The impact of COVID-19 on development and construction projects has been swift and significant. A large majority of construction projects have either stopped temporarily or suffered delays due to the effects of social distancing measures on onsite working practices, as well in the broader supply chain of labour, plant and materials.
We can help.
In the event that the current COVID-19 outbreak causes delay, disruption and/or increased cost to a project, the employer may face claims from the contractor. Thankfully, a pandemic outbreak is a rare occurrence, and unlikely to have been foreseeable at the time the contract was agreed.
To mitigate risk and protect parties from disruption or delay related losses, we can help address the unique range of issues presented. Our expert project management, quantity surveying and contract administration team are experienced in dealing with dynamic and complex scenarios, and have been supporting clients throughout the current pandemic.
To understand how the contract allocates risk for delay and disruption.
The issue and receipt of notices to ensure that the correct contract procedures are adhered to, and where relevant, ensuring that the impact of these notices to broader development agreements are understood.
Ensuring that appropriate contingencies are put in place by the Contractor (and project team) to mitigate the effects of COVID-19.
Keeping clear, relevant and contemporaneous records relating to the effects of COVID-19 on a project.
Recognising that the reduction in activity could raise the risk of supply chain insolvencies.
It is essential to understand the contractual position in relation to the rights of each party / relevant contract clauses and to ensure that communication, notices, records and decisions are made in a timely and professional manner.
Collaboration across the entire project team and regular, open communication is particularly important. This will ensure that the team is more effective in dealing with the unique challenges presented by Covid 19.
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