At our 2-Day Construction Claims Intensive Training Course in Qatar last month, when discussing contractual provisions that give contractor’s the right to an extension of time, I glossed over the clause in FIDIC that covers fossils and other items of antiquity, mentioning that in 20 years that I have worked in the Middle East, I have never come across such an occurrence.Read more

Insights from Qatar | Evaluating Variations on Lump Sum Contracts

I have just returned from presenting our 2-Day Construction Claims Intensive Training Course in Qatar where one delegate raised a question in connection with lump-sum contracts and items included in the bills of quantities, but not shown on the drawings.Read more

Responses, Determinations and Decisions

Our Claims Class 2-day Intensive Training Course in London was slightly unusual in that the balance of the delegates was significantly weighted towards the client’s side and also included an arbitrator and an adjudicator.  These particular delegates were obviously interested in learning how claims should be responded to and in the case of the arbitrator and adjudicator, how decisions should be presented.Read more

Notices, Conditions Precedent and Time Bars

One of the most frequently asked questions at CPD events and our Claims Class Intensive Training Courses is in connection with notices. The questions are usually along the lines of , ‘If we fail to send a notice of claim, or we do not send the notice in time, will our claim be time-barred?’Read more

Time is of the Essence for Claim Submissions

The consultancy side of our business has just been appointed by a contractor to prepare an extension of time claim. The contractor exceeded the completion date 3 months ago and although there are many employer-caused delays, he has not so far submitted any claims for extensions of time.Read more

The Problem with Inadequately Expressed Claims and Responses

EC Harris' report Global Construction Disputes Report 2013 cites incomplete and/or unsubstantiated claims as one of the major reasons for construction industry disputes.Read more

Top Causes of Disputes in the Construction Industry

EC Harris' report Global Construction Disputes report 2013 lists the following as the top causes of disputes in the construction industry: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

Claims Class makes its Qatar debut

Claims Class held its first Qatar based 2-Day Intensive Training Course last week. The course was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Doha and was attended by 21 professionals from various construction based backgrounds including but not limited to contract administrators, project managers, quantity surveyors, planning and controls managers and scheduling specialists. Companies represented included, and again not limited to, Siemens WLL, Brookfield Multiplex, Rider Levett Bucknall and Amana Qatar Contracting.Read more

Claims Class Case Studies - Can you find the solution?

Quantity Surveyors International is a long-standing supporter of Claims Class. In 2012, Claims Class contributed to their quarterly QS Eye magazine by providing their readers with some Claims Class Case Studies.Read more