Project Management

Construction Law, Contract Administration, General Management, Project Management

Contractual disputes: how to resolve them

By MATTHEW SHOWLER and PARNIKA CHATURVEDI

The UAE is one of the fastest-growing economies, where the construction industry is the third-largest sector after oil and trade. More than 6,000 construction companies operate in the country, with most construction activities taking place in the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

The emergence of the industry in the UAE dates back to the 1950s in Dubai when Sheikh Saaed bin Maktoum, together with his son Rashid, decided to transform the emirate into a ‘permanent haven for coastal shipping’ and launched the Dubai Creek improvement project. The construction industry’s growth rate is expected to remain positive, as a result of increased government expenditure on developing infrastructure and industrial construction in the country. …

Construction Law, Contract Administration, Procurement Management, Project Management

How will you benefit from 2016’s most comprehensive construction law advice?

If your team would benefit from detailed and intensive guidance on all the key aspects of international construction and engineering law then you might want to take a look at the annual Construction Law Summer School.

2016 sessions include:

FIDIC; NEC3; termination & insolvency; time & delay; global claims & disputes; dispute boards; international arbitration; EU procurement regime; tendering liabilities; civil code; ADR. See more topics on the agenda.

Construction Industry, Construction Law, Contract Administration, Project Management, Statutory Adjudication

CMGuide’s Director Highly Commended for Australian Brooking Prize in Construction Law

The Founder and Director of Construction Management Guide, Samer Skaik, was highly commended for his submission ‘Taking Statutory Adjudication to the Next Level: Legislative Review Mechanisms of Erroneous Determinations’  in the 2016 Australian Society of Construction Law Brooking Prize. The paper effectively summarizes the core merits of his PhD research in that area.

The criteria used for awarding commendations include originality of thoughts and contribution to the construction law or its application in the industry as well as the quality of analysis, the freshness of ideas and the value of the work.

A more detailed version of that paper will also appear in the upcoming edition of International Construction Law Review Journal. …

Construction Law, Contract Administration, General Management, Procurement Management, Project Management

Can alliancing work in the Gulf?

By STUART JORDAN

In the eyes of many people in our industry, the Middle East construction industry is old fashioned and not very open to new ideas. This view implies that new ideas are good ideas – which isn’t always the case.
Certainly, in the case of construction procurement models, the Gulf remains quite attached to single-stage competitive lowest price tender selection. Everyone knows where they stand and, as between employers and contractors, they stand quite far apart from each other! Relationships tend to be arm’s-length and driven by the formalities of the tender process. And the terms of the contracts formed in this way tend also to be tougher on contractors than we see in other parts of the world. …

Construction Industry, Construction Law, Contract Administration, Project Management

Contractual disputes: how to resolve them

By MATTHEW SHOWLER and PARNIKA CHATURVEDI
The UAE is one of the fastest-growing economies, where the construction industry is the third-largest sector after oil and trade. More than 6,000 construction companies operate in the country, with most construction activities taking place in the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. …

Construction Industry, Construction Law, Contract Administration, Procurement Management, Project Management

FIDIC’s Contract Users’ Series comes to Dubai

FIDIC’s official Contract Users’ Series travels the globe delivering best practice advice for selecting, using and managing the range of FIDIC contracts.

It’s the turn of the Middle East – the 7th FIDIC Middle East Contract Users’ Series will take place next month in Dubai.

As a reader of CMGuide you’re eligible for a 10% saving. …

Construction Industry, Construction Law, Contract Administration, Project Management

Terminating Construction Contracts For Convenience In The UAE

By Faisal Attia and Zane Anani

Under the UAE Civil Code there are three ways to terminate a contract: by consent, by operation of law and by court order (Article 267). Articles 892 to 896 of the UAE Civil Code also deal with the issue of termination of muqawala contracts, which are contracts for works (i.e. construction contracts). …

Civil Engineering, Construction Industry, Construction Law, Construction Technology, Contract Administration, General Management, PMP Hints, Procurement Management, Project Management

FIDIC’s biggest Contract Users’ event is just two weeks away

You can benefit from the FIDIC Contracts Committee’s direct guidance by attending this year’s official FIDIC International Contract Users event. They’ll be joined by world-class lawyers, top engineers and contract users from a range of leading companies to make sure that delegates go away with a comprehensive and balanced understanding of the latest contract developments. …

Construction Industry, Construction Law, Contract Administration, Project Management, Statutory Adjudication

A PROPOSED ROADMAP TO OPTIMISE THE ADJUDICATION OF COMPLEX PAYMENT DISPUTES IN AUSTRALIA

By Samer Skaik, Jeremy Coggins and Anthony Mills

In Australia, statutory construction adjudication has recently received a lot of criticism due to the increasing amount of determinations that have been quashed upon judicial review, and anecdotal evidence from some quarters showing dissatisfaction with the quality of adjudication decisions. Such criticism is particularly aimed at adjudications of large and technically and legally complex payment disputes, where adjudicators are under pressure to consider substantial volumes of submissions in very tight timeframes.

Construction Industry, Construction Law, Contract Administration, Project Management, Statutory Adjudication

INVESTIGATING THE FACTORS INFLUENCING THE QUALITY OF ADJUDICATION OF COMPLEX PAYMENT DISPUTES IN AUSTRALIA

By Samer Skaik, Jeremy Coggins and Anthony Mills

Statutory adjudication has been enacted throughout Australia on a state-by-state basis. The original enacting legislation may be broadly divided into two models which have become known as the East Coast and West Coast models. The East Coast model adjudication scheme – which is operational in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, ACT and South Australia – has in recent times come under much criticism for failing to facilitate determinations of sufficient quality with respect to large and/or complex payment claims. …

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