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This major new text provides clause-by-clause commentary on the new FIDIC Red Book, the widely used international construction contract. Understanding the New Fidic Red Book: A Clause by Clause Commentary. Jeremy Glover with Simon Hughes (): Jeremy Glover. Understanding the New Fidic Red Book: A Clause by Clause Commentary. Jeremy Glover with Simon Hughes by Jeremy Glover () [Jeremy Glover].

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Understanding the New FIDIC Red Book: A Clause-by-clause Commentary. Front Cover CLAUSE 8 COMMENCEMENT DELAYS AND SUSPENSION. Understanding the FIDIC Red Book: A Clause by Clause Commentary. Front Cover · Jeremy Glover, Simon Hughes. Sweet & Maxwell, - Engineering. , English, Book edition: Understanding the new FIDIC red book: a clause-by -clause commentary / Jeremy Glover with Simon Hughes and an introduction.

Attorney General for Gibraltar, and commented that court decisions interpreting the FIDIC terms of contract are not often seen, and are generally to be welcomed when they are seen. Background The background to the matter can be stated briefly. Differences arose between the parties, and the differences were referred to arbitration with the arbitrator the eminent Dr Robert Gaitskell QC subsequently delivering five partial awards. The first appeal The operation of clause 2. Under clause 2. Should the Employer fail to provide the required information timeously, a suspension ground arises in terms of clause

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Add a tag Cancel Be the first to add a tag for this edition. Lists What are lists? Login to add to list. Be the first to add this to a list. Comments and reviews What are comments? Add a comment. The University of Melbourne. The initial notice at first instance does not need to indicate, for the very good reason that usually it cannot the total extension or payment sought. The scheme of the FIDIC form is thus that where possible disputes should be resolved during the course of the project rather than waiting until the works are complete.

Certainly parties, particularly the Contractor should treat the sub-clause in this way. The traditional view at common law Generally, in the UK the courts will take the view that timescales in construction contracts are directory rather than mandatory, 4 unless that is, the contract clause in question clearly states that the party with a claim will lose the right to bring that claim if it fails to comply with the required timescale.

In the case of Bremer Handelgesellschaft mbH v Vanden Avenne Izegem nv 5 the House of Lords held that a notice provision should be construed as a condition precedent, and so would be binding if: i it states the precise time within which the notice is to be served, and ii it makes plain by express language that unless the notice is served within that time the party making the claim will lose its rights under the clause.

Here, sub-clause Furthermore, such notice sometimes gives the employer the opportunity to withdraw instructions when the financial consequences become apparent.

Primarily, parties are to perform their obligations under the contract. However, in circumstances where it appears that the strict interpretation and imposition of the time bars would seriously prejudice the contractor, the contractor may rely on certain provisions of the UAE Civil Code to argue a more lenient approach be adopted.

Alternatively, a time bar provision may not be relied upon by an employer in circumstances where he is in breach and was fully aware that his breach would cause delay to the project. Unlawful exercise of rights Article provides that the exercise of a right shall be unlawful if it is disproportionate to the harm suffered by the other party. Therefore, the employers reliance on the technical breach may be seen as an unlawful exercise of his rights.

Unjust enrichment Articles and provide that unjust enrichment is unlawful. However, as with the common law, everything depends on the circumstances of the case.

Are there ways round the condition precedent? Is there the possibility that a DAB or arbitral tribunal might decline to construe the time bar as a condition precedent, having regard to the particular circumstances of the matter before it and the impact of the applicable Law? It is often suggested that in civil code jurisdictions it can be possible to raise a successful challenge to time bars under the mandatory laws of that country on the basis of the time bar being contrary to the notion of good faith or some other similar legal principle.

This would mean that the Contractor does not lose the right to make a claim but that the Contractor must prove that his claims are valid and are not affected by his failure to meet his notice obligation in time. That said, remember that most civil codes contain a provision confirming the importance of what has actually been agreed between the parties. The Scottish case of City Inn Ltd v Shepherd Construction Ltd 9 suggests that there may well be certain ways round the condition precedent.

The core element of the dispute was whether or not the Contractor was entitled to an extension of time of 11 weeks and consequently whether or not the Employer was entitled to deduct LADs.

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Clause In other words the Architect and Employer had the power, to waive or otherwise dispense with any procedural requirements. This was what happened here.

Whilst the Employer in discussions with the contractor and the Architect by issuing delay notices both made it clear that the Contractor was not entitled to an extension of time, neither gave the failure to operate the condition precedent at clause The point made by the Judge is that whilst clause Given that the purpose of clause Significantly, the Judge held that both Employer and Architect should be aware of all of the terms of the contract.

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Employers and certifiers alike should certainly therefore pay close attention to their conduct in administering contracts in order to avoid the potential consequences of this decision. In my view, that equitable principle can and should operate in the circumstances of this case.

If the DAB considers the circumstances are such that the late submission was acceptable, the DAB shall have the authority under this sub-clause to override the given day limit and advise both the parties accordingly. However, there is now some degree of latitude. For example, the problem might have been discussed at site meetings or inspections or even been raised in the sub-cl.

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