Contract Administration

Construction Law, Contract Administration, Security of Payment, Statutory Adjudication

Navigating the Adjudication Process under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW)

By Dr Samer Skaik

The adjudication process, governed by the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW), plays a crucial role in ensuring the speedy resolution of payment disputes within the construction industry. Let’s delve into the intricate details of this process and the key considerations for both claimants and respondents: …

Construction Law, Contract Administration, Security of Payment, Statutory Adjudication

How to Approach Security of Payment Claims in Construction Contracts under the New South Wales Model?

By Dr Samer Skaik

In the construction industry, ensuring timely and fair payment for work done is crucial for the smooth functioning of projects. Understanding the statutory right to progress payment and the adjudication mechanism outlined in the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) is essential for construction professionals to effectively manage security of payment claims. Here’s a practical guide on understanding how to approach security of payment claims: …

Construction Law, Contract Administration

Understanding Entitlement and Preparing Extension of Time and Prolongation Cost Claims

For contractors, understanding entitlement and preparing extension of time and prolongation cost claims are crucial aspects of managing complex contractual arrangements. These processes require attention to detail, thorough documentation, and an understanding of the contractual terms and applicable laws. In this post, we will provide guidance to contractors on how to identify entitlement and effectively prepare extension of time and prolongation cost claims. …

Contract Administration, Project Management

Dealing with Variations: A Contractor’s Guide to Handling Superintendent Refusals

As a contractor, navigating the complexities of construction contracts is an integral part of your role. One common challenge that contractors often encounter is when the superintendent refuses to grant variations in construction contracts. This can be a frustrating and potentially costly situation, but there are steps and strategies you can employ to effectively handle this scenario.

Construction Law, Contract Administration, Security of Payment, Statutory Adjudication

Understanding the Features of Security of Payment Legislation in Australia and Singapore

By Dr Samer Skaik

In the realm of construction, ensuring timely payments and fair resolution of disputes is crucial for the smooth functioning of projects. Payment disputes, if not managed effectively, can lead to delays, strained relationships, and costly litigation. To address these challenges, jurisdictions like Australia and Singapore have implemented robust security of payment legislation. Let’s delve into the intricacies of this legislation, its features, criticisms, and its role in maintaining financial stability within the construction industry. …

Construction Industry, Contract Administration, Project Management

Navigating Latent Conditions in Construction Contracts: A Practical Guide for Contractors

Construction projects are often complex endeavors with various stakeholders, timelines, and unforeseen challenges. One such challenge that contractors frequently encounter is latent conditions. These hidden or unexpected conditions can significantly impact project timelines, budgets, and overall success if not properly addressed. In this guide, we will delve into what latent conditions are, how they can affect construction projects, and strategies for contractors to effectively manage them during project execution.

Contract Administration, Project Management

How to Deal with Variations in Construction Contracts?

Variations are changes to the scope of work required under a construction contract. They can be requested by either the owner or the contractor, or arise due to unforeseen circumstances, such as government regulations, latent conditions, or design errors. Variations can have significant impacts on the cost, time, and quality of the project, and are a common source of disputes and litigation in the construction industry. Therefore, it is important to understand how to manage variations effectively and avoid potential risks and liabilities. …

Construction Law, Contract Administration, Project Management

Termination of Construction Contracts for Owner’s Convenience: Know Your Rights

By Dr Samer Skaik

In the complex landscape of construction contracts, the termination for the Principal’s convenience is a critical area for contractors to understand. This post aims to illuminate your rights as a Contractor in such situations and guide you through navigating the process both legally and professionally.

Contract Administration, Security of Payment, Statutory Adjudication

Beyond Contractual Barriers: Maximizing SOP Act Protections for Progress Payments

By Dr Samer Skaik


The Security of Payment (SOP) Act stands as a crucial piece of legislation designed to facilitate timely progress payments in the construction industry. However, complexities arise when contractual preconditions conflict with the objectives of the SOP Act. In this post, we discuss legal issues surrounding the invalidation of such preconditions, drawing insights from various authorities. We will also explore how the SOP Act (Vic) interacts with and potentially supersedes other statutory requirements imposed by the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995.

Construction Law, Contract Administration, Project Management, Statutory Adjudication

Unveiling the Veil: The Complex Role of Superintendents and QS in Construction Projects

By Dr Samer Skaik

In the intricate dance of construction projects, the roles of superintendents and financier-appointed quantity surveyors (QS) are central yet often enveloped in complexity. These roles are critical in maintaining contractual integrity and financial oversight. However, their independence and impartiality are subjects of ongoing legal scrutiny. This post delves into the delicate balance these professionals must maintain, guided by insights from landmark legal cases.

Construction Industry, Construction Law, Contract Administration, Security of Payment, Statutory Adjudication

Turnbull Government is considering the findings of my PhD

By Dr Samer Skaik

A few days ago, the Turnbull Government released the final report of the Review of Security of Payment Laws, undertaken by Mr John Murray. Murray’s report made 86 recommendations to improve consistency in the security of payment legislation. In the relevant Media Release, the Minister stated that:

the Government will consult with industry to consider the report’s recommendations and explore ways to improve the protections for individuals and businesses involved in subcontracting in the construction industry.

The report provided eight recommendations (43-50) pertaining the introduction of review mechanism in statutory adjudication based on my written submission in this regard. The written submission was merely a presentation of the findings of my PhD entitled “Introducing review mechanism into statutory construction adjudication.” I cite the relevant paragraph from the final report which cites my rationale of introducing this concept: …

Civil Engineering, Construction Industry, Construction Law, Construction Technology, Contract Administration, General Management, PMP Hints, Procurement Management, Project Management, Statutory Adjudication

Launching My Channel on YouTube

By Dr Samer Skaik

Very recently, I have launched a channel on Youtube. This channel aims to provide integrated, handy and focused educational materials for those interested in developing their competencies in construction project management, professional practice and leadership. My aim is to help raise the bar by providing sound, solid and up-to-date knowledge for students, graduates and professionals in the construction sector. The channel, in addition to the videos, includes other interesting educational playlists. You can display the playlists chronologically if you are keen to develop a robust understanding in the field and advance progressively towards mastering the subject. …

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