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Variations and Claims


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Session 1: Variations: The first part of the seminar will cover claims for variation works. What can and cannot be claimed will be discussed, together with the proper documentation that is required for a successful claim. Also covered will be omissions – when are they valid and invalid, and what can be claimed for if the omissions are invalid. Reference will also be made to the standard form SIA, REDAS and PSSCOC contracts, and what it takes to make a proper claim under the contract.

Session 2: Claims: This session (following the first) deals essentially with Claims in the following 4 parts:

The first part will focus on establishing a thorough understanding of the concept, definitions, types, and various aspects of claims, including (amongst others) examining related contract terminologies such as liquidated damages clauses, misrepresentation and exclusion of liability clauses in the context of construction claims.

The second part will then address the process of claims valuation in construction disputes (typically addressed in the contract and/or determined/measured by experts e.g. architects, quantity surveyors).

The third part will explore the various dispute resolution mechanisms available to parties in the event of any dispute (such as mediation, adjudication, arbitration, commencing court action), selecting the most appropriate option, with the aim of minimising delay and cost for all parties involved.

The final part will update on recent Adjudication, Court and Arbitration cases in the Construction Industry.

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