oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Record levels in global claims : legal

Volume 22, Issue 1
  • 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. Such claims do not find favour in South African courts. In the July 2012 issue of (page 48) Dawson Jenner of Binnington Copeland and Associates (BCA) in Johannesburg commented extensively on this topic, comparing the South African and English positions. In this current article, Jeff Whitfield, Claims Group Director at leading world-wide claims consultants Hill International, who recently acquired a controlling interest in BCA, takes the matter further, with a candid discussion on the chances of success with a global claim, as seen from abroad.

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