I have been involved in the construction industry in the UK and overseas for over 50 years, both at project level in planning and project positions and in head-office organisations in managerial roles. During this time, and in particular during the last 20 years which I have spent primarily in time-related disputes and claims, I have become increasingly aware of the lack of a comprehensive, easy to understand, practical and ‘down to earth’ reference book for those involved in the preparation and assessment of disruption and loss of productivity claims.
The views expressed by me in this book represent many years’ experience of looking at projects that have gone wrong and resulted in a dispute(s) between the parties. In practice, many projects are completed without major claims, and where these do occur they are settled promptly and professionally without escalating into a formal dispute. Unfortunately, a claim that evolves into a formal dispute often stretches the resources of the parties and their consultants and can add financial pressure in resolving the dispute.
Many construction firms, large and small alike, lack staff with the skills required to produce well-presented disrupted and loss of productivity claims. Similarly, the receiving party, architect, engineer or employer, often does not have the in-house skills to review such submissions and claims thoroughly, and delays making a proper decision or resorts to external consultants for assistance.