Contract Law

Delayed and Non-payment of Subcontractors: A Component in SA’s Construction Industry Crash

Delayed and Non-payment of Subcontractors: A Component in SA’s Construction Industry Crash

The issue of delayed or non-payment of subcontractors by main contractors, within the South African construction industry is occurring at a more frequent rate. As such, subcontractors are currently faced with the dilemma of either accepting work from main contractors on onerous terms and risking late or non-payment or closing their doors, and subcontractors are finding that trading under these con... »

How to Avoid Disputes in Construction

How to Avoid Disputes in Construction

Disputes in the construction industry are very common. Solving a dispute is much easier than preventing it in the first place. However, most investors and contractors don’t seem to realize this until they find themselves in the midst of such a problem. When a dispute happens, it causes the project to be delayed. In fact, some projects end up being aborted simply because the contractor and the prop... »

Artificial Intelligence and the Construction/Built environment: Are robots ethical?

Artificial Intelligence and the Construction/Built environment: Are robots ethical?

Most of us welcomed the advent of artificial intelligence, otherwise known as AI in the Construction/Built Environment industries. [rml_read_more] However, some did so with a pinch of salt. The field of artificial intelligence (AI), which refers to work processes of machines that would require intelligence if performed by humans, is evolving rapidly and is poised to grow significantly over the com... »

5 Ways to Develop Institutionalised Conflict Avoidance

5 Ways to Develop Institutionalised Conflict Avoidance

The best way to approach disputes in construction is to avoid them whenever possible entirely, whether the conflict is about poor team communication, project management and workflow delays, design errors and misunderstandings, or unrealistic or mistaken expectations. In this article, we identify a few ways of identifying conflict problems and implementing a process to avoid conflict in the buildin... »

6 Ways to Resolve Disputes Quickly and Avoid Litigation

6 Ways to Resolve Disputes Quickly and Avoid Litigation

Disputes in construction arise; that’s just a fact. While you may want to complain, delay a resolution or even forget about them entirely, the way in which you respond (and how quickly) makes a huge difference. Whether your greatest concern is losing a client or causing a PR nightmare or both, the following six steps can substantially reduce the fallout and impact: »