May 29, 2020 – As an electrical contractor, you’re likely concerned about two very important things in this age of construction during COVID: finding relief in your schedule, and finding relief in your costs.
To get those answers, we were joined by construction legal expert and Electrical Business columnist Dan Leduc who managed—in very quick-moving yet educational webinar—to cover all the basics that will matter most to you. (More about Dan below.)
Most importantly, Dan warns not to assume any entitlement. Any recourse you take for pursuing relief must be logically driven and substantiated. Your starting point is not your claims consultant, but your contract.
Here is where you will find procedures for claiming relief (i.e. change orders), which could include Stop Work orders, Force Majeure, Unknown Conditions and, perhaps, Change in Law.
But be timely, give notice, and put everything in writing!
Hard costs are relatively easy to calculate, so Dan focused on providing very helpful tips for calculating your soft costs (i.e. overhead) using formulae like Hudson, EMDEN and Eichleay. For productivity claims, he discussed Measured Mile and even the most-timely Electri International study.
Don’t let your business succumb to COVID! Watch (or listen to) an edited version of Dan’s timely presentation.
About Dan Leduc…
A partner with Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Dan Leduc practises primarily construction law and dispute resolution. He is frequently called upon to advise and represent owners, subcontractors, suppliers and builders in front-end services such as contract review, tender issues and general construction matters, as well as in litigation and arbitration.
Dan is also a director of the Ottawa Construction Association, and has advised construction industry associations across the country on legal matters prior to and during the current pandemic.
He has experience in negotiating, mediating, arbitrating and litigating construction disputes, including construction liens, trust claims, delay claims, construction insurance claims, and architect’s and engineer’s errors and omissions. He has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating various forms of construction contracts on behalf of owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.