Problem: I am a self-employed builder and require some advice in relation to a dispute I have with a customer. I quoted and was then instructed on quite a large job (well, large for me). An agreement was also signed.
Problem: In 2020, I had to take a client to court. My claim was for approximately £7,000.00, which represented the outstanding amount on the bill I had sent to the client when I had completed her extension.
Problem: I am rather embarrassed with the issue I have – I cannot identify the party that I have contracted with!
Problem: I need some advice concerning whether it is possible to invoice a sub-contractor for failing to arrive on site on a set date which in turn not only held-up the job, but cost my company quite a bit of money.
Problem: What is your definition of practical completion? The times I have had this argument with my client’s and / or their professional team is numerous. From my perspective, I consider that the contract administrator should certify completion providing most of the major work is completed – if there are what I call ‘snags’ and small amounts of work still to be carried out, then practical completion should still be issued.
Problem: I work for a well known retailer as a building surveyor in the procurement department. I have recently read an article on delays in the construction industry and the importance of having a well-thought out construction programme from the outset, including identifying the activities on the critical path of the programme. I am now eager to start insisting on such detailed programmes from our contractors.
Problem: I am an Architect working in private practice. For administering contracts, I use the JCT. Given the current pandemic, in your opinion, what is the best contract mechanism for administrating pandemic related additional cost claims made by contractors?
Problem: I work for a building company that has enjoyed quite a long relationship with one particular client. The client is a housing developer operating at the high end of the market constructing one-off bespoke houses.
Can a customer refuse to allow my fitter to complete a job? Problem: Hi. I hope you can advise me on where my company legally stands with a customer. The sum involved is small, but it is the principle of the matter as the customer has been an absolutely nightmare to deal with. My company recently fitted a new bathroom. All finished, except for a purpose made mirror, which arrived damaged and had to be “Customer refusing access to complete the works”
Slightly different to my usual column – I have decided to write an article on email fraud as over the past couple of years, a number of clients have approached me who are concerned about email fraud; some because they have received electronic communications from fraudsters that appear convincing, whilst others have been the victim of fraud through their email accounts. Payment by cheque is fast disappearing, replaced by electronic funds transfers (EFTs). However, despite “Email hacking in the construction industry – who is liable?”