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Force majeure – the devil is in the detail

By Ruth Wilkinson

Key Points:
• A force majeure clause normally excuses one (or both) parties from performance of the contract in some way on the occurrence of a specified event or events beyond their control

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Liquidated damages: who pays for losses?


THE use of liquidated damages provisions is widespread throughout the construction industry. Those operating in the industry locally are generally familiar with the underlying legal principles applying to such provisions, such as the fact that there are marked differences between the treatment of liquidated damages under the UAE law and English law. (Read more..)

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Demystifying the Role of Engineer under FIDIC Forms

By Dr. Chandana Jayalath

The contractual ‘engineer’ could be anyone designated as the Engineer under the contract. As per clause 1 in any standard form, the engineer and his representatives (assistants and inspectors named under FIDIC versions to represent the engineer) are two different personalities. The engineer’s representative is appointed by the employer to perform the duties delegated under another clause (clause 3 under new forms). It is the engineer who shall notify such an assignment of duties and delegation of authority to the contractor in writing indicating the extent of authority to act as the engineer’s representative. (Read more..)

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Delay and extensions of time in construction contracts

Delay – what is the common law position? Why is a completion date needed?
If no agreement is reached on the time within which a service must be performed, it only needs to be performed within a reasonable time. Whilst this may be workable in the context of, say, a contract for the delivery of a new washing machine, it is not satisfactory when applied to something as complex as a construction project. (Read more..)

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Liquidated damages clauses in construction contracts

Most forms of building contract include a clause entitling the Client to a specified level of damages, referred to as “Liquidated Damages” or “Liquidated and Ascertained Damages” if the Contractor is late in handing over the building. LADs replace the Client’s common law right to damages for late completion with a contractual right to a pre-determined sum for the period of delay. (Read more..)

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Turnkey Contracts

By Chris Wilcock
Managing complex disputes can be difficult. The recently-reported Australian case of Alstom v Yokogawa1 highlights how it can go horribly wrong. In March 2002, Alstom entered into a ‘turnkey’ contract with FPP as the owner. Alstom agreed to refurbish an ageing power station to meet a performance specification. The contract sum was AU$148m. There were staged completion requirements and significant delay damages. (Read more..)

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Procurement in Abu Dhabi


ABU DHABI Law No 6 of 2008 (procurement law), which governs the procurement of materials, service contracts and works contracts in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, aims to decentralise, modernise, simplify and facilitate procurement by government departments. It grants the Department of Finance the authority to issue a manual to execute the provisions of the law, pursuant to which the department issued the Purchases, Tenders and Bids Manual in 2008 (manual). This manual sets out provisions, policies and procedures in respect of tenders for purchasing materials, services contracts and executing works and bids, in addition to the terms and policies related to electronic tenders and purchases.ScopeWithout prejudice to the provisions of Law No 21 of 2006 regarding construction contracts and agreements in the field of civil works, the procurement law and the manual are in principle applicable to all government departments and agencies funded under the general budget of Abu Dhabi and apply to all contracts, except for the following:

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JCT and ICE Payment Certificates under Scrutiny

The Process

The Certification process in the construction industry has been in place for many a long year and is an integral part of both building and civil engineering. It involves client, consultant, main contractor and subcontractor alike. The very existence of large numbers of companies who make their living in the construction industry depend upon the certification process. On many standard forms of main contract the contractor is entitled to be paid the sum which is certified by the Architect, Engineer or Contract Administrator. Main contractors in an effort to ensure that they do not finish up paying out more than they receive link the payment under the subcontract to the amount certified under the main contract. (Read more..)

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Concurrent delays

Concurrent delays
By Jad Chouman
When delays occur on a construction project, it is not uncommon for each party to attempt to use concurrent delays in defense against the opposing party’s delay damages: Employers often cite concurrent delays by the contractor as a reason for awarding an extension of time without compensation, whereas contractor’s claims usually ignore the concurrent delay from the claimed delays in order to claim full prolongation costs stemming from the employer delays and to prevent exposure to liquidated damages. (Read more..)

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Coordination – the magic wand

By Philip Adams
In a previous article I referred to the term ‘coordination’ and given recent experiences, I thought it would be useful to expand on the subject a bit more. I have come to the conclusion that this word is considered by some to be an ancient mystical symbol infused with magical qualities. When faced with problems on site one only has to utter this word and ‘poof’ they miraculously disappear! (Read more..)

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