Fast-track your career in construction law

Get your career into first-gear with the Masters in International Construction Practice & Law.

Run by the University of Stuttgart, one of Europe’s leading centres of engineering excellence, this practical programme is designed for professionals in full-time employment. [Read more…]

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The Mechanism of the Australian Statutory Adjudication in a Nutshell

By Samer Skaik

Many construction practitioners in Australia face difficulties in understanding the mechanism of the Statutory Adjudication and how it differs from a State to another. While it is important to point out that the Australian Acts are different, there are a number of common mechanisms. Typically, a person entitled to a progress payment for carrying out construction work (or supplying related goods and services) had to seek recovery of any unpaid amounts via lengthy legal proceedings in arbitration or court. As such, parliament enacted the Security of Payment (SoP) legislation to protect the rights of such persons and facilitate rapid recovery of due payment. The SoP legislation provides statutory rights enabling quick and inexpensive recovery of progress payment for any subcontractor or supplier performing construction works or supplying related goods and services. To facilitate these rights, the SoP introduced a rapid adjudication process to resolve payments disputes. [Read more…]

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FIDIC’s contract changes

FIDIC have been busy transforming and improving the Rainbow Suite of Contracts.

What does this mean for you?

You can get insider tips on the new Rainbow Suite Contracts directly from the FIDIC Updates Task Groups and the FIDIC Contracts Committee at FIDIC’s official Contract Users’ event which is taking place this December in London. [Read more…]

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Towards shaping better criteria of diagnosing complex construction adjudications

By Samer Skaik

Many commentators have suggested that,[1] the “one size fits all” approach taken by the Australian security of payment legislation (save for Queensland) is no longer appropriate (if indeed it ever was) for producing quality outcomes in adjudications of complex payment claims, where larger and more difficult payment disputes are involved. [Read more…]

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Descoping In Construction Contracts In The UAE

By Heba Osman

Descoping is usually instructed by employers as a variation omitting large parts of the works. Many employers appear to believe that they are contractually entitled to descope, which in part is true. However, many employers instruct the omission of large parts of the works for one of the following reasons: [Read more…]

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Unforeseen Ground Conditions In Qatar And Risk Mitigation

by Laura Warren and Alexa Hall

Site condition risk is not static. All too often, during the course of construction, contractors encounter subsurface conditions that differ from those set out in information provided by its employer or anticipated in their bids, or come across unforeseeable or undetected site conditions in the field. Such discoveries can cause schedule delays, cost increases and dangerous working, invalidate design assumptions and ultimately pave the way to litigation. One size does not fit all and the site condition risk is unique for each and every project. In the context of site risks, there is no substitute for signing a clear contract which, where possible, identifies such risks, and particularises precisely what the parties should do if they eventuate. [Read more…]

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What is FIDIC’s latest advice for Africa?

Find out next month at their 2nd annual Africa Contract Users’ conference.

This official FIDIC event is designed specifically for contract users in Africa and will explore the must-know areas of FIDIC such as claims, risk allocation, dispute resolution and much more besides.

You’ll also get the inside track on the latest contract changes and amendments that are due to come out in early 2017 – presented to you by the very people responsible for implementing these changes! [Read more…]

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Forthcoming: My four book chapters on Australia within “International Contractual and Statutory Adjudication” Book

By Samer Skaik

I am thrilled that my four peer reviewed book chapters on Australian Statutory Adjudication will be available in9781138239623 the market in Feb 2017 under “International Contractual and Statutory Adjudication” book which is edited by Andrew Burr and being published by Informa Law from Routledge.

This is the breakdown of the chapters:

  1. Australia: the East Coast Model with New South Wales as the Principal Legislation
  2. Australia: the East Coast Model: Victoria, Tasmania, The Australian Capital Territory and South Australia
  3. Australia: the East Coast Model: Queensland
  4. Australia: the West Coast model

Those chapters will be added to the already published three journal papers to form the main chapters of my PhD ‘thesis by publication’. [Read more…]

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Applicability and legal entitlement to interest under UAE law

By Andrew MacCuish and Sai Dandekar

When pursuing a debt, it is common to add a claim for interest on the monies due.  However, the right to claim interest is often an area of confusion for contracting parties in the UAE, since Sharia Law prohibits the payment of interest (termed “Riba”), whether compound or simple.

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Liquidated Damages And Applicability In Construction Contacts In Qatar

By Glenn Bull

Provisions for the payment of liquidated damages (“LD Provisions“) are often included in construction contracts. The critical question to any party new to contracting in Qatar is ‘whether or not the term negotiated into the contract will be enforceable?’ [Read more…]

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