Practical Use of the FIDIC Contracts Intermediate E-Course | Accepting Trial Students!

You may have seen last year that Claims Class has stepped into the world of online learning and to kick things off, we launched our Construction Claims Basic and Construction Claims Intermediate E-Courses in 2017.Read more


The Second Edition of the FIDIC Rainbow Suite has Arrived

At a packed International Contract Users’ Conference held in London on 5-6 December 2017, FIDIC finally unveiled the Second Edition of the 1999 Rainbow Suite, Red, Yellow and Silver Books.  Whilst the Second Edition largely follows the 2016 pre-release version of the Yellow Book, FIDIC have taken on board some of the comments made by the friendly reviewers, and made a number of important changes.Read more


20 Changes in the FIDIC 2017 Editions From a Claims Perspective

I have just returned from the FIDIC International User’s Conference in London, attended by roughly 400 delegates and speakers, all there to hear about the new editions of the Red, Yellow and Silver FIDIC Forms of Contract. In this blog, I have highlighted 20 changes that are of particular relevance to claims practitioners:Read more


Why is it important to understand your contract (from a claims perspective)?

Did you know that there are 11 clauses in the FIDIC Red Book form of contract that allow the Employer to claim money from the Contractor and 16 clauses that allow the Contractor to claim either time, money or both from the Employer?Read more


Do the Sanctions Against Qatar Qualify as Force Majeure?

Depending on where you are in the World, you may or may not be aware that certain political sanctions were recently imposed against Qatar by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Diplomatic ties have been severed and an embargo on all land, air and sea connections between these countries and Qatar has been put in place.Read more


How to Deal with Delay Caused by a Nominated Subcontractor

Many years ago when I used to regularly deal with the JCT forms of contract. Back then, if a nominated subcontractor delayed the works, the contractor could use this as a legitimate reason to claim an extension of time. Either things have either changed since then, or not all forms of contract take this view.Read more


How to Calculate the Recovery of Preliminaries on a Reduced Scope of Works

I was recently contacted by a blog reader who requested some advice on a project in Qatar where the Employer omitted a large part of the Works and also wanted to deduct money from the Contractor’s preliminaries as part of the price adjustment.Read more


Claim for Increased Costs on a Fixed Price Contract

Are there circumstances whereby a contractor may claim increased costs of materials on a fixed price contract? As usual, this would depend on the particular contract, but if we take FIDIC as an example, yes there are.Read more


The Difference Between Claim and Dispute Submissions - FIDIC Omissions

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

Bills of Quantities, Omissions and Claims: 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


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