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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FIDIC Red Book: Delayed Drawings and Instructions and Engineer’s Delay, Impediment and Prevention

One of the modules on the Claims Class distance-learning course requires the students to review various case studies to identify potential claims. Having identified the claims, the student is required to explain the reasons for the claim, what may be claimed, the contractual clauses under the FIDIC Red Book that provide entitlement and explain how […]

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Essential Elements and Key Points

As we enter into a new year, I thought it would be appropriate to post a blog on what I consider to be the most important elements and criteria for construction claims and responses. In my experience, failure to take these matters into account when compiling a claim is the main reason for claims being […]

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Inadequately Expressed Claims

The object of any claim is to convince the party responsible for providing a decision or determination that the claimant has the right to be compensated in ether time or money for the event from which the claim arose. The claimant has the obligation to prove that his claim is just and the standard of […]

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