We handle disputes arising from Infrastructure Construction and Engineering (ICE) Projects and general commercial disputes. Read more below.
"SOPA" is an abbreviation for the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act. It came into effect in 2014 for the purpose of unblocking the cash flow to construction companies involved in construction projects. It introduced a new speedy and cost efficient mode dispute resolution called adjudication where construction companies may commence action against their upstream principal to claim for progress payments.
Our director who is Senior Adjudicator with the SMC has deep experience in handling SOPA Adjudications. Our services and capabilities in this area include the following:
Reviewing construction contracts and advising on applicability of Building and Construction Security of Payment (SOPA).
Advising and assisting in the preparation of payment claims and payment responses.
Preparing Adjudication Applications and Adjudication Responses.
Representing clients in in Adjudication Applications.
Advising and representing clients for the enforcement of adjudication determinations and the implementation of other enforcement processes under SOPA.
Advising and acting in applications to set aside adjudication determinations and/or for stays of enforcement.
Construction Claims and disputes
ICE contracts can take many forms. At its simplest, it may be an accepted quotation for Addition and Alteration works. Contracts for complex projects such as the construction of a petrochemical plant may on the other hand may consist of several volumes of documents. Common disputes that arise in ICE contract include claims for payment for additional works; time related claims for prolongation costs or liquidated damages; and construction defects.
Our director has over 25 years of experience in dealing with ICE contracts and disputes. Our services and capabilities in this area include the following:
Representing clients in arbitrations, legal suits filed in Court; mediations; and other forms of dispute resolution.
Advising on contractual clauses and provisions in ICE Contracts.
Advising on project and contract management issues and problems. Helping to map out strategies or take positions to prevent escalation of potential disputes or to protect clients' legal rights and obligations.
Representing clients in disputes. Such disputes include issues concerning payment; variation works; extensions of time; delays; liquidated damages; defective work and design; termination of contracts; progress certification; and calls on performance bonds.
Commercial Claims and Disputes
Apart from handing ICE contracts and disputes, we are also well versed in commercial disputes. Our services in this area include representing clients in the following types of disputes/ claims:
Disputes in commercial contracts for example contracts for sale of goods; shareholders agreements; and/or joint venture agreements.
Defamation actions, including defamation on the internet and social media.
Claims in tort for construction and design defects.
Disputes arising under tenancy agreements.
Disputes between members of unincorporated associations.