Justice - Avoiding Disputes and Claims

How To Avoid Disputes From the Outset

Hewitt Decipher Partnership recently presented a webinar on international arbitration. Panel members included a barrister, an arbitrator, and a solicitor. They were joined by HDP employees who provide expert advice to legal…


Construction Cost Escalation Increases

Increases in Material & Other Costs

The consultancy side of our business has recently received enquiries along the lines of the following: “We have come to the end of our project and are facing a huge loss due to increases in the cost of materials and shipping…


FIDIC 1999 Claims book

FIDIC 1999 Claims

A Guide to Claims for Extensions of Time and Additional Payment Under the Red, Yellow and Silver Books A new book by Andy Hewitt, FICCP, FCIOB, FCICES, FQSi Inadequately expressed claims are one of the most frequent reasons…


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…


interim claims

Interim Claims

How To Deal With Them One of our Claims Class students asked for some advice on interim claims. It is a topic that often crops up, so I thought that readers of this blog might also benefit from some practical advice. The…


FIDIC 2017 Notices

A guide to the requirements, content and composition of notices under the FIDIC Red, Yellow and Silver books Some of the biggest mistakes that contractors make when it comes to claims relate to notices. Such failures…


Claims class student

Claims Class Helps Student Secure US$1 Million

This month I am going to allow myself to pat myself on the back, because of a success story from a recent Claims Class student. A gentleman from an African country contacted me to discuss enrolling on one of our claims…


Lump Sum Cash Contract

What is Included in ‘Lump Sum’?

A simple matter that often causes confusion is exactly what is included in a lump-sum price. Take a typical contract designed by the employer. The contractor is required under the contract to provide the works defined on the…


The Difference Between Claim and Dispute Submissions - FIDIC Omissions

The Difference Between A Claim to the Engineer & A Claim in Arbitration?

A student recently asked, "is there any difference between a claim submitted to the Engineer and one submitted for arbitration?" My response was along the lines of “Yes, there frequently is, but there shouldn’t be”. The…


Variations and Preliminaries

Claims for Additional Preliminaries as a Result of Variations

Variations - something that comes up a lot in our courses. One question crops up time and time again. Does the contractor have entitlement to payment for additional preliminaries arising from variations? The short answer to…