We typically work with construction contractors who have a turnover of between £1-£5m. At this stage you’re growing & taking on board larger projects for larger contractors.
Which is great 😊
However be mindful that the larger you go the more contractual things tend to become.
One of the common situations we see is where an issue arises such as site conditions not being as agreed, or another event causes delay & a notice is not issued.
Typically, conversations are held with the site team & the contractor does all they can to mitigate, but a formal notice is not issued because they don’t want to appear contractual. This decision can have severe consequences.
Issuing notices can protect you from damages, extend the contract period, enable you to claim for change etc.
If you don’t notify you can lose your protection and/or entitlement.
Notifying shouldn’t be seen as contractual. Being contractual is more about attitude than issuing notices.
Also, by issuing a notice you are not only protecting yourself but the entire project – for example, the person you spoke to about the problem may not be fully aware of the implications your issue has for the entire scheme.
Always be helpful, collaborative & supportive if issues arise but notify!