When to Deal With Contractor’s Claims

I have been involved in a large project for 3 years where my role is to provide assessments of the contractor’s claims for extensions of time and prolongation costs. The project experienced numerous delays and to date I have provided assessments of 25 extension of time claims and awards have been made for 11 claimed events. As usual with contractor's claims, some were rejected entirely and some were awarded, but with a reduction in the amount claimed.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, 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