Construction Claims and Responses: Effective Writing & Presentation.pdf

Construction Claims and Responses: Effective Writing & Presentation.pdf



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.


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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