that Glenn Hide, Bob Cummins and I have completed our Guide to "How to really get Compensation Events implemented"! Find it on our publications page, and on Glenn's website and on LinkedIn Built Intelligence group page. You may be interested to know that we 3 authors come from completely different disciplines, and we have collaborated to produce the Guide, using the ideas, thoughts and comments from more than 60 individuals who attended our break-out session at the annual conference in June 2016.  We are very keen to hear people's feedback on using it. Please share as much as you feel able to. Thank you.       

PMI Strategy Execution PowerTalk #PMIpower, London 18 July 2016 

Really looking forward to the UK PowerTalk conference on Monday. Great speakers lined up. Do let me know if you are coming along! We'll be tweeting live from the event. 

Featured tweet on Prime Dispute's website!

Check it out here. If you are curious, you know what to do... connect!

July 2016: staying at no.2 and no. 4 for SCL and Sarah in Prime Dispute's June survey 

Pleased as Punch to be on Prime Dispute's survey again. They are doing amazing work and are supported by like-minded individuals and orgs trying to their little bit to change the way disputes are resolved around the globe.   

June 2016 : remaining at no.2 in Prime Dispute's May survey 

Delighted to have stayed in 2nd place again in Prime Dispute's May social media survey. Spreading the word enthusiastically about ADR and ODR and the value of investing in relationships! Click here to access the newsletter 

Excellent conference yesterday, and great to have your feedback on the CE 

workshop. Please send in more to enrich our report!  

Facilitating a workshop at the NEC People conference, London UK Tuesday 21 June 2016

If you are coming to the invitation-only NEC People Conference, do get in touch. I will once again be facilitating an afternoon workshop. This year Glenn Hide, the conference organiser and planning expert, and I will focus on Compensation Events. We will guide delegates through the 4 stages of the process, explore what works and what improvements could be made and share tips on managing the process. Following the conference, workshop leaders plan to write up their sessions into the annual report which we make the NEC User Group Committee.  

Speaking at the #eVa21 APM Conference "Bringing Projects to Life" 16-17 June 2016

Fabulous conference this week and delighted to be asked to speak about a new topic for the conference: Law. I chose to speak about the "Impact of Law on Project Managers and the profession of Project Management". Thank you everyone for the amazing feedback on my rewriting of Taylor Swift's "Out of the Woods"! The disco lights added a memorable touch! I may adapt another song for the next symposium, so watch this space! 

Thank you! 

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to contact me and give feedback on my presentation last week. I didn't anticipate the song would be so memorable!  

Deltek UK User Group: second meeting in London on 6 September 2016 13.30 - tickets now available! 

As Chair of the UK User Group, I am delighted to declare that tickets are now available! Click here to reserve your place and hear User stories and share ideas and best practice about Acumen Fuse or contact me for more information.  

Wow! As of mid-June, we already have almost 50 delegates signed up for the User Group meeting! 

The Northern Powerhouse has spoken! More Autumn dates for workshops coming soon!

Excited that more Autumn dates for my MBL-hosted workshop on Professional Indemnity will be published shortly. We'll be coming back to Leeds and Manchester. Watch this space or contact me for more info! Another date for London will also be scheduled in to capture requests from the South.  

Blab on 12 May 10am UK: Which is better - negotiation or adjudication?

Another debate between @500wordlawyer and me, this time over negotiation and adjudication

6 May 2016: No.2 contributor again in Prime Dispute's April survey 

Click here to check out Prime Dispute's May newsletter for really interesting and thought-provoking articles on the world of ADR... and to see the latest on top contributors from around the world. I have stayed at the no.2 spot this month! Happy to be amongst forward-thinking individuals trying to raise awareness and stimulate debate about new ways in which to resolve disputes 

Blab on 28 April 2016 10am UK: Which is better - mediation vs adjudication?

Join me and @500wordlawyer as we debate the pros and cons of ADR in the form of adjudication and mediation. 

18 April 2016 LexisNexis UK interviews Sarah Schutte about gender parity in the construction and engineering industry

What do you think of gender equality in the construction and engineering industry? Do women and men have parity and if not what can we do about it? Click here to read my interview with LexisNexis... then give us your feedback via our contact page or Tweet us at @sarahschutte1 and @schutteconsult using #SCLGlobal

Calling all NEC3 Project Managers! My exclusive #eVaintheUK workshop announced for 22 June 2016

I have created a morning workshop especially for APM's UK conference #eVaintheUK. The workshop takes place on Wednesday 22 June 2016 in London, UK. It is entitled "the Project Manager's NEC3 Legal Toolkit". Click here to read my guest blog written exclusively for #eVaintheUK which gives a flavour for the issues which we will explore. Click here to secure your place - spaces are limited!    

