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Dear riz,

It is a follow-up to my previous question

The contract is a bespoke contract based upon the old red book. The Employer, in particular conditions has introduced additional express conditions wherein the Employer is given the right to set off  any damages( other than liquidated damages) that it incurs as a result of any breach by the Contractor. This is in addition to the right under 47.1 to recover LAD. Reference is also made to the word contra charge in the same clause.
Whilst this clause appears to be poorly drafted, i just wanted to know whether there is any significant difference between set off and contra charge .

I would be grateful if you can advise.

By the way, I am surprised to know that you still remember me.

Dear Riz,

Thank you for coming back, but seems to me you sent the same question again.

Please send me the whole phrase/ clause, where that "contra charge" appears, so I can judge the context.

I assume they actually met "counter charge", which should be equal with "set off".

As about remembering you, there are a few questioneers that were constantly coming back, with good question in general and I remember them. You're one of them.

Best regards, look forward receiving that clause, so I can deepen the analysis.

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