Construction Law/Omit Total work


Dear Mr. Elliot,

The one villa project in dubai. The project has A, B & C 3 parts. the 3 parts consider as 3 project. A,B, & C whole 3 parts advance payment issued and A, B parts constructing. Now client omit total C parts from the project. Then how can we recover the Advance payment issued for this part C. please advise me.

Dear chamera,

You do not mention the applicable law nor the form of contract so the following remarks will be generic in nature.  

I guess that the advance payment will be recovered through the IPC's in the normal way.  I suppose that you have an advance payment security, so the actual money will be protected.  I assume that the problem is that the recovery per IPC will be greater than normal due to the new the Contract Price, which will be lower than the Accepted Contract Sum.  The contractor's cash flow will be affected adversely due to the need to recover the extra amount from each IPC.  The recovery of the Advance Payment must be part of the negotiations to agree the cost of the Variation Order to delete part C.  I suggest that you proceed cautiously as the problem has been caused by the Employer.  

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Peter M. Elliott


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