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We have a New Regional Partner for the UK & Ireland!

We are pleased to announce that UK-based Decipher Consulting will be Claims Class’ new regional partner for the UK and Ireland.

Decipher Consulting provides construction services to the UK market and will work in partnership with Claims Class to deliver our accredited training courses more frequently and to a wider audience across the UK. (more…)

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Hewitt Construction Consultancy Awarded Chartered Building Consultancy Status with CIOB


We are pleased to announce that Hewitt Construction Consultancy, owners of Claims Class, has been awarded Chartered Building Consultancy (CBC) status with the Chartered Institute of Building as part of their CBC scheme.

Chartered Building Consultancy status identifies businesses that are respected and responsible, managed by professionally qualified well-trained staff, and that offer a very expert and economic service. Membership of the scheme requires the highest qualifications and training criteria for all employees engaged in any aspect of construction management and surveying, ensuring a professional approach at every level in the organisation.

So what does this mean for Claims Class and for YOU?

Because Hewitt Construction Consultancy is committed to excellence across the organisation, this means that when you register for a Claims Class course, you can have total confidence that the course will:

  • Be expertly taught
  • Delivered at the highest standards
  • Contain quality content
  • Be accredited by respected industry institutes
  • Offer real-life case studies that you can relate to and link to your learning
  • Offer practical rather than theoretical knowledge that you can apply to your job
  • Offer Continual Professional Development hours for those tracking their professional progress
  • Give you the confidence to take your construction claims career to the next level

It also means that we never stop trying to enhance our service. We know that what we do is good. We know that because our distance learning students tell us, those who attend our intensive training courses tell us and our consulting clients tell us but we know that a successful organisation is not one that rests on its laurels, but is always finding ways to better itself. Some things we are working on for example, include new course offerings, new locations and more accreditations.

Do you have any suggestions for how we could make our courses more appealing? Or can you offer some insight into your reasons for registering / not registering for a Claims Class course? If so, join the conversation and add your comments below.



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Claims Class Quarterly | Issue 3

The third edition of the Claims Class Quarterly is out!

There’s some great content in this edition including the news of FIDIC’s new form of contract which is noteworthy for the Middle East in particular. John Papworth joins us again as our guest contributor and this time offers some tips on how to make your claim appeal to a Contract Administrator and later, to a DAB tribunal.

Sticking with our regular features we bring you a new Top Tips article on the importance of good record keeping as well as introducing a new feature called Claims Class Case Study’s where you have the opportunity to get your thinking caps on, put pen to paper and try to resolve a real-life case study. Don’t worry, we also offer the author’s opinion / answer at the end so you can see how your answer compares.

There’s much more in there too so go on, grab a cup of coffee, settle in for few minutes and have a read…

Read the Claims Class Quarterly.


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Claims Class Quarterly | Issue 2

We are pleased to release the second edition of the Claims Class Quarterly. It gives us great pleasure to release this newsletter and we have received great feedback on the content of our newsletters so far…

Some of you may be familiar with MailChimp, an online tool that enables you to manage contact lists and send communications. MailChimp also gives you reports on how well your communications perform and based on the first issue, we can see that most of you were interested in our Top Tips papers with 31% of you clicking through to read the full paper, followed by our recently launched Principles of Delay Analysis course. 24% were also interested in Andy’s Blog post on ‘First Impressions of a Contractor’s Claim’ followed by our Claims Class Case Studies. This insight gives us great insight into our readership’s interest and helps us to create content for the next issue. That said, here’s what’s in store for you with Issue 2…

This issue leads with an article by guest writer, John Papworth. John is a practising Dispute Board Chairman and Member, Adjudicator, Mediator and Chartered Arbitrator, who has experience gained over 44 years in the Middle East, Africa, India, South-East Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. Spread over this issue and the next, John will offer some insight into key considerations one must pay attention to prior to submitting a claim and how to present a claim so that it appeals to the reader.

We also continue our Top Tips series and this time, focus on Programmes and Planning when dealing with claims. We also give you the opportunity to win a 15% discount on any Claims Class courses by entering our Referral Contest and continue to bring you our regular features on…..hang on, why don’t I just let you read it for yourself…Enjoy!

Claims Class Quarterly | Issue 2

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Claims Class Principal Impresses Audience at CPD Talk for the AACEI

Claims Class was proud to lead a CPD talk hosted by the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineers International (AACEI) in Dubai this week, Tuesday 24th September.

As a training and education provider, Claims Class believes that CPD talks provide a good opportunity to impart knowledge to those who may be progressing up the career ladder so it was a great pleasure when Claims Class Principal, Andy Hewitt, was invited by the AACEI to present his talk on ‘Construction Claims and Responses: effective writing and presentation’.

13-09-24 AACE Talk

The UAE chapter of the AACEI is the largest with 2000+ members and we had strong attendance at the talk along with members of the Board. Key messages from the talk included tips such as:

  • Make the reviewer’s job as easy as possible
  • Ensure that the submission is a stand-alone document
  • Assume that the reviewer has no prior knowledge of the project
  • Never forget Cause, Effect, Entitlement and Substantiation (CEES)

We also had the opportunity to distribute some of our course brochures at the end of the evening and it was a pleasure to meet the attendees and  discuss their training needs.

From our point of view the evening was a success and we are already discussing a future CPD talk with the AACEI so watch this space.

Note: Andy’s talk is a snapshot from the Claims Class Intensive Training Course on construction claims. LEARN MORE.


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