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The Law of Construction Disputes

2nd Edition

By Cyril Chern

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648 pages

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Now in a fully updated second edition, The Law of Construction Disputes is a leading source of authoritative and detailed information on the whole area of construction law including contracts and their performance, third parties, pursuing claims and dispute resolution. It covers the construction dispute process by analysing the main areas from which disputes arise, up to date case law, and how to effectively deal with construction project disputes once they have arisen. This edition expands on advanced practitioner issues, as well as the emerging law of construction disputes on an international basis and gives the practitioner all the case law needed in one concise volume.

The book examines the methods and methodology of construction law, not only for a common law context, but also under other legal systems. Readers will be guided through the various international contract formats governing construction, alongside applicable case law. Additionally, they will be shown the correct contract provisions and forms used to prevent disputes from escalating in order to reach successful conclusions without litigation.

Including expert advice and many relevant reference materials, this book is an extremely helpful guide to legal practitioners and construction professionals.


"Researchers will appreciate the extensive tables of cases and legislation, plus the sixteen appendices and detailed table of contents and index. Any practitioner involved in, or anticipating a career at the Construction Bar will no doubt regard this book as absolutely indispensable." - Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor, Richmond Green Chambers, United Kingdom

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to Construction Disputes Chapter 2. Areas of Dispute and Liability Chapter 3. The Construction Contract Chapter 4. The Sub-Contractor Chapter 5. Defences to Construction Disputes Chapter 6. Contractors Rights and Obligations Chapter 7. Employers Rights and Obligations Chapter 8. Termination of Contract Chapter 9. The Certification Process Chapter 10. Types of Claims Chapter 11. Warranties Chapter 12. Non-Contract Liability Chapter 13. Engineer’s Liability Chapter 14. Dispute Resolution Chapter 15. Dispute Resolution Issues Appendix 1 – Construction Contract Agreements Appendix 2 – Resources Appendix 3 – Civil Law

About the Author

Dr Cyril Chern is a Barrister practising at Crown Office Chambers, London. He has practised since 1972 specifically in the areas of engineering and construction disputes in the United Kingdom, the EU and internationally. Not only is he a highly praised and respected Barrister, he is also a Chartered Architect, Chartered Arbitrator, Accredited Mediator and Adjudicator, and has written widely on Mediation, Construction Disputes and Construction Law. He also teaches Dispute Board Course for the World Bank / IFC, FIDIC and the Dispute Board Federation (Geneva) as well as the comprehensive advanced FIDIC contracts course and commercial mediation for the Bar Council Mediation seminar, the World Bank, the IFC, and the DBF.

About the Series

Construction Practice Series

This series provides detailed and practical guidance to the legal framework of the construction industry. Whether explaining contract forms, advising on procedure, or guiding through disputes, highly experienced lawyers share their insights in order to help readers with the key aspects of any construction project. Engineers, architects, project managers, academics and lawyers in this field will all find these books a great help with issues that they face on a daily basis.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Arbitration, Negotiation, Mediation
LAW / Construction