Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning Office (LLO) is offering a course to students who are interested in studying law. This course aims to provide legal knowledge to the Architectural professional practice, covering areas like setting up and running business, management of contract and public contracts, liability and risk in construction projects.

Preliminary Course Content:

Session 1 – Setting up shop and managing your Business

  • Types of companies and incorporation
  • Taxation
  • Employees – key clauses to include (Non-Disclosure, Non-Solicitation, Non-Competition, Work for hire, Copyright)
Session 2 – Contracts

The Architect’s Role as Superintendent of a Contract

  • Understanding the architect’s role
  • Knowing when to exercise independent discretion
  • Dealing with ‘claims for variation’
Session 3 — Public Contracts

  • How to negotiate them
  • How to implement them
  • Dealing with the key stakeholders: Government, Supervision, Constructor
  • Termination for convenience. The unknown truth
Session 4 – Liability and Risk in Construction Projects

  • Commonly encountered issues affecting architects’ risk
  • Lead Architect, Sub Consultants, Constructors: who is liable?
  • Managing expectations and maintaining communication
  • Paper work: getting it right
  • Dealing with professional indemnity claims
  • Payment Disputes


Instructor:Bruno Nunes (Lawyer)
Duration:9 Hours (4 Sessions)
Date:11 January to 20 January 2022
Time:Tue, Thu, 18:30 – 20:45
Location:University of Saint Joseph – IIha Verde Campus
Delivery of Mode:Face-to-face Lecture
Tuition Fee:MOP1,110
Targeted Participants:Interested Parties

Biography of Speaker:

Bruno Nunes

Managing partner of BN Lawyers

Bruno Nunes has a Degree in Law at Universidade Católica Portuguesa Law School and a Post-Graduate Degree in Administrative Law with the module of Town Planning Law by the University of Lisbon Law School. He was the Head of the Legal Department of “Macao 4th East Asian Games Organising Committee” (MEAGOC) and oversaw namely the MEAGOC’s public tenders in the areas of construction, supply, and design.

He is a registered Lawyer in the Macau Lawyers Association and in the Portuguese Bar Association and is founder of BN Lawyers in 2006 and he has been developing his practice mainly in the areas of Commercial and Corporate, Intellectual Property, and Gaming.

He is an adjunct professor of the University of St. Joseph, Macau, an advisory council member of Macao Municipal Affairs Bureau, and lecturer several executive training courses. A member of the Famous and Well-Known Marks Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA), and his firm have been recommended and ranked by well-known magazines such as Asia IP, WTR1000, IFLR, Asian Law magazine for many times.

Note: This course has been submitted for D.S.E.D.J. 2020-2023 Continuing Education Development Subsidy Scheme; the Lifelong Learning Public Programmes Tuition Fee Discount Policy (LLO-529) is NOT available for applying for this course. 


A three-step flow of “Registration, Notification, Enrolment” applies.

Applicants should first register (through methods listed in the “Registration” section on our website) during the application period of a Programme. Accepted Registrants will be notified through SMS and they must complete the application process in person during the period mentioned in the SMS, with a valid copy of Macao Resident ID Card.

A certificate of completion will be issued for participants fulfilling an attendance rate of 70%.

Withdrawal applications must follow stated policies.

Remark: Programmes may be cancelled due to insufficient registration.