New Website Offers Information on the Use of Dispute Boards in MENA

I have been an advocate for the use of Dispute Boards on construction projects for many years and knowing the considerable benefits that they bring to projects, I have also attempted to promote their use.Read more


First Impressions of a Contractor's Claim

I have just spent half a day reviewing a claim from a contractor on a project where I have been appointed to manage the claims and produce assessments on behalf of the engineer. My impressions after this first review are that the contractor may very well have a valid case for an extension of time but to a lesser extent than that claimed. However, on the basis of his claim, he does not deserve anything because his claim is inadequately expressed. His main failures are that he has failed to link the cause with the effect that he is claiming and the basis of his delay analysis is based on something that, if he had taken the trouble to attempt to substantiate his assertions, he would have himself realised was simply not true.Read more


Dublin Course Generates Valuable Discussion Amongst Delegates

I have just returned from a thouroughly enjoyable trip to Dublin where we held one of Claims Class' 2-Day Intensive Training courses on construction claims.The course went well, with some lively discussions and debate amongst delegates from several disciplines within the industry. I was also flattered to find that some delegates had travelled from England and Belgium to attend the course.Read more


Construction Claims & Responses Gets More Positive Feedback

It's always a pleasure to hear positive feedback and comments about my book from friends and colleagues but it's particularly nice to hear positive things from people I've never even met who, perhaps don't know me or my reputation in the industry, and are judging me based on the contents of my book. Someone recently contacted me from the UK and had the following to say:Read more


The Obligations of the Parties Under the FIDIC Forms of Contract

Did you know that the FIDIC Red book contains 74 separate obligations of the Employer, 211 of the Contractor and 85 of the Engineer? Well, to be honest, neither did I until I just counted them in the draft of my latest book!Read more


When disputes are decreasing in the rest of the World, but on the increase in the Middle East, why has this region been so slow to recognise the added value of dispute adjudication boards?

The FIDIC forms of contract are the most widely used contracts for construction works in the Middle East and North Africa. These contracts have included provisions for the appointment of Dispute Boards since 1999, but the adoption and use of DABs in the region has been slow when compared to most other parts of the world.Read more


FIDIC Middle East Contract User’s Conference 2013

I was invited to speak at the FIDIC Middle East Contract User’s Conference in Dubai on 26 & 27 February, where I presented a well-received talk on Pursuing Claims Under FIDIC Contracts in the Middle East and Internationally.Read more