A New Era For Claims Class

Back in 2009, our founder Andy Hewitt was reviewing claims on a large project for an international contractor.

As a claims specialist, the poor standard of many of the claims that passed his desk day to day horrified him. He decided that something needed to be done.  So, he wrote his first book: ‘Construction Claims & Responses: effective writing and presentation’. Following its success, Andy was often asked to present seminars on the topic.

Claims Class Was Born

Back then, there was very little available in the way of education and training on construction claims. Like Andy, most of the specialists working in the industry at the time had learnt these skills on the job.

Just under ten years ago, Andy launched Claims Class. The goal was to provide training on construction contracts and claims. He began presenting training courses in person to construction professionals all over the world. Over the years, we expanded the subjects that students could study and offered online learning.

The Next Chapter

We are excited to announce the next step in our journey. Going forward, Claims Class will become part of Hewitt Decipher Partnership.

As he moves towards retirement, Andy will be taking a step back in his current role. Instead, MD of HDP, Paul Gibbons will be picking up the reins and overseeing Claims Class. Don’t worry though, Andy will still play an active role in training and course development.

What does this mean for you?

Nothing but good news. If you’re not already familiar with HDP, take a look at their website. Over the coming months and years, we will introduce some new courses, and focus on new subjects. Teaming up with the HDP team will give us access to even more knowledge. We’ll be able to tap into the skills of the wider team who continue to work on live projects and disputes all over the world.

This expertise, gained around the world, will bolster Andy’s extensive knowledge of FIDIC and all matters relating to claims and disputes. The HDP team will position Claims Class at the forefront of contracts, claims and dispute resolution training.


Most things will remain just the same for now.

Nina will still be looking after all our clients from the point they sign up for a course, and our marketing and accounts team remain the same. However, if you are on our mailing list, you’ll see that our email addresses change to @hewittdecipher.com from the start of October. And if you’re not, why not sign up using the box at the bottom of this page to receive regular knowledge articles on construction contracts and claims.