Places are filling up for the conference on 16 and 17 June and my workshop on 22 June. Click here to join us for the UK's hottest Project Management event of Summer 2016!

April 2016 - Sarah is placed 2nd on Prime Dispute's leaderboard of Global Member commentators on ADR

Very proud to be up at the top again of Prime Dispute's Global Member social media commentator chart, amongst the best practitioners of ADR and brilliant brains dedicated to dispute resolution theory and practice. Thank you Prime Dispute for continuing to support us each of us in our own way, jurisdiction and industry, in trying to make a difference to the way in which we manage claims and disputes!   

Sarah elected Chair of Deltek UK User Group

Very excited to be elected as the Chair of the Deltek UK User Group. I'll be

co-ordinating the User Group's activities. Deltek product partners are welcome to join and participate. Next User Group meeting September 2016 London UK. Contact your usual Deltek partner, or get in touch with me for more details. Watch this space as we build the programme of events....      

Speaking at the inaugural Deltek UK User Group meeting in London, UK on 19 April 2016

I am delighted to have been asked to join, and contribute to, the inaugural Deltek UK User Group meeting (by invitation) on Tuesday 19 April in London, UK. I'll be giving a brief presentation on NEC3 programming requirements and how the incorporation of metrics into the contract provides an innovative benchmarking mechanism, and why this matters to your project. Looking forward to a stimulating debate on schedule quality issues and use of Acumen Fuse!

Deltek UK hosts stimulating debate on schedule quality metrics

Fascinating exchange of ideas and experiences, much food for thought. More news to follow... 

Newsflash: Speaking at #eVaintheUK conference
16 and 17 June 2016 London UK

Delighted to announce I have been asked to speak at this year's #eVaintheUK conference. I will address the delegates on Legal Issues affecting Project Managers. Click here for more information, and to reserve your place. Watch this space, as more news will follow!  

#SCLGlobal fabulous trip to Canada!
#SCLGlobal déplacement superbe au Canada!

Back in the UK and very proud of all I have achieved in Canada, especially my meetings with PMI folk in London ON (South-West Ontario), Montréal and Lévis-Québec. We will be back soon! Until next time, PMI in Toronto and Ottawa and other Chapters...


If you are in Canada and you (or your colleagues) would like to meet us on our next visit to Canada, please contact us...


Retournée au RU et très fière de tout ceque j'eus accompli au Canada, particulierèment mes recontres avec des gens de PMI à London ON (Sud-Ouest Ontario), Montréal et Lévis-Québec. On se revoit à bientôt! A la prochaine fois, PMI en Toronto et Ottawa et autres Chapitres...


Si vous êtes au Canada et si vous (ou vos collègues) voudriez nous rencontrer la prochaine visite au Canada, veuillez contacter nous...

PMI Chapters in Montréal and Québec welcomed #SCLGlobal. PMI + SCL: Introducing ourselves 
PMI Chapitres à Montréal et à Québec eurent accueillé #SCLGlobal. PMI + SCL: Qui nous sommes

Great pleasure to meet with executives from PMI Montréal and Lévis-Québec this week, and to explore their training needs and interests concerning law and good project management. Long live collaboration!  More news to follow...


Grand plaisir d'avoir rencontré des executives de PMI Montréal et de PMI Lévis-Québec cette semaine, et d'avoir exploré avec eux ses exigences et intérêts autour de la loi et du bon gestion de projet. Vive la collaboration! Des nouvelles suivront...

PMI South West Ontario welcomes #SCLGlobal to its Chapter meeting on 31 March 2016

Our Sarah Schutte has been warmly welcomed by PMI SWOntario's members at its Chapter meeting in London ON. She was invited to give a short presentation introducing the training on project management which she is developing for other PMI Chapters in Canada, USA, UK and France. Members gave an enthusiatic reception and promised to feedback on their developmental wants and needs. Thank you to everyone at PMI SW Ontario for making her feel so welcome! We look forward to seeing you soon! #SCLGlobal

PMI SWOntario Chapter meeting in London ON at 6pm on Thursday 31 March - come and meet us!

