Submit that notice to avoid missing out on entitlement

by Chris Larkin
 
Many construction contracts require the contractor to give notice to the employer if it wishes to claim additional costs or extensions of time. [Read more…]

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How the law of liquidated damages can be applied in the local (Courts)

by Erin Miller Rankin
Liquidated damages provide a contractual means to predetermine a loss and they are generally used to penalise a contractor for delays – [Read more…]

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Engineers should be given deadlines to assess claims

by Jeffrey Badman
 
Generally, most modern standard forms of contract conditions contain clauses which provide for contractual remedies in the event of certain circumstances or breaches arising. [Read more…]

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Nominated Subcontractors on International Projects

What Is It?

Nomination is the process by which the Employer nominates, selects or approves who will perform a subcontract or specialist trade role (“NSC”). [Read more…]

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The lesson: keep detailed records

The lesson: keep detailed records
by Steven Hunt
 
Steven Hunt, senior legal counsel, Nakheel, stresses the need for contractors to maintain up-to-date site records to back up claims. [Read more…]

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Extension of time claims

Extension of time claims
by Jeffrey Badman
 
In my experience, extension of time claims are unsuccessful because the contractor fails to adequately demonstrate its case through its submission of detailed particulars.
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Bespoke choice

by Dennis Brand

A suit made by a bespoke tailor will fulfil all of a customer’s expectations regarding style, cut and fit, but it will be expensive. For this reason, most suits are purchased off-the-peg.

Today for the construction and engineering industry there are numerous off-the-peg or standard form contracts available from the UK and Europe. These are published by professional organisations and bodies including the Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT); Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), which publishes both the ICE and the New Engineering Contract (NEC); and the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC). [Read more…]

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Don’t waste your breath

by Rob Wagner

This summer has been brutal, and I’m not talking about the heat.

I can’t remember the last time I saw truly blue skies here in Dubai. I mean like the ones in those television advertisements and travel brochures. Instead, we are treated to a milky white substance that is a cross between fog and smog. [Read more…]

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11 Habits of the Worst Boss I Ever Had

11 Habits of the Worst Boss I Ever Had

TV’s Ur-boss, Michael Scott of The Office, is a paradigm of what not to do as a leader–like imprisoning your staff in a conference room to prove that work is better than jail. But while there is the ring of truth in his incompetence, the actual truth is always more interesting than fiction. [Read more…]

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The disappearance of the impartial engineer

by Chau Ee Lee, international construction lawyer of Reed Smith, discusses fundamental changes to the engineer’s role in standard contracts.
 
The Conditions of Contract for Construction for Building and Engineering Works Designed by the Employer, one of FIDIC’s “new” 1999 suite of standard form contracts, sometimes known as the New Red Book, is used regularly in this region. [Read more…]

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