Q&A: Contract Administration for Claims

In partnership with the CIOB, Claims Class is running a series of monthly webinars on construction claims. The webinars are based on our Construction Claims e-courses and workshops and have attracted between 150 and 300…


How to Ensure a DAB is Formed Correctly

A blog subscriber recently asked for some advice on the setting up and organisation of a Dispute Adjudication Board (DAB). They specifically wanted to know what to do if one of the parties is trying to frustrate the…


Notices: Should a Contractor submit if he is not sure whether he intends to make a claim?

A Claims Class blog follower recently asked for advice on the correct interpretation of FIDIC Sub-Clause 20.1 (Contractor’s Claims).  What happens in situations where the Contractor is not sure if he will submit a claim or…


5 Tips for Success When Claiming for Variations

A question that I am often asked during CPD talks and claims training courses is “is it necessary to submit claims for a variation?”. Unfortunately, I am going to have to give a lawyer’s answer to this and say that “it…


An Explanation of ‘Time at Large’

A blog reader asked for an explanation of “time at large”. This is not something that I have personally come across in practical terms. For the advice that I am about to give, I am indebted to my ex-boss, Roger Knowles.…


Inadequately Expressed Claims: the second most frequent reason for disputes

ARCADIS have recently published their Global Construction Dispute Report 2018 and unsurprisingly “Poorly drafted or incomplete/unsubstantiated claims” is reported as the second most frequent reason for disputes. This annual…


Delay analysis methods

Delay: Choosing the right method for your dispute

How should you analyse delay? Which delay analysis method is best? What options are available? When a delay occurs on a project, analysing cause and effect is vital to understanding where liability lies. Delay analysis…


Force Majeure

What Qualifies As Force Majeure Under FIDIC?

One of our blog subscribers requested advice on Force Majeure under the FIDIC Red or Yellow books. The good news is that Force Majeure clauses are similar under the Red, Yellow, Silver and Gold forms of FIDIC. Therefore,…


How To Ensure Engineer’s Responses And Instructions Do Not Result In Expensive Claims

A request was raised by one of our blog followers to examine the Engineer’s duty to provide instructions and responses within a reasonable time. In my experience, failure of the Engineer to comply with such obligations often…


Contactor's programme

How to Administer the Contractor’s Programme

One of our followers asked for some advice on the administration of the contractor’s programme. The questions raised relate to fairly frequently occurring situations, so this subject is definitely worthy of a blog post. I…