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Urban Bites

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When you submit your tender do you include clarifications / qualifications & exclusions? It’s important to include these as this clearly sets out the parameters of your bid. What’s more important however is that these are carried through to the...
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How many times has a subcontract arrived that says something like ‘the main contract is available upon request’ or ‘the subcontractor is deemed to have read the main contract’ And then goes onto employ cover all back to back clauses...
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Subcontracts which start off as standard contracts can run into hundreds of pages after the amendments made by the main contractor. What started off as a contract you were familiar with now no longer really resembles the standard form. If...
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Payment terms are set by the contract. As a rule the terms of the contract will be written in favour of the employing party, if you don’t like long payment terms, condition precedents for payment, etc. then negotiate fairer terms....
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Despite the present circumstances with COVID-19, projects are still being discussed, bids still need to go in & we are still seeing demand for tender support. However, all too often we are called in to review projects that are financially...
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As subcontractors expand, they encounter larger hashtag#contractors who have experienced commercial teams whereas the subcontractor moving up rarely has the same level of commercial expertise. This create an unfair contractual advantage for the main contractor & significantly increases the risk...
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Construction contracts can contain confirmatory statements. They can contain clauses which confirm (or deem) that you have, for example: * Visited site & incorporated everything necessary to carry out the works, whether included in the tender documents or not; *...
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Not following the contract in relation to payment protocols is an unnecessary cause of dispute. Although the payment process may be similar contract to contract, there can be subtle changes, for example. The timeframe for issuing notices can be increased...
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What’s your best defence when dealing with construction disputes (aside from avoiding them in the first instance!)? Records. Records. Records! Accurate & contemporary records are invaluable if you ever find yourself in a dispute situation. So, what records should you...
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How many times has your subcontract included a back to back clause with the main contract? How many times has your subcontract arrived with a copy of the main contract? How many times have you requested to view the main...
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