- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
- Specialist wikis
Last edited 17 Dec 2020
Conflict of interest
A conflict of interest is said to have occurred if the best interest of a client is impeded, or might be perceived to have been impeded, by an individual or organisation. Generally, a conflict of interest relates to the actual or perceived impartiality of an individual or organisation in their dealings with the client.
Common conflicts of interest include:
- Acting for more than one client or stakeholder with competing interests at the same time.
- Existing obligations that affect a relationship with a client.
- Conflicting duties owed to different clients.
Conflicts of interest can be avoided by adopting and following rules relating to declarations, transparency and resolution. The conflict should be declared at the earliest opportunity to all relevant stakeholders and it is advisable to secure written agreement to proceed. By being transparent, misunderstandings can be avoided.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Chinese wall.
- Code of conduct.
- Code of practice for project management.
- Conflict avoidance.
- Conflict avoidance pledge.
- Construction disputes.
- Interface risk in construction.
- Overcoming difficulties in construction value management.
- Principal-agent theory.
- Project risk.
- Risk management.
- Third party dependencies.
- Types of risk in construction projects.
Featured articles and news
Predictions about adequate post-pandemic IAQ in non-domestic buildings.
Government publishes plans to 'build back greener'.
The contentious nature of claims associated with cladding, fire safety and EWS1 forms.
ECA comments on low-carbon heating systems initiative and Heat and Buildings Strategy.
Cinders and other forms of domestic rubbish created filth but also generated great wealth.
CIC 2050 Group requests input to find out priorities for future industry leaders.
IHBC publishes response to consultation.
Institute applauds funding initiatives but presses for additional retrofit and tax measures.
The switch from analogue to digital has begun.