The Difference Between Claim and Dispute Submissions - FIDIC Omissions

25 Tips to Help You Avoid Costly Claims and Disputes

Often people ask us, 'what are the key things we must do to avoid disputes and claims?'. Good news - we've compiled all of them into one handy document of top tips to avoid claims and disputes!
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Why Choose A FIDIC Certified Trainer?

If you’ve followed Claims Class for a while, you’ll know the name Andy Hewitt, our newly certified FIDIC trainer!

Maybe Andy tutored you as a student on one our e-courses. Perhaps you’ve seen him speak at industry seminars and conferences. Or if you’re a bookworm, perhaps you’ve read some of his books on claims and FIDIC?

Not one to sit idle, Andy has recently added another string to his bow...

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Lump Sum Cash Contract

What is Included in 'Lump Sum'?

A simple matter that often causes confusion is exactly what a lump-sum price includes.

Take a typical contract designed by the employer. The contractor is required under the contract to provide the works defined on the drawings and in the specification. In other words, the drawings show the extent and the configuration of the design. The specification describes the composition and quality of the work. Thus, it is clear that the lump-sum requires the contractor to provide whatever is included in the drawings and specification.

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construction 2020

Reflections on Construction in 2020

To say that 2020 has been an unusual year would be an understatement. Not just for the construction industry, but for all of us around the world. Despite the challenges, things are not entirely doom and gloom. We have all learned in one way or another from the COVID-19 experience. Sometimes we need a challenge to force us to think about alternative ways of doing things.

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Construction contract FIDIC 2017 notice of claim

How Does FIDIC 2017 Affect Claims?

I guess like many of you, I have not had the opportunity to examine the 2017 editions of the FIDIC contracts in much detail, because as yet, I have not come across any projects that are using them. This situation will, however, gradually change. As it does, we will need to know what has changed and how it has changed. As such projects reach final account stage there will undoubtedly be claims to resolve and disputes to settle. I have recently been doing research for a forthcoming book, so thought it would be worthwhile to highlight the changes from a claims perspective.

Employer's Claims

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Need Staff Training During Lockdown? No Problem!

Whilst COVID-19 has caused immeasurable harm, it has at least taught us one good thing: people can work from home without a loss of efficiency.

But what about staff training?

Video conferencing (think Zoom, MS Teams, etc.) is being used to great effect. Remote working and meetings have saved time and cut down on travel costs. The sharing of information via webinars has also seen a huge upsurge in recent months.

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Construction contract FIDIC 2017 notice of claim

How Education and Training Avoids Disputes

I don't usually have much to say about education and training or attempt to promote our Claims Class courses through our blogs. But, this month I am going to make an exception and for good reason. Recent reports demonstrate that education and training will avoid time-consuming and costly construction disputes.

HKA’s report, Claims and Dispute Causation – a Global Market Sector Analysis and ARCADIS’s Global Construction Disputes Report 2019 are both pretty scathing. Both point to a lack level of knowledge exhibit when it comes down to contractual matters and claims.

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COVID-19 Suspension

COVID-19: Options for Construction Parties - Suspension & Termination?

In my last blog, I discussed the effects of COVID-19 and major disruption under the FIDIC Red and Yellow Books. Particularly whether contractors are entitled to claim for an extension of time and/or costs. But what other options are available, and what do the contracts say about suspension or termination?

My advice was just a few weeks ago. At that time, some contractors were anticipating delays. Firstly caused by supply chain problems associated with plant, goods or materials sourced from China. Secondly by the travel restrictions which were in place. My thoughts were that the Contractor will be entitled to an extension of time provided he can demonstrate delay to the Time for Completion and/or the incurrence of Cost. He may also be entitled to claim for additional payment for Cost incurred.

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Force Majeure

The Perfect Claim

Exciting news: We spent a large chunk of 2019 developing a new course, The Perfect Claim. Now, we’re ready to share it with you in 2020. But first, let’s take a step back. Why the need for another course?

Well…

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Case Study: In-House Training for Government Employees in Africa

Case Study

As well as delivering online e-courses, we offer in-house training for companies. We were approached by the government department responsible for roads and highways in an African country. The department was experiencing several problems related to claims and wanted to train their in-house staff. The staff were to be trained on the essential elements to a successful claim and how claims should be managed effectively. The problems were:Read more