RICS CPD Foundation

Understanding Practical Completion

Construction, Lawyer, Surveyor, Architect, Arbitrator, Project Manager
Construction Management, Contracts
London - Understanding Practical Completion


Seminar recorded 24 May in London 

Practical completion is a key point in building projects as it marks the point at which the contractor completes contractual obligations, retention funds are released and when the works can be handed over to the client for their intended purpose.

This seminar covers

  • Why does it matter?
  • When does Practical Completion occur?
  • What about:
    • Occupation?
    • Documentation?
    • Liquidated Damages?
    • Delay Costs?
    • Snagging?
    • Rectification Period

The speaker is Richard Mills, FRICS, FCIArb, solicitor and non-practiciing barrister. 


Richard Mills

Richard Mills

Partner, Mills & Co.

Richard is author of a number of sections in the RICS on-line publication isurv, has written a case book on Adjudication and has co-authored A Practical Guide to Payment in Construction, both of which are published by RICS Books.

Richard is the principal author on the RICS guidance on Practical Completion

Richard regularly speaks at professional conferences including:
* RICS Legal Issues in Construction Conference
* A series of RICS seminars on legal issues relating to contract administration.
* A series of RICS seminars on Practical Completion

Originally a site based quantity surveyor with John Laing Construction, Richard moved to Davis Langdon & Everest in 1990 where he spent a number of years as a quantity surveyor whilst studying for a law degree. In 1994 Richard was called to the Bar of England and Wales and subsequently worked with EC Harris specialising in construction and engineering claims and contract advice, achieving the status of Associate of the practice in 1996 and Partner in 1998. In 2002 Richard established Mills & Co Solicitors which he managed as a sole principal until he was joined by Roger Button as a partner in 2010.

Since 1994 Richard has focused exclusively on advising on construction and engineering contracts and on defending and pursuing claims on construction and engineering projects.

Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors: 2001

Barrister (non-practising): 1994

Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors: 1999
* (Elected a Professional Associate in 1992)

Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators: 2001
* (Elected an Associate in 1995)