What should you do?

We all remember the pearls of wisdom gleaned from our first boss.  In my case, one such piece of advice turned out to be particularly true:


“A million things can go wrong on a construction project and a hundred things usually do”.


  • What are my rights and obligations if I don’t have a formal contract?
  • How can I get paid?
  • Can you set-off monies against a payment certificate?
  • Do I have a claim?
  • Who takes the risk for ground conditions?
  • Can they remove unfixed materials from site?
  • Can I suspend works or terminate the contract?
  • How should varied work be valued?
  • Is the Employer entitled to use float in the contractor’s programme?
  • How do you prove disruption or uneconomic working?
  • Do I Arbitrate or Litigate or should I consider mediation?
  • What is a time bar clause?
  • I’ve just received a statutory demand?
  • Is a vesting certificate worth the paper it is written on?
  • Do I have to execute a collateral warranty?
  • Is it a global claim?
  • What is the difference between fitness for purpose and reasonable skill and care?
  • Is compensation payable if there are concurrent causes of delay?
  • Can I recover retention money from the liquidator?
  • Under what circumstances can a claim for unabsorbed overheads be made out?
  • Is the defect a design or workmanship issue or a mixture of both?
  • Is the letter of intent really a binding contract?
  • Am I jointly and severally liable?
  • Can the contract be assigned to a third party?
  • Is the retention of title clause effective?
  • How do I claim on a performance bond?
  • I’ve been served with a conditional garnishee order?


Whatever the issue, the initial query usually is: “What should I do?”


My longstanding clients know that that they can contact me informally at any time to get an initial steer on any particular issue that may be of concern. I extend this invitation to YOU.