Liquidated Damages and Extensions of Time: In Construction Contracts / Edition 3

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Liquidated damages and extensions of time are complex subjects, frequently forming the basis of contract claims made under the standard building and civil engineering contracts. Previous editions of Liquidated Damages and Extensions of Time are highly regarded as a guide for both construction industry professionals and lawyers to this complex area.

The law on time and damages continues to develop with an increasing flow of judgments from the courts. Alongside this, the standard forms of contract have also developed over time to reflect prevailing approaches to contractual relationships. Against this background a third edition will be welcomed by construction professionals and lawyers alike. Retaining the overall approach of the previous editions, the author clarifies, in a highly readable but legally rigorous way, the many misunderstandings on time and damages which abound in the construction industry. The third edition takes account of a large volume of new case law since the previous edition was published over ten years ago, includes a new chapter on delay analysis and features significantly expanded chapters on penalty clauses, the effects of conditions precedent and time-bars, and the complexities of causation.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Practitioners of construction contracts owe a debt to Brian Eggleston for this updated publication and the sooner they add this to their library the better." (The Expert and Dispute Resolver, Spring 2009)

"Eggleston has once again hit the nail on the head with this high-quality, easy to understand legal textbook written for lawyers and the industry." (Building Magazine, February 2009)

Examines the legal complexities of contract law in the construction business with regard to delay of completion clauses. Uses extensive case material to examine subjects including damages, defenses, extension provisions, relevant causes of delay, and legal application to subcontractors. Includes an extensive section showing examples with commentary of standard building contract forms. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405118156
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/17/2009
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Brain Eggleston CEng, FICE, FIStructE, FCIArb, is a chartered arbitrator with extensive UK and international experience and a past President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He also acts as an adjudicator and mediator and as an adviser to contractors and employers on contractual matters. He is well known as an author and seminar speaker on contract law and standard forms.

In a career spanning over 40 years he has worked on all sides of the construction industry, firstly as a bridge designer, then as a resident engineer and contracts administrator, and subsequently as a director of various building and civil engineering contracting companies.

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Table of Contents




1 Introduction.

1.1 General overview.

1.2 Legal developments.

1.3 Contractual developments.

2 Time in contracts.

2.1 Problems with terminology.

2.2 Conditions and warranties.

2.3 Termination.

2.4 Time for performance.

2.5 Time of the essence.

2.6 Notice making time of the essence.

2.7 Time at large.

2.8 Reasonable time.

2.9 Fixing time by reference to correspondence.

2.10 The effect of time at large on the contract price.

3 Damages for late completion.

3.1 Liquidated and general damages distinguished.

3.2 Principles of general damages.

3.3 Alternative remedies.

3.4 Can general damages exceed liquidated damages?

3.5 Under-liquidation of damages.

3.6 Double damages.

3.7 Liability for damages in tort.

3.8 The Panatown problem.

4 Liquidated damages and penalties.

4.1 Penalties – general introduction.

4.2 Liquidated damages.

4.3 Liquidated damages and penalties distinguished.

4.4 Pre-estimates of damage.

4.5 Particular aspects of penalty clauses.

4.6 Evidential matters.

4.7 Bonus clauses.

4.8 Site occupation charges.

5 Prevention.

5.1 Principle of prevention.

5.2 Need for extension of time provisions.

5.3 Defining an act of prevention.

5.4 Prevention after the completion date.

5.5 Effect of late variations on unliquidated damages.

5.6 Prevention and time at large.

5.7 Conditions precedent and time-bars.

5.8 Steria v. Sigma (2007).

6 Legal construction of liquidated damages clauses.

6.1 Rules of construction.

6.2 Contra proferentem rule.

6.3 Restrictions on implied terms.

6.4 ’Catch all’ phrases.

6.5 Inconsistencies in drafting.

7 Effects of determination.

7.1 The question of continuing responsibility.

7.2 British Glanzstoff.

7.3 Contractual provisions.

7.4 Novations.

7.5 Summary on liquidated damages.

7.6 Determination and limitation on liability.

8 Problems with sectional completion.

8.1 Discovering the parties’ intentions.

8.2 Proportioning down clauses.

8.3 Provisions for sectional completion.

8.4 Requirements not fully specified.

9 Application to sub-contractors.

9.1 Effect of ‘stepping-down’ provisions.

9.2 Can there be a genuine pre-estimate of loss?

9.3 Commercial considerations.

9.4 Nominated sub-contracts.

10 Recovery of liquidated damages.

10.1 When do liquidated damages become payable?

10.2 Meaning of completion.

10.3 Certificates and conditions precedent.

10.4 Methods of recovery.

10.5 Time limits on recovery.

10.6 Interest on repayment.

10.7 Withholding notices.

10.8 Decisions of adjudicators.

11 Defences/challenges to liquidated damages.

11.1 Benefits of precedents.

11.2 Extension of time due.

11.3 Completion achieved earlier than certified.

11.4 Certificates not valid.

11.5 Conditions precedent not observed.

11.6 No date for commencement.

11.7 Prevention.

11.8 Penalties.

11.9 Provisions void for uncertainty.

11.10 Waiver/estoppel.

11.11 Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977.

12 Extensions of time.

12.1 Purposes of extension provisions.

12.2 Notices, applications and assessments.

12.3 Time for granting extensions.

12.4 Application to claims.

12.5 Proof of entitlement.

12.6 Global claims.

13 Relevant events.

13.1 Force majeure.

13.2 Adverse weather.

13.3 Civil commotion, strikes etc.

13.4 Damage to the works.

13.5 Sub-contractors.

13.6 Non-availability of resources.

13.7 Statutory undertakers’ works.

13.8 Other special circumstances.

13.9 Statutory powers.

13.10 Possession and access.

13.11 Late issue of drawings and instructions.

13.12 Variations and extra works.

13.13 Compliance with instructions.

13.14 Unforeseen physical conditions.

14 Causation and concurrency.

14.1 Introduction.

14.2 Causation generally.

14.3 Concurrency generally.

14.4 Dominant cause approach.

14.5 Apportionment.

14.6 Rules for extension of time.

14.7 Discussion on various approaches.

14.8 Extensions when in culpable delay.

15 Programmes, method statements and best endeavours.

15.1 Status of contractor’s programmes and method statements.

15.2 Programmes.

15.3 Shortened programmes.

15.4 Method statements.

15.5 Best endeavours and the like.

16 Delay analysis.

16.1 Introduction.

16.2 Critical paths.

16.3 Float.

16.4 Methods of delay analysis.

16.5 Judicial comments on delay analysis.

17 Building forms.

17.1 Introduction.

17.2 JCT 2005 contracts.

17.3 Commencement and completion.

17.4 Notification of delay.

17.5 Extension of time.

17.6 Relevant events.

17.7 Non-completion certificates.

17.8 Payment of liquidated damages.

17.9 Proportioning down liquidated damages.

18 Civil engineering forms.

18.1 NEC 3 – Engineering and Conditions of Contract, 2005.

18.2 ICE Conditions of Contract – 7th edition, 1999.

18.3 ICE Conditions of Contract for Minor Works – 3rd edition, 2001.

18.4 CECA Form of Sub-Contract, 2008.

19 Process and plant forms.

19.1 I.Chem.E. Red Book – 4th edition, 2001.

19.2 MF/1 (Rev. 4) – 2000 edition.

20 FIDIC Conditions of Contract 1999.

20.1 FIDIC contracts.

20.2 Commencement and completion.

20.3 Extension of time.

20.4 Delay damages.

Table of Cases.


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