One of the more common issues we come across are contractors carrying out additional work without:

a. Realising it;

b. Notifying the main hashtagcontractor or employer of the change;

c. Keeping correct records;

d. Receiving an official instruction;

e. Issuing an EoT if required.

This is a very precarious predicament to be in. Whilst relationships are good, contractual procedure can become lax – instructions issued retrospectively, EoT claims accepted late, summary records accepted as substantiation for price.


Never forget the contract is very clear on what should happen if a change occurs, & imposes strict time frames. If these procedures are not followed the change or EoT could be rightfully disallowed. This could be catastrophic for your bottom line.

So why do it?

  • You want to be seen as collaborative
  • You don’t want to appear contractual
  • You just want to get on

These are excuses. Following the contract doesn’t mean that you are contractual. You can be practical & pragmatic in exercising your responsibilities; by doing so you massively de-risk & increase the potential profitability of the project.

As always, read & understand what your obligations & entitlements are under the contract you’ve signed & employ strategies to ensure you comply.