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By: Andy Hewitt
Edition: 2nd rev
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Imprint: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 9781119151852
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 208 pages
Pub Date: 15/05/2016

Construction Claims and Responses: Effective Writing & Presentation The book discusses the different types of claim common to construction contracts and presents a step-by-step guide which demonstrates the process of building up the submission of a claim.

It includes guidelines as to how to set out the claim, section by section in a logical manner to ensure that the essentials of a successful claim are included. Worked examples of claims for variations, extensions of time and additional payment are included together with sample wording showing precisely how the claim may be presented in a manner which will lead the reviewer to a logical conclusion - or at least contain a persuasive argument to support the claimant's case.

The vast majority of claims are managed without the need to resort to case law or legal matters. Construction Claims: effective writing & responses therefore discusses what the claim is trying to achieve and how to do this in a logical and persuasive manner.

This is a practical, hands-on guide for the construction industry professional which explains how to approach the preparation of the claim document, what topics to cover, how to present the essential elements and how to compile the submission document into a user friendly and comprehensive document.

For those whose job it is to review such submissions, it advises how to prepare responses which set out the respondent's counter arguments, points of view and determinations.

A practical, step-by-step guide for contracts managers, commercial managers, project managers, quantity surveyors, engineers and architects on the preparation of and responses to construction claims.

Everyone involved in the preparation or review of construction claims should have this book to hand.

The book examines the different types of claim common to construction contracts and presents a step-by-step guide to demonstrate the process of building up the submission of a claim and covers: Various types of claim. How the claim may be split into sections dealing with the details of the contract, the cause, the effect, entitlement and quantum.

What this section is attempting to demonstrate or achieve and why. What should be included within the section and why. Worked examples of typical claims and responses with sample wording

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Table of Contents

About the Author vii

Foreword by Roger Knowles ix

Acknowledgements xi

Chapter 1: Introduction 1

Why is it Necessary to Produce a Fully Detailed and Professionally Presented Claim or Response? 1

The Purpose of the Book 3

Things to be Considered Before Writing the Claim 4

The Form of Contract Used in the Examples 7

Definitions 8

The Example Projects

Chapter 2: Contract Administration for Claims


The Contract Documents

Programmes and Planning

Records, Records, Records

Chronology and Database


Dispute Adjudication Boards and the Like


Chapter 3: Types of Claim 11

Claims for Variations 11

Claims for Extensions of Time 16

Claims for Additional Payment Due to Prolongation 19

Acceleration and Disruption Claims 22

Claims for Damages Under Law 25

Interim and Final Claims 28

Contract Administration and Project Records 29

Dispute Adjudication Boards and the Like 32

Chapter 4: Presentation 35

Presentation of the Submission or Review Document 35

Writing Style 36

Making the Document User-Friendly 40

Making the Submission or Review a Stand-Alone Document 40

Do Not Assume that the Reviewer has Knowledge of the Project or Circumstances 41

The Importance of Leading the Reviewer to a Logical Conclusion 42

Use of the Narrative to Explain Other Documents 42

Substantiation by the Use of Exhibits and Additional Documents 43

Compilation of the Document 45

Summary of the Principles Covered in this Chapter 46

Chapter 5: The Essential Elements of a Successful Claim 49

Introduction 49

Summary of the Principles Covered in this Chapter 75

Chapter 6: The Preliminaries to the Claim 77

Introduction 77

Chapter 7: The Extension-of-Time Claim 101

The Method of Delay Analysis 102

Chapter 8: The Claim for Additional Payment 123

Calculations 134

Chapter 9: The Appendices and Editing 139

Arrangement of the Appendices 139

Editing and Review 144

Chapter 10: Claim Responses and Determinations 147

Chapter 11: A Note on Dispute Boards

Useful Information Sources

FIDIC Clause References



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