We all know that prevention is better than cure in construction disputes. So why don't we work harder to avoid disputes arising at all? Its like a strict diet - at the heart of it is discipline. Here's RIC's top ten to avoiding the larceny of litigation: -
1. Good management - planning and managing future work and raising concerns early on;
2. Clear contract documentation - ridicule ambiguity as it is the cornerstone of every dispute;
3. Partnering - build cooperation between project participants;
4. Good project management - of time, money and risk, proactively;
5. Good client management - understanding client objectives and approach and having good lines of communication;
6. Good constructor management - having an objective understanding of the project, dealing with delay constructively;
7. Good design team management - specification changes notified promptly and clearly;
8. Good payment practice - once payment is agreed, provide valuation promptly and pay promptly;
9. Record keeping - no one wins when nothing is written down and filed.
10.Regular reporting and pro-activity - constant communication is key.
Dispute Avoidance Contractual disputes can prove extremely costly for all parties. Prevention is always better than the cure and getting the basics right is the best way to avoid descending into dispute.