Claiming Prolongation Costs when there is no Entitlement to an Extension of Time | Can it be done?

It is generally accepted that, in a situation where a contractor is entitled to an extension of time, he is also entitled to claim for time-related costs for the additional time that he was obliged to remain on site. Such costs are usually referred to as prolongation costs.Read more


Presentation of Claim Narratives - Top Tips Paper for Download!

EC Harris’ Global Construction Disputes report cited incomplete and unsubstantiated claims as a major reason of disputes. Simply put, this means that the claimant has not prepared his claim to a standard that is required for the administrator of the contract to consider that the claim has merit, resulting in rejection of the claim.Read more


The Preliminaries to the Claim - Top Tips Paper for Download!

The object of a claim document is to convince the respondent that the claimant is entitled to an award and the quantum of the award. It must also be remembered that the onus is on the claimant to prove his case.Read more


Omission of Items Included in the Bill of Quantities, But Not Shown on the Drawings

I recently received a request for advice from one of our course attendees. It related to the Bill of Quantities and later drawing issues. This topic has arisen on several occasions so I thought it worthy of a blog. The situation and query was as follows:Read more


‘Thickening’ of Preliminary Items

It is generally accepted that where a contractor is entitled to an extension of time, he is also entitled to claim for time-related costs for the period of delay. Time-related include costs for providing site management, site establishment, plant and equipment, insurances, additional financing costs head office costs and the like, which are usually priced in the preliminaries section of the bill of quantities.Read more


What Qualifies as a Force Majeure event under FIDIC?

One of our distance learning students contacted me for some advice on a claim that she had received based on force majeure on a contract under the FIDIC Yellow Book. My advice may be summarised as follows and is also applicable to the 1999 FIDIC Red Book:Read more


Climatic Conditions

We recently had a request on our LinkedIn page to discuss when climatic conditions may be provide grounds to a claim.Read more


Definition of a Good Claim According to Roger Knowles

I have recently finished reading Roger Knowles’ autobiography, Somebody Up There Likes Us. I found this to be a thoroughly good read that covers Roger’s upbringing in the war years, to the time that his company, J R Knowles, was turning over £30M.Read more


Success Stories

It’s always great news when we hear how Claims Class has helped people to succeed, either in their careers or with their duties at work. We presented our ‘Construction Claims’ and our ‘Understanding Claims Under the FIDIC Contracts’ courses in Qatar last week and whilst I was there, I gave a talk on dispute boards to 100 plus members of the Qatar branch of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).Read more


How to Number and Reference Documents

A point I often have to make to our distance learning students concerns the use of numbering and referencing within documents. If our students are struggling with this, it stands to reason that other blog readers may benefit from some guidance too. Here's how to number and reference your documents.Read more