Come and say hello at PMInstitute's South West Ontario Chapter meeting, taking place at Windermere Manor in London ON Thursday 31 March 6pm, and explore the possibilities for collaborating on all things project management #SCLGLobal 

 #SCLGlobal in Canada 30 March through 6 April

Tweet @sarahschutte1 or @schutteconsult to meet us in Ontario 30 March thru 1 April and in Québec 4 thru 6 April! We are meeting to talk about training and consulting on projects, risk management, project management, insurance and law  

March 2016: Prime Dispute names Sarah as its Top Contributor Global Member in February!

Very proud to be named the top contributor to ADR discussions by Prime Dispute in its February social media survey of global membership. Click here to access the newsletter and read more. Follow us on Twitter @sarahschutte1 and @schutteconsult 

New Blab announced for 10 March 11.00 GMT


@500wordlawyer and @sarahschutte1 will be Blabbing on 10 March 2016 11.00 GMT about the topic:  “Arbitration or Litigation” Sign up here.

Happy Birthday to SCL! 


Schutte Consulting Limited celebrated its 2nd birthday on 18 February 2016. Thank you to all the wonderful people and organisations who have believed in our quest to make law work for the industry, and have supported us as we grow! 

Blab video! Which is better: JCT or NEC? 

It's the old skool vs the new kid on the block. Watch the video of our debate here!


New Blab announced for 25 Feb 11.00 GMT


@500wordlawyer and @sarahschutte1 will be Blabbing on 25 February 2016 11.00 GMT about 2 popular forms of UK standard contracts:  “Which is better: JCT or NEC3?" Sign up here.

Brand new Professional Indemnity Insurance workshop for MBL Spring-Summer 2016

Delighted to confirm dates for my brand new course for MBL, developed on-demand from feedback of my previous MBL delegates. Come along and learn the fundamentals of Professional Indemnity Insurance: Cover and Claims. In half a day we will explore the law and principles of PII policies, and look at practical issues of policy inception, disclosure, coverage and claims. Go to our Services page for more info and to bagsie your place!     

Freshly released MBL dates

Hot off the press... more dates throughout the UK for 2016 confirmed by MBL for the ever-popular Construction Insurance and NEC3 workshops. Check out our Services page for more info and a link to sign up! 

Watch the Blab video - Which is better: letter of intent or no contract? 

On 11 February 2016 Sarah Fox (@500wordlawyer) and I (@sarahschutte1) debated the pros and cons of letters of intent and contracts. We discussed the necessary elements of a contract, how to put together a workable letter of intent, and issues concerning contract strategy and risk management. We also swapped practical tips. 


You can watch a video of the Blab here.

1st Blab - Thursday 11 February 2016 11.00 GMT  

Excited to schedule the first Blab. Talking about whether it's better to use a Letter of Intent or have no contract. Sign up and join in!  

SCL in NYC 26 January to 2 February 2016 #SCLGlobal

Excited to confirm our first trip across the Atlantic in 2016 is to New York City. Click here to contact us to meet and discuss your projects, PM and costs management training and risk management interests. Tweet us at #SCLGlobal

Live chat hosted by Blab - new from February 2016!

Proud and excited to announce that Sarah Fox (@500wordlawyer) and I are starting a series of live debates to be hosted by the website Blab.


Sign up to Blab now and be ready to join our discussions! 


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PMI UK: Webinar 

On 20 January 2016 12.15 - 13.15 GMT I gave a presentation on "Legal Aspects of Project Management". I explained why law is important for Project Managers, and how to avoid legal hazards, and I shared tips on up-skilling to enhance the PM credentials.


Follow-up webinars are planned. Details will be posted here, so bookmark this page to keep up to date!

PMI UK: Webinar date!

Date confirmed as 20 January 2016. Go to for more details

November 2015: Webinars for PM Institute UK in 2016

I am honoured to have been asked by PMI UK Chapter to open its 2016 webinar series. In a one-hour webinar (date TBC) I will be talking about "Legal Aspects of Project Management". Go to for more details, and watch this page for news! 


October 2015: Sarah gains MPD accreditation from Prime Dispute

Excited to announce my accreditation as Member of Prime Dispute (MPD) by the innovative association of ADR and dispute resolution practitioners Prime Dispute. Accredited to advise, represent and act for parties who wish to engage in creative, facilitative and modern methods of Dispute Avoidance and Dispute Resolution.   

July 2015: Partnership with LexisNexis and LexisPSL

Delighted to announce my partnership with leading legal publishers LexisNexis and LexisPSL to develop their construction and engineering know-how. Click here to go to our publications page for more information and to access articles 

Don’t forget to check out our services page for details of training events

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