Climatic Conditions

We recently had a request on social media to discuss when climatic conditions may provide grounds to a claim. There may very well be times when a project is affected by climatic conditions such as heavy rainfall, extreme temperatures, snow or high winds, but the test as to whether such conditions provide grounds for a claim is generally […]

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Top Tips Contract Documents

More often than not, the contract documents will form the basis of any claim. If something has changed, the extent of the change may only be measured and evaluated by reference to the drawings and specification upon which the Contract is based. The claimant’s entitlement will usually be spelled out in the conditions of contract as will the […]

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Badly Presented Claims

Our training partners, Claims Class, teach the following four key points in claim and response writing: Key Point 1 – Make the reader’s job as easy and as pleasant as possible; Key Point 2 – Ensure that the submission is a stand-alone document; Key Point 3 – Assume that the reviewer has no prior knowledge […]

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We’ve Introduced Fee Concessions | What does this mean for you?

The ICCP Steering Committee has decided to reduce membership fees for residents of certain qualifying countries. This follows the lead of other UK-based institutes, such as the RICS and CIOB, who operate similar schemes. The decision was based upon the following considerations: One of the ICCP’s objectives is to award membership to those who have […]

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Records, Records, Records…A Lesson Learned!

I have recently been involved in two adjudications, brought about by the same construction company, against two clients on two similar housing projects. The company (who I shall call Bloggs Builders) were in serious delay, and their works were being disrupted by circumstances outside their control. I was initially brought in to produce a prolongation […]

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Are Claim Preparation Costs Recoverable?

A common question that we often get is whether the costs of preparing claims (whether incurred though employee time or by way of specialist consultants) are recoverable. My opinion is that such costs are usually not recoverable, but some attendees to training course that I present through our training partner, Claims Class, have put forward […]

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Do project consultants understand their obligations with regard to claims?

I recently presented a training course on claims and FIDIC and quite surprisingly, almost all attendees were from contractors or subcontractors. Does this mean that those appointed to act as ‘the Engineer’ under FIDIC or other consultants appointed to administer contracts consider that they already understand this subject fully, or are Engineers just not interested […]

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Leading Edge in Construction Technology, but not Contracts

I recently read a contractual article in one of the major Middle East construction industry magazines. It took me a while to realise what the author was talking about, but it eventually dawned on me that he was using references from the FIDIC 1987 construction contract. The 1987 contract is over 30 years old and […]

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Referencing of Clauses in Correspondence and Claims

I was recently asked for advice on how to correctly refer or refer to contract clauses when preparing a claim. Although this is a fairly minor point, it is something that is often done badly and if so, can make the reader’s understanding more difficult. If you wish to refer to a sub-clause in a […]

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Create Your Own Knowledge Centre

I have recently been sorting through reference material that I have collected over the years, to provide the Institute of Construction Claim Practitioners with suitable articles, papers and the like for inclusion in their knowledge centre. Whilst doing this, it struck me that the amount of information I have gathered is not only huge, but […]

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