n Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Global claims — what chances of success? : construction and project management

Volume 20, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Claims are a part of everyday life in engineering, building and construction industry contracts. There is often a tendency, however, for a claim to be formulated on a "global" basis, as opposed to being built up from individual events showing cause and effect in each case. Hence, a global claim, as between the employer and the contractor, is often a contentious issue. Such claims do not find favour in South African courts. This situation may be changing — at least in the United Kingdom, where English law is often referred to by South African legal practitioners for an up to date stance on engineering and construction law. This article examines the outcomes of recent English cases which may indicate a softening of English courts' attitude towards global claims.

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