Presentation of Claim Narratives

EC Harris’ (now Arcadis) “Global Construction Disputes” report cited incomplete and unsubstantiated claims as a major reason of disputes.

Simply put, this means that the claimant has not prepared his claim to a standard that is required for the administrator of the contract to consider that the claim has merit, resulting in rejection of the claim.  If the contractor considers that the claim is just, then the matter is elevated to an expensive and time-consuming dispute, which is something that could often have been avoided had the contractor prepared his claim properly in the first place.

The Institute of Construction Claims Practitioners has a detailed paper on this subject with advice on the presentation of claims that will help to avoid such situations.

To request a copy, please send an email with your contact details to with “Claim Narratives” in the subject line.

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