In the complex world of construction projects, having regard to the plethora of contractors and ensuring that construction is completed on time, construction disputes must be resolved by appropriate dispute resolution mechanisms which are not only cost-effective and speedy but are also final and binding. In an ideal world, what is required is an impartial…

Despite the challenging world economic conditions, the Gulf looks set to remain one of the most significant global construction markets. It is true that there has been a collapse in demand regionally for the large, private developments and indeed it seems the speculative real estate market may be a thing of the past. This has…

During the 2004-07 housing boom, approximately 309 million square feet of Chinese-made drywall was imported into the United States. Since that time, nearly 1,000 lawsuits have been filed alleging that the imported drywall contains sulfur compounds which, when exposed to heat and moisture, release sulfurous acids resulting in the corrosion of metal components, such as…

A couple of weeks ago in France my wife and I looked for a new barbecue. The French salesman encouraged us towards the expensive French made barbecue on the basis that the cheaper ones came from “abroad” (another European country), were made by a company he hadn’t heard of and were probably barbecues they couldn’t…

I have just returned from a family holiday in India, our first visit together although I am a frequent business traveller there. Apart from the beauty and vibrancy of the country and its people, what struck me most was that when travelling on business one is so very removed from the real life of the…

News that the global economy is on the mend is translating into a renewed construction industry in Ontario, particularly with the infusion of infrastructure dollars from various levels of government. From Sudbury to Sarnia, towns and cities are re-investing in new or renovated infrastructure projects. The recent Court of Appeal decision in Maystar General Contractors…

Trend for ADRs, specially Arbitration in Latin America For the last decade or so, development of arbitration as an effective method for out-of-court resolution of disputes in Latin America has been intense, with new local legislations being adopted in several countries of the region. In many of these countries, consolidation of and credibility on arbitration…

We are in the midst of a world-wide recession. So, in times when contractors’ liquidity and therefore their very survival is more at risk than usual, and employers are more than usually jittery about the ability of contractors to complete works, a recent decision on a claim to enforce an advance payment guarantee and a…