It is better to implement appropriate controls and monitoring procedures at the start of a project (although it’s never too late), rather than later when it can be time consuming to prepare or defend claims in a formal dispute which is likely to affect cashflow and good relations.
The overarching purpose of a Dispute Avoidance Plan is to ensure it takes a co-ordinated, consistent and effective approach to preventing disputes or effectively managing those disputes that do arise.
Melbury’s Dispute Avoidance skills are built on experience and knowledge of the industry and follow a process that is focused on client needs, can prevent and/or manage disputes and avoid some situations unnecessarily escalating.
You need an effective Dispute Avoidance Plan that will include:
- Understanding your contractual rights and obligations
- Training your staff in good contract administration practice
- Good record keeping
If you are in the middle of a dispute or feel one is likely, it is wise to seek specialist advice as early as possible so that you can make informed decisions.