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Issue No. 104
February 2016
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-DBF/TECBAR Joint PPP Symposium, Hanoi, March 2016
-Part III of Quantification and Substantiation of Contractual Claims

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  • First Inaugural Member Event - TBA Germany
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    Main Conference: 31 March & 1 April 2016
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Hanoi, Vietnam

Building for the Future 2016 is a special joint event designed by the DBF in collaboration with TECBAR that will examine the efficient use of PPPs to promote successful infrastructure development.

Main Conference: 31 March & 1 April 2016
PPP Essentials Workshop: 30 March 2016
Sofitel Plaza Hanoi, Vietnam

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  • What is the appropriate allocation of risk?
  • Why projects fail & how to prevent failure
  • Practical project management, dispute avoidance & resolution
  • and much more!
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Quantification and Substantiation of Contractual Claims Part III:
Additional Site Set-up Costs/Preliminaries Charges
by Mark Entwistle, FDBF
Mark Entwistle, FDBF

This month features Fellow Mark Entwistle's third installment in his series  Quantification and Substantiation of Contractual Claims.

Although the first two articles in this series addressed Head/Home office overheads and disruption claims, the subject of this third article is no less challenging than the previous two and can sometimes be even more complicated.

Mr Entwistle further explains the differences of 'Preliminaries Charges' and more site-based costs thusly: "This subject relates exclusively to the resources that the claiming party (contractor or sub-contractor) applies to its general management of the work it is contracted to undertake. Those resources (site-based, generally) are to be differentiated from Head/ Home Office resources which are usually priced into a project by the determination of an appropriate percentage applied to the overall cost or value of the works."  Continue...

(For part two of the series
click here, part one here.)

Mark Entwistle (Barrister and Quantity Surveyor) is a Fellow of the DBF and is listed in the FIDIC President's List of Approved Adjudicators. Mark is also the  holder of the  Independent Construction Adjudicator of the Year (UK) 2015, and  Best Construction Lawyer (UK) 2015.

He will be happy to address any questions or issues arising out of this paper, and is contactable by emailing markentwistle@consultant.com

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Ignatius Wilhelm Henning, PDBF
Professional Member
VIP Consulting Engineers

Country: South Africa

Expertise: Construction, Civil Engineering, Project Management, Arbitration

Mr Henning has over 35 years experience in construction, civil engineering, consulting and arbitration. He is currently the Director and co-owner of VIP Consulting Engineers in Pretoria, South Africa. His responsibilities include: Company strategic and general management; program and project leader for infrastructure projects, including design and documentation; procurement and contract administration.

Professional associations include:
  • Registered as Professional Engineer with the South African Council for Engineers
  • Member of the South African Institute for Civil Engineers
  • Associate of the South African Association of Arbitrators
  • Member of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors
  • Member of the Adjudication Society (UK)
  • Member of the Society for Construction Law (UK)
  • Registered as an adjudicator with the South African Institution of Civil Engineers, Consulting Engineers, South Africa

Edward Sunna, FDBF
Fellow Member
Chief Legal Officer, Arbitrator, Adjudicator
Meraas Holding LLC

Country: Dubai 

Expertise: Edward Sunna has in excess of 15 years PQE and over 20 years experience in legal practice.  In addition to the above he is also the General Legal Advisor for the Engineer's Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 'EO'.  Previously he  was the Head of the Construction and Engineering Department at the largest regional Gulf Law firm, Al Tamimi & Company.  His expertise includes:

  • Arbitration
  • Construction
  • Construction Disputes
  • Engineering
  • Utilities
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Infrastructure
  • Banking
  • Projects
  • Commercial and Insurance Law
Other relevant experience incudes drafting, negotiating, advising and structuring contracts such as PPP type projects, development agreements including master development agreements, scheme documents, sale purchase agreements, facilities management documents, insurance and leasing agreements.

Mr Sunna's professional associations include:
  • Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Adjudicator with the Queensland Government Building Services Office 2004
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) & Chartered Arbitrator
  • Panelled arbitrator with the following Centres: ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, SIAC and AJCCCA

Kyle Wright_ PDBF

Kyle P.A. Wright PDBF

Professional Member
Senior Advisor/Contracts Administrator
Ensco PLC

Country: Dubai

Expertise: Kyle Wright has 12 years experience in contracts management, strategy and development in the offshore oil industry and construction industry.  He is currently Senior Advisor for Contracts in Ensco's Eastern Hemisphere operations since December 2012.

Mr Wright has  worked on large projects up to the value of US $46 billion across all sub-sectors including medical, purchase, operations, marine and aviation.  He is also experienced in the management and implementation of various procurement and contracting routes including traditional, D&B, EPC and Alliance contracting under bespoke forms of contract and standard forms such as FIDIC and LOGIC.

Mr Wright is a member of the following organisations:
  • AACFE - Associate Member of the Association of Fraud Examiners
  • LCIA - Affiliate Member of the London Court of International Arbitration
  • MCIArb - Member Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • MACostE - Member of Association of Cost Engineers
  • MSPE - Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers